Mekdes was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in 2003 to pursue her studies. She has a B.S. in Communications from Liberty University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Columbia International University.
After 10+years of developing Discipleship and Outreach strategies in evangelical churches and non-profits, she grew impatient with the lack of mutuality and respect for leadership of those from global south. To break the cycle of harmful physical and spiritual impact of missions locally and globally and to elevate the voices of the unheard, Mekdes left her full time ministry role to start JUST MISSIONS.
JUST MISSIONS is a space that elevates diaspora voices and equips western allies to become mutual partners for the work of the gospel. It aims to forge the path of leaving a relational legacy surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. She is now the Executive Coach and actively developing strategies to train individuals and organizations with a fresh look at missions for global impact.
Her writing has been featured in Christianity Today! and Faithfully Magazine, as well as used by organizations like the American Bible Society and YWAM. Mekdes recently signed a book deal with InterVarsity Press which is set to come out in 2022.
She currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, daughter, and son.
From Mekdes, I learned a new language for addressing the issues the church face here in America and globally. Her heart is for true kingdom diversity...she calls for biblical unity while pointing out how racial divisions and disparities get in the way. Her writing is authentic and her charge is biblical. Her work calls you to examine your theology, worldview, and biases.
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