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Empror Haile Selassie visits TEC 50 years ago

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

At Tabor Evangelical College we have started to plan the 50 years jubilee celebration of the school, which was established in 1968 as Tabor Seminary. The buildings were finished by the end of September and in the first weeks of October the students arrived. But while the buildings were still under constructions, it was announced that Emperor Haile Selassie would come to visit.

On the 12th of March 1968 in the afternoon Emperor Haile Selassie arrived at the compound and was welcomed by workers and employees of the seminary together with NLM missionaries. The principal of the seminary Johannes Sandved welcomed the Emperor, introduced the staff of the seminary and then gave the Emperor a guided tour of the compound.     

According to the article in Utsyn April 21st, 1968, the Emperor had asked about the courses to be given at the seminary and also the students. Johannes Sandved explained that the courses were theological and that the aim was to train pastors and evangelist for the ministry of the Mekane Yesus Church. The students would come from all over the southern part of Ethiopia and also bring their families to come and stay at the compound.

Johannes Sandved apologized that the building project was not finalised for the Emperor to see, but the Emperor expressed that for him it was a joy and encouragement to see an educational institution like this.    

The article in Utsyn no 13, 1968 page 3-4 is written by Kristine Skjeslien. 

TEC Promotion Trip

Arba Minch Parish Bible School
Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

From the 5th until the 10th of March the TEC Principal Mr. Galgalo Karre, the Mission Department Dean, Mr. Getachew Gelebo and Advisor, Ms Ruth Osmundsen travelled to 6 of the 8 synods in the southern part of Ethiopia to promote Tabor Evangelical College.

The trip took us to Dara Synod where we met with synod leaders. The synod is almost a year old, but though it is a young synod there have been Mekane Yesus congregation in the area for the past 60-70 years. The synod does not have a bible school, but we discussed different options for theological training to be given for parish and congregational leaders, and also encouraged the synod to send more students to TEC.  

From Dara we continued to Dilla town where they have the synod office for the South Synod. Here we met with the synod leaders and were given a guide tour on their compound seeing the bible school. When the buildings at TEC were ready to be used in 1968, it was the teachers and students from the Dilla Bible School that were moved to the TEC compound in Hawassa. The South Synod opened later a new bible school in the old building and the work is continuing until today.

Continuing further south we spend the night in Bule Hora before visiting the South Ethiopian Synod and the bible school the next morning. We first were shown the bible school. The synod is building a new bible school building and the two class rooms are ready, but still working on the library. The bible school has been given its own big plot of land within the synod compound and there is a lot of potential for new facilities. Most of the work with the new bible school building has been done by support given locally.

After a long five hours drive on a bumpy road, we arrived in Adola and came to the synod compound. Here we had a meeting with the synod and bible school leaders. In Adola they are planning to upgrade their bible school and also give theological education at diploma level. For us at TEC it is very encouraging to see the synods developing and upgrading, and we also discussed together how we can secure high quality at these educational institutions.

Next morning we got up early to drive all the way from Adola to Amaro past Aleta Wondo and Dilla. In Amaro, like in most of the synods we had visited, we were received by former TEC students. It has been such a great joy for us to meet TEC graduates who are now serving as synod leaders and bible school teachers. Seeing that they are putting into practice what they learned at TEC and also to witness their commitment to expanding the Kingdom of God each in their place of ministry.

From Amaro we continued to the South West Synod and visited the parish leaders in Konso and the bible school in Gidole on our way to the synod centre in Arba Minch. In Arba Minch we were taken first to the Arba Minch Parish Bibel School and later taken to the Mekane Yesus Technical Training Centre where we saw the seminary that now offers a Diploma in Theology. After seeing these we also visited the Geresse Bible School. There are a total of five parish bible schools in the South West Synod and we visited all except the ones in Gofa and Jinka. What impressed us the most in the South West Synod was their number of female students, bible school teachers, and also a female bible school director. We hope that more women in the future will be given the opportunity to study theology and also come to TEC for the B.TH.

It was very encouraging to visit the synods and the bible schools here in the southern part of Ethiopia, and we will together work to secure good educational quality and better opportunities for theological education in the years to come. 

First day of the new school year at TEC Mission Department

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

The summer vacation is now over here at Tabor Evangelical College. We have held our crash course in English, and interviewed all new candidates. Yesterday was the day of registration and today classes have begun.

New students have arrived for Diploma I (6 new students) and Degree I (13 new students) and we have also received new students in Diploma II and Degree II and III. We are very happy for all our new and old students and looking forward to a new school year here at the TEC - Mission Department.

Two of our TEC-MD teachers will go for further studies this year to upgrade to M.Th., and we ask that you remember them in your prayers.

The High School are presently registering new 9th graders and classes will start after Ethiopian New Year.        

Summer Mission Trip

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

Here at the Mission Department of Tabor Evangelical College (TEC), we value that the students get a practical understanding of mission in addition to the theoretical part. Therefore, each summer we send students who have finished 2nd year Degree Program and 2nd year Diploma Program, on a mission trip. The students will be sent two-and-two to different congregations in areas with few Christians or where the Christians are a minority group.   

The mission trip lasts for 3 weeks but before leaving, the students as well as representatives from the congregations are attending Mission Course given at TEC. During their three weeks stay in the field the students will participate actively in the life and activities of the congregation they are visiting as well as engage in evangelism, when possible.

Upon their return and continuation of their studies, the students will give report during devotion time as well as hand in written reports and papers based on data collection carried out during the trip. While in the filed the students are requested to study the local culture and challenges that the Christians face and based on their theological and anthropological skills, they are to describe these challenges and come up with suggestions as to how these issues can be addressed.

When reading though some of these reports and papers, you discover that there are so really difficult challenges for the Christians in the above mentioned areas, and also really issues, that need to be addressed by the church locally. A few examples of this are the issue of ‘mingi’ children in South Omo. These children are seen a coursed by the society due to being born as twins, or getting teeth in upper part of the mouth first, and due to this and other things, they are regarded as impure and considered a threat to the rest of the community. As Christians and as the church, what is the message that we bring to these people, and how can we best preach the gospel into their cultural context?

In the Borana area drought has been sever the past few years and among the Borana people ritual sacrifices of animals has been a way of appealing to their traditional god for rain. As Christians and as the church, what is our message to a people group in crisis, struggling to survive due to drought?     

In other areas we find the Christians as a small minority group in a Muslim dominated society, and even the smallest attempt to evangelism outside of the church compound may lead to imprisonment. The call that we have been given and the Great Commandment, what do we do with these if we are prohibited from doing evangelism?

These and many more issues the students have been struggling with during their Summer Mission Trip, and for the two years it is the aim of the TEC to teach and help the students grow in Christian maturity to become the ministers needed in the church, qualified also to address issues like these.   

ወደ ወሎ የተደረገ የሚሲዮን ጉዞ

Written by Ashagrie Ayalew

2009 ዓ.ም የታቦር ወንጌላዊት ኮሌጅ የሚሲሎጂ የድግሪ ተመራቂ ተማሪዎች መደበኛ ትምህርታቸውን አጠናቀው ለመመረቅ አንድ ሳምንት ሲቀራቸው ወደ ወሎ የወንጌል ስርጭት ጉዞ አደረጉ፡፡ ይህንንም ጉዞ ከአንደኛ ዓመት ጀምረው ሲያጠራቅሙት በነበረው ገንዘብ፣ ከተለያዩ ደጋፊ አካላት ባገኙት ድጋፍና እንዲሁም በተለያዩ የገቢ ማስገኛ ስራዎች በሰበሰቡት ገንዘብ ሲሆን በተደረገው የወንጌል ስርጭት እጅግ በጣም የሚገርም የእግዚአብሔር ስራ ተሰርቷል፡፡ ስድስት ቦታዎች ተጎብኝተዋል፡፡ በተለያዩ ማህበረ ምዕመናን ለሚገኙ አማኞች መንፈሳዊ ትምህርቶች ተሰጥተዋል፡፡ የማነቃቂያና የጸሎት ፕረፐግራሞች በሚገርም የእግዚአብሔር አስደናቂ ክብር ታጅቦ  ከመካሄዱ የተነሳ የብዙዎች ልብ ለወንጌል ተነሳስቷል፡፡ ለጸሎት ተበረታትቷል፡፡ የምድሪቱ ቀንበር ተሰብሯል፡፡  

ጸሎትና የወንጌል ስርጭት የተደረገባቸው ቦታዎች የሚከተሉት ናቸው፡፡

1. ራያ ቆቦ ማህበረ ምዕመናን

2. ወልዲያ ማህበረ ምዕመናን

3. ላሊበላ ለሚገኙ አማኞች

4. ሐይቅ ማህበረ ምዕመናን

5. ደሴ ምህበረ ምዕመናን

6. ኮምቦልቻ ምህበረ ምመናን

በሚሽን ጉዞው ከተሰሩ ለየት ያሉ ስራዎች መካከል በተለይም በራያ ቆቦ ለሚገኙ ለችግረኛ ወገኖች የ 1000 ብር የገንዘብ ልገሳ በተመራቂ ተማሪዎቹ የተደረገ ሲሆን ከሚሽን ጉዞው የተረፈ 14000 ብር ለቆቦ ማህበረ ምዕመናን የወንጌል ስራ ድጋፍ ተደርጓል፡፡ በራያ ቆቦ ላይ ትኩረት የተደረገበት ምክያት በቡድኑ ከተጎበኙ ሌሎች ቦታዎች ይልቅ ድጋፍ የሚያስፈልገው ሆኖ በመገኘቱና እንዲሁም በማህበረ ምዕመናኑ ያለው የወንጌል ስራ ተነሳሽነት ከሌሎች ምህበረ ምዕመናኖች የተለዬ በመሆኑ ነው፡፡

የ2009 ዓ.ም የድግሪ ሚሲዮሎጂ ተመራቂዎች ከጥቂት አመታት በኋላ በወሎ ላይ ታለቅ የወንጌል እሳት እንደሚቀጣጠልና አሁን ያለው ድቅድቅ ጨለማ እንደሚገፈፍ ያምናሉ፡፡ ኢየሱስ ያድናል፡፡ አሜን፡፡ 

Mission Trip to Wollo

The degree students of Tabor Evangelical College graduate class arranged a mission trip to Wollo, Nothern Ethiopia one week before their graduation. During this mission trip, the students experience that God revealed His mighty power and the Holy Spirit manifested its presence. The students visited five congregations in the area of Wollo, i.e. Raya Kobo Congregation, Woldiya Congregation, Hayik Congregation, Desse Congregation, Kombolcha Congregation and one preaching place in Lalibela. In these congregations, the students took time to prayer, evangelise, and give different teachings for the people in the area. An area which is not yet reached by the gospel. The students had arranged this trip through their own financial contribution saving up for it from their first year. Some additional funds they got through fund raising among the TEC staff as well as other.  

During the trip, they focused on Raya Kobo Congregation. The reason for this was that the area is very much in need compared to other areas which the team visited and served, and there was also better initiation for evangelism in this area. The team wanted to encourage and support the congregation’s vision. The team provided 1000 birr for people in need and also the remaining birr from the mission trip about 14,000 birr was given to Raya Kobo congregation.

The team believes that we will soon see the fruit of the work in Wollo area and the gospel will rise and shine and it will overcome the deep darkness of the area. Jesus saves. Amen.