Medhane Alem

The Church, as the government of God, is an integral and democratic institution. It is the life of every community which works in the lives if individuals. It is called upon to pledge to the words freedom, justice and peace in the world; to denounce violations of human indignity, to identify itself with the poor and oppressed. This principle does not make the church a political party or as taking sides with political parties, but as God is the Father of all above all, His Church is above all parties, apppointed by God to see that all justices are done on this planet, the Earth, and to freely speak against all injustices and wrong doing.
(Abba Yesehaq)


Archimandrite calls on Gallimore


Visiting Archimandrite Laike M. Mandefro Head and Administrator of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the United States, on Wednesday afternoon paid a courtesy call on the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Dr. Neville Gallimore at his Ministry, Dr. Gallimore welcomed the Archimandrite to Jamaica. Both men then discussed the proposed establishment of a branch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jamaica. The Archimandrite disclosed that there would be a baptism of 300 souls in Jamaica shortly and that he hoped to have a pastor from Africa to guide them. He also said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was one of the oldest Churches on earth dating back to the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Dr. Gallimore pointed out that it was not the action of The Government to muzzle any religious belief. Archimandrite Mandefro was accompanied by his aide Deacon Abba Petros, Mr. Gilbert Arscott secretary of the Ethiopian mission in Jamaica, Brother Hibbert organizer of the Mission, Mr. Cecil Gordon chairman of the Mission and the Reverend Henry Muir from Yahweh Little Flock Assembly.



Orthodox Church deacon having services, classes here

Deacon Gabre Tsadik of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been in the island for some time now conducting services and Instruction Classes for more than 600 persons who have registered to become members of the Church in Jamaica. Deacon Tsadik will be in Jamaica until July 19. In the meantime he is conducting services and instruction classes at Ebenezer Hall, Spanish Town Road at 10:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. on weekdays and at 7.00 p.m. on Sundays. In an interview with the GLEANER, Deacon Tsadik said that he is Impressed with the Religious spirit that exists here. Jamaica in this respect, he said, is to be compared with Ethiopia.
He said over 140 new candidates have already been enrolled for baptism. Deacon Tsadik said that Archimandrite Laike M.Mandefro is expected to arrive in the island in September to conduct baptisms and further instruction classes. Following his recent visit to Jamaica the Archimandrite wrote to the Patriarch of the of the Church in Ethiopia, His Grace Abuna Theophilos advocating the sending of "...a priest of high and noble character" to Administer the Church in Jamaica. The Patriarch, Deacon Tsadik said, had now written to the Archimandrite giving him jurisdiction over the Church in Jamaica, as well as in the United States. Registrations are being received 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at Ebenezer hall as well as during the 3:30 P.M. services.
Registration secretary is Mr. G. Arscott who is also Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church here. Following a special Sunday morning service, to be held at a venue to be announced, Deacon Tsadik will be' accompanied by a motorcade around the Corporate Area, ending at the Pallsadoes Airport from which he will depart for New York at 2:30 P.M.



Black Lion Bakery given van

The Black Lion Bakery of the Ethiopian Orthodox Community Development Project has received a van as a donation from the Bob Marley and the Wailers Movement of Jah People Organization
The van was officially handed over to Archbishop Yesehaq by Diane Jobson on May 14 at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, 89 Maxfield Avenue, Kingston 13. The Bakery Project was started early in 1977 by some members of the church through the direction and supervision of Archbishop Yesehaq then Abba L. M. Mandefro. It was seen as a means of alleviating not only the unemployment problem, but the grave food shortage in the general area through the initiative of the church. As a result, the church through fund-raising managed to erect a shed and a brick oven on the same site as the modern furniture workshop, another project started by members for which the church is now providing sponsorship. At present, the bakery which is situated at Haile Selassie Drive, Kingston 13 provides employment for 30 workers on a regular basis. It supplies 3,000 to 4,000 loaves per week. The bread is sold to poor communities at reasonable prices.