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Brief History of the Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church (OREC)

 Introduction

The extraordinary mystery of God’s goodness is that even through the worst times he brings good to those who love Him and waited on Him. Be it in personal life or in ministry every believer should draw closest to God in times of difficulty. During church plating, so many things can put church leaders in to test. Such testes include emotional, spiritual, financial and social etc. Difficulties test and refine believers, make to realize what’s important, and finally brings to realization of there is none or little one can achieve under his/her own strength. But for those who wait on the Lord and trust on His intervention during difficulties, shall see the saving power of God all mighty. The history of Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church (OREC) testifies this powerful truth.

Oromo Christian Fellowship

The Oromo Christian Fellowship (OCF) was founded in October 2002 by a group of about 40 individuals who separated from the Oromo Mission Church, the first Oromo Church in Washington DC. It was on Sunday October 13, 2002 that OCF held its first service at Bethel World Outreach building on 110 Ripley Street, Silver Spring, Maryland at 4:00pm with great enthusiasm and spirit of worship.

It began with dedication and commitment of seven self-appointed leaders who volunteered to organize the Church; Berhanu Yadata, Hambisa Belina, DerejeYadeta, Bekana Huluka, Teshome Wagari, Nagasa Rebu, and Ebba Getachew. To strategize the church ministry, these self-appointed volunteers, equipped with wisdom and with the consent of the congregation, employed a par-time minster, Dr. Teka Obsa Fogi for six months to serve the congregation as ministry organizer and evangelist.

At first, it was difficult to imagine that members of this new church were capable of meeting the financial needs of the church. But later, it became evident that with dedication and the commitment of its members to disseminate the core message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, primarily in the Oromo Language, the Church managed to rent the worship place for twelve hundred Dollars a month for Sunday worship services from 4:00-6:00pm. Furthermore, responding to a burning desire to reach the unreached with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, OCF launched a Radio Ministry for five years from July of 2003 to 2008. After serving for five years in spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Radio ministry couldn’t continue due to financial and some other internal challenges.

By May 2003 the church managed to officially elect its first council and the constitution and by-laws were also approved. The church was incorporated and got legal status with the federal and state governments as non-profitable entity under the name of Oromo Christian Fellowship (OCF) as ‘synodically authorized worshiping community’ in the structure of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

While worshiping nearly for two years at Bethel world Outreach, with dedication of the members, the leaderships, and the help of ELCA Metro Washington Synod, the fellowship grew quickly. The need to have a bigger worship place to accommodate the growing ministry prompted the Synod and the church to seek out another facility. After a tireless and long search, the Lord led OCF to Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC) in Kensington, MD. For some time, OCF conducted all its activities including church office, meetings, choir practices, special events and other church activities at RLC while still worshiping at Bethel World Outreach. After working out agreements with RLC, OCF officially moved all its worship and other activities to RLC on July 1, 2006 with facility sharing contribution agreement of twelve hundred a month.

In nearly five years, the church membership roster grew from forty (40) to about one hundred fifty (150), with that came a need for a fulltime minister to meet the spiritual needs of this growing congregation. The leadership at a time worked tirelessly on fulfilling this priority issue. Then in 2006 the church managed to hire a fulltime evangelist, Dr Taka Fogi Obsa, who had been working as part-time minister in previous years in OCF.

 

Under the leadership of Dr. Teka and the Church council, the OCF continued to grow in number and spiritual maturity. As the church continued to grow, the next burning issue became calling a fulltime pastor. By working in collaboration with ELCA Metro Washington Synod and praying fervently, OCF once again managed to call a fulltime pastor the Rev. Dr Taka Fogi Obsa in the year 2007 and the ordination took place with a great excitement and wonderful celebration on October 27, 2007. In the same year of calling its pastor, in July of 2007, the church grew to the status of ‘Congregation under Development’ in the structure of the ELCA.

 

In 2011 the RLC made a historic and generous sell of its huge church building located at a prime location at a very low price to OCF. This gave OCF a new prospective in its ministry and took away a huge financial burden. RLC has left OCF with unforgettable memories and love. The RLC members have been such a wonderful people to show OCF members their love and commitment to support their ministry.

 

Today, as OCF celebrates its 10th year anniversary, it is with great honor and glory to our God that the Church also celebrates becoming a ‘Full-fledged Congregation’. With becoming a full-fledged congregation, the Oromo Christian Fellowship (OCF) would also like to announce that its name has officially been changed to Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church (OREC) as of September 4, 2012.

 

The Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church’s (OREC) constant cry has been and will continue to be that the Lord opens doors to reach the unreached with the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ. OREC seeks to be a Christ-Centered, Spirit-filled, Bible based church with a vision to bring every member of Christ’s body into a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through the revelation of His word and equip them to fulfill their calling.

 

Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church believes that there is a large field to harvest for the kingdom of God.

The Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church’s Vision and Mission

Mission

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” Matthew 28:18-20.

The Mission of the Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church (OREC) is to fulfill the ‘great commission’ commanded by our Lord. The OREC strives to minister the spiritual needs of all nations through proclaiming the liberating power of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, making discipleship by teaching and training, supporting missions to expand the Gospel of Jesus, and nurturing the Congregation.

Vision

The vision of the Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church is to take part in accomplishing the great commission (our mission) commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew 28:18-20.

Thus, the vision of the Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church is:

  1. Building strong bible based, spirit filled, faithful, mission oriented, and self-supporting church that will stretch out to reach to the lost world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ primarily to the afaan-oromo speaking people. “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning” Luke 12:35
  2. Producing, equipping, and supporting as many ministers (evangelists and pastors) as possible, in order to prepare them to carry out the great commission-spread and expand the Gospel. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” Luke 10:2

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