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“God Is With Us”: Oklahoma Teen Tweets Hanging Cross Amid Tornado Debris

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 29, 2015

Viral tornado photo a sign from God?


A tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, destroying homes and leaving at least one person dead. But amid the destruction, one image is being shared across social media that is bringing hope in the affected community.

A high schooler, named Chase Rhodes, in Moore, Oklahoma took a picture of power pole Wednesday that was left hanging in the form of a cross surrounded by destruction. He captioned the tweet “God is with us,” and it has been retweeted and shared thousands of times.


የልጃምበራ ደብረ መድኃኒት መድኃኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን ተቃጠለ

በምዕራብ ጎጃም ሀገረ ስብከት በሰከላ ወረዳ ከግሽ አባይ ከተማ 21 ኪሎ ሜትር ርቀት ላይ የሚገኘው የልጃምበረ ደብረ መድኀኒት መድኃኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን መንስኤው ባልታወቀ ምክንያት ጥር 16 ቀን 2007 .. ከቅዳሴ በኋላ በእሳት መቃጠሉ ተገለጠ፡፡

በቃጠሎው ቤተ ክርስቲያኑ ሙሉ ለሙሉ የወደመ ሲሆን፤ ጽላቱን ግን በምእመናን እርዳታና ርብርብ ከቃጠሎው ለማዳን ተችሏል፡፡ ነገር ግን ከ15 እስከ 20 ሰዎች የሚሸከሙት በቀደምት አባቶቻችን የተሠራው የሥነ ስቅለቱ ሥዕል የተሳለበት የእንጨት መስቀል ከቃጠሎው ለማትረፍ ሳይቻል ቀርቷል፡፡ በዚህም አገልጋይ ካህናቱና ምእመናን በቅርሱ መቃጠል በእጅጉ አዝነዋል ሲሉ የቤተ ክርስቲያኑ አገልገይ የሆኑት ቄስ አዳሙ አግማሴ ገልጸዋል፡፡


— ባሕር ዛፍ ፍሬ ላይ መስቀል

— Stealing The Rainbow


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Oklahoma City: Secret Service Arrests Ten Commandments Statue Smasher

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 26, 2014

ሙሴየሚለውን ቆንጆ ፊልም አይቼ ስጨርስ ይህን አሳዛኝ ዜና አነበብኩ፤ አጋጣሚው በጣም ገረመኝ!

የፍዬሉን ባፎሜትኃውልት እዚያው ኦክላሆማ ከተማ፡ ለአሠርቱ ቃላት ከተሠራው ከዚህ ኃውልት ጎን ለማቆም የወሰኑት ሰይጣን አምላኪዎች በአሜሪካና በአውሮፓ በዘመናችን በጣም እየበዙ በመምጣት ላይ መሆናቸው እጅግ የሚያሳዝን ጉዳይ ነው። ምን እየሠሩ እንደሆነ አያውቁም ምን እንደሚመጣም የተገነዘቡት አይመስሉም! የሚያመልኩት ሰይጣንን መሆኑን ማሳወቃቸው ግን ምናልባት እንዳንታለል ሊረዳን ይችል ይሆናል

The assailant told authorities that Satan made him do it

Secret Service have arrested a man who allegedly slammed his car 1414198146053_Image_galleryImage_The_damaged_remains_of_a_Thursday night into a controversial Ten Commandments monument near the state capital building in Oklahoma City. The statue is now smashed to pieces.

Officials said the suspect, whose name has not been released, ran his car into the monument at about 9:00 p.m. Thursday night, reportedly saying that Satan made him do it. Oklahoma City’s KOCO news station reported that the suspect also threatened to kill President Barack Obama and said he urinated on the monument before knocking it over.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued to have the monument removed, condemned the desecration of the statue. No evidence suggests there is a connection between this incident and a Satanic group wishing to install a monument to Satan alongside the Ten Commandments.

The vehicle involved in the incident was left at the scene and has been impounded.



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When Do They Stop Hating Africans?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 24, 2014

Rewriting History: The Rwandan Genocide Story That the BBC Didn’t Tell

“Propaganda is what the left wing BBC do best these days.


On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’, which aired earlier in October. The demonstration followed a letter of complaint sent to the BBC’s director general, written by the survivors’ organisation Ibuka.

They point out that despite the BBC’s commitment to upholding truth and objectivity, the programme contained factual inaccuracies and seemed intent on reopening wounds in Rwanda. They expressed disbelief and disappointment that:

[A] few people who have their differences with the current government or the country were given a platform to politicise the Genocide and deny the planned and systematic killing of over one million people.’

My organisation, the Aegis Trust, manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda for the government of Rwanda. From here, documentation about the genocide is preserved, and peace and reconciliation programmes are run. For 12 years I have shied away from commenting publicly on growing genocide revision, concerned I might be interpreted as an apologist for the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the country’s ruling party.

Now that this tide of denial has swollen into the mainstream media, I break my silence. I don’t argue with the BBC’s investigative role, nor do I defend the government of Rwanda against any allegations. However, the beloved and trusted BBC owe licence-fee payers an explanation as to how they could produce such specious content on the history of the genocide.

The BBC also presented the notion that Paul Kagame’s RPF did not stop the genocide, implying instead that the massacres against Tutsis were somehow all over by the time the RPF liberated the country. No other explanation is offered by the BBC as to how the genocide ended – perhaps because there is only one answer: the genocide ended when the RPF defeated the Hutu Power government, which was intent on exterminating every last Tutsi.

The programme also appears to blame Kagame for the death of Rwanda’s former president, whose plane was shot down on the eve of the genocide. While there remains no decisive evidence of who was responsible for the assassination, the BBC producers relied on the thinly sourced 2006 Bruguière report that blamed Kagame, without mentioning the more robust Trévidic report in 2012 that implicated Hutu extremists. Viewers are owed an explanation as to why they were given such a biased, partial view of the evidence.

The programme also puts the number of murdered Tutsi at 200,000, though most other estimates put the Tutsi death toll at four times that. One would expect the BBC to secure strong evidence before allowing such a divisive, inflammatory and offensive claim to be made. Again, however, the programme relied on academics who have been deeply criticised by other scholars for flawed calculations and extrapolations from unreliable data.

It is hard to lecture countries like Rwanda to raise media standards when the BBC airs documentaries with such shocking lack of balance. This week, as part of a group of scholars, journalists and lawyers, I added my voice to the protest in this open letter.


Rwanda Hits Back at America’s Ebola Paranoia

“Good for Rwanda! Protecting its people! Maybe we could learn from them and protect our own!

Rwanda will be begin screening all Americans entering the country for Ebola, regardless if they’re exhibiting symptoms or not, government officials in the East African nation announced Tuesday. Coincidence? The new measure comes just days after two Rwandan students were denied enrollment at a New Jersey school over Ebola fears, even though Rwanda has had zero cases of Ebola. The United States, on the other hand, has had three confirmed cases. Rwanda is also more than 2,500 miles from the closest Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The US Embassy in Rwanda explains the situation:

On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition—regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola—by telephone by dialing 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days.

Although there’s no way to tell if the screenings are indeed motivated by retaliation for the ignorant panic displayed by the New Jersey school, this sure is an interesting turn of events.


Ebola Scares Prevent Oklahoma Students From Attending School

“This is a perfect teachable moment. Perhaps the school can dedicate an hour in the schoolday and show kids that the Ebola zone is closer to the U.S


Three students who just returned from a mission trip to East Africa caused Ebola scares at one Oklahoma high school.

Reports circulated on social media about the students returning to school and that raised fears of classmates coming into contact with people who might have been exposed to the virus; but there is currently no cause for alarm.

Inola School Superintendent, Dr. Kent Holbrook, said 18 students didn’t show up for class Monday because of the rumors

He said to ease fears school nurses are monitoring the three students who just returned from Ethiopia, but stresses they have never come into contact with anyone or anything associated with the deadly virus.

“You have to respond with facts rather than just the fear and I think that’s what’s happening,” Holbrook said.

Rumors started circulating through social media when parents in the Inola School District learned three students would be returning from a mission trip to Ethiopia last week.

Holbrook said rumors the students were exposed to the Ebola virus are just false.

“Our students were not exposed to Ebola. There was no person that was sick on the trip. There was no person sick Ethiopia while they were there. There was no person on the plane,” Holbrook said.

Ethiopia isn’t anywhere near the countries in Western Africa where people have contracted the deadly virus.

Holbrook said the three students were screened by officials when they re-entered the United States and were cleared to come to school.

“They just said, ‘where’ve you been?’ They told them, ‘Africa.’ ‘What part?’ They say said, ‘Ethiopia’ and said, ‘you’re clear, there’s never been a case out of there,'” said Holbrook.

T.J. Helling is the youth pastor who helped organize the mission trip for the students.

Amazing students, amazing students willing to give up their time and energy, their money, their fall break to go and serve others,” he said.

Helling’s heart is broken over the students being singled out because they went to Africa.



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Stealing The Rainbow

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 4, 2013

ReadyThe Almighty Egziabher-God sent snakes / serpents- not to hurt but to get them to move from where they were back to trusting in Him. The Lord may have to hurt us in order to help us.

The sneaky snake, Satan comes out unexpectedly to hypnotize and bite. It comes obstructively, imitating, confusing, stealing… We start dying the moment we are bitten by it. We don’t know how long it will be, hours or years. But the snake’s poison is in our veins. In this situation we have only two choices:

  1. Either lie down and die like most – ignore the condition, don’t believe it will happen to us. This is the condition of the masses today. They are bitten by the snake
  2. Recognize the condition and reach for the cure. There is only one anti-venom


And the Lord said to him: “Make a bronze serpent, and place it as a sign. Whoever, having been struck, gazes upon it, shall live. Therefore, Moses made a bronze serpent, and he placed it as a sign. When those who had been struck gazed upon it, they were healed.” [Numbers 21:8-9]

Instead, Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, even the death of the Cross.” [Phil. 2:7-8]

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, since he became a curse for us. For it is written: “Cursed is anyone who hangs from a tree.” [Gal.3:13]

Egziabher God gives us many things, He permanently communicates with us showing different signs and miracles. Tragedies and disasters occur all over their world, and He shows his presence through pain and suffering to redeem us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us.

Last June, when tornadoes plowed through the US state of Oklahoma, and many were caught in heavy rains and flash flooding the three most powerful colors (Green – Yellow – Red) of the Ethiopian flag were seen in one of the street corners of Moore, Oklahoma.

What has the flag got to do with the disaster?

EthioCupThe Ethiopian Flag has a very long history. The Tricolors of the flag were taken from Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church. The Ethiopian Church adopted the three popular colors of the flag from the seven basic colors of the rainbow revealed to Noah (one of the well-known Biblical Fathers of the Old Testament) as the sign of the Covenant between God and himself. The rainbow was an indication of the promise of God to Noah not to destroy the world with the flood anymore. In this connection, it is common to see the green-yellow-red colored flag in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church during ceremonies.

To learn more about the Ethiopian tricolor and its symbolic significance, I bring up the following perfect explanation from Ethiopian theologian, Nibure-Id Ermias Kebede Wolde-Yesus’ book, “Ethiopia:The Classic Case”

For the Ethiopians, the rainbow, from the beginning of their existence, was not only a physical manifestation of their Creator’s presence in their midst. It was also a spiritual assertion of the imprint of the Divine Seal of the Covenant on their hearts wherein it is enshrined by faith since then.

That’s why they (the Ethiopians) always looked to it (the Rainbow) outwardly and inwardly: first, as a testimony of their covenantal relationship with the Only God they worship, secondly, as an eternal assurance of His Divine Protection from the enemy, and thirdly, as a guarantee of their security from total annihilation by destructive forces or human perversity.

Every Ethiopian child, since the Era of the New Covenant, is instructed to address the Rainbow as “የማርያም መቀነት” (The Waist-band of Mary). By means of this tradition, the body and the life of the Virgin Mary, imaged as Ethiopia, became the personification and externalization of the sign of the Rainbow. The Holy Mother proved to be instrumental, through her Son Jesus Christ, for the complete deliverance of humanity from extinction as well as for its absolute assurance of the everlasting mercy.

Later, in the course of time, when it was required to maintain a national banner for identification purpose, the Ethiopians did not need another man-made flag to replace the Divine One. Rather, they decided to consolidate their faith in their God by reducing the sign of the Divine Covenant of the Rainbow to the (የኢትዮጵያ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ) Ethiopian flag of Green, Yellow and Red: the prominent and representative tricolors of the Rainbow.

They adopted this flag as their national banner that remained unchanged to this day.

Thus the triple/colored Ethiopian flag of Green-Yellow-Red stripes, is symbolic not only of the Rainbow but also of the manifold phenomena.

It represents, among other things, the Trinity of God and that of the human race descende from the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japhet. As in the doctrine of the Trinity, the oneness of the flag symbolizes the unity of the three races in the person of the Ethiopian whose birth was rooted in that of Melchizedek -the seed of the three children of Noah.

The significance of this Covenant (the Second Covenant) is effectively enhanced by the Third Covenant of God with Melchizedek, the patriarch of Ethiopianism, whose Foundation and Crown is none other than God the Son, Jesus Christ, Himself.”

The appearance ot the Ethiopian tricolors at the recent Oklahoma disaster could be taken as a sign to those sodomite forces who have decided to lift up arms to fight against the aforementioned Covenant. They use the divine colors of the Rainbow as their own, and stubbornly revolt against the Laws of The Almighty. The moment they decided to raise the banner of the ‘fake’ rainbow, they’ve declared an open spiritual war against the God of Noah. So, is Egziabher God now saying, ‘enough is enough’ by unleashing his wrath due to the West’s acceptance of homosexuality? Possibly! We now seem to be in a situation where we are liable for God’s judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance.

In a free society one can do what he or she wants in private, but they should not impose their sinful way of life on others. They want attention, they want to show their presence in public places, they aggressively attack Christians in private, in public, they use the media to demonize them and their God. But, they are terribly wrong! No one will be able to secure divine favor in a nation for which the divine is unconstitutional. A nation that rejects the idea of a blessing is a prideful nation. A nation that allows to use the perverted version of the rainbow colors is a nation which is going to reap the consequences of its moral degradation. Few days before the celebration of American independence day, 4th of July, the original rainbow appeared over Washington DC.

Ethiopians love country music. In a live CNN broadcast, (The video) — overlooking the Ethiopian tricolors – County star, Tobey Keith expresses his sadness about the recent tragic disaster in Oklahoma state.


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