The EECMY are happy to announce that three newly elected leaders of the church were installed into their new positions on the 15th of September and among these are Mrs. Abaynesh Bekele.
The EECMY 15th Council
At the 15th council of the church which was held from the 20th - 24th of August, 2019 at the Gudina Tumssa Wholistic Training Center, Mekanissa new leaders were elected. 200 delegates and observers from all synods of the EECMY were present at the council representing the 9,3 mill. members of the church. Here elections were held for the positions as Associate General Secretary, Commissioner for the Pension, Insurance and Investment Commission, and Principal for Tabor Evangelical College. Mr. Fekadu Begna was elected Associate General Secretary, Mrs. Abaynesh Bekele was elected Commissioner and Rev. Dawit Yohannes was elected as Principal; all for a four years term.
Women in leadership
The EECMY President Rev. Yonas Yigezu expressed his joy and appreciation for the election of Mrs. Abaynesh Bekele as the new Commissioner for the EECMY Pension, Insurance, and Investment Commission. The EECMY does not differ between male and female in leadership positions, but seek to encourage that gifted and qualified persons are elected to secure the best workers for the ministry of the church. Mrs. Abaynesh Bekele, like the other newly elected leaders, was elected based on her educational background, experience and qualifications, and in addition to her new position as Commissioner, she also represents the EECMY at the Awash Bank Governing Board. Mrs. Abaynesh is not the first woman in leadership in the EECMY, Sr. Tadelech Loha is member of the EECMY Management Committee as Department Head for the Women's Ministry Department like Rev. Tseganesh Ayele, who held the position before her. Additionally, we have Rev. Dr. Bekure Daba who served as a synod president before being called to lead the Women's Ministry at national level.
Installation Service held on the 15th of September
The installation service was held at EECMY Bole Congregation and lead by Rev. Eyasu Fikru, while EECMY President Rev. Yonas Yigezu brought a greeting and lead the installation ceremony. In his greeting Rev. Yonas Yigezu pointed out that it is a blessing that we can come together on this first Sunday of 2012 (Ethiopian calendar) to celebrate Holy Communion. When we come together to share in the Holy Communion we practically express our unity and oneness in Christ, in this that we together receive His body and blood shed for us. Addressing the newly elected leaders, guests and the congregation Rev. Yonas Yigezu wished all a blessed new year; a year of service with unity and oneness in Christ.
Following the example of the generous Widow
The New Testament text for the day was from Luke 21:1-4 and previous president Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa preached over this passage. Of all the people giving at the temple that day, Jesus took notice of the widow who gave everything she had. With this Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa focused on what defines a ministry that is pleasing to God. This widow gave it all and in the same way God asks of us to be ready to give. What is pleasing to God is that we give ourselves to serve the Lord, as the widow gave with faith knowing the He cares for her. Her relationship with God was far more important than what she owned and she gave Him her everything. We are called to do the same. For the newly elected leaders he encouraged them to remember three things in their ministry; 1) to focus on serving God and remember that we are called to take up our cross daily and follow him (Luke 9:23). 2) That we shall offer ourselves as living sacrifices - holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:1). And 3) that we serve together in fellowship with others, who are called to serve alongside us, and therefore that we serve in oneness and unity by carrying each other's burdens (Gal. 6:2).
The Bole Mekane Yesus Congregation
It was a beautiful service held at the Bole Mekane Yesus Congregation with wonderful worship and engagement from the members. After the service tea and bread were served for all participants, and later the guest were invited for lunch sponsored by the congregation.