The President of the Mekane Yesus Seminary
Rev. Dr Bruk Ayele Asale

Geneva, August 20, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with great concern, dismay and sadness that we learned of the flooding of buildings at the Mekane Yesus Seminary and of the region, which has impacted the lives of the people; many lost their lives and many more were displaced. This is a tragedy that cannot be put into words. This unfortunately comes at a time when communities are already grappling with containing the spread of the coronavirus.

Yet, in the face of these seemingly insurmountable challenges, we stand with you in solidarity and encourage you to not lose hope. We pray that the light that emanates from the empty tomb may illumine the hearts of all the students and staff members as well as all the affected people. We wish you, that in these difficult and sad times,

“the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

We pray that love of the resurrected Christ will motivate believers everywhere to be in prayer for you and to also be a source of help and strength to you at this time. We pray that soon the seminary and its students will be able to come back to their studies and to a normal life.

May the peace of God reign in your hearts, comfort you and sustain you.

Yours in Christ,

Marianne Ejdersten
WCC Director of Communication
(on behalf of Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary and currently on vacation)