Collection 711 Oral History Interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu in which he discusses his family background in Ethiopia; his father’s ministry as an evangelist and church planter; his own education at Jimma and Addis Ababa University; activities as a government health worker; the scourges of trachoma, malaria and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia; his work with World Vision in children’s health; campaign against violence to children and women; his impressions of Christianity in the United States and of the Wheaton College Graduate School; and the development of his Christian faith. The time period covered by the interview is 1979-2019.
Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu was interviewed by Bob Shuster on January 9, 2019, in the offices of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.
- Tantu, Tsegaab Tadesse., 1979- (Person)
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Full name: Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu
Birth: November 1979 in Wolayita Soddo, Ethiopia
Parents: Father: Tadesse Tantu (evangelist); Mother: Meskel Lachore
Siblings: Three, including brother Bereket Tadesse
Marital Status: Married Melesu Sime in 2009
Children: Daughters Ruhana and Rediet
Conversion: Committed his life to Jesus Christ in 1996 at a youth service at his home church, Gulele Guenet
1995-1999 - Wolayita Comprehensive School, Ethiopia
1998-2000 - Attended Jimma University in Jimma, Oromia Region, Ethiopia, and earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing
2004-2011 - Attended Addis Ababa University, graduated with a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology
2018-2021 - Attended Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, and earned an MA in Evangelism and Leadership
2000-2004 - Worked for Ministry of Health at health clinics in towns of Bale and Boditi
2001-2004 - Head of Bale Health Center in Woliata Zone; focal person for malaria, immunization program in Health Center and HID/AIDS control and prevention in the same
2005-2018 - Worked as a staff member of World Vision, became National Child Health Now campaign coordinator in Ethiopia
Other significant information
2014-2018 - Chairperson of the board of elders of Gulele Guenet Church
Involved as a volunteer in church ministries to the unreached in towns of Abote, Salale, Arsi, and Bale
Served in his home church through preaching, teaching, and leading Bible studies
1 Sound Recording
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Tsegaab Tantu in January 2019.
January 26, 2022
- AIDS (Disease) -- Ethiopia.
- AIDS (disease) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Addis Ababa University.
- Billy Graham Center. Museum.
- Child abuse -- Ethiopia.
- Christian education -- Ethiopia.
- Church and social problems -- Ethiopia.
- Church work with the poor -- Ethiopia.
- Evangelistic work -- Ethiopia.
- Indigenous church administration -- Ethiopia.
- Jimma University.
- Malaria -- Ethiopia.
- Medical care -- Ethiopia.
- Motherhood -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
- Orthodox Eastern Church -- Ethiopia.
- Pentecostalism -- Ethiopia.
- Persecution -- Ethiopia.
- Prophecy -- Christianity.
- Visions -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Voluntarism -- Religious aspects.
- Wheaton College (Ill.). Graduate School
- World Vision International.
- Collection 711 Oral History Interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu
- Bob Shuster
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