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Rafiki Foundation  |  Training Africans to Transform Africa for Christ

Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera

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Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera

Serving In: Ethiopia
External ID: 182

Tekle and Amy were married in August 2016 after meeting at the Rafiki Village in Ethiopia. In fact, Amy was the Headmaster and Tekle was one of the teachers! They continue to work alongside each other as missionaries, Amy as a Headmaster (and Orphan Care Admin) and Tekle as a Village Administrator, to continue to reach Ethiopians with the power of education and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Both Tekle and Amy say that they were initially interested in serving with Rafiki because they believed in the foundation’s mission to teach, train, and equip students and teachers to be spiritual leaders in their communities.

Before their time at Rafiki, Tekle and Amy were both teachers. Amy received her undergraduate degree in English from Drew University and her master’s degree in Special Education from Boston University. Tekle has his master’s degree in Language Arts (English and Afan Oromo). Neither one of them says that they had extensive missions experience before they began their work at Rafiki; they simply heard God’s call and were obedient to Him. Amy has served full time with Rafiki since 2008, and Tekle has served since 2014.

While Tekle is an Ethiopian by birth, Amy says she has learned a thing or two about how to be an African. She notes that she always checks for spiders in her shoes before she puts them on and that she can drive stick in the middle of traffic packed with cars, buses, trucks, people, and livestock. Moreover, she has learned about her own need for a Savior. The couple can attest to learning about the richness of God’s tremendous grace and provision while serving at the Rafiki Village Ethiopia. After years on the field, their lives and marriage are a clear picture of God’s faithfulness toward his people!

Daily Prayer Topics
SUNDAY — Spiritual growth, maturity, and wisdom (Philippians 3:12-14)
MONDAY — Health and protection; adjustment to culture and climate
TUESDAY — Patience, humility, and flexibility in daily work (Romans 12:10-13)
WEDNESDAY — The country of Ethiopia; love for and good relationships with the people 
THURSDAY — Trust in the Lord's provision and sovereignty (Isaiah 55:9-11)
FRIDAY — To know God more
SATURDAY — Unity among children, students, national workers, and missionaries at the Village (John 18:23)

Mailing Address: PO Box 2871
Nazareth, Ethiopia AFRICA
Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera