In 1993 Fr. Moses Berry was living in Saint Louis, Missouri and serving as the pastor to Christ the Good Sheppard Eastern Orthodox Church. It came to his attention that large numbers of Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants who, in seeking asylum from their war torn nations, were relocated to St. Louis from the East African refugee camp they had been forced into. The Berry’s, with the support of the church congregation, set up a free store in the church basement and later established the first Ethiopian and Eritrean cultural center; the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black. Members of the organization began regularly attending church services at Christ the Good Shepherd and Fr. Moses began to become known as the American spiritual father of this growing immigrant community.
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