Rev. Freshour returning to Parkersburg area for meetings

Photo Provided The Rev. David Freshour, left, stands with Bishop Getaneh M. Getaneh, founder of Watch and Pray Ministries. The two will be in Parkersburg, Marietta and St. Marys for meetings Sept. 8-13.

PARKERSBURG — A former assistant pastor in Parkersburg who has pastored in the Washington, D.C., area for almost 20 years is returning to the area Sept. 8-13 for a series of meetings with an Ethiopian minister imprisoned and beaten for his faith.

The Rev. David Freshour, who co-pastors the Chevy Chase Baptist Church along with his wife, the Rev. Maureen Freshour, will be in the area with Bishop Getaneh M. Getaneh, founder of Watch and Pray Ministries in Midland, Texas.

Getaneh will speak at North Parkersburg Baptist Church and The Rock Church in Parkersburg as well as the First Baptist Church in St. Marys and The Celebration Center in Marietta during the week.

“Bishop Getaneh is a great man and has an amazing story,” said Freshour. “I’ve known him for 20 years and have traveled to Africa with him many times.

“This fall we are going to Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and Egypt to work with refugees and persecuted Christians,” Freshour said. “He’s the real deal. He was tortured for his faith and lived to tell about it.”

During the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia, Getaneh was:

* Arrested by the Communist authorities for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ

* Jailed in Ethiopia and in Djibouti

* Was repeatedly denied food, water and sleep for days

* Was tortured with boiling oil poured on the soles of his feet

* Was whipped with a metal cable during his many years in prison

He eventually escaped prison and fled to neighboring Djibouti. When the Communist government fell in 1994, he returned to Ethiopia.

The schedule of appearances for Bishop Getaneh is as follows:

* Friday, Sept. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

North Parkersburg Baptist Church, 3109 Emerson Avenue., 304-428-3293

Food and refreshment will be served.

* Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church, 425 Barkwill Street, St. Marys, WV 26170,

* Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Celebration Center, 822 Front Street, Marietta., 740-374-5300

* Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Rock Church, 1305 37th Street, Parkersburg.