African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187


Introduction of evangelical Christianity in Oromia: The five major expeditions

Wake Jeo Gerbi
  • Wake Jeo Gerbi
  • Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, NO-0315 Oslo, Norway
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  •  Received: 25 December 2015
  •  Accepted: 25 April 2016
  •  Published: 30 April 2017


This study tried to discuss the introduction of Evangelical Christianity in Oromia in five major expeditions attempts that foreign and local missionaries have made to reach the Oromo people with Gospel. To this end, the necessary information were collected from written documents related to the topic, and then chronologically ordered and narrated. As discussed in this article, the Western missionaries had given much weight to evangelizing the Oromo because they thought it would help them to reach the whole African continent through the Oromo. So, they paid great sacrifices to reach this nation. In this regard, the local Oromo missionaries who were Christianized earlier had played a leading role in the expeditions. Despite the enormous difficulties they encountered, the missionaries endeavored selflessly and enthusiastically to reach the Oromo. Then the Gospel torch that was kindled at Karkaroo in Boojjii of Wallaga province radiated to various parts of Oromia in particular and Ethiopia as a whole. 


Key terms: Evangelical christianity, Oromia, Ethiopia, Western missionaries.