(International Christian Concern) — A protestant church in central Ethiopia was asked to evacuate its premises after 10 years in the community.
According to the Oromia Regional State Authorities, complaints were made about the level of noise made by the church. Sources close to the church and the pastor have said that the evacuation request is targeted at the church because of prejudice against the protestant churches in Ethiopia.
The church, Mekane Yesus Evangelical Church, is situated in the town of Robe in Bale zone, about 400km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa. The authorities in charge of the church, the Oromia Regional State Authorities, gave the church only 30 days to evacuate the premises and despite several meetings with local officials, have refused to modify their decision.
“Based on the consensus we have reached in the committee formed, you have to look for another place and leave the current place within 30 days,” the letter said.