This book opens a window into the lives and extraordinary witness of a Christian couple whose faithful life of service has earned the moniker of Ethopia's Bonhoeffer.In Part One, the reader encounters the extant writings of Gudina Tumsa. Gudina's ideas were by no means silenced by his murder. If anything, quite the opposite, as is so often the case with martyrs.Part Two is a highly personal account of Gudina and Tsehay's life, witness, and sufferings. Aud Saeveras, a Norwegian missionary working with her husband in Ethiopia, got to know Tsehay during her many years in prison, often bringing her food. After Tsehay was finally released, Saeveras encouraged her to report the truth about what had happened. The result was this memoir. Saeveras frames the story, but most of the words are Tsehay's.This collection concludes with an essay by Samuel Yonas Deressa on the impact that Gudina's vision has had on the EECMY and the formation of the Gudina Tumsa Foundation with its various scholarly and development activities. Gudina lives on in the many Ethiopian Christians who continue to be inspired by his life and witness.
Samuel Yonas Deressa is a PhD candidate at Luther Seminary and was president of a graduate school in Ethiopia, where he gave training on leadership.Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is an adjunct research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and the editor of Lutheran Forum.
Forward by Darrell JodockIntroduction by Sarah Hinlicky WilsonPart One: Gudina Tumsa's Theological Writings1. Stewardship of the Gospel2. Address to the Norwegian Missionary Society3. Report on Church Growth in Ethiopia4. On the Interrelation between Proclamation of the Gospel and Human Development5. Report at the Ethiopia Consultation6. Serving the Whole Man7. Pastoral Letter8. Memorandum9. The Moratorium Debate and the ECMY10. Unbelief11. The Responsibility of the ECMY towards Ecumenical Harmony12. The Role of a Christian in a Given SocietyPart Two: Tsehay Tolessa's StoryPreface by Lensa GudinaIn the Fiery Furnace by Tsehay Tolessa as told to Aud SaeverasConclusion: The Reception and Expression of Gudina Tusma's Legacy in Ethiopia, Africa, and Beyond (Samuel Yonas Deressa)Appendix: "The Church and Ideologies" by Baro TumsaBibliographyIndex