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.
The 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).
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.