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Evangelical Faith Movement
in Ethiopia

Origins and Establishment of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus

Fekadu Gurmessa, Author
& Ezekiel Gebissa, Translator

This book is an account of the sacrifices of Ethiopian Christians of evangelical conviction presented within the framework of the growth and consolidation of evangelical Christianity in a country with a long history of a dominant state church. It recounts the endeavors of indigenous evangelists who, with the full cooperation and support of expatriate Protestant missionaries, initiated in the early twentieth century a grassroots evangelical movement, which spread the gospel in the western and southern part of the country using a “chain-reaction evangelism” strategy. The author shows that the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus is firmly rooted in the grassroots evangelical movement led by local evangelists and their missionary supporters.

The book establishes a connection between the coming of European Lutheran missionaries to Ethiopia in the nineteenth century and the rise of evangelical communities and congregations in southern and western Ethiopia that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the EECMY. The collective biography of indigenous evangelists gives an amazing texture to the narrative of the expansion of evangelical Christianity.

A history of a national church is inevitably intertwined with the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the nation. This book highlights the context in which evangelical Christianity was planted and developed by providing sufficiently detailed, but eminently dispassionate, accounts of the political economy of the country as well as the religious activities of the various faith communities.

Fekadu Gurmessa has an M.A. in Geography from Addis Ababa University and is currently a lecturer there.

Ezekiel B. Gebissa is Associate Professor of History at Kettering University. He is the author of Leaf of Allah:Khat and the Transformation of Agriculture in Harerege Ethiopia, 1875–1991 (James Currey and Ohio University Press, 2004) and editor of Contested Terrain: Essays on Oromo Studies, Ethiopianist Discourses, and Politically Engaged Scholarship (Red Sea Press, 2008). He has published several articles in refereed journals. He is the current editor of the Journal of Oromo Studies.

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ISBN: 978-1-932688-39-0
298 Pages
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
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