ASELA, Ethiopia (Open Doors USA) — A group of Christians from Asela, Ethiopia, who have been facing charges of holding illegal meetings in a secret location, has been set free.
The Lord answered many prayers for them when the judge dismissed all charges against them on Aug. 26. He then ordered that the bail they had paid be refunded.
The charges were brought against the Christians after police raided their congregation located in Asela about 100 miles south of the capital of Addis Ababa on April 25 during a service in which almost 40 new Christians were baptized.
Police arrested three of the leaders and four church members from a Muslim background who attempted to run away out of fear but were detained in front of spectators at the local bus station. Police also confiscated documents containing details of church members, causing fear for increased pressure against new Muslim-Background Believers.