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Global Impact Leadership Speaker

Getaneh Getaneh


  • Living with Passion

About the Presenter

Getaneh M. Getaneh is the founder of Watch and Pray Ministries. Born in Ethiopia, Getaneh was later arrested by the Communist authorities of Ethiopia’s Mengistu regime for preaching the Christian gospel.

He suffered years of imprisonment 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 and whipped with a metal. He eventually escaped prison and fled to neighboring Djibouti. When the Communist government fell in 1994, he returned to Ethiopia.

Later, he moved to the United States and founded Watch and Pray Ministries with the vision of “Providing education, encouragement and hope through Jesus Christ to the persecuted, homeless, orphans and widows around the world.”

Prayer unlocks God’s power to transform lives in countries where Christians experience intense persecution.

Sammy Tippit

International Evangelist

I encourage you to view justice advocacy in missional terms.

Suzii Paynter March

Prosper Waco

Track One
Developing Emergent Leaders in the Struggle for Justice

Track Two
Religious Freedom: A Call to Stand Together

21Wilberforce is a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending the universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience for all people. Our vision is to empower people to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge repression, and expand freedom of religion and belief globally.

We draw inspiration from the 19th century British parliamentarian William Wilberforce, who led an improbable movement that ended the single greatest violation of human rights — the slave trade. Like our namesake, 21Wilberforce leverages the strength of collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns.