“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
In loving memory and inspired by the selfless spirit, unbreakable faith, and boundless love for church and humanity displayed by our mother Mertalem Takele (“Mistere Selassie,” her baptismal name), we, young adults who were raised in Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Los Angeles, establish the Mistire Selassie Memorial Youth Group (“’Mystery of the Holy Trinity’ Memorial Youth Group”). As she held a special love and respect for youth, we strive to continue in her spirit of community in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In order to honor her life, we vow to follow in her footsteps and glorify God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit by:
- nurturing our faith together in Christ through Orthodox Christian fellowship;
- devoting our time through service to aiding those who are less fortunate than ourselves and,
- fostering relationships with the coming generation in order to strengthen their activity and presence in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
Our mother Mertalem Takele was devoted to children—she was nurturing, patient, loving and attentive to the needs and development of young minds and spirits. Her life was dedicated to children of all ages—as a committed parent, an educator for Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a present figure in her church’s Sunday School. She took deep delight in youth and young adults congregating for social and/or religious purposes. One goal of the Mistire Selassie Memorial Youth Group is to be aligned in her delight by bringing young adults together to church and nurturing their faith in God.
Our mother Mertalem Takele was also a humble and charitable person. She often anonymously donated to churches and fundraised for building churches in Ethiopia and gathered money to help the sick and those in poverty or troubling circumstances. Her profound desire to help those in need was always done, not for her own personal glory, but just for the glory of God. Even children benefitted from her generosity, as she enjoyed giving children toys and books. Her goodness in devoting her time, energy and prayers to the less fortunate cannot be measured. In attempts to follow in her graciousness and generosity, the Mistire Selassie Memorial Youth Group also seeks to glorify God by aiding our brothers and sisters in Christ through service.
(For all inquiries regarding the Mistire Selassie Memorial Youth Group, please contact: email@example.com)