The book presents accounts of women reformers in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). The editors collected their stories and put them in a historic context, covering a period of 150 years starting from the arrival of Gustava Lundahl from Sweden in 1870 with her vision of a girls' school. A large field of experiences is covered from slaves to high standing women; illiterate ones and Bible translators; teachers and medical professionals; women with family responsibilities and those, who dedicated their lives to the gospel; women who were imprisoned and those holding leading positions.
Christel Ahrens is a health professional working in Ethiopia since 1988. Ebise Ashana is the Gender and Development officer of the Development and Social Services Commission/EECMY.
"I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading the piece of work you have produced, especially as it lifts the contributions of our mothers and sisters to the life and ministry of the Church. Thank you for trusting me to take part in polishing it." Rev. Dr. Debela Birri (Principal Mekane Yesus Seminary)
"There is no human history without the participation of women. However, history mostly deals with patriarchs of those societies; and such sources continue to be quoted over generations. That is why womens stories of faith journeys, resilience and leadership remain untold. In this book the noble contributions of some women are brought to light. It is my hope that this humble work will motivate many others to do more to unfold the great stories of brave women." Aberash Dinssa (EECMY - Womens Ministry Coordinator, 2000-07)
"I am so impressed! I have been looking for such initiatives." Rev. Dr. Lalissa Daniel (EECMY, Director of Department of Mission and Theology, 2017)
"Travelling to Ethiopia I was very impressed how strongly women in the Lutheran Church are committed to live our faith and tradition. I am very grateful that their history, witness and contribution are valued in this book." Dr. Margot Käßmann (Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hannover, 1999-2010)