By St Mary of Zion, Jan 23 2016 12:26AM
In the name of the Father Son and the Holy Spirit one God Amen.
A Life of Service and Dedication
It was with great sadness we heard of the passing away of our beloved father Malake Sion Tesfa Mikael Lewis who passed away from this world to the spiritual paradise of the saints on the 6/01/2016.
In the Holy Bible our Lord speaks of a grain of Wheat
“unless a grain of Wheat falls to the ground it yield much grain from a single grain’’
Which means, by the preaching of the Apostles they brought many to Christ just like our holy father did in his ministry which we can all bear witness to.
He laughed when he said Moses travelled for 40 years in the wilderness, I did 42 but still unable to reach into the building yet that was not the whole story: Our father has worked tirelessly unwavering, through rain, snow and heat to give service to those seeking the word from God. But behind every great man there is a even greater woman and I give thanks to God for his wife Wolete Kristos who like Malake Sion Tesfa Mikael worked unassuming for the church , having experienced many days of trials, tribulation and suffering so that we can benefit from the beautiful worship of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church. Starting from the EWF, local 33, often Staying up many a late nights to bring the first fruits of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church here to the west he was one of the first priest to be ordained in Ethiopia from the west by his Holiness Abuna Tekla Haymanot patriarch of Ethiopia. It was a love of our lady St Mary that they asked that the church be named St Mary of Zion, which is the first church built in Axum, following the Christian era.
Once in a life time you meet someone, who you just meet and you just click, that is what happened when I meat Malake Sion Tesfa and Wolete Kristos, it was plain as day but first I would have to take you back over 26 years ago to when I first met Malake Sion Tesfa in was in a book shop in Tottenham, called ‘Headstart’. This was our first encounter it was on a Saturday afternoon and I was fulfilling a vow I made to myself about buying Black history books in order to know my own history and not being taught it by someone else. So, we are both in headstart bookshop, Malake was buying incense sticks and I was buying the destruction of the Black civilisation it was then we got into a debate with the owner about Egypt being black turned white so we got talking and he gave me his card. I looked at the card and said ‘’I will see you tomorrow’’. Tomorrow came and I found myself in the church located in Margret Street, I remember sitting in the front row with Wolde Emmanuel and seeing Liqa Brahanet Gabre Selassie, God rest his soul saying Ahadu with his hands stretched out I knew then and there that I was home. Then I saw Malake Sion Tesfa also on the Alter it was then I realised he was a priest. Following this day we developed a deep friendship, he was the master and I was his pupil, him being Elijah and me Elisha, which I always reminded him to give me a portion of his blessing which he did when he gave me his cross and vestment.
So I didn’t just meet a man in the bookshop or a priest but a visionary a pioneer, it was Gods will that we met. Not by chance or coincidence, but Gods in his infinite wisdom made us to meet, which was to change the course of my life and everyone he came into contact with, he truly was a man of God. His love for God, his church and St Mary was great and was like a pillar reaching from earth to heaven. We have lost a very special father to us all. Malake Sion Meaning Angel of Zion and he was the Arch priest, he was a priest in charge, a pioneer, a preacher, a teacher, a Historian, a Artist, a soul father, a father confessor, he was a brother, a husband, a father and a grandfather, which he loved, he was a friend, a Tabot carrier, but most of all he was a priest of the most high, offering up incense to the Lord. I didn’t mention that our father was also a Social worker working on the behalf of those whom didn’t have anyone to fight their case, in fact Malake spent most of his life and time caring for people, which answers a lot of questions, which is love. Our Lord said Love one another in doing that you will fulfil the will of God. Which our father did. “Love does not boast itself, it’s not puffed up, it does not seek after its own glory, love is humble bearing all suffering, love is kind and forgives and Love is gentle.” I my wife and Son will never forget his Love and kindness.
It was not the amount of work he did for the church but the amount of love he put into his work that shines like a beacon. Let us build St Mary church so our father Malake Sion Tesfa Mikael can smile and pray for us that we like him may hear the words well done good and faithful servant inherit the kingdom of heaven which was prepared for you before the foundation of the world, may the soul of our holy father rest in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Amen
Eulogy written by Kesis Haile Maskael