The Lynn's 
Proclaiming Hope 
In Ethiopia 
Our Story

Jeremy Lynn was privileged to grow up in a Christian home.  While he was still very young, his parents moved to Florida so his dad could pursue a pastoral degree from Trinity Bible College.  During this time, Jeremy had the opportunity to hear the gospel on a weekly basis which led to his salvation on February 2, 1992. 


In 1999, God brought Karissa, who was saved at the age of 16 while attending a church service, into Jeremy's life. They were married six months later and shortly after began a family.  While both had careers and were pursuing the American dream, God changed their hearts and gave them a desire for cross cultural missions.

Through the study of God’s Word, wise counsel, and friendships at  First Coast Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, God made it clear they should be church planters in the country of Ethiopia.  Jeremy has a missions degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO.  Karissa is currently working on a missions degree through Louisiana Baptist University.
They will be working closely with other missionary couples already established in Ethiopia. As BBFI missionaries, Jeremy and Karissa passionately desire to
proclaim the hope of Jesus Christ to those who need to hear.



Ethiopia
  History

 The country of Ethiopia was ruled by Emperors until 1974. Emperor Haile  Selassie reined from 1933 to 1974. In          1960, he invited BBFI missionaries to minister  in the country. 17 families responded. Unfortunately, he was  overthrown by the  Dergue after 44 years in power. During their reign the country was closed to  missionaries. It  was not until the early 90's that the country was opened to  missionaries once again. In a country that has been  plagued by civil war,  famine, and disease it is crucial they hear the HOPE of the Gospel. 

  People                                                                                
 Population = 84 Million (1)                                                 
 Population of Addis Ababa = 3.1 million
(2)
 Life expectancy = 60.4 years
(3)

 The median age is 17.5 years (4)
 2nd poorest country in the world (5)

  Major Religions

 Ethiopian Orthodox = 43% of the population (6)
 Islam = 33% of the population (6)
 According to Joshua project , 32%  of the people  are "unreached" (there is no  indigenous community of  believing  Christians with adequate numbers  and  resources to evangelize this people group). (7)
 

  Languages

 Over 83 different languages with up to 200 dialects  (8)
 Official Language = Amharic




(1) http://countryeconomy.com/demography/population/ethiopia  
(2) http://www.citypopulation.de/Ethiopia.html
(3) http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/country-health-profile/ethiopia
(4) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html 
(5) http://ecadforum.com/2013/07/30/ethiopia-ranked-2nd-10-poorest-countries-in-the-world/
(6) http://www.habeshaadventures.com/ethiopia-religion.html
(7 ) http://joshuaproject.net/
(8) www.ethiopiantreasures.co.uk/pages/language.htm

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