Samnas Alemu

Image of Christ Church, Maryland
Lead Church Planter
Silver Spring Maryland
Image of Christ Church
February 7

About My Family

I married Tenaye Gadisa in 1999, and God blessed us with two children. Our first son, Tinsae, was born on September 23, 2001, and our daughter, Mistre, was born on January 23, 2007. As a family, we are serving God together, and He has blessed our family and marriage. Today my wife and two children are living in Ethiopia. I have not seen them for the past six years, and I am hopefully praying to God for His help in reuniting us.

About My Church Plant

I was in ministry for about 25 years. When I was in Ethiopia, I was involved in different church ministries: singing, playing music, preaching, Bible audio recordings in two Ethiopian languages (Oromo and Amharic), radio broadcasting ministry, giving training for different church ministry teams and teaching in Bible college. After I came to the U.S. in June 2013, I became involved in different church ministries. Currently, I am praying and working to start a church in the Washington, D.C., metro area in downtown Silver Spring, Md. The Ethiopian population in the D.C. metro area is about 400,000. This shows many churches need to be planted to win this many people for Christ.

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Fund ID: D7Y2J2-Alemu,Samnas