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Rev. Yonas Yigezu elected as the new EECMY President

IMG 8101The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) 20th General Assembly has taken place from January 22-28, 2017 at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

The Church has elected Rev. Yonas Yigezu to be a President of the church.

President-elect Rev. Yonas Yigezu 55, is currently serving at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Central Office as Director for Mission and Theology in Addis Ababa. He was candidate for the leadership position of the church at the 10-13 August council held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The incumbent, President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idosa has led the church since January 2009. Rev. Dr. Idosa is also president of LUCCEA of which the EECMY is a member.

“I am very happy that the unity of the church has been maintained and growth has been recorded during the last 8 years. The participation of the EECMY in spreading the gospel nationally and internationally has increased. I will continue to serve the church in all my capacity” Rev. Dr. Idosa said, following the election.

Out of 446 voting members of the EECMY 274 chose President-elect Rev Yonas Yigezu. The church’s highest governing body also elected Rev. Dr KirosLakew (President of the Addis Ababa Synod) as Vice President of the Church and Mr. Bacha Ginaas Treasurer to serve for the coming four years term.IMG 8129

“God is calling me into a challenge but for enormous blessing ahead. I am team builder and prayer warrior. I see my success in this” Rev. Yonas Yigezu said.

Rev. Yonas pursued his early education in Horest Spinnings Junior Secondary School in Challia, Wollega and Ghimbi High School. He then studied in Westhill College, England where he took his advanced diploma in Church Management and in Manchester University where he earned his bachelor’s in Development Management policy and MA in Management and Economic Policy. He did his Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Currently he is pursuing his PHD in Concordia Theological Seminary, USA. He was ordained in 2006 in West Wollega Bethel Synod, Danbidolo.

Rev. Yonas and his wife Ayantu Dufera have four children.

The EECMY became a national church in 1959 and joined the LWF in 1957.  According to the 2016 statistics, the Church has 8,564 congregations and 8,310,129 members.

The General Assembly was a very peaceful meeting.

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The EECMY 20th General Assembly Commenced

IMG 5215The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus commenced its 20th General Assembly at the Mekane Yesus Seminary with grand opening ceremony on January 22nd, 2017.
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en and men joining with colorful dressing and singing put the official assembly flag in the MYS compound. The theme of the Assembly is from Romans 1: 18 which say “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”.
The opening was also accompanied by choirs coming from different Mekane Yesus congregations found in Addis Ababa city and a word of God shared by Rev. Dereje Jemberu from John 1:44-51. The program ended with a Holy Communion.

 

 

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Mr. Oyvind Aasland, Norwegian Lutheran Mission General Secretary, Delivers A Speech to the EECMY 20th General Assembly

IMG 8033Mr. Oyvind thanked the EECMY for more than 60 years of partnership and cooperation. In his greetings he wanted to underline two things: First, he thanked the Church for holding up high the authority of the Bible and for not being ashamed of the gospel. As an example he mentioned that at this moment the Norwegian State Church Council is about to made decisions that are against the word of God- and therefore, it is of great importance that we stand together in partnership and support each other in recognizing the unquestionable authority of the Word of God and together proclaim, that we are not ashamed of the gospel.

The other point the General Secretary strongly emphasized is our common calling to reach out to the least reach people groups with the Gospel. He encouraged the Church to continue the Mission work and continue sharing the Good News to those who have yet not heard.  

Finally, on behalf of Norwegian Lutheran mission, I said thank you to the EECMY President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum.  “You have been a great model for leaders of different Christian organizations and churches, in the way that you led the EECMY. Personally, it has been an honor and great joy for me to develop personal relationship with you, and I do appreciate our friendship”, he said. He wished God’s guidance and blessing upon the church and a peaceful election at the General Assembly. 

"God’s Grace Liberates and Renews" - The theme for this year's Committee for Mutual Christian Responsibility

For the 38t2h time the EECMY leaders and representatives of the partner organizations and churches are gathering at the Gudina Tumssa Wholistic Training Centre in Addis Ababa. The theme for this year’s Committee for Mutual Christian Responsibility (CMCR) meeting is ‘God’s Grace Liberates and Renews’. The Lutheran World Federation’s ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’, which marks the celebration of the 500-year’s anniversary of the Reformation (1517-2017), has inspired the theme of the CMCR.

 

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Tuesday, the 31st of January 2017, afternoon the meeting began with all members gathering for worship and commemoration of the Reformation. At the worship service the EECMY President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa preached over the text from John 1:14-18 and (the newly elected president) Rev. Yonas Yigezu led the liturgy. Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwobeki (Lutheran World Federation Director for Department of Mission and Development), the Ethiopian Catholic Church Cardinal Berhane Yesus as well as representatives from Meserethe Kristo Church (Menonites), Mulu Wongel Church (Pentecostals), Kale Hiwot Church (Baptist), and the Anglican Church participated in the commemoration service.

IMG 8363Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa shared in his commemoration speech the history of the relationship between the 4EECMY and the Ethiopian Catholic Church, and how these two churches especially during the time of the Communist Regime (1974-1991) were of great support to each other. The emeritus president Rev. Iteffa Gobena and Cardinal Berhane Yesus were both jailed for their faith during that time and even shared the prison cell. Likewise, the protestant churches supported each other mutually during the time of persecution and their history and growth is in many ways interlinked. The Cardinal as well as the other guest shared their appreciation of being invited for this special occasion and each underlined the importance of collaboration and support.

After the worship service, where also a choir from the EECMY Anuak Congregation in Addis Ababa sang and played their drums, all participants were invited for a special dinner program. The staff at Gudina Tumssa Wholistic Training Centre had provided beautifully with a campfire, candles, and delicious food. After the cutting of cake by the Guests of Honour, dinner was served. The evening program was accompanied by music performed by students from the EECMY Jazz Music School.           

Children and Youth Prayer Program at EECMY 20th General Assembly

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Department of Children and youth lead the morning devotion of the General Assembly on Tuesday January 24th, 2017. Children from the Mekane Yesus School for Mentally Challenged presented amazing songs which left the Assembly with awe. Mekane Yesus is the pioneer in opening the School for Mentally Challenged in Ethiopia and so far more than 400 children were helped.

The singing was followed by a poem presented by Wondosen. He asked the Assembly attendants to be aware of the time and act accordingly. Finally a short drama was presented by youths from Mekanisa Mekane Yesus Congregation. They shouted Hossana – Come Jesus!

 

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12th Council Meeting Commenced

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus 12th Council Meeting Commenced on August 8, 2016 at Gudina Tumsa Wholistic Training Center. The Meeting will be held until August 13th, 2016.

12th Council ParticipantsThe participants of the meeting are delegates from the entire Church including Synod Presidents, Joint Program Leaders, Invited guests, Management Committee members of the Church and Central Office staff.     

The meeting started with half day fasting and prayer. In addition, the national prayer team is continuously backing this Council through prayers. The theme of this Council is from Heb12:3 “Running the race with faithful endurance”.

 Rev Yisehak Yohannes, President of South Ethiopia Synod preached on the opening worship on Perseverance underlying the need of endurance by  Christians keeping  their faith in Christ, fight the good fight and finish their course (Hebrews 12:3).Communion Service

At the end of the worship, prayer and fasting program, the participants of the 12th Council meeting then shared a Holy Communion.

Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa, President of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, in his opening speech requested the Council’s attention on increasing the living standard of Pastors and Evangelists who are struggling so much because of the current inflation the country is facing. It is important for congregations to pay attention to the pastors and evangelists serving the people of God at different levels, and pay them reasonable salary so that they can feed their family and serve the Church with undivided attention.

In addition, Rev. Idossa urged the church to vigilantly pray for the peace of the country and to live a life that will help the propagation of the Gospel. Many heart breaking incidents have happened throughout this Ethiopian year and lives have been lost. He requested that members of the Church leaders, Pastors at various levels of the Church actively take part in the healing process of the nation.

Dr. Idossa also mentioned that according to the 2015 statistics, the total statistics of the Church has reached 7.8 million making the EECMY the largest Lutheran Church in the World. This was officially announced at the Lutheran World Communion Council in Wittenberg, Germany in June 2016.