Lideta Mekane Yesus Choir

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History and ministry

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Lideta, a sub-city of Addis Ababa

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History of Lideta MY congregation:

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For further reading

Launhardt, Johannes (2004). Evangelicals in Addis Ababa (1919-1991): With special reference to the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the Addis Ababa Synod (Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte, 31). Münster: LIT Verlag. [See p. 221-222]:

The Lideta Mekane Yesus Congregation came into being in connection with the International Lutheran Church (ILC) which was started by expatriates in 1958. They had erected a church building near Mexico Square in 1963 and conducted religious programs in English. A few Ethiopians interested in the Word of God joined them. When their number increased, the sermons were translated into Amharic, and the wish was expressed to also get Bible instruction in that lanugage. A student of the Mekane Yesus (Theological) Seminary, Qes Girmay, was chosen, who also started a confirmation class in 1967.
During the following years Amharic worship services were conducted on Sunday mornings, prior to the English service and its Sunday school. The number of confirmed members increased and the Lideta MY congregation was constituted. The first election of elders took place in January 1970. Several committees were established to take care of the various tasks and groups in the [p. 222] congregation. Also a well-known choir came into being. The Lideta congregation became a member of the ECMY North Ethiopia Synod.

Launhardt (2004)

Akineda Gebremedhin (1980). The origin and growth of Evangelical Christianity at Makanissa and Lideta. BTh thesis. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary.