Meet Love Never Fails

Meet Love Never Fails

Meet Love Never Fails

Name

Love Never Fails

Oakseed ministry partner since 2021

Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ministry Focus

Rescuing Women

About Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails decreases the spread of HIV/AIDS and frees women from a life of prostitution. Working in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Love Never Fails cares for the daily physical needs of men and women living with AIDS, encourages HIV testing, provides AIDS awareness programs, and leads training to destigmatize the disease.

In addition, the ministry offers both income-generating activities for former prostitutes and educational support for children so that vulnerable women and children have job skills to become self-sufficient. Over the years, several of these women have professed Christ, participated in Bible studies with the staff, integrated into a local church, and started their own businesses.

Because prostitution carries such a societal stigma, churches struggle to welcome these women into their communities. Love Never Fails also provides pastoral training to educate and equip local pastors to help their churches embrace women leaving prostitution and integrate them into the church body.

Love Never Fails offers practical care as they work to build gospel relationships in their community: distributing copies of the Bible in Amharic or Oromia so the women can read the Word in their own language; providing health and medical resources like medicines, bandages, antiseptic cream, hygiene products, soap, and toothbrushes for medical staff to use as they minister door-to-door to men and women who have HIV/AIDS; and ministering to the women’s children through educational support and playtime.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia borders Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, and South Sudan. Although it is the largest and most populated country in the Horn of Africa, it remains one of the poorest in the world. For the past several years, Ethiopia has endured a devastating civil conflict between warring ethnic groups in the Tigray Region. Though the fighting has somewhat abated, the area is still experiencing a humanitarian crisis, with over 20 million people affected by the conflict.

In most parts of Ethiopia, coming to Christ is seen as a rejection of the culture, and converts are shunned, denied burial grounds, ostracized by their neighbors, and even sometimes physically abused. They will not have support from their neighbors when sick, their children will be rejected by neighborhood children, and people won’t share food with them when they are in need. Even though these women must pay a steep price when they come to Christ, several of them have professed faith in Him, integrated into local churches, and started their own businesses over the years!

Notes from the Director

“I have experienced the mercy, the love, the charity of the Lord through my years, and when I first met these people, who are people who live in sin, I said to myself that the love that the Lord has bestowed upon me, I believe he has that for these ladies; it’s not just for me. … And the way he loves me, the intensity and passion with which he loves me, he loves every other sinner with that same passion and intensity. …

The love of the Lord has never failed me, and I’m sure it’s not going to. It will never fail those ladies; it will never fail anybody.

Dr. Frew Tegene

Prayer Points

  1. Please pray for the men and women to whom they minister to trust in the Creator of all things as their help and look to Him, coming to know the compassion of Christ and being comforted in heart and soul by Jesus.
  2. Pray for the Lord to keep and protect those who come to faith in Christ as they face intense persecution and shunning for turning from cultural religion and rampant idolatry to the One True God.
  3. Pray for the leaders of Love Never Fails to have much wisdom and compassion and not grow weary as they provide regular follow-up, support, and care for the ladies in their programs.
  4. Pray for the Lord to touch and soften the hearts of the ladies in their programs, whose hearts have been hardened by years of poverty, disease, and abuse.
  5. Pray for the HIV patients served by Love Never Fails. Most of them cannot work because of physical or mental health issues and are often bedridden. Pray for the Lord to give strength and peace to those who know Him and hope and salvation to those who do not.
  6. Praise the Lord for the women incorporated into their income-generation program who have been able to come out of poverty and prostitution and earn their livings. Pray for the Lord to rescue these precious women not only from poverty but from their own sinful hearts, bringing them to repentance and faith in Jesus and incorporating them into the body of Christ for fellowship and nourishment.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Love Never Fails as they seek to bring the gospel to their community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer or bazaar catalog pages for more information.