EvaSUE is one of the oldest Para churches in Ethiopia with a legacy of more than four decades of reaching thousands of College Students and graduates with integrity and solid Evangelical teaching.
EvaSUE Alumni is established formally under the auspices of EvaSUE and the Ethiopian Evangelical Churches Association (EECA) in July 2007. The Alumni is established as a religious non-profit organization and its sole purpose is to support EvaSUE by raising funds and resources, providing organizational support, and serving as a bridge between EvaSUE and partners like you here in the US and the Diaspora.
EvaSUE’s growth is one of the top few compared to all student fellowships worldwide in the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). EvaSUE is a member of Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE). EvaSUE Alumni is a member of the Ethiopian Evangelical Churches Fellowship (EECF) here in the US.
EvaSUE 2015 Annual Report on Mission, Evangelism and Major Activities
Jesus… said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matt 28:18-20 Report 31/01/2016
The Evangelical Students’ and Graduates’ Union of Ethiopia (EvaSUE) which now serves university and college Christian students in over 94 government campuses and several private campuses had its beginning in a small students’ bible study group at Addis Ababa University in 1963. During the past five decades, EvaSUE has been playing substantial roles in shaping the lives of thousands of graduates, spreading the gospel throughout the country and in developing the current leaders of the church, and the nation. Moreover, it is vivid that several churches throughout the country have been planted by professionals who passed through EvaSUE. Recently, EvaSUE is serving over 41,000 students with 38 fulltime staffs in 8 regional offices. The number of students in the ministry let EvaSUE to be the fastest growing student movement in the world, and the second largest movement in Africa. We aspire to see transformed students and graduates impacting their campus, nation and the world. So as to achieve this, we strategize our ministry into 4 ministerial areas; Mission, Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership Development. In these areas, there are number of activities that we usually perform annually. Particularly with regards to mission and evangelism EvaSUE has been doing these activities using contemporary strategies in universities and colleges and in the community at large. EvaSUE train and send students and graduates for short term missions to unreached people groups and it has brought a positive impact in the progress of evangelical Christianity. EvaSUE is also finding new initiatives in order to reach the unreached/least reached society with the gospel of Christ. Among these, medical mission outreach program, mass and street evangelism and providing tutorial class to high school students are the prominent ones. As of this, the Mission and Evangelism department has two main annual programs namely; the Summer Mission program and Break Mission Program. On these programs, the department initiates and organizes students to undertake mission activities by selecting sites. This report focuses on reporting on the mission and evangelism activities as well as other major events done in 2015 different locations of the nation by students. And it has been organized in such a way that it would give basic information. In addition, it is worthy of mentioning that this report is not full as we couldn’t get and compile the whole data from all the places. In addition, the report is classified based on the campuses. Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE Mission Activities BREAK MISSION ACTIVITIES UNDER NORTH REGION Mekele University-Main Campus Students from Main Campus of Mekele University selected three sites namely Mekelle ,Quiha, and Alamata. In these sites 58 students have participated, and total of 1566 people could hear the good news of the Kingdom. Among them, 140 of them could respond positively. From these people is known that 34 of them are connected to the church and they are under follow-up. Mekele University-Arid Campus Students from Arid Campus of Mekele University selected two sites namely Asayte and Dubti. In these sites 33 students have participated, and total of 453 people could hear the good news of the Kingdom. Among them, 19 of them could respond positively. Adigrat University Students from Adigrat University went to two mission sites namely Adigrat and Adwa. In these sites 130 students have participated, and total of 1903 people could hear the good news of the Kingdom. Among them, 43 of them could accept Jesus Christ as their saviour. Axum University Students from Axum University went to two mission sites namely Axum, Temben, May Kenetal, Edaga Arbi, Wekro Mariam and Selekleka. In these sites 50 students have participated, and total of 1100 people could hear the good news of the Kingdom. Among them, 94 of them could accept Jesus Christ as their saviour. Moreover, in the campus, 5 students have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord, and they are under follow-up. Wollo University-Desie Campus Break mission has not been conducted in this campus due to logistics. However, there were active campus evangelism activities in the region. In relation to this, more than 50 students heard the gospel of the Kingdom and 11 students came to Christ; out of them 8 students have been baptized by different churches. Wollo University-Kombolcha Campus In the same manner like Desie, break mission has not been conducted in this campus due to logistics. However, there were active campus evangelism activities in the region. In relation to this, more than 75 students heard the Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE gospel of the Kingdom and 7 students came to Christ; out of them 3 students have been baptized by different churches. MISSION ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITIES UNDER NORTH-WEST REGION Bahir Dar University (Both Peda and Poly) Students from Bahir Dar University did their break mission in Bahir Dar and in its surrounding (Yibabe and Zenzelima). Within these places 113 students have participated. From this, 21 of them were high school students. Consequently, 98 people accepted Jesus Christ; and 46 were connected to the church. MISSION ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITIES UNDER SOUTH-WEST REGION Jima University-Technology Campus Students from Jima University, Technology Campus went to two mission sites namely Agaro and Jima. In Agaro a total of 349 people could hear the good news of the Kingdom. Among them, 62 of them could accept Jesus Christ as their savior. In Jima 102 people could hear the gospel. Among them, 18 of them could accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Jima University-Main Campus Students from Jima University, Main Campus did their break mission in Limu Genete, Atnago Woreda, and Ambuye Kebele. Within these places 640 students have participated. Consequently, 36 people accepted Jesus Christ. Jima University-Agriculture Campus Students from Jima University, Agriculture Campus did their break mission in Yebu, and Jima. Within these places 439 people have heard the gospel. Consequently, 36 people accepted Jesus Christ. Wolega University (Assosa Campus and Main Campus) The Students residing in Wolega Univerity and Assosa University reported that they could reach 521 and out of them 23 of them came to Christ. While in Assosa, it is reported that they could reach 547 people with the gospel; and 20 of them responded to the gospel. Jima University Post Graduates Fellowship- Medical Mission EvaSUE encourages Christian professional groups to immerse themselves into works that interpret the love of Jesus through their profession. Therefore, we were pleased to provide financial and technical support for a medical mission organized by Jimma University Evangelical Graduates and Post-Graduate Students Fellowship to three health facilities in two Weredas of Northern Gonder (Debark and Dabat) during the period of November 20-22, 2015. Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE After securing the proper permission from the Regional Health Bureau, the team of twenty nine health care professionals and eleven supporters delivered health care services to 1986 adults and 220 children in internal medicine, ophthalmology, major and minor surgery, laboratory-based diagnoses, and distribution of medications. The health care professionals included a surgeon, ophthalmologist, nurses, general physicians, medical intern, pharmacist, health officer, laboratory technicians, and a midwife. Non-health professionals and volunteer ministers from the Gonder area also participated. After the completion of the mission work, drugs and medical supplies were donated to health care facilities in the community. The mission team was also able to identify major health problems needing special attention in the area and recommend the respective governmental bodies to utilize health extension workers at the Kebele level to promote household hygiene for primary prevention of these problems. We at EvaSUE thank God for the commitment of this group to use their professions to share the love of God, and we urge others to do the same. This medical mission is with the financial and technical support of partners who have been yoked with EvaSUE’s ministry and is grateful to all partners for their valuable contribution to its mission. May all the glory be to God! MISSION ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITIES UNDER SOUTH REGION In this region, there are number of large universities. From these universities, students in Hawasa University (Main Campus, Agriculture Campus, Wondogenet and Medical Campus), Dilla University, Wochamo University, Wolayata Sodo University, Meda Welabo University and Arbaminche University carried out break mission. The students have chosen 11 sites namely; Adamitulu, Hagere Mariam, Bale Goba, Bale Robe, Shashemene, Zeway, Wadera, Meki, Alemgena, Debube Omo, and Jara. In these areas, 9284 people heard the good news; and out of these, 1144 accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. In addition, the students reported that, in these regions 370 backsliders repented. Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE EvaSUE Graduation Ceremony The 2015 EvaSUE Graduation Ceremony was held on 5th July at Misrak Meserete Kristos Church, Addis Ababa. The purpose of this annual event is to appreciate Christian academic excellence, increase church sensitivity towards graduates, and charge graduates to serve the church and the nation. The program was attended by students representing the 2015 graduating class, invited guests, church leaders, representatives of parachurch organizations, EvaSUE staff and board members, and families of the graduates. After the opening prayer by the former president of Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE), Rev. Alemu Sheta, three graduates and renowned singer Addisu Worku led the congregation in worshiping God in song. Mr. Fekede Tefera, EvaSUE board secretary, urged students to be ambassadors of God’s kingdom in every corner of the country and encouraged graduates to rejoin their local church life to serve and share what God has taught them on their campuses. EvaSUE General Secretary Mr. Robel Chemeda emphasized that student ministry never replaces the church, and EvaSUE remains to Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE be a bridge between church and campus students. He thanked churches for supporting the student ministry and exhorted graduates to give much as they have been given much. Professor Atalay Alem delivered a message based on Jeremiah 6:16 to encourage graduates to walk on the new and living path Jesus opened, not to value possessions over a Godly life, and to live a life that is worthy of God’s investment in their life. Brother Negussie Bulcha led the graduates in making an oath before God to serve their local churches and country with integrity and to have a missional mind-set. Following the oath, church leaders representing Ethiopian evangelical churches welcomed graduates to their respective local churches. Students who excelled in their academic performance were also recognized and awarded. Dawit Abiy from the Science Faculty at Addis Ababa University took a trophy as Graduate of the Year. Dawit not only scored a 4.0 CGPA with twenty two A+ while studying Applied Math, he was also active in the campus fellowship and involved in leadership. Pastor Tiruwork Mesfin received EvaSUE’s Special Award of the Year for her tremendous contribution to the student ministry. Pastor Tiruwork’s engagement with the student ministry began when she joined Hailesilassie-I University to study Geography and continued as she joined the staff in the late 1970s and later became the leader of the staff team by then. Pastor Tiruwork used to pastor in Ethiopian Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE Christian Fellowship Church in Los Angeles. With this, all the board the management, the staff team and all EvaSUE’s family recognized her extraordinary contribution to EvaSUE through all the years of her service which continues to this day. Currently, Pastor Tiruwork has moved to Ethiopia and living in Bahir Dar. EvaSUE is thankful for another batch of graduates. As always, we encourage our graduates to stay in touch with EvaSUE and continue to support student ministry. EvaSUE Conducts Mission Impact Assessment Research The EvaSUE Evangelism and Mission Department focuses on two areas: campus evangelism, mission outreach. As part of the mission outreach projects, thousands of Christian students have participated in short-term missions in various rural and semi-urban areas, reaching 372, 670 with the Gospel and seeing 28,497 of those accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior since 2005. The short-term missions conducted by EvaSUE have a holistic approach, integrating the Gospel with initiatives such as youth reproductive health, anti-abortion campaigns, academic support, and other social services to the community at large. The goal of these missions is three-fold: to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Christ, to encourage local church youth and initiate local mission groups for sustainable mission mobilization, and to create opportunities for students to experience God's mission in their lives. In light of these goals, EvaSUE conducted research to assess the impact of its ministry in relation to campus evangelism and mission outreach endeavors through the last decade.The research was conducted in ten sample sites where short-term missions have been conducted more than four times. Selected sample mission sites were Halaba, Jinka, Dodola, Asebeteferi, Mojo, Minjar-Arerti, Wolo-Hayk, Fich, Bedele, and Ejere. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions were supplemented by an online survey of former short-term mission participants. The findings were quite positive, indicating that short-term missions had a long-term effect both on the areas (churches and individuals) that the short-term missionaries went to and on the missionaries themselves. Unity and networking were promoted among the existing local churches through collaborating on short-term programs, and new churches were begun as a result of the collaborative evangelistic efforts of the churches and the students. One example is a tribal leader in South Omo (an area where most people follow traditional animistic religion) who accepted Christ along with his family. Twenty students had come to his region for a short-term mission in June 2012, and they visited his home. After his conversion, he started to witness about Jesus to his people, and a new church is now planted in that area. Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE Encouraged by the progress of the short-term missions program, EvaSUE would like to see similar results with our on-campus evangelism. Currently, the program uses various methods such as friendship evangelism, literature and film evangelism, and internet evangelism. These efforts have brought a moderate impact on Ethiopia's universities and colleges: every year, over 1,100 campus students come to Christ. However, much work is needed to mobilize all the Christian students, using revised strategies for even better results. Specific recommendations include the following: · Create a strong discipleship system and provide church youth with basic Christianity teachings in order to be exemplary witnesses for Christ. · Uniformly restructure all campus fellowships to be suitable for evangelism. · Expand the scope and scale of ongoing mission mobilization across the country. · Initiate new strategies and trainings to enhance the ongoing mission and evangelism programs in collaboration with local churches and parachurch organizations. · Strengthen the existing programs and strategies used by EvaSUE and initiate a national prayer program. · Assign EvaSUE staff to all universities in order to assist students in their evangelism and missions initiatives. EvaSUE Annual Leadership Summit EvaSUE’s annual National Leadership Summit was held from 8th – 11th of July 2015 at Gudina Tumsa Foundation, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The National Leadership Summit is part of EvaSUE’s leadership development in which campus Christian fellowship leaders learn Biblical teaching and leadership skills. The Summit is also an important forum to bring fellowship leaders from all over the country to share their experiences and to strengthen spiritual unity. The 2015 Summit, which was attended by 148 student leaders from sixty private and government colleges and universities, had the theme of “Leading by Defending and Conforming to the Gospel.” It was organized in morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. The morning sessions saw an exposition of 2nd Timothy and a teaching on discipleship, while the afternoon sessions featured parallel seminars on missional leadership, mentorship, sexuality, evangelism and mission, and current issues in Christian teachings. The evening sessions were mainly dominated by a business meeting on emerging challenges of students, prayer, and a campfire night. The exposition of 2nd Timothy focused on living for and defending the true Gospel, while the teaching on discipleship was about the characteristics of a true disciple. In contrast, the parallel seminars provided detailed insights on specific topics. The seminar on mentorship highlighted the essence and importance of a mentor and resulted in an Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE action call for the student leaders to look for a Godly mentor who can be a role model in their life endeavors. Focusing on the life of John the Baptist, the seminar on missional leadership expounded on being a servant leader. The seminar on sexuality addressed how to safeguard physical and emotional purity as well as how to counsel other students on the issue. Building on past achievements, the evangelism and mission seminar became a platform for setting a strategy for future engagements. In the seminar on current issues in Christian teachings, heresies that are widely circulated were identified and an apologetic discussion was made with the goal of equipping students with the knowledge of the true Gospel. Overall, the Summit was an occasion to reflect on achievements and challenges particular to each campus and to have fellowship among student leaders and between student leaders and EvaSUE staff. EvaSUE organized the Summit with the financial and technical support of partners who have been yoked with EvaSUE’s ministry and is grateful to all partners for their valuable contribution to its mission. Staff Consulation Meeting The EvaSUE Staff Consultation was held from Nov.2-7, 2015, in the CDTRC-Sandaffa compound. The meeting had a triple target of giving direction to staff roles, equipping them with EvaSUE’s basic training topics, and building strong fellowship. The thirty nine attendees included almost all regional coordinators and campus staff from government and private universities and colleges and also incorporated eleven new staff members. Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE In the first session, EvaSUE General Secretary Robel Chemeda presented the roles of staff and regional coordinators. After giving a refreshing discussion on the vision, mission, and values of EvaSUE, he expounded on teaching, guiding, and modeling as the three pillars of all staff roles, based on 1Timothy 4:11-13. The training topics were chosen to be highly relevant for campus student ministry. Trainers with in-depth experience and knowledge of each area presented on Small Group Ministry, Friendship Evangelism, Intimacy with God, Inductive Bible Study, Worldview, and Sexuality and Relationships. Their delivery was semi-participatory, and participants were able to reflect at the end of each presentation. Since staff workers are expected to give these trainings to their respective campus student fellowships, the office also provided them with a hard copy of all the training materials to take with them. In addition to the formal sessions, the staff had an opportunity to enjoy mutual fellowship, share their ministerial experiences and burdens, and spend time over the six days deepening their relationships with one another. EvaSUE would like to thank all those who helped this program financially or were involved with the training. Attendees shared that they benefited greatly from the training, sharing of experiences, and the testimonies from others during informal times, and they felt it was an overall boost to their ministries. We hope to be able to put more effort and resources into equipping and empowering our staff in the future. Campus Mission Mobilization (CMM) Project CMM Project is a jointly implimented project with EvaSUE and Horn of Africa Mission Engagers Ministry (HOEME). According to CMM’s five years strategic plan, we are assuming to train two hundred fifty/250 campus graduates and key student leaders and multiplying fifty/50 full time mobilizers by hosting fifty/50 trainees and deploying ten/10 full timers every year. For first CMM implementation year, we train and mobilize twenty six/26 and got five/5 full time mobilizers (two deployed by ME/EvaSUE partnership and the rest three became EvaSUE’s full time staffs) which means it was about 50% succeed our first project year regarding the number of trained students. For 2015/16 project year, More than sixty five/65 students and graduates applied to join the training but Because of the limitation and inconvenient of training place we Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘and Graduates‘Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE minimized the number and able to recruit & mobilize forty two/42 students and graduates from seventeen/17 different campuses (the number of participants sometimes raised up to fifty/50 for special courses like Kairos, gomoblize and xplore) 30% of the participants are current key student leaders from different major campuses and the rest 70% were graduates. We also found and recruit eleven/11 full time mobilizers out of fourteen/14 volunteer graduates who is interested to be full time campus mobilizers. Depend on our budget and recruitment criteria, we choose eleven/11 campus mobilizers this year. Nine/9 of them are already deployed in different campuses as full time campus mission mobilizers with the partnership of EvaSUE and HO-ME and the rest two are joined to work for Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission Engagers mobilization department. And the rest thirty one/31 2015/16 CMM graduates will be volunteer mobilizers and live their life strategically by practicing world Christian habits ( sending, praying, welcoming, mobilizing etc ) as they go to different part of the country as student and professionals. They will also be part of our coaching and mentoring program as we going to do that for full time mobilizers. The fourty two participants went through the four/4 weeks class room training, two/2 weeks internship program, one/1 week recap training format and they became part of our ten/10 months couching and mentoring program. Only two/2 participants couldn’t able to come back for recap. About twenty one/21 teachers from inside and outside the country and from different denominations came and teach in the area of discipleship, leadership, mission and evangelism with the goal and focus of mission mobilization. According to the evaluation and feedback from participants we got some imputes to make CMM more effective regarding on some trainings and teachers. We also introduce two/2 additional mobilization tools this year which is very strategic and important for campus mission context. God helped us a lot to be successful this year! His presence was with us, challenging each students with the burden of the lost world and unreached people groups (those who never had a chance to hear about Jesus first coming) in Ethiopia and beyond All forty two/42 participants had two/2weeks internship opportunity and field experience to go and practice what they have learned at the class for one/1 month. Most of them start practicing mobilization from their own families (parents, brother and sisters) and friends, church leaders, at the small groups and at the congregation of their membership churches. More than 1500 believers had a chance to hear about Gods heart for all nations and about our world reality in the context of unreached people groups. We also received invitations to get more dipper trainings from some of those places where participants went to practice and mobilize for two/2 weeks Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘ and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE This year we gave full scholarship for seven/7 students & graduates and eleven/11 participants got 50% scholarship (payed around 500/600birr) and the rest twenty three/23 payed fully (1000birr) to join CMMM15/16. We also host one/1 student from Kenya came here to participate CMM and get experience to start same kind of program in Kenya. Around 50% of their contribution (registration fee) goes back to their transportation expense. When we sent them out for two weeks to get practical skills, we cover their round trip transportation expenses. We also distributed relevant materials and tools to all participants in both hard and soft copy format. Central Region Students‘Conference (Supermacy of Christ) The Addis Ababa Regional office of EvaSUE held a teaching conference on 4th and 5th April 2015 at Beza International Church, Addis Ababa. The focus of the conference was the Book of Colossians under the theme, ‘Supremacy of Christ’. The conference was aimed at equipping campus students to defend their faith by focusing on the supremacy of Christ. On average more than 1500 students from fifteen universities and colleges attended the three sessions of the conference. In each session, Dr. Mamusha Fenta gave an exposition on who Christ is, what our salvation entails, and the standard of life expected from believers. The first session highlighted that the basic foundation of the Christian faith is understanding the identity of Christ. According to Colossians, Jesus is the revelation of the invisible God, and He Himself is the almighty God. The second session emphasized the fact that we were all under the dominion of darkness as enemies of God in our thoughts and morals. Dr. Mamusha put under the microscope who we were before and what we became as a result Report 31/01/2016
Evangelical Students‘and Graduates‘ Union of Ethiopia| EvaSUE of the deeds of Jesus and our faith in His finished work. This knowledge and understanding is our driving force to have a life that is full of passion for the Lord. Recalling the lessons learnt in the previous sessions, the third session focused on the kind of practical life expected of those who now claim to be allies of God. Since we have a supreme Lord and have received a priceless salvation, we are called to live a life that is worthy of the Lord. To achieve this goal, knowing and understanding our disposition as being dead and hidden with Christ is crucial. In addition, taming our thoughts and learning mortification on a daily basis are essential disciplines to live up to the standard. Alongside the teaching, Zema for Christ Worship Team and the student worship team linked heaven and earth through sincere and enormously rich music. Additionally, Mr. Negussie Bulcha, a renowned teacher and preacher in both student and church ministry, Mr. Fekede Tefera, the Board Chairman of EvaSUE, and Dr. Beta Mengestu, the leader of Beza International Church, briefly addressed and encouraged the students. In their closing remarks, Mr. Zelalem Abebe and Mr. Yakob Mame of EvaSUE announced their plan to hold such a teaching conference annually and thanked all parties involved in organizing the event. The expected outcome of the conference is to empower students to have a deeply rooted and profound understanding of Christ’s supremacy, the priceless value of salvation, and the call to live a life worthy of God. Though there was enormous feedback after the event, it is worth mentioning the response from one student from FB campus. She emotionally expressed her impression by saying, “I have never understood Jesus like this before."
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “whom shall I send? And who
will go for us?” And I said, “here I am send me!” Isaiah 6:8
Date and time: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9am to 6 pm
Place: 700 west Braddock rd, Alexanderia, VA, 22302
Nature of Meeting: Especially called for fellowship, connect, support, report and plan together
Host: EvaSUE Alumni in North America, DMV area committee
The fellowship started at 10 am with prayer
The morning shift was dedicated for introduction to one another, worship and teaching
Every one introduced themselves with perspective campuses. Group worshiped in
singing led by brother Abiso.
Brother Workneh Beshah, an invited guest partner of EvaSUE then shared the word of
God. The word was about how the will of God is different from ours but is the one
having the right ending in our life’s purpose.
Then A 5 minutes video showing students engaged in mission activities was presented.
A simple lunch was served allowing everyone time to interact to one another.
The spirit of fellowship from the morning continued in the after lunch session too. The
afternoon time was dedicated mainly for presenting what is being done by the alumni in
North America and a panel discussion among the graduates on how to go forward.
Mike Hunde from the committee presented the latest summary of activities been
undertaking for the last couple of years in North America by the alumni.
Sister Tewabech has elaborated what is and has been happening in Ethiopia through the
ministry. She also shared her personal experiences, things affecting the ministry and the
generation, challenges observed … accompanied with some advises and wisdom
Attendants were also able to share their experiences as students through the
fellowships: What they learned &gained and their commitments to support the
association in the future. More and more graduates expressed their commitment to the
continuous support of the ministry.
Graduates forwarded their thought in how to strengthen this fellowship. One being to
have continual regular meetings. It was suggested for a quarterly fellowship time and
accepted by majority. So today considered the first meeting for the year the next was
marked on Saturday April 16, 2016, 3 pm. The committee will announce the place with
a reminder ahead of time via email. The fellowship is agreed to be a half day only
It was asked by the committee for a volunteer to join the committee and one person
namely Abiso Langena came forward. Brother Abiso was invited by the committee from
2 years ago to serve in the committee but didn’t accept the invitation mentioning time
constraints as a reason. Regardless he continued supporting the work when ever
needed. And today his volunteering was welcomed by all. From today onwards he will
be officially joining the DMV committee.
The committee asked a financial support from the attendees to fund the upcoming
planed events in the area. The Alumni board in US has planned 4 events in March 2016
in DMV area and money is needed to provide the transportation and accommodation of
ministers and other related expenses.
The attendees then generously. As a result, about 1,594$ was collected in cash and
checks right away. More than 7 attendants promised to send us their contributions as
they didn’t carry money with them at the moment. The DMV committee later
contributed additional 400$ for miscellaneous expenses. Also another 6 graduates
pledged in written a direct support to the alumni of varied amount with a total of 1300$
before the year folds.
A total of 39 people attended the day, although, few left after the morning session and
few others came only after lunch. The group is generally consisted of EvaSUE alumni
members and some family members, every one engaged with passion.
Sister Tewabech Mengiste for networking and bringing graduates together
First Assembly of God Church for giving us place of meeting
Brother Senai Assefa for arranging the place and accommodations
Brother Fasika Metaferia for capturing the event through camera
Brother Workneh Beshah for ministering us through the word of God.
We can’t wait to see you again
EvaSUE Alumni in North America, DMV local committee
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