Speech with Fukko Beshala who is 120 years old


Speech with Fukko Beshala who is 120 years old

Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.” (Joshua 14:10-11)

Ato[1] Fukko Bushala was Born in Southern part of Ethiopia; Sidama zone, Hagereselam Woreda at the specific place called Bursa-Borde. Even though he could not mention the exact date and time of his birth date, he boldly claims that he is 120 years old now. He knows the events that happened during the end of Minilik II (probably after 1906-1911)[2] and liji Iyasu’s time (1913-1916)[3]. Ato Fukko was born and grown up among idolatrous family. He had worshipped man-made gods during his childhood just as his own family. Once up on a time, he had heard divine calling through dream. According to the interview we have done with Ato Fukko, God called him in the mid-night through dream while he was living with his family in his birth place. He said that he was summoned by God to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of living God instead of worshipping man-made and created gods. He extolled God for his endurance and he is surprised still when he becomes conscious about God’s calling.

Ato fukko, who was born among traditional religious family, was left his family to the place God had indicated him. He had relied and depended on Almighty God, when he set out from his birth place and his family members just like Abraham has done. While he left his family’s home, his only possessions were the precious word of God (the Holy Bible) and his stave. He has carried his stave and Bible when moved to Harena forest, where he had arrived the place so called Halila. While he decided to move to unknown place of jungle, his only hope, confidence and fortress was the God of Abraham. Even though he was illiterate, without any educational background, he put his faith in all knowing God, to bear there astonishing fruit at the end.

According to Ato Fukko, there wasn’t any Christian in the place when he arrived at Halila. Therefore, he was highly challenged and tempted to preach the good news there. So he took all accountability and commitment alone. No one was with him to assist and encourage him while he started preaching the gospel for non-believers around Harena. He was preaching, singing, praying, teaching new comers alone. But God has added new believers day to day. They were increased from time to time in the place.

Apart from evangelizing others, he had tried to have connection with the ministers came from Bale. According to Ato Fukko’s evidence, Ato Negash Degefu and Ato Thomas Sodano were coming from former Bale-Dodola (Current West Arsi) to Worka constantly to encourage believers around Worka. He planned to communicate with those ministers and to bring up-to-date himself in Christian dogmas. So, Ato Fukko was eagerly waiting their coming to learn from them in order to teach the new believers around Harena forest.

Ato Fukko said, “I was preaching, teaching, counseling, praying, descipling, evangelizing, witnessing, and doing everything alone. No one was with me in that harrowing forest while I started proclaiming the good news. But I had believed that God was with me in every situation. I praise my supreme and faithful God who has given me health and age to see multitude believers with my necked eyes. Many thousands of believers in Harena forest, especially those who are in Halila-Hada[4], are the fruits of mine in Jesus Christ.”

Ato Fukko’s eyes were filled with tears when he remembers his past events. Even though he was leading his life and family depending on small farming, he was helping poor, mobilizing and arranging spiritual programs, building worship places, and he was taking initiatives. He did these things, not to have popularity, but to obey his internal feelings and God given responsibility. He opposes greediness which is not from God. His stand is that God wants all believers to be generous from what they have.

We have learned a lot from his testimony that he is generous, humble and model for many believers. He said

I am helping the poor from what I have, not because I have much but to share their feeling. I always understand that they are in need. So I believe that I should help them. I even cry with those who mourn through their difficulties. I am happy if I would have helped the poor all times. I am ready to help them from my little income; however, most of the time I am limited to help the poor.

In the middle of his speech he quoted from Jas 1:27 “Religion that God accepts as pure and faultless in this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”. He also said that being man is enough to assist poor mankind.

He continued in his speech testifying current situation in Ethiopia by relating with Dergue reign. He stated that gospel is the means of peace and stability for Ethiopians. He said,

Those years of persecution, fear, oppression, anxiety, slavery, being torched, impressments, and being out casted from the society were passed away, and today is the new day. I praised God who substituted those horrible times of doom by incredible peace, liberty, love, freedom of religion and human right.

Ato Fukko did not skip to other themes without presenting his thanks to current Ethiopian government, because he was persecuted and torched during former dictatorial Ethiopian Government. He stated his feeling with grieved emotion, while he spoke about those events. He said,

We were arrested, harshly torched, tied with chains, and we were out casted from our society. The time was so difficult in which we had expected doom and punishment in our daily lives. Some of our friends were murdered, churches’ buildings were flamed, home of many ministers including mine were destroyed and burnt out, and most of our children were forced to move to battle. The only reason of all this punishment was our being believers and worshiping Jesus Christ as our own savior.

According to Fuko Bushala, he himself was arrested in the place where his friends were killed by Dergue. He said “ I was there in prison when my friends were killed in Dodola and Goba.” He praised the Lord who delivered him by His miraculous protection from the hand of murderers.

Currently Ato Fukko is living simple life in Halila-Hada. He has heard about vision, mission and goals of Tabor Evangelical College Mission Department (TEC-MD) in his living place. Since he heard about TEC-MD from local ministers around his local area, he has started permanent prayer about college’s daily activity and success. Ato Fuko was motivated without any advertisement, to help the MD students by sending 2000 Eth birr. Students and staff of MD had discussed over what he has sent in order to come to common agreement. Then it was decided by MD community to buy the books for library of the department is his name. Now a day’s students and staff are using those books as references. We have asked Ato Fukko in order to know what motivated him to help MD students without our request and special advertisement. His answer was an expected. He said “when God provides us the material blessing, he gave us not only to satisfy our needs, but also to share and have communion with each other. As he gave us precious gift we also should give others from what we have given.”

This old man is still young to produce vision, to be the model for contemporary generation; he is still young to preach about Christ.

May God bless him and give him long life with strength!

[1] Ato is Amharic equivalent for Mister

[2] Ethipian governer -1913

[3]Ethipian governor in 1913-16

[4] Halila-Hada is current living palace of Ato Fukko which about 450 Km. far from capital city towards southeast direction of the Ethiopia

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current information about TEC MD

Dear Readers of TEC word press, please read some information to be updated of TEC MD.

  1. Family course for graduating class:

    Mission Department of Tabor Evangelical college had given marvelous lesson for married graduating class students with their spouses for five days on June 8th-13th/2015 . The purpose of the course is to help and encourage graduating class and their spouses to have good marital life and also serve the Lord as a couple together. Rev. Dawit Yohannis, pastor of EECMY Tabor congregation, had given family course for the couples on the themes of pre-marriage, preparation for wedding, biblical meaning of marriage, and purpose of marriage etc on 8th of June-June 13/2015. Rev. Dawit was using his own book as course material during the training. The graduating class and their family were highly impressed by the course tat was given by Qes Dawit. The following three photography was taken on on family training on last June 11/2015 .20150611_100515

    Rev. Dawit Yohannes and his wife
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  2. Graduation:

    Tabor Evangelical College Mission Department diploma III and Bible school students in advanced certificate were graduated and awarded their diploma and certificate on 15th of June 2015. The below picture is taken during graduation ceremonyGraduation20150613_121025DSCF0656

  3. Giving mission course for students:

    The college had been giving training related  to evangelism and mission for Diploma II and Degree II students every year. This year the training was given in 4th week of June 2015. Two course holders are invited to TEC and they gave wonderful course for those students. the themes of those courses are; Serving local congregation inter-culturally, contextualizing gospel among other religious groups, approaching and sharing truth of gospel in love, approaching traditional religious people in their own context and so many practical discussions were happened during training.

IMG_5442 IMG_5408 IMG_5464 IMG_5490Sending students to local congregations:

Christ’s mission is not only the responsibility of full timers in congregation but also is  the commandment that given for all believers in all area. Now a days this commandment has been rejected by many Christians, including ministers. TEC-MD tried to do practical mission work by sending her own students to local congregations. It is known that students were sent to different local congregations to preach the gospel during summer for the past four years.  Fifty students were sent out to different congregations of Mekane yesus for three weeks to mobilize local pastors and evangelists, to evangelize and to encourage believers. Those students  had been giving effective training, testimony, prayer, and proclaiming good-news in the place where they spent the time for three weeks. They all came back safely from three weeks field trip with astonishing testimony and report to TEC just as the disciples of Christ.

4. New Developments in the TEC-MD Staff

Ato Tamrat Tadele, former TEC Principal, left for further study of PhD to USA and Ato Galgalo Karre, former TEC-MD dean, took the responsibility as acting principal. Therefore, Ato Getachew Gelebo, one of the MD instructors is serving as acting dean at MD.

Besides position changes because Tamirat left for the further study, Ato Solomon Yohannes, one of our expatriate instructors, left teaching due to the new assignment given to him by his sending mission society (NLM).

New Instructors in New Academic Year 

Three new full time instructors were added  to the MD staff in 2015/16 academic year. Two of them, Rev. Zenebe Negash and Ato Abraham Tula were our instructors who came back from their study of Masters of Art, and Ato Temesgen Shibru, missionary from NLM, has joined the staff this academic year.

Dr. Arne Tolo, Associate NLA University College Bergen, former missionary of the NLM in Ethiopia,  is teaching two classes  as guest instructor for this  Semester. The college is so previlaged to have such a person with much experience and knowledge in mission and related fields as instructor though it is for the short period of time. We appreciate his contribution and effort, and wish he will come back again.

Admission of New students: look at the following scanned picture to have information about admission of 2015/16 academic year.

DSCF0975This year we have full Degree classes, i.e. we have 8 classes all together, but only 7 class rooms. It is a challenge when we want all classes to have lessons. So, to solve this challenge, one of our classes, degree I, became a movable class looking for free classrooms when one class is free. This will continue until we have one more class to built.

Devotion program:

We have begun our devotion programs in which we share our burdens, concerns, thoughts, feelings and experiences to edify and build each other spiritually. On Mondays we share testimonies and pray on some prayer items. On Wednesdays we listen to expository preaching from a selected book from the Bible. Each year we select one book from the Bible and study together. This year our Book for exposition is the Gospel According to Mark. On Fridays we listen to sermons, songs, literature and dramas.


Rev. Matthewos Dakamo exposing Mark 4:1-20

Rev. Matthewos Dakamo exposing Mark 4:1-20

TEC-MD choir singing 20151009_101500

New members of Mission Committee

The previous mission committee of MD  has accomplished their term and the staff elected new committee members in 2015/16. New Mission committee of ETC MD has 7 Committee member, two instructors from former  committee, two new members form instructors and three people from students.


Students of TEC Missiology Department were organized in different groups of fourteen members which are grouped from different classes. In each group of Mentor-ship, the instructors of MD are assigned to be facilitators and the leaders of the group. In each Mentor-ship group students have the time to share their experiences and the truth of the gospel. There are times of discussion, prayer, testimony and preaching. The main aim of this mentor-ship is to create good relationship between students and students as well as students and their instructors. More over each member of the group share their experience to edify each other and to encourage one another.


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Happy Ethiopian New Year

“Thus far the LORD has helped us.” 1Sam. 7:12

Throughout our years God has helped us in every aspect of our lives. Because of His mercy and grace we passed 2007  Ethiopian year. Tabor Evangelical College – Missiology Department wishes happy and blessed year for all students and workers at Tabor Evangelical College, its owners, board, partners and friends.

We have already started the class of this academic year with students from different parts of Ethiopia, mainly from southern nations nationalities and peoples regional state and southern part of Oromia regional state, some from Gambella and Amhara regional states. We believe that we will continue to work together in God’s field for his glory and the expansion of  His kingdom, and for the benefit of mankind.

May God bless this Ethiopian year that it will be a year of peace, love, health, development and prosperity.

TEC-Missiology Department

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Visit from Børkop Højskole, Denmark

A group of 36 students and 3 teachers from Børkop Højskole visited Tabor Evangelical College (TEC) on March 6, 2015. TEC Principal and Missiology Department community warmly welcomed them. AtoTamrat Tadele TEC principal welcomed the guests. He expressed that he has been happy  with the each year visits from Børkop Højskole and  the experiences students share from both sides. He also made a short introduction about Tabor Evangelical College and its vision and plans that the college is on the process of having a 50 year Master Plan of the College. Two students from each school shared moving testimonies. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Next morning on Saturday March 7, the group from  Børkop Højskole  brought gifts in kinds for TEC-MD. The students from both schools (Børkop Højskole and TEC-MD) had a Bible study testimony sharing together in groups.  After lunch, the students played football and volleyball matches together.



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TEC-MD Development Work

TEC-MD Development Committee has a  plan to cultivate vegetables and water plants in the college. According to the plan of the committee,  teachers and students are actively participated to prepare a place to plant vegetables like cabbage, carrot, beetroot etc. as an income generating activity to help the mission work of the department. on the other hand, the community in the college will use the vegetables with a fair price.DSCF0112 DSCF0121 DSCF0246 DSCF0242 DSCF0236

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