The Oromo Evangelical Church of London started as a home prayer group in early 90’s. The group became more active from mid 1994 conducting weekly prayer meetings with small number of participants. The participants committed themselves to worshiping the Lord our God and Creator, and to preach and spread the Gospel in our Language, Afaan Oromo, and to provide holistic support for fellow Oromos and others living in London in particular and the United Kingdom in general.
It is historical and amazing blessing of the Lord to worship God in London, a city where the first translation of the Holy Bible in Oromo language was published in 1899 by the pioneer Oromo, the Revd Onesimus Nessib. Onesimus was initially captured by slave traffickers while herding cattle with his widow mother at his birthplace, Hurrumu, in Western Oromia region in Ethiopia. He was sold into slavery eight times until he was miraculously rescued by a Swedish missionary who took him to a Christian school in Massawa, a Red Sea port of Eritrea.
In the mid 90's the gross violation of human rights in Ethiopia reached its high level forcing many Oromos to flee their country in order to seek protection in most parts of the world such as Europe, North America and Australia. Hence, the God Loving Oromo people who live in Europe planted churches to continue building relation with their God. As a result, there are a number of Oromo churches in most parts of Europe, where our church played a vital role in bringing together many Oromo Evangelical churches in order to establish the Union of Oromo Evangelical Churches of Europe (UOECE) in 2010. UOECE aims to build strong relations between across the continent and beyond and to advance the gospel news via radio Warra Wangeela and various means to those who understand Afaan Oromo..