I was on the Internet today and I found this strange site, it's suposed to be the Mission of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewaedo Church in Costa Rica (Central America) and according to the site, they are under ABUNE YESEHAQ Bishop of the EOC in South-Africa and the Western Hemisphere. The priest in charge is ABBA GEBRE TSADIK.http://iglesiaortodoxaethiope.01.free.bm/
Now that was the Orthodox aspect of the site, but there is a very un-orthodox one also. In addition to the priest they have a "religious leader" or "Ras", they say to follow the doctrines of Rastafari and Haile Selassie I. In the sacraments part they advocate the use of Marihuana as a sacrament.
If this mission is true, their priest is doing very bad job by allowing these guys to do this kind of site and operate within the parish. The page is in Spanish. Hispanics will have a totaly wrapped view of the certainly venerable and ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
I am myself confused.
Dear Mexican, I do not know anything about the mission in Costa Rica. But Archbishop Yeshehaq (who passed away this month) was appointed as a missionaryMetropolitan to the western hemisphere by Ethiopian Patriarch Abune Baselius during the time of Emperor Haile Selassie. He was a great scholar in Ethiopian Church history and theology. Also he was involved in converting about 55 thousand rastafarians in Carribean islands to Ethiopian Orthodox faith. He wrote many books about EOC. But there was some political issues in Ethiopia after the Archbishop was ordained. This resulted in a split in the Ethiopian Church between the Church in the West and Ethiopia. I hope and pray this division heal eventually.
What you saw about Costa Rica mission may be a startup mission, perhaps in the beginning stages. Perhaps we should not compare it with EOC (i.e. use our common sense in such matters). I read in an article that there are seperate parishes for those who converted to Ethiopian Orthodox Church, perhaps because there is an initial delay in adjusting to true Ethiopian Orthodox practises. I think having a mission is better than doing nothing to change them. Following articles may be informative:
Brief Life History of His Eminence Abune Yesehaq Archbishop:http://ethiopianreview.homestead.com/AbuneYeshaqBio01102006.pdf
Ethiopians in D.C. Region Mourn Archbishop's Deathhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/12/AR2006011201952.html