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Abay Dabus Synod Convention

EECMYCrossOn 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.

 

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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Birbir Dilla Synod Convention

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Birbir Dilla Synod Convention was held from May 19-20th, 2017 at Aira town.

The convention gathered under the theme “being fruitful”.  Rev. Yonas Yigezu, President of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus shared the Word of God on this theme. He explained how the Church can be fruitful and that faith in Jesus and the Work of the Holy Spirit is the soil on which fruitfulness is grounded.

Reports on the general activities and financial activities of the Synod were presented by the executive secretary and treasurer of the Synod which was discussed thoroughly by the convention. The Synod audit report showed that the Synod is free from any qualification points which were appreciated by the Convention.

Prior to the convention the Synod had extra ordinary council meeting for two days which screened the nominees for the leadership of the Synod

The convention then elected Rev. Melkamu Itefa replacing Rev. Itefa Geleta who has served for two terms (8 years). Rev. Melkamu, 49, has a BTH from Mekane Yesus Seminary. He has served as Parish coordinator for four years and was elected as executive secretary at the Synod.

He then joined MYS for MA in Theology which he completed two years ago. He was serving at Aster Gano Literature Society as the coordinator until the date of election as President.

The Synod also elected Rev. Tariku Negeri as Vice President and Rev. Mulatu Gadisa as Treasurer. Rev. Tariku has a BTH from MYS and is serving as Coordinator for Children and Youth Ministry of the Synod.

Rev. Mulatu has BTH from MYS and MA from Norway. He was the first president of the Synod and is currently serving at Onasimos Nesib Seminary as Instructor.

The convention passed major resolutions. Joint evangelism with other Synods to unreached areas, celebrate Synod’s annual mission day during coffee harvest season as a means of fund-raising for mission work and additionally for EECMY TV Broadcasting, on top of what the Church Council have decided for the contribution of 1000 Birr for each EECMY congregation, the Convention decided that urban congregations of the Synod to pay 5 to 10 thousand Birr and have a fund raining strategy to support the launching of the TV program.  

Birbir Dilla Synod has major contribution to the society through its development and social services which is part of the wholistic mission of the Church. Ayra Hospital, six health centers, two high schools (Lalo Ayera and Horst Springs secondary and preparatory schools), Cheliya hand craft training project, Birbir Suchi food security project which works on soil conservation and forest development are just some parts of the Synod activities.

Currently Birbir Dilla Synod has 239 congregations and 8 preaching Places. The total members of the Synod are 280,617 which out of this 145,895 are communicant. There are 122 pastors, 11 evangelists and 4283 volunteers.  

 

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. 

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.

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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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