EECMY Begi Ghidami Synod is located in Western part of Ethiopia, Western Wollega Zone Oromiya Regional State and partly in Assosa Zone, Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State. The distance where the Synod is situated measured in to about 70KMS from the capital city, Addis Ababa.
The gospel was preached in the area for the first time in 1958 by missionaries of Swedish Evangelical Mission and national evangelists. As the result of those pioneer envoys of the Gospel the work of evangelism grew quickly and congregations were established leading to the establishment of the former Western Synod. As the work of the former Western Synod became vast it was agreed that the Synod should be reorganized into a number of synods. The present Begi Ghidami Synod was organized and established comprising a number of parishes from the former Western Synod in 2005 and became one of the Church units of the EECMY.
The operational areas of this Synod covers six administrative districts namely: Beghi, Kondaka, Gidami, Jimma, Horro and Gao Dalle in Western Wollega Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State and Ma’o Komo Special District (Tonogo) in Assoa Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State. The overall population in these administrative districts is estimated to be more than 700,000 (Seven hundred thousand) people including immigrants and settlers.
Statistics of Beghi Ghidami Synod
The work of evangelism of the Synod shows a continuous growth both numerically and spiritually. Currently the Synod comprises 12 parishes, 153 congregations and 34 new preaching places and total estimated member of the Synod in 60,000 (sixty thousand). The congregations are being served with 50 pastors, 20 evangelist and more than 5000 voluntary preaches and singers.
From among the population within the catchment areas of Beghi Ghidami Synod among which the Synod is working, about 10% of them are members of the EECMY. The remaining are followers of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church and other evangelical denominations.
Composition of the Population
There are several ethnic groups like Oromo, Mao, Korno, Berta and other minority groups such as Gurages, Wollo, and Tigrie. Wallo , Tigre and Harari were settlers whom Ethiopian Government brought to the areas. While the Oromos are the largest and indigenous to the areas Mao and Komo follows follow after the Oromos. Recently there are immigrants who have come from South Sudan and living in one of the Parishes of the Synod (Togo Special district refugee camp in Benishangul Regional state).
The Synod runs one development project which provides various services for the wellbeing of needy members of the communities in the area. One of the projects being implemented is among Mao and Komo community known as Mao Komo community Development for the year 2014-2017.
Some of the main activities are:-
Among the activities care for the environment, promoting green and climate adapted agriculture, diversification of livelihood services, WATSON, supporting grassroots institutions and community organization and cross cutting issues.
The development projects mentioned above are financed by Norwegian Government through Norwegian Mission Society. The Norwegian Mission Society (NMS) has been the development partner of the Synod and the Mission Society has been serving in the area since 1978.
Church Based Development
The congregations within the Synod have their own church based developments activities that are carried out by financial and material contributions from the believers and human power. Some of the activities that the congregations are running are:- raising seedlings, coffee plantation, diakonia ministry, farming, education, health, agriculture and water and sanitation.
Rev. Wakgari Buruse- BGS President. Mob: +251920551453