Link: Orthodox Christian Initiative for Africa

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Orthodox Christian Initiative for Africa

We are Orthodox Christian Greeks. Because we are Orthodox Christians, we love our country, our people and all the peoples of the earth; this of course includes our African brothers and sisters.

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Mtakatifu Moses wa Ethiopia (+405) – 28 Agosti ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Swahili

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Mtakatifu Moses wa Ethiopia (+405)

28 Agosti

Musa Mwafrika, maarufu pia kama Musa Mwizi (330–405), alikuwa mmonaki padri nchini Misri na mmojawapo kati ya mababu wa jangwani.

Sikukuu yake huadhimishwa tarehe 1 Julai na tarehe 28 Agosti.

Mzaliwa wa Ethiopia, Musa alikuwa mtumishi wa afisa wa serikali nchini Misri mpaka alipofukuzwa kwa thuhuma za kuiba na kuua.

Akiwa jitu, akawa bosi wa kundi la majambazi lililotisha watu wa bonde la Nile kwa ukatili.

Alipojaribu kukwepa waliokuwa wanamwinda, alifichama kwa wamonaki wa jangwani huko Wadi El Natrun (Sketes), karibu na Alexandria. Juhudi za kiroho, utulivu na furaha walivyokuwa navyo vilimuathiri kwa dhati. Muda mfupi baadaye aliacha mtindo wake wa kuishi, akabatizwa na kujiunga na monasteri ile.

Kwanza alipata shida sana kuzoea nidhamu ya jumuia ile. Alipovamiwa na wezi chumbani mwake, aliwazidi nguvu akawaburuza hadi katika kikanisa walimokuwemo wenzake wakisali ili aambiwe awafanyie nini wageni hao.

Musa alikuwa na ari katika yote aliyoyafanya, lakini alikata tamaa alipojitambua si mkamilifu kutosha. Hapo abati Isidori alimchukua alfajiri hadi juu ya paa ili kutazama miali ya kwanza ya jua. Halafu akamuambia, “Taratibu tu miali ya jua inaondoa usiku na kuleta mchana mpya, na vilevile taratibu tu mtu anakuwa mwanasala kamili.”

Baadaye Musa akawa mwenyewe kiongozi wa jumuia ya wakaapweke katika sehemu nyingine ya jangwa akapewa upadrisho.

Alipokuwa na umri wa miaka 75 hivi, ilisikika kwamba kundi la Waberber limepanga kushambulia monasteri yao. Wenzake walitaka kujihami, lakini Musa aliwazuia akawaambia ni afadhali wakimbie kuliko kushika silaha. Mwenyewe na wengine 7 walibaki hadi walipouawa tarehe 1 Julai.

Kwa sababu hiyo Musa Mwafrika anaheshimiwa leo kama mtetezi wa msimamo wa kukataa silaha katika kudai haki.

Chanzo:

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Αφρικανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στο Κονγκό βαπτίζεται Ορθόδοξη μετά από εμφάνιση Αγίου όπου της είπε οτι η Αληθινή Εκκλησία είναι η Ορθοδοξία

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

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Αφρικανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στο Κονγκό

βαπτίζεται Ορθόδοξη μετά από εμφάνιση Αγίου όπου της είπε οτι

η Αληθινή Εκκλησία είναι η Ορθοδοξία

«Τό Μάρτιο τοῦ 1991 ὁ Προϊστάμενος τοῦ Ἱεραποστολικοῦ ἔργου του Κονγκό, Κολουέζι, π. Μελέτιος εἶχε πάει στό Λικάσι γιά νά τελέση τό σαρανταλείτουργο μνημόσυνο τῆς Ἑλληνίδος Σοφίας… Ἕνα ἀπόγευμα βάδιζε στό δρόμο μέ κατεύθυνσι τόν Ἱερό Ναό τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου. Ἀπό πίσω τόν ἀκολουθοῦσε μιά ἰθαγενής κυρία. Τόν πρόφθασε, τοῦ ζήτησε συγγνώμη καί τοῦ ἀφηγήθηκε τά ἑξῆς: “Πάτερ, εἶμαι μιά Χριστιανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στό θρήσκευμα. Κάθε μέρα παρακαλῶ τό Θεό νά μέ ὁδηγήση στή σωτηρία τῆς ψυχῆς μου. Μιά νύκτα εἶδα ἕνα ὄνειρο. Εἶδα ἕναν ἱερέα, πού φοροῦσε τά δικά σας ροῦχα. Εἶχε γένεια καί τό πρόσωπό του φαινόταν πολύ λαμπρό. Μέ πλησίασε καί μοῦ μιλοῦσε στή γλῶσσα μου, πρᾶγμα τό ὁποῖο μέ παραξένεψε, διότι πρώτη φορά τόν ἔβλεπα. Μοῦ ἔδειξε καί μιά Ἐκκλησία καί μοῦ εἶπε τά ἑξῆς: Ἐπειδή μέ δάκρυα ζητᾶς τή σωτηρία σου, νά αὐτή τήν ὁποία βλέπεις εἶναι ἡ ἀληθινή Ἐκκλησία. Σ᾽ αὐτή θά πᾶς καί θά σοῦ πῆ ὁ ἱερεύς τί θά κάνης γιά νά βαπτισθῆς”.

Ὁ π. Μελέτιος τήν ἄκουγε μέ ἐνδιαφέρον, ὥσπου ἔφθασαν καί στήν Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Ἁγίου Προδρόμου. Τότε αὐτή ἡ γυναίκα ἀνεφώνησε. “Νά αὐτή εἶναι ἡ Ἐκκλησία τήν ὁποία εἶδα στόν ὕπνο μου”. Καί ἄρχισε νά κλαίη ἀπό τή χαρά καί τή συγκίνησί της ζητώντας να βαπτιστεί Ορθόδοξη…».

Ἀπό τό βιβλίο: Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ, Ἀντιαιρετικά Ἐφόδια, ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός (2108220542, 6978461846), Σταμάτα Ἀττικῆς 2013

Video – Ivory Coast, Africa: From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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Ivory Coast, Africa: From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

Western Kasai, Congo: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy – A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

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Western Kasai, Congo:

Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy –

A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Nina, a 10-year-old girl, was the third child of a family which lived in Western Kasai (Congo). Her two previous siblings, two boys, died early, making Nina an only child.

Nina was born from a mother with strong religious interests, to such an extent that she had embraced a Protestant heresy and become a “Pastoress” (woman priest).

Nina followed her mother to Protestant gathering. However, the good reputation of the Orthodox Missionary School brought the little girl to the Orthodox school. From then on she underwent a series of internal and external changes.

As time passed, Nina began to become reluctant and unwilling to follow her mother to the Protestant gatherings. She perfectly followed—even though she wasn’t baptized—the Orthodox church gatherings. Not much time passed before the girl sought to be baptized [Orthodox]!

Her parents, and much more so her grandmother, didn’t want to hear of this. This increased Nina’s desire to receive Holy Baptism.

Her father ultimately accepted his daughter’s request, and came to the following decision: “my first two children died, one at age two and the other at age one. My little girl has turned ten. Let her be baptized, as she wants so much, because maybe she might die too!” The rest of the family complied and received his decision with sadness.

Nina thanked her heavenly and earthly father with all her heart. She went through catechism for a short time, and was found ready for baptism. She of course continues to go to her religious studies constantly, and she never missed the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion on Sundays and Feasts.

Nina’s soul felt a deep and mystical connection with the All-Holy Person of the Most-Holy Theotokos Mary, and she went around her house and placed Her holy icon on the highest cabinet of the dining room, causing several negative reactions by the rest of the family. She withstood, however, and managed to have the holy icon of the Theotokos stay where she placed it.

On Sundays, the “Pastoress” mother of Nina received many Protestants in her house. As soon as the Protestants saw the icon of the Theotokos, they protested, and sought the Continue reading “Western Kasai, Congo: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy – A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God”

The sound of Divine Steps in Ivory Coast, Africa – Mass Baptism

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The sound of Divine Steps in Ivory Coast, Africa

Mass Baptism

Africa … «Faith possible, many wonders . ” We arrived ,” recounts Bishop Panteleimon of Ghana , “after 18 hours journey in the Ivory Coast and said : Now what? … And, when disappointed and we decided to return to Ghana , the phone rings . It was a group of people who for six years was looking the roots of Christianity upon research discoveries to Orthodoxy … their intentions are pure … I decided to baptize them… We went to see the lagoon , where the next day would be a baptism. Full trash (up to 2,5 m from the coast). That will take the oil ? Where are It will be the mystery ? Would like months to clean it up … In the evening windstorm broke… the next morning there was not a debris… after… Blessed with captured heartbreaking pain. I had to go to hospital… I kept… were the first Orthodox Christians”».

Source:

Greek book

Fr. John Kostof

The Sound of Divine Steps

St. John Damascene

Athens 2011

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SAINT JOHN OF DAMASCUS

Video – Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY

Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy