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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Thursday, May 8

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Older Adult Week

Ethiopia, continued

Mekane Yesus Seminary students Legesse, Almaz, and Tsegaye display their project proposals. Photo by Carolyn Weber

 

 

Mekane Yesus Seminary students Legesse, Almaz, and Tsegaye display their project proposals.

 

Photo by Carolyn Weber

 

The students in my advanced English class at the Mekane Yesus Seminary are as varied as they are promising. For class, I asked them to develop proposals for how they would implement social change through the church.

Almaz Teka, who accepted Christ at 15, has served the factory-town Kombolcha Mekane Yesus congregation as evangelist for five years. “Before that I was a lawyer, and my heart was broken for the women, for what they’d faced.” She proposed to address the prostitution in Kombolcha that results from joblessness. If funded, her congregation would invite 30 women to transformed lives through education, income generation, and Christ.

Tsegaye Ejersa’s 14-year ministry has been motivated by his heart for children. For half of his 36 years, he has known Jesus. Many years ago, church support was strong in his region, the heavily militarized northeast. Now, the military is gone. Widows, orphans, disease, poverty, and a reduced Protestant presence remain. Through Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) North Area Work, Tsegaye proposes to invite 30 women left abandoned or widowed because of HIV/AIDS to receive awareness training, counseling, and handicraft training.

Legesse Bekele’s family practiced traditional religion. “There was no peace in our home. The bonds of Satan were only broken by Jesus Christ.” Legesse has known Christ for 30 years, serving 23 of them as an evangelist in 15 Debrezeit-area congregations. Lack of electricity and harmful effects from kerosene lighting influenced Legesse’s proposal. If funded, 16 rural congregations and nine preaching places around Debrezeit would receive solar panels.

Lord, thank you for these youths’ witness!

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber, instructor, Mekane Yesus Seminary

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY): Rev. Dr. Wakeseyoum Idossa, president, Rev. Dereje Jemberu, vice president, Rev. Dr. Brehanu Ofgaa, general secretary, Mr. Girma Borsha, director of finance/administration • Bethel Synod Coordination Office: Rev. Teferi Berkessa, coordinator, Mr. Petros Tsanu, project coordinator • East Gambella Bethel Synod: Mr. Kiru Omod, executive secretary and acting president • Illubabor Bethel Synod: Rev. Tariku Tadessa, president • Southwest Bethel Synod: Rev. Johannes Sherab, president • West Gambella Bethel Synod: Rev. Ding Gach Gor, president • Western Wollega Bethel Synod: Rev. Chali Yoseph, president • Berhane Yesus Elementary School: Mr. Dugasa Beyene, director • Bethel Evangelical Secondary School: Mr. Amanuel Tesfaye, director • Bethel Mekane Yesus School: Samuel Taddesse, director • Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology: Dr. Desta Heliso, president

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Shenandoah, Susquehanna Valley, and Washington, with the EECMY

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Ray Hamilton, PMA
Rev. Trey Hammond, PMA
Denise Hampton, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, pour your empowering blessing upon the faithful young people of Ethiopia, who have set the whole church an example “in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Exodus 20:1-21
Second Reading Colossians 1:24-2:7
Gospel Reading Matthew 4:1-11
Evening Psalms 68; 113

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