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Yohannes & Kidist Getaneh

Missionary Information

Name: Yohannes Getaneh
Age: 52

Spouse: Kidist Getaneh
Age: 44

Child: Leah Getaneh
Age: 20

Child: Yafet Getaneh
Age: 18

Child: Bement Getaneh
Age: 12

Mission Field: Zambia

Home Church: Faith Baptist Church
Jefferson City, Tennessee

Missions Agency: Baptist International Outreach
Jefferson City, Tennessee

Our Missionary for 12 years


Missionary Update 10/20/2022


Missionary Update 03/22/2022

Dear Praying friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from Zambia.

Lamentations 3:21-24. Praise the Lord for His goodness. Since I communicated last, the situation with COVID-19 has gotten better in Zambia.

The work in Solwezi is encouraging. The Deaf are working hard to register their church with the Registrar of Societies. Then they want to apply for land to build their church. Pastor Jonas is on fire the Lord.

I was so blessed to receive report from Bro. Liplililo. He was one of our teachers at Faith Baptist Deaf School Kanyama branch. He was also a song leader and a soul winner. About two months ago, the Ministry of Education hired him and his wife as teachers. He was posted to Chinsali close to the border with Tanzania. It is 820 km north east of Lusaka, in Muchinga province. The province is the 10th and the newest provinces in Zambia. I am so happy that we were able to penetrate there. He was able to lead 21 deaf people to the Lord and has started to disciple some deaf. It was in 1998, where God helped me to start a Bible Institute for the Deaf at Munali boarding school. I was teaching many deaf there, who came for their high school from all over Zambia. Liplialilo was one of them. Now, I start to see the fruits. Many of them posted and paid by the government as teachers of the Deaf where they reach the deaf in all parts of Zambia. God always has a plan.

The heavy rain has caused lots of destruction in Zambia. The Deaf are among the affected. Some of the deaf farmers we helped to plant maize, their crop were destroyed. Some of their food and houses were also destroyed. Even our fence at church was collapsed after a heavy rain. Please pray for the affected.

Zambia’s 4th president, his Excellency Rupiah Bozani Banda went to be with the Lord. He was so close to my family, the Deaf of Zambia and me. He was the first president to visit our Deaf church in Matero in 2010 and spent over 7 hours with us. He was accompanied with his wife and two children. During his visit, I passionately requested for land to build a safe house and school for the deaf. He was touched with the plight and pledged that he will give us land and help us to build the school. He then gave us 10 acres of land and announced that he allocated money for the building. While he was in office, the work started and well progressed until he lost his vote in 2011. Since then there has been three presidents changed. The building still is not finished and I don’t know if they still will honor his wish and give us the property. It is a beautiful property and so much can be done there. Please be in prayer with us that God’s will be done.

Thank you for praying for our family and the deaf ministry in Zambia. We are praying for you. May God help us to be faithful in the ministry he assigned us.

Serving the King of Kings

 Yohannes, Kidist, Leah, Yafet (Ben) and Bemenet

Missionary Update 12/13/2021

                                                                                                                                                               October 2021           

Dear Praying friends,

Count your blessings:  

The Lord has been good to us. The deaf pastors report a total of 11 saved in their respective places and 5 more students from Faith Baptist got saved last month. Also, our Ethiopian fellowship has climbed one more step to be organized as a Church. So happy to report that we have a common place to meet. The Baptist Guest House in Lusaka was gracious to allow us to use their facility for nominal fee. What blessed me more was when one of the members in the fellowship offered to pay for the room for the whole year. While praising God with His provision, another member pledged that he would pay for the 2nd year. The Lord blessed us with a place for 2 years.

Please continue to pray for the situation in Ethiopia. The bloodshed continued and many are dying. It reminds me of the 1970’s where people lived in fear not knowing what the next day will bring. The reports coming that about over 100,000 people are dead in the war.

It is always a blessing to teach Introduction to the Deaf Ministry at the Central Baptist University in Kitwe, in the copperbelt. My visit in the copperbelt was fruitful. I preached at our two deaf churches in Ndola. Pastor Samson, a faithful deaf pastor for the last 28 years, with his children and grand children were at the church. There were 3 deaf saved after the service. I also preached at The Trinity Baptist Deaf church where Bro. Alick serving. The Lord blessed us with 8 deaf saved. It was a blessing to share some of the food that was sent by Pastor Riddle from the USA at both places. What a blessing.  The deaf are grateful with “send drums ministry”.

We thank you for your prayer for our family. My wife, Kid had a minor surgery and she has recovered. Our son Yafet ( Ben) has graduated from grade 12 last month. We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in keeping our family. Both Leah and Ben are applying for colleges and we pray God’s guidance in their future. Our last born Bunny has passed to grade 7. We count our blessings.

We had car problems last month and I had a lot of meetings with our mechanics we used for along time. I was supposed to go with him in his car to buy spares and that presented an opportunity to witness to him. He graciously accepted the Lord as his personal savior. Please pray for Chris as a new believer to be discipled and introduce his family with our savior Jesus Christ.

Serving the King of Kings

Yohannes, Kidist, Leah, Yafet (Ben) and Bemenet   

 Pray for the Ethiopian church in Zambia                                                     Praise God for these who got saved in Ndola   

                Pray for Trinity Deaf Baptist Church                                            Faithful parent transport his child to school  

The foundation class at Faith Baptist                                                          Career day where students dress as doctors               



Missionary Update 09/16/2021

YOHANNES(John)& KIDIST(Kid) Getaneh

Missionaries to the     DEAF IN ZAMBIA

P.O. Box 30352,Lusaka, Zambia. Phone: 011260966953014 E-mail

                                                                                                                                                                August 2021           

Dear Praying friends,

We greet you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The month of August was a busy month in Zambia. The presidential and parliamentary election was conducted. There was fear that it won’t be peaceful. God has been good to us and it was a peaceful and credible election. The opposition president Mr.Hakainde Hichilima  has won the August 12 election. It was a blessing to see a peaceful and smooth transfer of power from a ruling party to the new opposition president in Africa. Zambia continues to be a beacon of peace in Africa. Many attribute all this to Zambia’s decision to declare as a Christian nation. Please continue to the new government to uphold the Christian principle Zambia followed.

The Lord has been so good to us in protecting us from COVID-19. We still conduct church services with the new normal in strict scrutiny. Some of our church members, teachers and students were diagnosed with the new delta virus. Praise the Lord that they all have recovered. Even with COVID-19, the Lord is in a saving business. We had a total of 6 saved at the Deaf Bible Baptist Church last month.

The Lord helped me to lead two deaf last week that came from Kabwe for soccer tournament. They are part of the group who are going to Kenya for the Deaf tournament. They were asking me about the place of training in Lusaka. They were afraid that they might be lost in the big city. I told them that they should be more afraid if they would be lost for eternity without Jesus. Even though they were eager to be at the place, they wanted to hear more about eternity, Jesus and the message of salvation. After 2 hours of explanation, they accepted Jesus as their savior. Please pray for the deaf in Chinsali district, Muchinga province to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is a blessing that the government opened schools. We started receiving our deaf students and we are so happy. We really missed them. We had a lot to catch up and teachers are up to the task.  

The Chawama Deaf Church are anxious for their building to be ready. Because of the elections and change of government, many of the work came to stand.

We are blessed to have the first deaf wedding in our church since COVID-19 started God blessed Christopher and Besnart to tie the knots. One deaf said, “ it is nice to see happiness for a change in stead of attending funerals all the time”. I thought of heaven.. where we never have to go through heartaches, weeping but rejoicing with the King of Kings. Glory to be the Lord.

Serving the King of Kings

Yohannes, Kidist, Leah, Yafet (Ben) and Bemenet  

Zambia has a new president.                                                                              The footballers lost their playground but got their salvation  

1st wedding with deaf couples since COVID-19 started    Praise the Lord for Pastor Phillip and saved people

Students are back to school

Missionary Update 03/11/2021


Missionary Update 12/28/2020


Missionary Update 05/20/2019


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