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Graduation at TEC

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

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. 

Family Training for Graduating Students

Mrs. Tirufat with the women
Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

Saturday is the big day! Our 2nd year Bible School students, 3rd year diploma students, and 4th year degree students are going to graduate. But before they do, the TEC Mission Department have invited all these students to bring their spouses, and together they are attending a one week Marriage and Family Course.

Rev. Dawit Yohannes together with his wife Mrs. Tirunesh have been teaching the participants all week. For them it is important that Christians, and especially ministers within the church, have knowledge about how to care for their marriage and put an effort into strengthening the marriage and family life. A good marriage and a strong family is the best foundation for a fruitful ministry, but your marriage needs to be cared for like you care for a seedling. Your marriage is from the beginning like a small seedling that you plant, and you need to water it and care for it, so that it will grow into a big tree that will bring shade for you and your family, as well as people around you.

As ministers in the Kingdom of God we often risk getting caught up in a lot of work and business, we therefore need to learn from the beginning how to balance family life with ministry. Especially we need to learn how to share and support each other in the calling and ministry, and through a honest and loving marriage we will be examples for people around us.

Rev. Dawith expresses that his hope for Christians is that they live a marriage life, which is in line with the word of God; a life where they experience real love and joy as they live holy lives. 

Community Day at TEC Mission Department

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

Once a year the staff and students at the TEC Mission Department arrange a Community Day and this year it was held on the 27th of May.

The day started with devotion in the hall and Professor Zinabu from Hawassa University preached over the text from Acts. 2:42-47 emphasizing the Fellowship of Believers. Student Munduro Mulat sang for the participants and afterwards the students presented a report of the activities of the year giving praise to God for all his help and support. The morning program ended with speeches given by Principal Mr. Galgalo Karre and Dean Mr. Getachew Gelebo thanking for the year that has past.

After lunch, all gathered for a panel discussion on the theme Holiness. The panellists were Mr. Godana Gobena, Mr. Getachew Gelebo, and Mr. Temesgen Shiberu.  The each shared from different perspectives, ‘Holiness in light of the Old Testament’ by Mr. Godana, ‘Holiness as presented in the New Testament’ by Mr. Getachew, and ‘A contemporary view on Holiness’ by Mr. Temesgen.


As entertainment, students Melese and Ashagrie arrange a News broadcasting telling about all the big and small events of the year, presenting these as breaking news and daily reportages. It was much fun listening to these two students, and their performance made a great closing to an enjoyable day at TEC.  

Mission Course at MD

MD Teachers
Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

This week 80 participants are attending this year ‘s Mission Course. These are students as well as representatives from congregations in the different areas, where the mission outreach will take place. The participants arrived Monday evening, and from Tuesday morning and until Friday afternoon they will attend the course here at TEC.

At the course ‘contextualization’, ‘evangelism’, ‘how to mobilize congregations’, and ‘how to disciple new believer’ are some of the topics taught. At the end of the course the students, together with representatives from the different areas, will leave on Saturday to do mission for 3 weeks. This year we have teams, that will go to Gambela, Kemise, Bale, Netche Sar, Borana, Somali Region and South Omo.

The mission course and the following mission trip is one of the big yearly events here at TEC, and we value that our students get practical experience in addition to their academic training. We also want to encourage you all to pray for the students and the local congregation, where they will be ministering the coming week. Pray that God will be with them and that He may work through them.      

Last school day for 12th graders

Written by Ruth Eva Osmundsen

Message to all students from the TEC High School and Preparatory School Director Mr. Tesfaye Teshite.

"Our grade 12 students attended on their last exam today; I personally thank all of you for staying with us. For the past four years / from 9th up to 12th/ we passed a lots of ups and downs in school life that all happen in order to shape you. All teaching staffs invest greatly on your overall growth, respect for all of them. At most the school emphasizes academic, behavioral and spiritual growth of all students, you are one of them. Thank you once again for your patience, love and respect.
Keep moving and grow maturely. God bless you and lead you forever."