THE REV. GEMECHIS D. BUBA
THE UNITED OROMO EVANGELICAL CHURCHES INC.
Grace and much peace be with you all,
Sunday afternoon February 26, 2006 I flew to the sunny city of Dallas
Texas. It was interesting to preach in Atlanta and Dallas on the same
day in two languages.
My trip to Dallas was
with a mission to encourage and consult with the Oromo church in
Dallas. This church was born almost three years ago when Oromo
Christians decided to come together and start a Bible study. That Bible
study group grew and became a fellowship of believers.
being born in this huge city, the church has been struggling with lack
of pastoral leadership. As a result they have been through many ups and
downs. At one time they had a short term Oromo minister from Dallas
Theological Seminary, unfortunately it was very short lived.
is one the fastest growing cities in the United States with so many
Political players including President George W. Bush emerging from it.
As I was told the Ethiopian population in Dallas area numbers more that
30,000. There are so many very large Ethiopian Orthodox Churches and
more than two very large Ethiopian Evangelical Churches. In the entire
Metroplex, there is a large number of Oromo residents not well
organized in any form or shape. Even the Oromo church worships with
less than 10 regular attendants.
preaching in the Oromo church on Sunday evening, I spent as much time
as possible with some key leaders asking them to tell me their stories
and challenges. They were open, frank, honest and at times in tears. It
was such a touching trip for me!!
hearing their stories I started making quick connection with partner
churches, mission directors and the Bishop of the Northern Texas and
Louisiana Synod, Bishop Kevin Kenouse. Their swift reaction and
willingness to help our community was astounding. Mission Director
Stephen Kenause and Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Nancy Fisher spent
significant portion of their Monday afternoon with me exploring the
options and possibilities of swiftly embracing the Oromo community and
sharing church facility and provide leadership support with a long term
goal of training and ordaining an Oromo leader for the Metroplex Dallas
Oromo church and community at large. They were firm and the process is
now started. The Synod is on board, we are working with the Chicago
office to be involved and Rev. Stephen Kenause is leading the whole
effort. I will be assisting in providing Oromo specific information.
27, night the area mission director Rev. Stephen Kenause met with the
leaders of our church, Teshome Wayessa, Shelama Ruby and Taddessa
Boshera in the lobby of Westin Hotel in North Dallas. It was a great
meeting of vision, mission and purpose. I sat back and watched our
leaders interact with Pastor Kenause. Their vision for the Oromo people
in Dallas and in Oromia made me proud. They communicated effectively!
Their story touched him deeply that he committed himself 100% to
diligently work for their success.
step is housing this Oromo mission in a convenient location for the
Oromo community in Dallas. Then identifying, licensing and supporting a
pastoral leader for the mission. However the long term goal is to
educate and ordain the leader as a mission developer of the Oromo
church in Dallas.
Once this is put in place,
with the help of the core group that is already gathered this community
will gear up to reach out and touch Oromo residents in the Metroplex
Dallas area. May God grant us success!!!
this juncture I would like to call upon all Oromo churches to pray and
support the Oromo mission in Dallas Texas. The possibility is exciting;
God is opening amazing doors of opportunity. Our task is to march in
and make use of it!
Peace and many blessings,
The Rev. Gemechis D. Buba
The United Oromo Evangelical Churches Inc.