This past March, we published a story about Lynell Bergen’s sabbatical at Meserete Kristos College in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. Bergen, who is the lead pastor at Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, spent her sabbatical teaching at the college.
Now, you can watch a video exploring the time Bergen and her husband, Brian Dyck, spent at MKC.
The video, which was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Ethiopia, showcases the opportunities available for volunteering at the college.
During the 2019-20 school year, more than 250 students were enrolled at the college’s Bishoftu campus, and more than 130 day-students in its two extension campuses in Addis Ababa and Adama.
“When Brian made the suggestion of coming to Meserete Kristos College, it immediately felt like a really good option for me,” Bergen says in the video. “When teaching, of course I have to learn a lot and study, and reflect and integrate what I’m learning together with my students, but I also am in a very beautiful setting, in a beautiful place with wonderful people… who can teach me about how God is at work in this place and in this setting.”
Dyck adds that the couple experienced many fascinating conversations during their time at the college.
“Every day it seems we have a really interesting conversation about what’s going on in Ethiopia and how it relates to our experience in Canada,” he says, “so I think it’s been really an exciting time for us as we’ve talked to people here.”
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