Berhanu Sinamo 29 years old is a teacher in Ethiopia. He is a Catholic. Berhanu has just been elected President of the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW) making him the first African to lead the movement. Berhanu was elected at the 9th ICYCW Congress that was held in Seoul, South Korea between 19 August – 1 September 2016. At the time of his election, Berhanu was serving as the deputy chairperson of Ethiopia’s national YCW.
Berhanu said he is honoured that members of ICYCW entrusted him with the important task of serving young Christian workers in different parts of the world. He called on all young Christian workers to answer God’s call by being faithful to their work. “As Christians, one of the ways Young people can contribute to spreading the Good News is by dedicating themselves to the work they are involved in and honestly serve the people, this by itself is a testimony to the Gospel. In the meantime when we are committed to our work we witness God’s Love as he will fill us with His Grace that will make us successful,” he said.
Berhanu also said Ethiopia’s national YCW is involved in preparations for the 19th AMECEA Plenary that is to be held in Addis Ababa in the year 2018. Young Catholics can contribute a lot to the evangelising mission of the Church in Ethiopia. According to Berhanu, YCW hopes to mobilise as many youths as possible throughout the country to pray for the Canonization of Blessed Gebremichael, the first Ethiopian Catholic Martyr.
He also expressed his hope to make Ethiopia and Africa proud in his new role as President of the International Coordinating Young Christian Workers.
“I would like to ask all young Christian workers to pray for me so that God may bless me with the wisdom to handle all my responsibilities as per his will and to the best interests of all members,” said Berhanu.
Ethiopia has strong and active members of YCW. As President of ICYCW, Berhanu will lead the movement for the next four years.
(Makeda Yohannes, ECS Social Communications in Addis Ababa)
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