The seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) – the Lutheran church organization in Ethiopia and the largest Lutheran Church body in the world – has partnered with Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) in an exciting project, a building to benefit both the work of the seminary and LBT.
The Mekane Yesus Seminary is located on a large and valuable piece of real estate in a prime business district in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. This desirable location has provided the opportunity to construct a multi-function building that will not only serve the needs of the seminary and LBT but also accommodate income-generating commercially leased banking and retail space. When complete, the six-floor building is projected to generate a minimum income of $225,000 per year to support and sustain the Bible translation work of this ministry partnership and other ongoing academic programs of the seminary.
Lutheran Bible Translators is excited about this project because it provides a new and vibrant hub for translation work throughout Ethiopia and beyond. The initial cohort of 25 seminary students who began training in Bible translation tools and techniques was oversubscribed. Their future work as pastors, missionaries, and evangelists will include managing translation projects in Ethiopia, a country with more than 80 language groups most of which do not have the Bible in their own language. Hundreds more language groups are waiting for the gift of scripture in their “heart language” in eastern Africa and beyond.
The total cost of the building project is $3.6 million of which $2.4 million has already been committed. Become a part of this opportunity to bring God’s word to millions of people by giving a U.S. tax-deductible gift of money or property through this fund.