On Sunday May 22nd the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Abay Dabus Synod Convention commenced with Holy Communion at Mendi town.
Rev. Yonas Yigezu, President of the Church shared from Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” which was the theme of the Convention.
After Reports on the general and financial activities of the Synod were presented by the executive secretary and treasurer of the Synod, it was discussed thoroughly by the convention.
Subsequently the Convention re-elected Rev. Melaku Tefera as President for the next four years. Rev. Melaku has a BTH from Mekane Yesus Seminary. Rev. Fekadu Mereba and Rev. Melkamu Riqitu were also elected as Vice President and Treasurer respectively. Rev. Fekadu has a BTH from Mekane Yesus Seminary and is a lecturer at Mendi Theological College. Rev. Melkamu also has a BTH from Mekane Yesus Seminary and is serving as Parish leader.
Currently the Synod is showing good growth especially in mission work. It has expanded its territory and has established three Berta speaking congregations in Benishangul Gumuz Region. According to the 2016 statistics report of the Church the Synod has 150 congregations which are ministered by 48 Pastors and 38 Evangelists. Total members of the Synod are 154,672 out of which 68,330 are communicant.
The convention had balanced number of participants from women, men and youth which was a good indicator that the Synod has given equal voice for youth and Women for decision making.
Rev. Yonas Yigezu, President of the Church and Mr. Bacha Gina, Treasurer attended the Convention.