The bishop first asked Renewal Ministries to come to Ethiopia on an exploratory basis, in September of 2014. At that time, Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw met with the bishop and local leaders to assess the needs of the local Church and to plan future outreaches. Renewal Ministries returned to Ethiopia in 2015, at the request of the bishop of Addas Abba.
The Cardinal in Addas Abba and Bishop Mateos requested that Renewal Ministries return in 2016 and 2017 and assist them in the work of the Gospel. They requested two trips each year as the need for evangelization, formation, and training is so great. Catholics are a minority in this country and they suffer religious persecution. Planned outreaches in both dioceses include training on forgiveness and healing to priests, religious and CCR leaders, a general conference for laity, and evangelization outreach to University students.