MERF's ministry in Africa centers around the East African nations of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Somalia. We also operate a center in Lokichoggio, Kenya that trains pastors and evangelists to preach the Word and shepherd God's people in Africa. In Ethiopia, MERF works with Ethiopia Reformed Fellowship in publishing Reformed books and periodicals in Amharic, Oromo, and Somali, training pastors, and broadcasting Christian radio programming. For more information on these ministries, click the links below.


The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa. Lying along the Indian Ocean, at the equator, Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia (north), Somalia (northeast), Tanzania (south), Uganda (west), and South Sudan (northwest). The capital city is Nairobi. The population has grown rapidly in recent decades to nearly 38 million.

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Ethiopia, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the east and Djibouti to the north-east. Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and Africa's second-most populous nation. Having converted during the fourth century AD, it is also the second-oldest country to become officially Christian, after Armenia. Ethiopia also has a considerable Muslim minority since the earliest days of Islam - being the site of the first Hijra in Islam history, the earliest 9th century Sultanates, the oldest Muslim settlement in Africa at Negash and home to the fourth holiest Muslim city of Harar—but the country has been officially secular since 1974.

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Somali, like many Ethiopian languages, descends from the ancient Cushite tongue. The semi-arid climate of the horn of Africa brought about the traditional Somali nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle of raising livestock. For centuries coastal Somalis have been fishermen and traders, crossing the Red Sea to western Arabia, birthplace of Islam, and beyond. Somali tribes gradually converted to Islam by the end of the 7th century A.D. This brought about relative unity among them. Response:"Dear brother I am very happy to have your message this month and it shows to me what your heart is like...we have to hear your radio broadcasts from the internet when we have private access and have contacts with one another. Sometimes we would like to have more fellowship with others." - from Mogadishu

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North Africa

Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara

North Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, linked by the Sahara to Sub-Saharan Africa. North Africa traditionally includes eight countries or territories; Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara.The distinction between Northern Africa and the rest of Africa is historically and ecologically significant because of the effective barrier created by the Sahara. Throughout history this barrier has culturally separated the North from the rest of Africa and, as the seafaring civilizations of the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and others facilitated communication and migration across the Mediterranean, the cultures of North Africa became much more closely tied to Southwestern Asia and Europe than Sub-Saharan Africa. The Islamic influence in the area is significant, and North Africa, along with the Middle East, is a major part of the Arab World.

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