Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church Hawassa Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) (“place of Jesus), is now one of the largest Lutheran denominations in the world. Our connection with the EECMY is through the Augustana District, a group of roughly 70 congregations from our denomination, the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.
In 2012, delegates from the Augustana District participated in a mission conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and developed relationships with the leaders of the EECMY. Since that time Augustana District has partnered with them to send out Evangelists to plant preaching points and grow churches in areas that have no other church or are heavily populated by Muslims.
Here are a few of the things our partnership has accomplished:
• 69 Evangelists have been sent out • 25 Congregations have been established • 7 different regions of Ethiopia have been reached
To support this, the Augustana District regularly sends funds to the Tabor Congregation of the EECMY. These funds originally come from congregations like SOTH!
Here is a glance at what has been sent so far from 2014-2017:
• $146,378 for Evangelist support
• $32,497 for new church construction
• $22,928 for purchase of church land
• $7,400 for farmer training/support
• $28,769 for purchase of ministry vehicle
• $6,250 for Evangelist and minister training
• Total = $244,222
That is pretty amazing to know that we have helped make such a big impact in spreading the Gospel!
But here is the really great part: the Tabor Congregation (EECMY) has put in $553,940 for all of these things! Our support from the Augustana District is roughly 31% of the total! They are the leaders of this, and we are merely partners helping them to make a greater impact.
Gifted Leaders, pastors, and elders committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ make a huge difference in the effectiveness of our partnerships in Ethiopia. Pictured here are Pastor Dawit y Wario speaking to evangelists sent out by Tabor.
Elders of the Tabor Congregation pictured with our AD delegation
There is a cost to commitment that calls for fervent prayers. You see here a man converted from Islam encouraged by our delegation’s support even as he faces strong opposition for this conversion and is donation of land for a Christian worship center.
This is one congregation sending out this marvelous number of witnesses to Jesus Christ. Coordinators of evangelists use motorcycles we have provided, and other evangelists use simple bicycles. These modes of transportation greatly enhance the effectiveness of their witness. Walking simply wastes valuable time. Thank you for your support of this amazing living out of Acts 1:8.
Leaders of Tabor express their thanks: "The EECMY Tabor congregation highly appreciates and would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Augustana District for the sacrifices the District has been paying and standing with Tabor Congregation in the expansion of the Kingdom of God."
To support the Tabor plan to reach 100,000 people with the Gospel, send a check to the Augustana District with the "Tabor" in the memo line to: 335 Main St. Hutchinson, MN 55350