Welcome to the Homepage of the Palmus of Ethiopia!                              suomeksi   

Anna-Kaarina & Matti Palmu returned from their "last" overseas working trip from

Nepal in March, 2014. Since then they have lived more or less permanently in FINLAND.

Until the end of 2014 they were serving or visiting the supporting congregations in Finland.

As of January 1, 2015 they retired from FELM work.  - You may retire from your job as an

employee, but you never retire from the life-long call as a Missionary!

- In October-November 2015 the Palmus served as retired volunteers in Nepal

 supporting the “Nepal Family Ministry Project 2015-2019”. - March-April 2017 they visited

their son's missionary family in Japan. - January-February 2018 they served as volunteers in Hongkong.

April-May 2018 the Palmus served for the 6th time in Nepal.



Christmas Letter 2021 from Palmus


Christmas Letter 2020 from Palmus


Christmas Letter 2019 from Palmus


Christmas Letter 2018 from Palmus


Christmas Letter 2017 from Palmus


Christmas Letter 2016 from Palmus


Plans for Family Ministry


- Nepal 2015-2019


- NEPAL 2010-2014


- ETHIOPIA 2011-2015



Teaching Materials

prepared by the Palmus:


"Strengthening the Family - A Handbook for Family Ministry"

by the Palmus

"To the Reader portion of the  "Handbook for Family Ministry"       [pdf-file]

The List of Contents of
"Handbook for Family Ministry"


"How to Strengthen the Family - A Participant's Book for Family Ministry" by the Palmus

- Chapter No.17 as an alternative version, with-out the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)




The Prayer Letters of the Palmus (in Finnish)




Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY)

Family Ministry

 (Family Life Education Program, FLEP)


EECMY Family Ministry Overall Structure 2010


EECMY Family Minstry Training Structure 2010


EECMY Family Ministry Advanced Level Training Plan 2011-2015


EECMY Statistics 2009 & numbers of Family Ministry trainers



EECMY Family Ministry Annual Report 2009



EECMY Family Ministry Annual Report 2008


EECMY Family Ministry Information Leaflet:   

(on screen)

(for printing)



Program Description

Daily Program of an EECMY Marriage


[Years 2000-2007]

More about the sending body of the Palmus, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)



Mrs. Anna-Kaarina and Rev. Matti Palmu, "The Palmus of Ethiopia", served as missionaries in the Ethiopian Evangelical (Lutheran) Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) 1974-1993, 2000-2009, returning to Finland after the 10th working period in May, 2009. Until 1993 they were in Ethiopia as a whole family; 3 out of 4 children were born in Ethiopia. 2000-2009 the Palmus continued in Ethiopia as an "old couple", without children. As of 2012 there are 8 grandchildren in the extended family.


On this Homepage you get information about the life and work of the Palmus - mainly in Finnish, thou. If you wish to have a look on the pictures of their monthly Prayer Letters since 2000, click here and choose the month from the column on the left.


2000-2009 the Palmus were developing the Family Life Education Program (FLEP) of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) in Ethiopia. As of 2010 their working area was enlarged to be international:





As of the beginning of 2010 the Palmus proceeded to a new stage, working as Family Ministry Consultants in the new project of Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM), the Family Life Project 2010-2014. The target area of the project were the co-operating partners (churches, congregations, organizations or other partners) of FELM in various countries (shown as orange colour on the map above). The base of the Palmus was in Finland. - The training trips of the project were as follows:

       (2010)  1. Ethiopia,   2. Russia,   3.  Thailand,   4.  Nepal,  (2011)  5.  Israel/Palestine,   6.  Taiwan,  7.  Cambodia, 

       8.  Singapore,  9. Thailand, 10. Nepal, (2012) 11. Israel/Palestine, 12. Tanzania, 13. Ethiopia, 14. Cambodia,

       (2013) 15. Nepal, 16. Cambodia, 17. Thailand,  18. Israel/Palestine, 19. Tanzania, and (2014) 20. Nepal.