The movement begins...

The Ambaricho International Prayer & Missions Movement started on a 10,000-foot Mountain called Ambaricho. It is located 6 hours south of Addis Ababa near the town of Durame Ethiopia. Mount Ambaricho was the seat of many witch doctors from the Abba Sarecho family. They were worshiped by the people of the area for over 700 years.
Christian missionaries arrived at the southern part of Ethiopia in the late 1920’s from England, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their faithful endeavor brought the conversion of natives who were very bold to share their faith in Christ. Their day and night prayer fueled the speed of the Gospel, which transformed the lives of the people. To that effect, currently over 95% of the Kambatta tribe are evangelical Christians today. The last of the Abba Sarecho submitted to Jesus Christ about 25 years ago.

After Evangelical Christianity became the predominate religion among the Kambatta people, they started going to the top of Mt. Ambaricho to pray for the lost throughout Ethiopia. After one such hike to the top of the mountain, a few teenagers agreed to pool their money together to purchase water and snacks. After telling Dr. Desta about this, he suggested that they donate some of the money for missions. This became the beginning of a Prayer Movement that became a Mission Movement. From that time on, every year during the month of January, people gather on top of Mt. Ambaricho to fast and pray for world missions. The number of people attending this prayer and worship time has grown from 500 to over 150,000 people. After prayer and worship, the people give and pledge to support world missions through AIPM.

The movement continues...

Over the past 25 years AIPM has trained and sent more than 470 missionaries across Ethiopia. Through a firm reliance on prayer, God is using each of them to expand His kingdom all across the nation. AIPM missionaries serve in highly challenging environments, including armed conflict, global inflation, and famine. AIPM missionaries remain faithful and are sharing the gospel with thousands weekly. These missionaries are supported in various ways, one being our Chicken Project. Managing the poultry facility, grain development, and chicken and egg sales are all part of AIPM ongoing ministry support.

A 7-story building project in Durame is underway. This building will be used for generate ministry revenue through retail, food, and medical services. It will also be used for training leaders and housing missionaries. Despite global inflation, AIPM, and it’s faithful partners from around the world, are making this vision become a reality.

The movement advances...

God has given AIPM a vision for a global missionary training university in Durame, Ethiopia. The AIPM Global Missions University (AIPM GMU) will house and train missionaries from all over Ethiopia, Africa, and beyond. The land for AIPM GMU has been acquired, the curriculum has been developed, and AIPM is well on its way to training and sending thousands of missionaries for the Glory of God.

AIPM’s global reach has already begun with a new YOUTUBE channel. Dr. Desta and others will be teaching and preaching powerful theological insights on prayer and missionary work. Please Subscribe by following the link in the button below.

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Our Beliefs

We Believe...

We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the full record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. Different men, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, inerrant in the original writings. Therefore, those applying themselves to study its literal, historical-grammatical context can accurately understand God’s Word. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17;2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in the one living and true God, eternally (John 17:3) existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory and honor and obedience (John 1:1-4;Acts 5:3-4).
We believe God the Father created all things in six days for His glory according to His own will (Revelation 4:11), through His Son, Jesus Christ. He upholds all things by the Word of His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creation, providence, and redemption (Colossians 1:17,Hebrews 1:3).
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love in accordance with the will of the Father, took on human flesh (John 1:1,14,18), conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the virgin Mary. He, being fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9), lived a sinless life and sacrificially shed His blood and died on the cross in our place accomplishing redemption for all who place their faith in Him. He arose visibly and bodily from the dead three days later and ascended into heaven, where, at the Father’s right hand, He is now Head of His Body the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His bride, the church as His redemptive mission (1 Timothy 3:16).
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ during this age. 
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s salvation in Christ, identifying with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection symbolized by immersion in water. The Lord’s Supper is the united commemoration by believers of Christ’s death until He comes and should be preceded by a careful self-examination (Acts 2:41;Romans 6:3-6;1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
We believe it is the aim, duty, and privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants in the Great Commission call of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe the primary focus and priority of this call is centered on efforts that establish, strengthen, and reproduce biblically-based churches, which will then plant churches that plant other churches for multiplication of churches and disciples of Jesus Christ for fast expansion of the Kingdom of God.

We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, personal, return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed hope of His return has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the manifested presence of God.(Acts 1:3,9;Hebrews 7:25-26).

He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8;13:15;Titus 3:5;Ephesians 1:22;4:11-12;Romans 8:9-17;12:4-8;1 Corinthians 3:16;12:4-5,11-13,19;Galatians 5:25;Hebrews 2:1-4;2 Corinthians 12:12).

We believe that God created mankind—male and female—in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship. Tempted by Satan, but in the sovereign plan of God, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are totally depraved by nature and by choice. Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and subject to God’s righteous wrath, all of mankind is in desperate need of the Savior (Genesis 3:1-6;Romans 3:10-19;Romans 1:18,32).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever. Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end (Romans 8:37-39;2 Corinthians 5:21;1 Corinthians 12:13).

We believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the  world to make disciples (Ephesians 1:22-23;Acts 2:42-461 Corinthians 14:26;Matthew 28:18-20). Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

We, as a mission-based organization, believe all of the above as we understand scripture; however, we understand that some of this doctrine may not be believed by all. We stand firm on the scriptures, the triune God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit). For the sake of unity of carrying out the Great Commandment to further the Great Commission, we don’t expect all to agree with some of the differences that do not take away from the Gospel.

Our Values


We pray that God will raise up laborers for a great harvest in Ethiopia and all of Africa.


We train and equip missionaries to go and make disciples of all nations, tribes, and tongues.


We send equipped disciples to plant churches that will reach the world.

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