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Central West Shoa Synod Formation

TeressaCentral West Shoa Synod formation convention participants

 Considering the large geographical area Central Ethiopia Synod is covering, it was important to multiply to simplify the administration of members and resources which led to the establishment of Central West Shoa Synod. On the 31st of March 2017 Central West Shoa Synod was established being the 27th Unit of the Church.

Rev. Yonas Yigezu, President of the Church, Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idosa former President of the Church, members of the Management Committee, leaders of Joint Programmes of the Church and invited guests were present at this foundation convention.

Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good…” was the theme of the Synod’s founding convention. Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa_ General Secretary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus shared a Word of God from this chapter.

Rev. Abraham Mengesha _ President of Central Ethiopia Synod, on his congratulatory speech said the Mother Synod (CES) is very happy to see the new Synod’s establishment and promised to continue working with them. Then CES gave one car to support the work of the new Synod. Additionally, as part of fund raising to support the working budget of the Synod, people happily gave large amount of money.

Following, the founding convention received reports on the process of organizing the parishes into a new Synod. The convention finally elected Rev. Terssa Fufa as the president of Central West Shoa Synod and Evangelist Tajebe Mulatu and Mr. Bekele Tumsa as vice president and treasurer respectively to lead the Synod for the coming four years term. At the same event, Central West Shoa Synod Council Members were assigned from 10 Parishes.

On the next day 1st April, 2017 the Synod laid a foundation stone to build a G+2 office building. Rev. Yonas Yigezu_ President of the Church led the ceremony.


Children and Youth Prayer Program at EECMY 20th General Assembly

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Department of Children and youth lead the morning devotion of the General Assembly on Tuesday January 24th, 2017. Children from the Mekane Yesus School for Mentally Challenged presented amazing songs which left the Assembly with awe. Mekane Yesus is the pioneer in opening the School for Mentally Challenged in Ethiopia and so far more than 400 children were helped.

The singing was followed by a poem presented by Wondosen. He asked the Assembly attendants to be aware of the time and act accordingly. Finally a short drama was presented by youths from Mekanisa Mekane Yesus Congregation. They shouted Hossana – Come Jesus!


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Rev. Yonas Yigezu elected as the new EECMY President

IMG 8101The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) 20th General Assembly has taken place from January 22-28, 2017 at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

The Church has elected Rev. Yonas Yigezu to be a President of the church.

President-elect Rev. Yonas Yigezu 55, is currently serving at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Central Office as Director for Mission and Theology in Addis Ababa. He was candidate for the leadership position of the church at the 10-13 August council held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The incumbent, President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idosa has led the church since January 2009. Rev. Dr. Idosa is also president of LUCCEA of which the EECMY is a member.

“I am very happy that the unity of the church has been maintained and growth has been recorded during the last 8 years. The participation of the EECMY in spreading the gospel nationally and internationally has increased. I will continue to serve the church in all my capacity” Rev. Dr. Idosa said, following the election.

Out of 446 voting members of the EECMY 274 chose President-elect Rev Yonas Yigezu. The church’s highest governing body also elected Rev. Dr KirosLakew (President of the Addis Ababa Synod) as Vice President of the Church and Mr. Bacha Ginaas Treasurer to serve for the coming four years term.IMG 8129

“God is calling me into a challenge but for enormous blessing ahead. I am team builder and prayer warrior. I see my success in this” Rev. Yonas Yigezu said.

Rev. Yonas pursued his early education in Horest Spinnings Junior Secondary School in Challia, Wollega and Ghimbi High School. He then studied in Westhill College, England where he took his advanced diploma in Church Management and in Manchester University where he earned his bachelor’s in Development Management policy and MA in Management and Economic Policy. He did his Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Currently he is pursuing his PHD in Concordia Theological Seminary, USA. He was ordained in 2006 in West Wollega Bethel Synod, Danbidolo.

Rev. Yonas and his wife Ayantu Dufera have four children.

The EECMY became a national church in 1959 and joined the LWF in 1957.  According to the 2016 statistics, the Church has 8,564 congregations and 8,310,129 members.

The General Assembly was a very peaceful meeting.

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The EECMY 20th General Assembly Commenced

IMG 5215The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus commenced its 20th General Assembly at the Mekane Yesus Seminary with grand opening ceremony on January 22nd, 2017.
Church leaders, Pastors, Choirs, delegates and participants of the Assembly, wom

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en and men joining with colorful dressing and singing put the official assembly flag in the MYS compound. The theme of the Assembly is from Romans 1: 18 which say “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”.
The opening was also accompanied by choirs coming from different Mekane Yesus congregations found in Addis Ababa city and a word of God shared by Rev. Dereje Jemberu from John 1:44-51. The program ended with a Holy Communion.



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Mr. Oyvind Aasland, Norwegian Lutheran Mission General Secretary, Delivers A Speech to the EECMY 20th General Assembly

IMG 8033Mr. Oyvind thanked the EECMY for more than 60 years of partnership and cooperation. In his greetings he wanted to underline two things: First, he thanked the Church for holding up high the authority of the Bible and for not being ashamed of the gospel. As an example he mentioned that at this moment the Norwegian State Church Council is about to made decisions that are against the word of God- and therefore, it is of great importance that we stand together in partnership and support each other in recognizing the unquestionable authority of the Word of God and together proclaim, that we are not ashamed of the gospel.

The other point the General Secretary strongly emphasized is our common calling to reach out to the least reach people groups with the Gospel. He encouraged the Church to continue the Mission work and continue sharing the Good News to those who have yet not heard.  

Finally, on behalf of Norwegian Lutheran mission, I said thank you to the EECMY President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum.  “You have been a great model for leaders of different Christian organizations and churches, in the way that you led the EECMY. Personally, it has been an honor and great joy for me to develop personal relationship with you, and I do appreciate our friendship”, he said. He wished God’s guidance and blessing upon the church and a peaceful election at the General Assembly. 

"God’s Grace Liberates and Renews" - The theme for this year's Committee for Mutual Christian Responsibility

For the 38t2h time the EECMY leaders and representatives of the partner organizations and churches are gathering at the Gudina Tumssa Wholistic Training Centre in Addis Ababa. The theme for this year’s Committee for Mutual Christian Responsibility (CMCR) meeting is ‘God’s Grace Liberates and Renews’. The Lutheran World Federation’s ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’, which marks the celebration of the 500-year’s anniversary of the Reformation (1517-2017), has inspired the theme of the CMCR.



Tuesday, the 31st of January 2017, afternoon the meeting began with all members gathering for worship and commemoration of the Reformation. At the worship service the EECMY President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa preached over the text from John 1:14-18 and (the newly elected president) Rev. Yonas Yigezu led the liturgy. Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwobeki (Lutheran World Federation Director for Department of Mission and Development), the Ethiopian Catholic Church Cardinal Berhane Yesus as well as representatives from Meserethe Kristo Church (Menonites), Mulu Wongel Church (Pentecostals), Kale Hiwot Church (Baptist), and the Anglican Church participated in the commemoration service.

IMG 8363Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idossa shared in his commemoration speech the history of the relationship between the 4EECMY and the Ethiopian Catholic Church, and how these two churches especially during the time of the Communist Regime (1974-1991) were of great support to each other. The emeritus president Rev. Iteffa Gobena and Cardinal Berhane Yesus were both jailed for their faith during that time and even shared the prison cell. Likewise, the protestant churches supported each other mutually during the time of persecution and their history and growth is in many ways interlinked. The Cardinal as well as the other guest shared their appreciation of being invited for this special occasion and each underlined the importance of collaboration and support.

After the worship service, where also a choir from the EECMY Anuak Congregation in Addis Ababa sang and played their drums, all participants were invited for a special dinner program. The staff at Gudina Tumssa Wholistic Training Centre had provided beautifully with a campfire, candles, and delicious food. After the cutting of cake by the Guests of Honour, dinner was served. The evening program was accompanied by music performed by students from the EECMY Jazz Music School.