The church has for quite some time worked on establishing her own Television Service for the purpose of reaching more people with the Word of God through wholistic ministry. On the evening of September 4, the agreement with the satellite company was signed and now we are waiting for the launching of the MY TV channel on September 6, 2019.
Using different kinds of media to reach out to the unreached and serving the needs of the society has been part of EECMY's history since the beginning. The Lutheran World Federation's Radio Voice of the Gospel station was established in Addis Ababa in cooperation with the EECMY back in 1963, and different programs were broadcasted in 19 different languages.
The first director of Radio Voice of the Gosple, dr. Sigurd Aske (Norwegian) explained that the aim of the radio station was to represent the wholistic ministry of the EECMY in a contextual way. This meant that the programs were educational and cultural as well as evangelistic. However, the Radio Voice of the Gosple - station was nationalized under the Dergue Regime and confiscated on the 12th of March 1977.
To take over after the Radio Voice of the Gospel the Yemisirach Dimts Communication Service (YDCS) was later established and they have continued the wholistic ministry by producing radio programs, TV programs and many written publications.
At the 15th Council of the EECMY August, 2019 the new MY TV station was presented for the delegates and it was decided that the TV channel will be launched on Pagume 1, 2011 (September 6, 2019). The news was received with much appreciation.
On the evening of September 4, Rev. Yonas Yigezu, EECMY President expressed his joy over the MY-TV becoming a reality, and he is excited about the scope of this new initiative. The President is grateful for the hard work of the YDCS and MY-TV staff, and looking very much forward to see the EECMY extending her wholistic ministry through this TV channel.
Together with Rev. Yonas Yigezu was also Mr. Girma Borishe (YDCS-Board chairman), Mr. Gemechis Didi (YDCS Director), and Mr. Demelash Dola (MY-TV Division Head) present at the signing of the transmission agreement.
It is the hope and prayer of the EECMY that this MY TV service will be a blessing to as many as possible, and that God may be glorified through it all.
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