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While we were still sinners, Christ died for us

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all… For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [Isaiah 53:4-6; Romans 5: 6 ; 1 John 4:9-10]

Save the Children

Ethopian charity owner charged with child sexual abuse Source: A man who helped form a charity to help children in Ethopia is now charged with child sexual abuse. Forty seven felony counts were filed by Wasatch County prosecutors against Lon Harvey Kennard Senior on Tuesday. The charges involve the abuse of seven underage girls over a 15 year period. Investigators claim during that time Kennard would sexually abuse some of the girls several times a week. According to their report, "Kennard also has an African girlfriend who is now 17 or 18 years of age." Investigators claim he even maintains a house in Ethiopia that he kept from his family. "We believe there could have been some things going on there," said Todd Donner of the Wasatch County Sheriff's office. Kennard and his wife co-founded Village of Hope, a charity that reaches out to a cluster of villages in southern Ethiopia to help them with food, clean water and education. The charity and the Kenn

We thank God for you

The news of two factions within Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus [EECMY] reconciling early this year is good news indeed. It is but a foretaste of heaven when we finally gather to raise our voices in worship before the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” [Revelation 5:9] “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard; even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life evermore. [Psalm 133, KJV] And yet, we are not unmindful of the issue that precipitated the 14-year long trauma in the first place. That language use during

Bible for the Majangir of southwestern Ethiopia

Bible translation ministry works on 500th project Source: MNN At the request of local church leaders, The Seed Company opened its 500th Bible translation project in rural southwestern Ethiopia. According to The Seed Company, an American missionary couple brought the Gospel to the Majang[ir] people in the early 1960s. Today, about 85% of the language group claims affiliation with Christian churches. Yosef, a Majang mother-tongue speaker, serves as the team's first full-time translator. Translators have found that mother-tongue translation is like using a root language--greatly accelerating the Bible translation process since there is no need to learn the language and culture. They've already completed drafts of all four Gospels and parts of Acts. The Seed Company hopes to complete the New Testament and portions of Genesis that will give the 50,000 Majang-speaking people a foundation to understand the New Testament. Educational opportunities are rare. Few can read i

Adoption Notice

Source : U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular AffairsOffice of Children’s Issues Change in Processing Timeline for Adoption Cases March 5, 2010 The Department of State shares families’ concerns about recent media reports alleging direct recruitment of children from birth parents by adoption service providers or their employees. In response to these reports, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has implemented some changes to adoption visa processing. Adoptive parents should be aware that an I-604 (Determination on Child for Adoption, sometimes referred to as “orphan investigation”) must be completed in connection with every I-600 application. Depending on the circumstances of the case, this investigation may take up to several weeks or even months to complete. Therefore, adoptive parents should not plan to travel to Ethiopia until they have confirmed with their adoption agency that their visa interview appointment has been confirmed. Adoption agencies submit case paperwork to the

Adoption Collapsed

Payments to Ethiopia soared before local adoption agency collapsed Source: The Record CAMBRIDGE — Money going to an orphanage in Ethiopia allegedly soared in the year before an international adoption agency in Cambridge went bankrupt last summer. The collapse of Imagine Adoption in July stunned more than 400 families hoping to adopt children and triggered a criminal fraud investigation. Seven months later, with two Waterloo Regional Police investigators and an RCMP officer still working on it full-time, police are saying little about the case publicly. But a court document used to obtain key financial records outlines the initial evidence and allegations against the non-profit agency’s top two officials — executive director Susan Hayhow and her husband, Rick, the former chief financial officer. The document, called an information to obtain a search warrant, details allegedly suspicious actions that have not been proved in court and that have not been challenged by either Rick or Susa

If they have not risen from the dead by Thursday, we will bury them

Kenyan sect waits for two pastors to rise from the dead Source: WWRN NAKURU - The faithful of a Protestant church in western Kenya are refusing to bury two pastors who were killed a week ago in a road accident, hoping they will rise from the dead like Jesus, a church follower said. Patrick Wanjohi and Francis Kamau Ndekei of the Kingdom Seekers Fellowship (KSF) died in an accident on the road linking Nairobi to Nakuru, where KSF is based, on February 15. “They are just sleeping, they are not dead,” KSF overseer and self-styled apostle John Kimani said during prayers Monday. “We are not going to bury them, because they have not completed their mission here on earth. We need them back because without them the church will collapse,” he continued. KSF’s Apostle Kimani had promised the KSF faithful that the two pastors would ressurrect on Saturday, three days after the congregation started a fasting and prayer session. Thousands of people braved a day of torrential rain for the resurrectio