The birth of today’s big student movement- the Evangelical Students and Graduates Union of Ethiopia (EvaSUE) which now serves University and College Christian Student fellowships in over 150 government and private campuses, nationwide had its beginning in a small student bible study group at Addis Ababa University, the then Haile Selassie I University (HSIU). Prior to 1957 E.C (1965), five students had committed themselves for fasting, prayer and bible study. In order to facilitate their meeting, these students rented a small house near to the university with thirty five (35) Ethiopian birr. Names like, Ato Teka Gebru, Brehane Abraham, Ekubezge Seyoum and Philipos Kameri were among those who had significant part in the students’ gathering at the small rented house. The prayer meeting of these students was so lively and filled with undying passion to share their faith with unbelievers. Besides to that the meeting was marked by contagious love for one another. This small beginning through prayer, fellowship and teaching, attracted many students who joined the group for prayer, bible study and worship. At that time, there was also a regular university student centred program at SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) Youth Centre which was located around Arat(4) Kilo. University students attend programs that were held both in the small rented prayer house and SIM Youth Centre. Besides to the rented prayer house, for the university students the Youth Centre was a key place of equipment and edification. Expatriates staffs, which had come to HSIU as a teacher in various faculties, were great encouragement for university students. Few of these expatriates were Dr. Robinson, Dr. Perry, Dr. Rose, Dr. Dennis and a little later Dr. Atwood. These professors had the heart for the student work and encouraged them in their faith and supported the students in any manner that was appropriate.
They had also significant involvement in teaching God’s word at the Centre. Besides to that through their wide communication with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) leaders like Mr. State Woods, they played great role in bringing matured preacher-teacher to the Youth Centre from different parts of the world.
Having the active participation of students, the director of SIM Youth Center, Mr.Manski, prepared a special place for few university students to come together for prayer and bible study. Though their meeting had no a regular fashion, these students continued to meet repeatedly. As time goes, and the discussion and prayer meeting of these university students strengthen, naming of their growing fellowship came to the discussion table. Without taking much time, in 1966, they thoughtfully choose a name for their fellowship and called it Ethiopian University Christian Students Fellowship (EUSCF). During this period, 1966 onward, the student fellowship was also established at Gondar and Haromaya campuses, which were the then part of HSIU.
In 1967, the first conference of Ethiopian University Students’ Christian Fellowship (EUSCF) held in Ambo town. The attendees were from Addis Ababa Campuses, Haromaya and Gondar Colleges. There was a representative of the Pan Africa Evangelical Students Fellowship (PAESF) from Kenya. At this point of history, EUSCF had three Local Fellowships on three campuses run by Local Committees, and coordinated by the National Committee. In 1968, the venue for the regular meetings of EUSCF moved to the then newly constructed Mekane Yesus Youth Hostel located at Amist(5) Kilo, and the student fellowship flourished.