Hi my name is James, I am a convert to the Ethiopian Tawedho Orthodox Church by baptism to merry my wife in Addis Ababa, now I'm back in the states, here in California.
Forgive me for any misspelling or the long post, sometimes I'm poor at clearifying, plus my grandmother died today.
I was baptized Lutheran as a baby, my Grandmother family were Lutherans for to the mixed German background , it a sad state to see what Lutheranism has become , yet anyways, fast forward to 2016 I joined the Greek Orthodox by Baptism because my grandma ironicly couldn't find my baptismal certificate for chrismation, until after my baptism, my spiritual father or father of confession in the Greek church was a Romanian, I learned a lot, so despite the modernist turns the Greek Church has went, I dotn feel bitter or have regrets, the lord is in control, all I have is the free will to choose or neglect.
Fast forward to 2020 , i meet a Ethiopian Orthodox woman, we fall in love , I went to Addis Ababa in 2021, everything is perfect, she very religious but had no clue if I had to be baptized into the EOTC, and her Abuna said of course so I was baptized on feburary 19th 2022 in Addis Ababa at Mehkane St. kirkos, having my wife see my naked before I get married felt odd, but she didnt care, and somehow they fit me in the font and got it done, but really question is the lord happy or mad I got baptized three times, does it not say "one baptism for the remission of sins, we got married a little while after like a few days, Ethiopians are the best hosts and have the most beautiful marriage cermony.
Now I'm back in California, very fewer EOTC churches near by, the ones about a hour and a half away never call back or return emails, I know the Abunes are busy, and overwhelmed, I just wish for clear answers like "maybe look at the coptic Church, closer to you, maybe look at other Ethiopian Churches or come and see let's take it from there", I know converts can be crazy but my convertisis stage burned out back when I was still with the Greeks, I just want a Oriental Orthodox Church to commune, pray and confess at, and the people are decent to me, not have to be fantastic, as long as I'm worshipping Christ in a canonical church. I been worshipping at a Coptic Church now since the first Subday of Great Lent, since it closet to me, and I have to say I love the Agaphyea prayers, the Holy week services, the people are friendly, I have to remember not to tell a Coptic or Arabic person I like somthing of theirs, they will literally give it to me, the liturgy I like it a lot, it different from the byzantine rite but once you get use to it, more cohesive, if I can use a term. I will be posting asking questions on issues Coptic views on finding a father of Confession, divorce anullments, excommunication, intercession of Saints, sign of cross (still crossing myself right to left people notice but coptic people cross themselves so fast I dont know how to do it like that), I had no catechism at all into Oriental Orthdoxy, so I'm like a baby again.