Yirdaw Bogale

Kadesh Christ Church, California
Lead Church Planter
Los Angeles California
Kadesh Christ Church
July 23
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About My Family

I am an Ethiopian missionary in the U.S. My wife, Yirgedu Gebremicael, and I have been married for 19 years. We have two children: Yeabtsega (AB) and Kalkidan (Amy), son and daughter, ages 18 and 16 respectively. I served as a full-time ordained minister and church planter in Ethiopia for 17 years.

God gave me this vision 15 years ago before I came to the United States, and in His time, He made it happen. We are here for His kingdom mission.

About My Church Plant

We, as a family, came from Ethiopia with a vision to plant churches and reach primarily the first generation Ethiopians and then the second generation. We planted Kadesh Christ’s Church in Los Angeles and are living our God-given mission now. Most Ethiopians are religious people, but they don't know the true Way of life, who is Jesus. My mission is to lead them to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through this ministry, we have the​ vision to plant more churches among the Ethiopian diaspora communities in the U.S. and in Ethiopia.

God brought us here to expand His kingdom among the diaspora Ethiopians. More than 150,000 Ethiopians live in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. From this figure, the born-again Christians are not more than 2,500. The mission field is right at our door.

NAMB Church Planting

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Please pray for a facility in which to worship that has rooms to teach the new members, an office for counseling and weekday use, too. We are planning to move our service from Sunday afternoon to the Sunday morning, but the rent increases by $900/month. Pray for provision. We need to engage with the Ethiopian community according to their need to start a relationship. Pray for open doors.


Send a missions team to the Ethiopian community in Los Angeles. Help us by organizing a children's ministry to serve the second-generation, English-speaking Ethiopians. Partner with our ministry. Help us engage our community.
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