EGST Chaplain and faculty member, Dr. Ermias Mamo returned back to office from his sabbatical on October 3, 2016.
On a welcome back luncheon on Tuesday October 4, 2016 EGST Director, Dr. Misgana Mathewos welcomed him saying that Dr. Ermias was highly missed by EGST community for a year. “His return further revives the things we missed at EGST during his absence and the EGST Community life will be strengthened” the Director remarked.
Dr. Ermias appreciated the welcome and prayers of the EGST community during his absence and reported that he produced research projects for publication. “I have completed my research project and submitted for publication and also am working on other two publications, one for Amharic readers on Marriage and Discipleship” he explained.
During the year of his Sabbatical, Dr. Ermias stayed in two seminaries at the United States, first at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and Fuller Seminary. In both of the seminaries he stayed at, he says, he was welcomed to use their resources for his research and had the opportunity to dialogue with their faculty and students.
His sabbatical research work was centered on contextualization, discipleship and mission. Dr. Ermias had a chance to present his work to faculty and students of the seminaries which helped him to further enrich his research by the comments made by the attendants. In addition to his research work, the sabbatical gave him the opportunity to sit on doctoral dissertation presentations and a number of seminars.
“I am glad to be back and excited to continue the research I have started during my sabbatical.” He says. Further, he expressed the sabbatical period helped him to focus on the issues that he would like to work on for the rest of his life. “It is good to know the purpose of our calling and the task that God wants to accomplish through us which I have learned during my sabbatical.”