Ethiopia Court Releases Jailed Evangelists

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

There has been opposition towards evangelists within Ethiopia's Orthodox Church.
There has been opposition towards evangelists within Ethiopia's Orthodox Church.


ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa were anticipating the return Thursday, October 29, of two evangelists who were imprisoned for three months on what believers said were "false charges" of "offering money for conversion" and "insulting" the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC).

Last Friday, October 23, a local court in Debiretabor acquitted Temesgen Alemayehu and Tigist Welde Amanuel on the “insulting” charge, which was made by fellow inmates, opening the doors to freedom, Christians said.

Last month they already won an appeal at a Supreme Court against their imprisonment for allegedly paying people to convert to Christianity.  That penalty was reduced to a 500 birr ($40) fine, Christians explained.

"Thank you to those who prayed for us," Alemayehu said in a statement distributed by Christian news agency Compass Direct News. "The enemy has tried to frustrate us and delay our freedom, but through prayers and God’s intervention, we are now released from prison. We thank those who prayed on our behalf," Amanuel added.

Both men of Wengel Lealem church in Addis Ababa, had gone to Debiretabor in Ethiopia's Amhara state in July to help establish a church.

However observers say the local population if is predominantly EOC and hostile towards evangelicals.  The two Christians’ arrests reportedly stemmed from a July 19 incident in which passersby began to question them as they were preaching on a roadside.

Christians said a heated argument led to a group attack on the two evangelists , wounding Alemayehu. Amanuel reportedly sustained minor injuries. Church leaders in Debiretabor also said Alemayehu was suffering from kidney infections and had sought permission to get treatment, but that prison officials refused. Officials could not be reached for comment.

A group within the EOC known as 'Mahibere Kidusan'  or  'Fellowship of Saints'  had allegedly incited its activist to attack the two men. Mahibere Kidusan has not issued an official statement, however Christian say the group opposes reform movements within the EOC and views evangelical Christianity as as threat.

The two evangelists were expected to return to Addis Ababa shortly, Christians said.

15 thoughts on “Ethiopia Court Releases Jailed Evangelists”

  1. Dear Daniel,

    May God Bless you with all His riches.
    I tried to read your post but you wrote nothing at all especially with the point you wanted to pass to believers.
    I know you are the product of our culture, where you will judge a person to be your enemy, if he oppose or challenge your idea or thought.
    Believing in JESUS AND BEING SAVED IS NOT A MATTER OF BEING STRONG, as you mentioned the northern part of Ethiopia still strong and won’t back-down, as JEWS did.
    If you come to know the truth and what ever it differs from your thought then you have to accept it, as The APOSTLE PAUL DID.
    He was a very educated in his perspective about GOD and devoted to his faith. But there comes a day where HE HAS TO MEET JESUS CHRIST on his way to perform duty of defending his faith.
    The only thing what you call the foreigners and evangelists are teaching is the basic teachings if CHRIST JESUS.
    Please read the following and that is the only thing what you call enemies are teaching.

    John 3:16-21
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

    If you are really a christian you have to pray for those you think are to perish in Hell and teach them from their way to hell, as that is the main goal that GOD the father has sent his only son JESUS CHRIST not of your religion.
    Here is the difference between you and the EVANGELICALS, they teach everybody to know GOD and accept JESUS CHRIST as the only SAVIOR as the BIBLE TEACHES US and not your Good Deeds.

    Luke 23:40-43

    40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

    42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

    43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    Let me show you what MAHBERE KIDUSAN is doing by promoting hatred between those whom we mention as brothers, “PROTESTANTAWI JIHAD BE ORTHODOX LAY”.
    I have so many friends who are members of EOC, we are leaving in peace, and never thought of Jihad on one another.
    Please stay away from promoting hatred between people as it is the work of the devil, rather perform the Great Commission for which JESUS HAS TO DIE.

    Matt 28:16-20

    16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    I hope you got my message.
    Thanks

    May God Bless you.

    Biniam Abrham

  2. Dear Daniel,

    May God Bless you with all His riches.
    I tried to read your post but you wrote nothing at all especially with the point you wanted to pass to believers.
    I know you are the product of our culture, where you will judge a person to be your enemy, if he oppose or challenge your idea or thought.
    Believing in JESUS AND BEING SAVED IS NOT A MATTER OF BEING STRONG, as you mentioned the northern part of Ethiopia still strong and won’t back-down, as JEWS did.
    If you come to know the truth and what ever it differs from your thought then you have to accept it, as The APOSTLE PAUL DID.
    He was a very educated in his perspective about GOD and devoted to his faith. But there comes a day where HE HAS TO MEET JESUS CHRIST on his way to perform duty of defending his faith.
    The only thing what you call the foreigners and evangelists are teaching is the basic teachings if CHRIST JESUS.
    Please read the following and that is the only thing what you call enemies are teaching.

    John 3:16-21
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

    If you are really a christian you have to pray for those you think are to perish in Hell and teach them from their way to hell, as that is the main goal that GOD the father has sent his only son JESUS CHRIST not of your religion.
    Here is the difference between you and the EVANGELICALS, they teach everybody to know GOD and accept JESUS CHRIST as the only SAVIOR as the BIBLE TEACHES US and not your Good or Evil Deeds.

    John 3:16-21
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
    NIV

    Luke 23:40-43

    40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

    42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

    43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    Let me show you what MAHBERE KIDUSAN is doing by promoting hatred between those whom we mention as brothers, “Protestantawi Jihad be Orthodocs lay”.
    I have so many friends who are members of EOC, we are leaving in peace, and never thought of Jihad on one another.
    Please stay away from promoting hatred between people as it is the work of the devil.
    I hope you got my message.
    Thanks

    May God Bless you.

    Biniam

  3. What Mahiber Kidusan is contributing to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church?

    Dear readers, we all know that we have been under the brutal operational rule of the Orthodox thewahido church for centuries. We were oppressed to the point that the church looks a colonial institution. We have no doubt that it is responsible for the downfall of the nation once thought world economic and political power (during the Axumit and before).
    With time as the rulers of the church so called BALABAT, BALERIST etc. started to use the church as colonial instrument; they end up by introducing so many wasteful jargons in to the original words and thoughts of LORD GESUS. They introduced their own rules like FITEHANEGEST and so many little and large fabricated versions of Bible with different names such as YEZOTIR TESELOT, WUDASE, DIRSAN, GEDIL etc. and forced peoples to cram them and obey to the rule. With time, the later generation who got these wasteful events within the church had no option except to accept and mug them indiscriminately.

    Thanks to our secular constitution we get rid off those jargons now. Our mass once wasting time on reading and cramming those baseless thoughts in church is now reading science and engineering in various schools, colleges and universities. The once impoverished nation is now blooming. This is what the so-called Mahiberkidusan should understand as enviable event.

    Time has already come and all hiden acts are swelling before public. Mahiber Erkusan which seemed Kidus at its inception is now ending up with scandals and MASKED PROSTITUTIONS as already witnessed at Adama /Nazareth/. It has come obvious that this gang, while exercising hidden political agenda- is striving to create modified version of the earlier on dying ORTHODOX THEWAHIDO faith. Unfortunately, their effort is yielding educated opportunistic and flexible generation who will not scarify himself under the covert of innocence. Peoples have now realized as there are no more secret within the church, no more sprit and power of God with them. The monasteries and remote churches once filled with unpaid and malnourished monks are becoming a vacant good breeding ground for rodents. Their values being only left to tourist attraction.

    Time is now for us. We need to work hard and build the nation. We need to value and earn cash from those wasteful events of our grandparents. Our economists and planners should work to establish tourist routes to reach those churches and monasteries. Museums need to be established everywhere. This all can’t be left to few individuals or institutions. All citizens need to discharge responsibilities at least by circulating information of this kind & creating awareness among the dedicated population of the country.

    Thank you for forwarding the same to as many friends as possible.

  4. Dear Daniel and other meheaberKidusan Members

    I am medical Doctor and Evangelical by faith.I have committed my life to christ since the last 18 years and my life is better in every direction . I haven’t seen sinful nature in my life in the way you are figuring out evengelical christianity.My life has been changed for ever praise the name of God!Jesus is the only way leading to heaven! It really makes me annoyed when you are always claming that the Evangelicals are outsiders and they don’t belong to Ethiopia.You have the old mentality of one religion,one country and one people. Do you think this belief is working well? I don’t think ,It pushed the country to the level of disintegration and made Ethiopia to be very poor country by any standard in the World. I really advise all fellow Ethiopians and orthodox believers to respect the right of every citizen to believe whatever he/she wants. The old mentality of belittling other faiths doesn’t work any more except repeating the past histroy of poverty,malnutrition and national disgrace.

  5. Ethiopian church will not be destroyed by the followers of devil i.e all those who don’t accept Jesus as God.U better go & teach ur groups like Saudi,Somalia,Iran…

    Chala

  6. Why do they try to “evangelize” the EVANGELIZED sons and daughters of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Why don’t they go and help those who suffer in spirit in countries like Saudi Arabia?

  7. Dear Daniel,

    There may have been a delay in posting your previous message due to technical reasons. We have posted them both, unchanged. Unfortunately we can no longer allow people to post in real-time as this was misused by spammers. Our news agency is dedicated to persecution news and/or related developments. So for funny stories or gossips you may have to visit another site. I am sure there are sinful evangelicals. As a matter of fact the Bible says “…All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12). However in Christ, the Bible says, people are made new. John 5:24 says: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” And John 11:25-26 reports: “Jesus said to her: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’ 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I think the evangelists just wanted to share their faith with others. They do not represent a party or a foreign country. You said you are somewhat confused about a personal relationship with God. Many people are. What they
    wanted to explain that it doesn’t matter to which church you belong. Gods word, the Bible, is all what counts.

    Stefan J. Bos

  8. I see my last post yesterday @ 5pm EST US, was not posted on your website. That is Okay by me, because most people in the country have seen how evangelical Christians are destroying the unity the people had, and are fighting back.
    The sad truth is both orthodox and Evangelicals are Christians, so its like fighting in family in the greater context of things. But, the difference is the way it is practiced, spirituality is very important to the poor farmers in rural Ethiopia as it is directly affects there life, especially if it relates to them. But, these new Christians have absolutely no respect for the Orthodox church, Islam, animists, …etc They want to change people to follow them like RIGHT NOW! They have already destroyed most of the south of the country, but the NORTH is still strong believers they haven’t backed down and it will continue that way.
    Again, report on POSITIVE NEWS, PLEASE!
    These 2 days is the first time I have been to your website, but by looking around your site, you don’t strike me as a news organization dedicated to the vaules of a professional journalist. Most of the garbage on your site is negative news, like muslims killed christians or corruption in country XY …etc The world is changing, however slow, towards peace and tolerance, but there will always be violence amongst different groups.
    I am OUT

  9. What is the criteria you used to measure whether a religion is true or fake?
    If the measure is Bible, yes it is all about truth and the truth shall set as all free. When you press down truth, it will multply. This is not new development. What is foreign and local is also controversial. In history class we learned that Chritianity was introduced to Ethiopia in 4th century. What does that mean? We have to respect each others religious right, freedom of speech and worship. You can discredit one’s teaching by exposing the truth not by hatrade and name calling.
    As a country we are now facing serios problems. We have to accomodate our differences and work for common good.
    God bless

  10. Dear Mr Stefan Bos,
    With all due respect, I am not sure I understand your concept of “personal relationhip with GOD”. You’re trying to take the high road and make people who follow Orthodoxy seem like a group concerned about RELIGIOUS dogmatic values and principles as opposed to ‘communicating with GOD’ one to one. But, believe me I have heard it all, thats just full of crap. I have seen and heard all the sinful activities Evangelicals brought to our country. If we do analysis regarding the pros/cons of Evangelical activity in Ethiopia, unfortunately the result is a BIG NO NO for this ‘imported’ religion ( ooops, I meant to say ‘personal relationship with GOD’).
    About the people who are being released, YES they are Ethiopian and not foreigners, I didn’t miss that part when I mentioned the involvement of foreigners in our country. But all their ACTIONS speaks of a work of a foreigner, so I think of them as puppets of a political party masking itself in the form of religion to spread its influence in our HOLY spiritual country.
    BTW, I have come across lots and lots of religions, so far I find this religion to be very destructive in its nature. Ethiopia has always enjoyed Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, animists, pagans, … etc but unfortunately this one religion in a very short period of existence in the country, has created animosity and divide, WHICH IS THE LASTTING THING PEOPLE need to be divided by. So, for GOD’s sake please stop activities in Ethiopia, WE DO NOT NEED YOU.

    FYI: I am not a member of mahebere kedusan, but I do know people who used to be members in a University setting, and I heard only great things. So, back off our BELOVED country. See if they will let you preach that in Saudi-Arabia or in the middle of the Vatican, thats how we see our country.

  11. Mr, stefan,
    Your evangelical movement is not welcomed in my group of people, so we ask u to satay way funding, mobilizing…etc! i can write you how you are related with those so called native evangelists, i know the inn and outs of who they r, who support them…etc! Evangelicals are the arm of the western church groups who want to dominate the nation with their luthran, calvinist, and diluted version of catholocism!!! why do not you preach it to the rich tele evangelists, the homosexuals, to the gay leaders of your evangelical belivers!! you have been trying to do it for a long time-but it will not work! So save your american people

  12. Dear Daniel and Marg,

    These evangelists were NOT foreigners, but Ethiopians. They do not have a religion, but a personal relationship with Christ which they wanted to share with others. Apparently that is now allowed in that region.

    Stefan J. Bos

  13. Believers of the orthodox church are peaceful and have kept our country united. why do foreigners want to destroy this heaven on hearth, people who live by the truth? We have been living peacefully for thousands of years by the teachings of the bible including teachings rejected by the rest of christianity.Why do we have to fight to keep our own Ethiopian belief system in our country?
    We have all seen This evangelicans in the US and how polarized they make the country. All Ethiopia needs is a united country, not fake religion.

  14. you said you are followers of GOD. BUT YOU ACCUSED MAHIBERE KIDUSAN> I AM NOT THAT MUCH SURPRISED OF YOUR LIES ,BECAUSE YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER AND HE IS AFATHER OF ALL LIES. Where do you getthe meaning”FELLWSHIP OF SIANTS?”. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN THE TRUTH OPEN YOUR EYES,EARS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR HEART GOD WILL TEACH YOU THE TRUTH FROM THE ONE AND ONLY CHURCH,TEWAHEDO.

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