Built By Angels: African Jerusalem ‘Lalibela’

If faith is a mystery, there are few places in the Christian world where the mystery is deeper than in Lalibela. 800 years ago, an Ethiopian king ordered a new capital for Christians. At 8,000 feet, on the central plateau of Ethiopia stand 11 churches, each carved from a single, gigantic, block of stone. No bricks, no mortar, no concrete, no lumber, just rock sculpted into architecture. Not much is known about who built them, or why. But the faithful of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church say there’s no mystery really. The churches of Lalibela were built by angels.

Pillgrims on their way to Lalibela:

Cross Church viewed from above:

Cross Church viewed from above:

The northern highlands of Ethiopia rose 31 million years ago when fissures in the earth flooded the Horn of Africa with lava a mile deep. On hillsides you can still see columns of lava frozen in time. Iron made the basalt red and, gases trapped inside, made the stone light, as light and pliable as air. Christians laid their mark on Ethiopia before the year 400. They found the ancient stone welcomed the bite of a chisel. The churches were carved around the year 1200 by people called the Zagwe.

BY SCOTT PELLEY – DECEMBER 1, 2019 | 60 Minutes

Produced by Nicole Young. Associate producer, Katie Kerbstat. Broadcast associate, Ian Flickinger.

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Tom Thumb was a person, “a Man, who married a Women.” The Wondrous World of Tom Thumb Weddings

What is a Tom Thumb Wedding? https://youtu.be/jk-0CINVKl4
Cookies and Milk Presents: Tom Thumb Wedding

Youtube | Bashholt – Jul 15, 2014

THE REAL Gen. Tom Thumb and his marriage https://youtu.be/cCPVPTgc_sk
Youtube | General Tom Thumb’s Wedding – Decades TV Network – Feb 10, 2017
Charles Sherwood Stratton, whose stage name was General Tom Thumb, was one of the biggest and smallest celebrities of the 19th century. The three-foot, four-inch star of P.T. Barnum’s “Hall of Curiosities” married Lavinia Warren on February 10, 1863. She was two-feet, seven-inches tall. Their lavish and heavily publicized “fairy wedding” was attended by 2,000 guests


Tom Thumb wedding

Youtube | Barry – Dec 13, 2015
December 12, 2015
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Highway 280 West
244 Jerusalem Church Road
Pembroke, GA 31321

The Wondrous

World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

-Linton Weeks | NPR – November 15, 2014

East Room: Reception for General Tom Thumb


On February 13, 1863, a honeymoon Party was held at the White House for Charles S. Stratton and Livinia Warren, who had been married shortly before in New York City. “He was twenty-four years old, thirty-two inches high, and weight twenty-one pounds. She was four years younger, of the same height, and eight pounds heavier. Only a few [days] before, the ‘distinguished Lilliputians’ had been married in New York City, and P.T. Barnum, super-showman of the day who had the ‘General’ under contract, had lost no time in publicizing the vent and arrange to have the couple presented to chiefs of republics and royal sovereigns,” wrote Stanley Kimmel.1 Warren and Stratton, who was known as General Tom Thumb, came to Washington where Stratton’s brother was stationed with the Union Army. They stayed at Willard’s Hotel before attending a well-publicized, well-attended reception at the White House in their honor.


Mr. Lincoln’s White House

Morality and GOD Consciousness!

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IN THE NEWS “Weak Republican Hope”

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Religious Diversity

“O mankind! We created you from a single

(pair) of a male and a female, and made

you into nations and tribes, that you may

know each other (not that you may despise

each other). Verily the most honored of

you in the sight of GOD is (he who is)

the most righteous of you.

And GOD has full knowledge

and is well acquainted (with all things),”

– Quran 49:13

Photo Credit
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES: Religious Diversity in America: A Boundary or a Bridge? April 2019

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UNDERSTANDING OTHERS “Happy Diwali” 2022

Happy Diwali

Professor Bhaskar Vira, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, sends our best wishes to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights this year. – University of Cambridge

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Diwali, Deepavali, or Divali, also known as the Festival of Lights is a Hindu religious festival and one of the most important festivals within Hinduism. It generally lasts five days, and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. – Wikipedia

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President Biden and the First Lady host a reception to celebrate Diwali.

Join Jill and me as we host a reception to celebrate Diwali. https://www.facebook.com/POTUS/videos/1496037690913860

October 24, 2022

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Thank The LORD!

“Thank The LORD!”

Thank You GOD, for saving me, keeping me away from the many, many Evils of this world.

Years ago when I first began striving for my college degree, new to Islam, eager to learn visiting Africa and the Mid East, I had the sincere desire in my quest to prove that Muslims had no involvement in the African slave trade. Yet the Truth dispelled my unlearned presumptions I held for my love of both Africans (Africa) and of Muslim’s who along with the rest of the world played major roles in slavery as participants in the enslavement of Africans to one degree or another. – Mr. Harun Jihad Bilal

Lies! Lies! Lies!

Music Clip: “People Get Ready” The Impressions. Youtube |catman916

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US calls on Israel to investigate death of Palestinian boy

PHOTO: IMEU – According to his family, 7-year-old Rian Suleiman suffered a heart attack, fearing for his life as Israeli soldiers chased him while invading his home. This is a developing story.

The Israeli military has killed at least 40 Palestinian children so far this year.


https://twitter.com/theIMEU/status/1575523014526980102?s=20

US calls on Israel to investigate death of Palestinian boy

The U.S. State Department is calling on Israel to open a “thorough” investigation into the mysterious death of a 7-year-old Palestinian boy who collapsed and died on Thursday, shortly after Israeli soldiers came to his home in the occupied West Bank.

The boy’s father, Yasser Suleiman, said Rayan tried to run away when the soldiers said they wanted to arrest his brothers and was briefly chased by the soldiers. He said Rayan was vomiting blood in the car after collapsing and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

By JOSEF FEDERMAN – Associated Press | September 29, 2022 | ABC News

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-calls-israel-investigate-death-palestinian-boy-90718627

A seven-year-old Palestinian boy who died on the sidelines of an Israeli army search in the occupied West Bank was buried Friday, with Washington calling for a “thorough” investigation into his death.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/palestinian-boy-buried-us-calls-inquiry

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Prayer/Worship is for GOD Alone!

Why? Is there a saviours day celebrated by some Muslims?

The name As-Samad has many aspects to its meaning. It refers to The One Who is Lord, Who possesses and disposes of all affairs, The One Whom people come to with their needs (no matter race, ethnicity, or religion). He Who is Self-Sufficient, not needing nor depending upon anyone or thing. The One Who all of the creation depends upon for their needs and their requests. He is GOD “Allah,” glory be unto Him. He has no coequal, and nothing is like Him. The One, The Irresistible. As-Samad, the Master Whose Control is complete. GOD “As-Samad” is above having children and procreating. He Who all creation seek for assistance eternally.

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‘United Against Hate Summit’

The White House announced the summit last month with the stated goal of bringing together Democrats, Republicans and leaders from all levels of government.

Specifically, the summit will seek to get to the root of hate crimes — crimes motivated by racism, white supremacy, or anti-gay bigotry. Crimes like the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisc., the 2022 grocery store Buffalo, N.Y., the 2019 Walmart shooting in El Paso, the 2021 shooting that killed six women of Asian descent in Atlanta, or the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and 53 more were wounded.

Spectrum News / New York 1 | 9/15/2022 https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2022/09/15/white-house-seeks-to-stop-hate-crimes-with-united-we-stand-summit?fbclid=IwAR3Xf9Z2lzXZZN0kESLEZp4RmetSGgseaRqquQbuuBhiygBu4YsmGxyIXNU

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Half a million Somali children under 5 at Risk of Dying from Famine

Russia-induced global food crisis pushes 49M to ‘brink’ of famine, starvation: expert warns

Russia’s war in Ukraine has sparked a global crisis, and experts warn that hunger poses the greatest worldwide security threat as millions face famine and starvation. 

“The conflict in Ukraine isn’t just increasing hunger conditions within the country or even within the region,” Steve Taravella, senior spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), told Fox News. “The number of people who are on the brink of famine is now about 48.9 million in 43 countries.

“That is really dramatic.” 

Taravella said that roughly three-quarters of a million people are facing starvation in just five nations across the globe, including Ethiopia, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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Half a million Somali children under 5 at Risk of Dying from Famine

500,000 children in Somalia could die from malnutrition, a number unseen in any country this century

FOX NEWS – September 13, 2022 https://www.foxnews.com/world/half-a-million-somali-children-under-5-risk-dying-famine

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Ukrainians celebrate successful counteroffensive in the northeast
FOX News – September 13, 2022 https://video.foxnews.com/v/6312273055112#sp=show-clips

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