On Saturday the 17th of June, we held the annual graduation at Tabor Evangelical College. This year we had the honor of graduating 19 students, who are now degree holders, 24 students graduated with diploma and 12 finished their 2nd year bible school. For all the students, this was a joyful day celebrated with family, friends, and representatives from their home congregations.
The graduation program was led by Getachew Gelebo, Dean of the Mission Department and together with him, Principal Galgalo Karra and Board Chairperson Rev. Dawit Yohannes congratulated the students on their achievement. The worship was led by one of the graduates, Ashagrie Ayalew.
Rev. Shiferaw shared the word of God at the graduation ceremony and preach over the words from John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” In his preaching, he emphasized that it is important to be a disciple of Christ, not just a minister. We may do a lot of good things for Christ and be very spiritual in our way of life, and even become well-known ministers, but if we do not have a personal relationship with him, we are not his disciples. It is therefore important that we live as disciples of Christi and remain in him, and he is us, that is when we will bear fruit. And as it is stated in the last part of the verse – apart from Jesus we can do nothing. So, the results and fruits of our work and ministry will all be dependent on our close relationship with Jesus Christ.
After the program, there was time for taking pictures and the cookies and soft drinks were served for all participants.