Κυριακή, 31 Ιουλίου 2016

Graduation day in Waterloo School, Sierra Leone

Themistocles Adamopoulo



Today is graduation day in our Waterloo School. Here are some of the proud graduates from the Nursery School.



Our graduating Nursery School and grade six pupils. May Christ bless them.


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Ουγκάντα: Ιεραποστολική εξόρμηση στην Τζίτζα

 εκδόσεις ''Χρυσοπηγή''


 
Μία ακόμη μέρα της ιεραποστολικής μας δραστηριότητας, αφιερώσαμε  στην ενορία του π.Χρυσοστόμου Κόλλια στην Τζίτζα που βρίσκεται πολύ κοντά στις πηγές του Νείλου,όπου ξεναγηθήκαμε στο Ναό της Αναστάσεως του Κυρίου, μοιράζοντας κι εδώ ιερατικά είδη, ενώ γνωρίσαμε από κοντά το έργο της ενορίας που επιτελεί ο π.Χρυσόστομος με την πρεσβυτέρα του τόσο στην ενορία της Τζίτζα όσο και στα γύρω χωριά που είναι αρκετά απομονωμένα,κυριολεκτικά μέσα στην ζούγκλα. Ευχαριστήσαμε το Θεό για τη μεγάλη αυτή ευλογία και επιστρέψαμε στην Ναμουγκόνα γεμάτοι εικόνες και δυνατές εμπειρίες.

 




 

Σάββατο, 30 Ιουλίου 2016

Orthodoxy is alive and well on the African continent... Orthodox Mission in Kenya

The Orthodox Mission in Kenya


Orthodoxy is alive and well on the African continent. Enjoy this short video and listen to the beautiful liturgy.


Happy moments to celebrate the consecration of the second Bishop in Kenya. The Orthodox Church of Kenya has always had one Bishop (at a time) since its inception in 1946. But things have change. Today there are two Bishops i.e The Metropolitan (HE Makarios) and the Assistant Bishop (HG Neofitos Kongai)......

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Παρασκευή, 29 Ιουλίου 2016

"Sierra Leone has lost a very accomplished young medical scientist... May Christ rest his soul."

Themistocles Adamopoulo



Walking to the cemetery for the burial service of Dr. F.D. Edmundsen the 36 year old research physician and son of Fr. Elefthetios Edmundsen - one of the Mission's senior priests.Sierra Leone has lost a very accomplished young medical scientist.
May Christ rest his soul.




Orthodox clergy in Freetown, Sierra Leone in attendance at the post-funeral reception for the late Dr. F.D. Edmundsen. A young medical researcher who will be nissed by a depleted profession here that has already lost a number of doctors and nurses as a reesult of the 2014 - 15 Ebola outbreak. Memory eternal!

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Archbishop Makarios currently addressing the staff and the students of the Orthodox College of Africa as they break for the holiday...

Laban Kamau Emmanuel



"H.E Archbishop Makarios currently addressing the staff and the students of the Orthodox College of Africa as they break for the holiday. Thank you Your Eminence for your moral and spiritual support, may God grant you many Years in His vineyard."

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" God is love and its through God's love that brought fr Silouanos to Kenya and most especially to St Irene Orthodox mission centre..."

Eliud Muthiru



"This day 27/7/2016 is memorable day in my life. God is love and its through God's love that brought fr Silouanos to Kenya and most especially to St Irene Orthodox mission centre.
His message to children and community members is that we should love God and also love one onother."Gods love is global that's why I am here with you".he said.
Live many years fr you are a blessing to us......"

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Ουγκάντα: Φωτογραφίες από την Ιεραποστολική εξόρμηση στην Μπόμποκικιούσια (Β μέρος)

 
 
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Serving the Least of the Brethren: the Missionary Work of "Orthodox Africa"

A Conversation with Fr. Silouan (Brown) on Putting Matthew 25 into Action
    

Fr. Silouan (Brown) USMC, is an American monk currently visiting Russia on pilgrimage for his second time, as part of a three-month long trip that is taking him to at least four different countries. He just recently returned from a trip to England to the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, founded by Elder Sophrony (Sakharov), is soon heading for Kharkov and Kiev, and finally in a few weeks Fr. Silouan heads to Africa to as a missionary.
Fr. Silouan was born in 1983 in Denver, Colorado and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed as a Military Policeman in Okinawa, Japan with Combat Logistics Regiment 37 3rd Marine Logistics Group, assigned to the Provost Marshalls Office on Camp Kinser (Okinawa).
He then received orders to report to Combat Logistics Battalion 4 onboard Camp Foster for deployment to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq where he participated in over two hundred combat logistics patrols including direct enemy confrontations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Fr. Silouan became a monk in 2011 and is residing in Florida where he has developed a passion for helping others—especially veterans who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) both of which are illnesses that he has personal knowledge of as a result of his combat experiences. Father Silouan is presently a full-time student working towards a MSW degree (Master of Social Work) and a LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) so as to professionally and clinically counsel, help and guide veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, addictions and homelessness.
Fr. Silouan currently serves as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District and post Chaplain with over 3200 veterans enrolled in his district.
In addition, Father helped put together a team of like-minded Orthodox who had a vision for Orthodox missions around the world and together they started orthodoxafrica.org as a way for the global Orthodox community to be able to participate in the furtherance of God’s kingdom by providing a means for the average layman who may not be able to travel to faraway lands, to participate in global missionary work.
Fr. Silouan has also served on different occasions at Project Mexico which is both an orphanage and a center for building simple yet sturdy homes for genuinely needy homeless families outside of Tijuana, Mexico.
I have become acquainted with Fr. Silouan through a mutual friend, so when I heard he was back in Moscow I made sure to catch up with him and talk with him a bit about his inspiring mission work.
* * *
—You’re going to Kenya in a few weeks. What is the purpose of your trip?
—Presvytera Alice Mwangi has been messaging me for years about the orphanage that she and her husband operate, and I was always very suspicious of African missions, period, because of fraud. Your page ran an article from one missionary who went there, so I was glad to see that it was legitimate. I then contacted those who went, and through talking to them I realized that I’m in a unique position, having computers and internet access, to facilitate these missions telling their stories and letting the world know about the mission work going on in Africa, which is difficult for them to do themselves sometimes.
    

—And how are you doing that?
—I started Orthodox Africa and assembled a team of nine people working on the project. We edit articles, broadcast the message, and make posts— mostly working via Facebook. We do special appeals to raise funds for various things.
—How long has Orthodox Africa been up and running? I’ve just recently seen it.
—It’s been just under a year or so. I was able to vet one missionary, Timothy Farrell, and there are three missions—St. Barnabas, St. Tabitha, and the Mwangis' orphanage, that I’ve been able to verify as legitimately doing what they claim to be doing, so they’ve been featured on the website, and people can go there to find out the specifics of each mission. There’s a PayPal button there if they want to donate. There’s no middle man, which is something I definitely wanted for Orthodox Africa. I didn’t want money getting lost in overhead or with some middleman. Go to Orthodox Africa and read about a mission and if it touches your heart and you donate, it goes directly to them.
—So if I, for example, donate to the Mwangis’ orphanage, it’s basically going directly into Presvytera Alice’s bank account?
—Right. There’s nobody outside of that that’s touching any of the money. There are disadvantages from an American standpoint because we’re not a 501c3, so donations aren’t a tax write-off, but on the other hand I don’t have a 501c3 set up that needs money, eating up part of your donation.
—That seems like a good trade-off to me.
—I’ll be going there and we’ll have about twenty-three baptisms while I’m there. I’ll also be meeting with Bishops Athanasios and Neofitos of Kenya. Part of meeting with the bishops is that there’s a huge temptation for African missions to become dependent upon the rich Americans and the rich Greeks, so I’m pushing them really hard to develop some kind of business plan to become self-sufficient. I made it clear that I don’t want Orthodox Africa to exist in twenty years. I want these business plans in place. I want to help them raise funds to get to the point of being self-sustaining, and then basically cut them off.
 
—Have you proposed any business plans, or just told them to think of something that’s viable in their area?

—That’s part of why I’m going there. I know a girl that’s worked with OCMC for two years who wants to start a Church supply business in Kenya, but I don’t think there’s going to be a big enough market. I’m trying to assess what they can produce locally that’s needed locally. Why ship internationally? Let’s figure out what is the local market. That’s part of what I’ll be talking to them about.
Also, I get dozens of emails all the time from missions wanting to work with me, so I’ll be doing some inspections and making sure people are legitimate. I don’t know why, but people trust Americans more than Africans sometimes. So when I can vouch for a mission it puts people’s minds at ease and they start really working for them.
—How many missions or parishes are you planning to see besides the Mwangis' orphanage?
—I’m starting at St. Barnabas and there are two priests in that area that I’ll interview, and I’ll see Bishop Neofitos, about ninety kilometers from Nairobi.
The St. Barnabas Mission helps over three hundred children suffering from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The program tries to pair able people with these suffering children to help them become responsible and self-sustaining. Some of the children lived with terminally ill parents and elderly guardians who are sometimes physically and sexually abusive. There are many heart-breaking stories.
The mission also includes an education center started by Fr. Methodios JM Kariuki and his wife Papadhia Everlyn Mwangi who both graduated from seminary in Africa.
I’ll also go to the St. Tabitha Community Center where Fr. Agapios currently cares for eighteen orphans. There are many more that need care, but there simply is no space at the time. They try to provide food, clothing, shelter, clean water, a quality education, and empowerment to become productive members of society.
St. Tabitha’s is located in Kibera slums—the biggest slum in Africa. There’s over a million people with no running water or sanitation.
    

—How do you feel about going there? Worried?
—I’ve been worse places. I’m a vet. I was in Fallujah and Baghdad.
—So you’ve been around.
—I’ve had bigger guys than most of those Africans try to kill me before.
—God has kept you protected.
—Thank God. So that will be interesting. Part of why I’m meeting with the bishops is to get more of a synergy built up between the missions so that they won’t be duplicating labor so much and trying to raise funds for so much duplicated work. For example, in Kibera it’s really expensive to try to rent and start an orphanage, but out in the villages it’s not too bad. So why don’t we have a priest serving Liturgy every day and run the orphanage outside of Kibera, and we can raise money to build something out there, and we can keep another priest inside Kibera, rescuing people, vetting, making sure he gets the worst of the worst, and other temporary services. And he can concentrate on that instead of constantly worrying about raising money, paying rent, getting caretakers and what not.
Some of the missions are just off doing their own thing to some degree. Why can’t we all work together and specialize?
—So there just hasn’t been much communication between the different institutions and missions?
—Right.
—Why do you think that is? Is that a mentality there, a lack of internet or … ?
—I don’t know yet. I’m hoping to find out. I can’t do much for anyone if they’re just not willing to work together, so we’ll see. And Orthodox Africa can give a more legitimate face to these missions, so they don’t have to just be relying on donations garnered from messaging people on Facebook or something like that.
—We’ve also posted several articles from a group called the Orthodox Missionary Fraternity which does a lot of work in Africa. We like to give people an idea of what’s going on around the world—not just in America and the Orthodox countries.
—That’s part of our goal with Orthodox Africa too. The Church is growing and there’s missions going on all over the place that people wouldn’t know about otherwise.
—So you’re helping to give people a more global, catholic sense of the Church.
—That’s one of the big things we want to accomplish in Africa. I’ll be doing some catechism classes, and they tell me that one of their consistent challenges is that Protestant missionaries are always trying to convince the people that Orthodoxy is just some new-fangled sect. So we’re trying to give people an idea of the catholicity of the Church.
—How are the Protestants able to accomplish this? They just have more people, more money, better organized?
—They’ve got more everything, unfortunately.
There’s a female monastery in Congo that does some mission work, and Bishop Neofitos wants to start a male monastery.
—What do you plan to talk about in catechism? Will it be pretty basic stuff, or have they learned that already?
A lot of it will be to the orphan children, so it will be pretty basic. Honestly, I haven’t done this much and I’m somewhat scared about it! When I’ve talked to people they do seem to have a basic understanding. As a monastic I’m in tune with the life of prayer and monastic practice, but getting back to the ABC’s of Orthodoxy could be challenging. I hope God speaks through this ass! And I don’t have that much experience with kids either.
    

—Of course they like to play. I’ve been to the orphanage in Guatemala twice, and I like to play with them, but I’m older too, and I need to take a break. But they don’t want to take a break!
—The mission in Guatemala has been part of my inspiration. I’ve been talking with Presvytera Alexandra who’s teaching the locals how to sew vestments to support their mission. They have a site for Mayan artisans, and the locals are selling vestments with locally-produced fabrics. That’s one of the business ideas I have in mind, and I’m pushing them to become self-sustaining, although I don’t know yet how we’ll get there.
I think that will play well with the bishops, because I think that’s ultimately what they would like to see as well. They don’t want to have to be dependent.
—How long will you be there?
—Twenty-five days.
—Are there already plans to go back after that, or you’ll see how it goes?
—It’s undecided. We make plans, and God laughs.
We have a Russian woman working with us on translations, so we’re hoping to have the site up and running for Russians to be able to learn about it and get involved. There are special pleas for the different missions on the website that have basic details.
The Kingdom is taken by violence and force. That implies to me in a lot of ways that we can’t sit on the sidelines as passive observers. We have to engage. You can’t sit by and wait for somebody else to do it. That’s what Orthodox Africa is for me—I saw a gap where there was a need and I asked myself what I could do, and Orthodox Africa is what I can do, so I went out and did it, and it’s developed from there with other people getting interested and joining in. It’s an invitation to everyone out there to get off their couches, and even if they can’t personally go travel and be a missionary, here’s one way they can be involved. Everyone has to be involved in some way in the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Produce some good fruit. Think of the parables of the Widow’s Mite and of the Good Steward. Be a good steward with what you’ve been given, even if it’s just something like internet access. I have internet access and a lot of these missions don’t—so what can I do with this?
—And with the internet we can go all around the world and make any kind of connections we want.
—Right, so really we’re just inviting people to help. On the site we have Matthew 25 scattered all over it. Did you clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and visit those in prison? Did you, did you, did you? Here’s your chance—do it. It’s small, but everything makes a difference.
Orthodox Africa isn’t me. It’s everybody on the team and we’re all equal. I’m the guy that pushes the people, and holds their hands to the fire, and it’s an invitation to the Orthodox world, especially North America to get involved in any way you can. I’m vetting all these people for you, so if you have worries about legitimate Orthodox missions and you want to help but you’re worried about scams, here’s all the information you could possibly want.
    

—That’s very good because I used to get almost daily messages from random people in Africa asking for money. One man, when I told him I was already helping some other people, immediately turned on me and cursed me and told me I’m a terrible human being and that I have no love for humanity. This is what people are worried about.
—Exactly. And I’d like to reiterate that the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force, and we should all get involved and not be just passive observers.
—You’re making it so easy for us to get involved, that if we don’t, we’re just total bums.
—That’s exactly the idea. It really is. It’s missions for dummies. There’s so much we can do. On a personal level, obviously I’m pushing Africa, but I don’t really care. If this pricks your conscience and you go figure out what you can do for Guatemala or Thailand or anywhere else then that’s great. This is about building up the Church. I just had to pick an avenue so I went with Africa.
—And I hope that your work and this interview can do just that—inspire people to support Orthodox Africa and even find their own ways to help however and wherever they can. Thank you for your time, Father.
—And thank you. Please pray for me as I travel to and throughout Africa!
* * *
    

Learn more about the work of Orthodox Africa on its main page and also on Facebook.
To read more about the specific needs of each mission and to donate, see here.
Jesse Dominick spoke with Fr. Silouan (Brown)

05 / 07 / 2016
 

Πέμπτη, 28 Ιουλίου 2016

Ουγκάντα: Ιεραποστολική εξόρμηση στην Μπόμποκικιούσα ( Α μέρος)

Για δύο μέρες από τη διακονία μας αφήσαμε τη Nαμουγκόνα για να επισκεφθούμε δύο σταθμούς ιεραποστολικής δράσης.Ο ένας ήταν η Μπόμποκικιούσια όπου επισκεφθήκαμε το σχολείο της ενορίας των Αγίων αποστόλων Πέτρου και Παύλου .Αφού ξεναγηθήκαμε στον Ναό των Αγίων Αποστόλων από τον π.Κοσμά,τον εφημέριο ,δώσαμε στον παππούλη ιερατικά είδη που είχαμε φέρει από την Ελλάδα ( ιερατικές στολές,καλλύματα,μάκτρα,ράσα,νάμα,λιβάνι, και εικόνες).Στη συνέχεια επισκεφθήκαμε το σχολείο των Αγίων Αποστόλων και μιλήσαμε στα παιδιά ενώ κλείσαμε την επίσκεψή μας παίζοντας όμορφα παιχνίδια στην αυλή του σχολείου

Baptism sacrament in St Irene Orthodox mission centre Kenya

Τετάρτη, 27 Ιουλίου 2016

P4K - Melbourne Annual Fundraiser Dinner 2016

Paradise 4 Kids

To our dear friends in Melbourne,
This year, Paradise 4 Kids aims to build an orphanage in the Waterloo & Tower Hill Children’s Village to provide a home, food, clothing, medical attention, education and a mother to each child orphaned by the Ebola crisis.
Please support and help us meet our mission by attending our annual fundraiser dinners on:
10 & 17 September at 6:30pm at
William Angliss Institute
555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Tickets are $90 per head and include a 3 course meal, wine and soft drinks.
Book now by contacting Jane Pallot on 0404 040 578 or Monique Mokdissi on 0418 553 921.
Alternatively, you can book online at:
http://paradise4kids.org/2016-melbourne-with-fr-themi/

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Η Αυστραλία στο πλευρό της Ιεραποστολής στη Δυτική Αφρική

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Dear Rev Themi Supporters and Friends in Melbourne
As you may have heard, we are honoured to have Rev Themi with us again this year!
Please join us at one of 2 of our Annual Fund-Raising Dinners at the lovely William Angliss Institute on Saturday the 10th September or Saturday the 17th September at 6.30pm. As we gather to hear the latest news from the Mission in Sierra Leone, may we unite in Christ's teachings to support our brothers and sisters in West Afric...a.
Your support would be greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there! Reserve Tickets here

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20ΕΤΕΣ ΜΝΗΜΟΣΥΝΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΟΥ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΑΣ ΚΥΡΟΥ ΠΑΡΘΕΝΙΟΥ Γ΄(1996-2016)

           Την 20ην επέτειο από την εις Κύριον εκδημίαν του μακαριστού Πατριάρχου Αλεξανδρείας κυρού Παρθενίου Γ΄ (1996 - 2016) ετίμησε το Πατριαρχείον Αλεξανδρείας στην αιγυπτιακή πρωτεύουσα του Καΐρου, το διήμερο της 22ας και 23ης Ιουλίου 2016, παρουσία της Α.Θ.Μ. του Πάπα και Πατριάρχου Αλεξανδρείας και πάσης Αφρικής κ.κ.Θεοδώρου Β΄ .
Συγκεκριμένα, το εσπέρας της 22ας Ιουλίου επραγματοποιήθηκε ομιλία στο Heliopolis Orthodox Club της Αραβαφώνου Κοινότητος Καΐρου, με κύριον ομιλητήν τον Σεβ. Μητροπολίτην Ερμουπόλεως κ.Νικόλαον, ο οποίος ανέπτυξε τα περί της προσωπικότητος και της δράσεως του μακαριστού Πατριάρχου Παρθενίου Γ΄, καθώς και την προσφορά του στους θεολογικούς Διαλόγους των Εκκλησιών.
Επίσης, χαιρετισμόν απηύθηνε ο κ. Claude Naccache ο οποίος είχε και την ευθύνη της διοργανώσεως της εκδηλώσεως, ενώ στο τέλος τον λόγον έλαβε ο Μακ. Πατριάρχης κ.κ. Θεόδωρος Β΄, ο οποίος με παραστατικό λόγο διηγήθηκε τις εμπειρίες ζωής που είχε κοντά στον αείμνηστο Πατριάρχη και πνευματικό του Πατέρα, τον οποίον συνόδευε σε όλα τα ιεραποστολικά ταξίδια, τους θεολογικούς Διαλόγους έως και την ημέρα της τελευταίας του πνοής στην Αμοργό την 23ην Ιουλίου 1996.
Βαθιὰ συγκινημένος ο Μακ.Πατριάρχης κ.κ. Θεόδωρος Β΄, αναφέρθηκε στον Γέροντα και πνευματικὸ του Πατέρα, μακαριστὸ Πατριάρχη Παρθένιο Γ΄, ο οποίος όπως είπε ο Μακαριώτατος ἦταν ο άνθρωπος που τον ευεργέτησε, που τον έμαθε να αγαπά και να συγχωρεί την αχαριστία των ανθρώπων.
Την εκδήλωση πλαισίωσαν με βυζαντινούς ύμνους και τραγούδια οι νέοι της αραβοφώνου Κοινότητος, καθώς και νέοι από την Παλαιστίνη που έπαιξαν παραδοσιακά όργανα, και παρετέθηκε δεξίωση προς όλους.
Την επομένη ημέρα, 23ην Ιουλίου 2016 ο Αλεξανδρινός Προκαθήμενος εχοροστάτησε κατά την Θεἰαν Λειτουργία και εν συνεχείᾳ ετέλεσε το Μνημόσυνον του αοιδίμου Πατριάρχου Αλεξανδρείας Παρθενίου Γ΄ στην Πατριαρχική Ιερά Μονή του Αγίου Γεωργίου Παλαιού Καΐρου, συμπαραστατούμενος υπό του Σεβ. Μητροπολίτου Πηλουσίου κ.Νήφωνος και του ιερού Κλήρου της αιγυπτιακής πρωτευούσης.
Εν συνεχείᾳ, εν πομπῄ, άπαντες κατήλθον στις κατακόμβες του Ρωμαϊκού Πύργου όπου ευρίσκονται οι λάρνακες των Πατριαρχών Αλεξανδρείας και αναπαύονται τα ιερά σκηνώματά τους και εν βαθείᾳ συγκινήσει ο Μακαριώτατος ετέλεσε επιμνημόσυνη δέηση και κατέθεσε άνθη επί της λάρνακος του μακαριστού Πατριάρχου Παρθενίου Γ΄ ως δείγμα διηνεκούς ευγνωμοσύνης και υιικής τιμής.
 

Χειροτονία Πρεσβυτέρου στην Ι.Μητρόπολη Κατάνγκας

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Με κάθε ιεροπρέπεια τελέστηκε η χειροτονία του διακόνου π. Ερμολάου Καθηγητού είς την πόλι της Τσιμπαλανγας υπό του Σεβ. Μητροπολίτου κ. Μελετίου εις τον Ι. Ναό του Αγίου Γεωργίου Κολουέζι.
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Α small school dedicated to the education of the poorest children in Tiriki-Kenya

St. Innocent Educational Center
 
 
St. Innocent's Educational Center is a small school dedicated to the education of some of the poorest and at risk children in Tiriki-Kenya. The school is run by Fr. Jonah (Eliud Rotich) and his wife, Papadhia Clarah. They are Orthodox Christians in the Kisumu Diocese of Western Kenya in the Nandi vicarage, under the direction of Bishop Athanasios.

Together, Fr. Jonah and his Papadhia have provided a safe place for the children to come each day, receive a hot meal, and learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. The curriculum is provided by the Ministry of Education of Kenya.

St. Innocent's currently enrolls 137 children, 62% of whom are orphaned. Several of these children live with Fr. Jonah and his wife. The needs of this remote school are very great, but so are the rewards!
 

Προοπτική ενός καινούργιου Ορθόδοξου Αμπελώνα: Ιεραποστολική εξόρμηση στο Καμπάλλε, Ουγκάντα

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 Την Τρίτη 5 Ιουλίου 2016 ξεκινήσαμε πολύ νωρίς το πρωί συνολικά 35 άνθρωποι από το Λουγκουζί, μαζί με τον π.Γεώργιο Νυόμπι και βέβαια τα μέλη της αποστολής μας για το Καμπάλλε, στην περιοχή Μπαραρά, στη νότια Ουγκάντα. Φτάνοντας μετά από κουραστική πορεία (7.30 ωρών ) στο σπίτι του Αριστοτέλη Ασήμουε  του  Ορθοδόξου φοιτητού που σπούδασε στην Ελλάδα, μας υποδέχθηκε η οικογένειά του  με πολλή αγάπη, ενώ μιλήσαμε για τα μελλοντικά σχέδιά μας στην ευρύτερη περιοχή. Η προοπτική ενός καινούργιου ιεραποστολικού Αμπελώνα ανοίγεται στην θαυμάσια αυτή τοποθεσία, καθώς σε τεράστια απόσταση δεν υπάρχει ούτε ένας Ορθόδοξος Ναός. Σκοπός μας είναι με τη βοήθεια του Θεού να  αγορασθεί ένα τμήμα γης να δημιουργηθεί ένας ορθόδοξος Ναός στο όνομα του Οσίου Πορφυρίου και ένα Ιεραποστολικό κέντρο. Ελπίζουμε στη δύναμη του Θεού και στα θαύματα που στην Αφρική γίνονται ευκολότερα. Πιστεύουμε πως η παρουσία τόσων Ορθοδόξων που έψαλλαν  και τραγούδησαν έδωσε δυναμικό παρόν της Ορθοδοξίας, στην περιοχή αυτή.
Ακολούθησε μάθημα Ορθόδοξης κατήχησης από τον π.Γεώργιο Νυόμπι  και βέβαια φιλόξενο φαγητό από τους ανθρώπους του  χωριού Τούγκαμο.







 

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Εγκαίνια Ιερού Ναού Αγίας Κυριακής από τον Μητροπολίτη Κατάνγκας

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Με ιδιαίτερη συγκίνηση τελέστηκαν σήμερα Σάββατο 23 Ιουλίου 2016 τα Εγκαίνια του Ιερού Ναού Αγίας Κυριακής στην περιοχή Luilu στο Κολουέζι του Κονγκό από τον Σεβασμιώτατο Μητροπολίτη Κατάνγκα, κ. Μελέτιο.
Ο Ναός αυτός, τον οποίο θεμελίωσε ο ίδιος τον Ιούλιο του 2013, αποπερατώθηκε με δαπάνες ενοριτών και δωρητών της Αγίας Κυριακής Αμφιθέας Παλαιού Φαλήρου.
Την Ενορία εκπροσώπησε ο αρχιμανδρίτης π. Βασίλειος Γιαννάκας ο οποίος στην προσφώνησή του στο τέλος μεταξύ άλλων είπε ότι τα Εγκαίνια είναι η γεννέθλια ημέρα του Ναού και της Ενορίας και ότι «σήμερα η Ενορία της Αγίας Κυριακής Παλαιού Φαλήρου απέκτησε μια αδελφή Ενορία στην Αφρική με την οποία θα συμπορεύεται κάτω από την προστασία της Αγίας Κυριακής!».
Τόνισε στους εκατοντάδες ιθαγενείς πιστούς, που με ευλάβεια και ιερό ενθουσιασμό συγκεντρώθηκαν για να συμμετέχουν στα Εγκαίνια, ότι ο Ναός πλέον είναι Άγιος!
Γιατί είναι ποτισμένος με τα δάκρυα και τόν ιδρώτα όσων κοπίασαν για την αποπεράτωσή του. Γιατί τοποθετήθηκαν λείψανα αγίων μέσα στην Αγία Τράπεζα και συγκεκριμένα του αγίου Θεοδώρου του Νεομάρτυρος, του αγίου Κοσμά του Αγιορείτου και των εν Σινά και Ραϊθώ αναιρεθέντων Πατέρων.
Είναι άγιος γιατί καθαγιάστηκε με το Άγιο Μύρο και πλέον το Άγιο Πνεύμα θα παρευρίσκεται διαρκώς μέσα σ’ αυτόν προστατεύοντας και ευλογώντας τους πιστούς. Είναι τέλος άγιος γιατί αποστολή του είναι να οδηγεί στην αγιότητα και πνευματική προκοπή τους πιστούς όπως το λέει ο υμνογράφος: «Ἐγκαινίζεσθε ἀδελφοί ...καὶ ἐν καινότητι ζωῆς πολιτεύεσθε»!
Ευχαρίστησε τον Σεβασμιώτατο κ. Μελέτιο, γιατί χωρίς την διαρκή προσωπική του επίβλεψη και επιμέλεια δεν θα μπορούσε να ολοκληρωθεί αυτό το έργο. Κυρίως δε για την απλότητα, την αυταπάρνηση, το ζήλο, την αφοσίωση, την ταπεινοφροσύνη και την εμπιστοσύνη στον Κύριο με τα οποία εργάζεται σχεδόν τριάντα χρόνια ανάμεσα στους ιθαγενείς τους οποίους νοιώθει ως παιδιά και αδελφούς του.
Του ευχήθηκε να συνεχίσει το έργο του με το ίδιο ήθος έχοντας την βεβαιότητα ότι η Αγία Κυριακή θα τον προστατεύει και η Ενορία της θα του συμπαρίσταται.
Ο Σεβασμιώτατος κ. Μελέτιος στην αντιφώνησή του ευχαρίστησε τον Σεβασμιώτατο Νέας Σμύρνης κ. Συμεών για την αμέριστη συμπαράστασή του και την Ευλογία που έστειλε στη νέα Ενορία, ένα Άγιο Δισκοπότηρο και ένα Θυμιατό για της λειτουργικές της ανάγκες.
Ευχαρίστησε και όσους συνετέλεσαν στην ολοκλήρωση αυτού του έργου στις δύσκολες αφρικανικές συνθήκες και ευχήθηκε ο Κύριος να χαρίζει πλούσια την ευλογία του σε όλους.
Στο τέλος της λειτουργίας διανεμήθηκε ως ενθύμιο σε όλους τους πιστούς μια εικόνα της Αγίας με τυπωμένη την ημερομηνία των Εγκαινίων, την οποία οι πιστοί πήραν με ιδιαίτερη ευλάβεια και ενθουσιασμό. Είθε ο Κύριος να στερεώνει «τούτον τον Οίκον» εις τους αιώνας και να χαρίζει πλούσια την ευλογία, το έλεος και τον αγιασμό σε όσους αγαπούν την «ευπρέπειάν του»!
 

Ουγκάντα: Φωτογραφίες από τις βαπτίσεις στο χωριό Λουγκουζί ( Β μέρος)

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Τρίτη, 26 Ιουλίου 2016

Αγοράστε ένα Οικόπεδο και γίνετε Κτίτορας ενός Ιερού Ναού στις χώρες της Ιεραποστολής!!

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Αγοράστε ένα Οικόπεδο και γίνετε Κτίτορας ενός Ιερού Ναού!

"Πωλείται οικόπεδο 170 τ.μ. στο Λαγκαδά Θεσσαλονίκης, πλησίον του Ιερού Ναού της Αγίας Παρασκευής. Το αντίτιμο θα διατεθεί για την ανοικόδομηση ενός Ιερού Ναού στις χώρες της Ιεραποστολής. Μη χάσετε την ευκαιρία! Αγοράστε το οικόπεδο και γίνετε κτίτορας του Ιερού Ναού."
 
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Provide health care in Kampala, Uganda as part of the long term initiatives of the Orthodox Church to people of all religious backgrounds

ATTENTION HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
OCMC has a need for healthcare professionals (specifically doctors, physician's assistants, and/or nurse practitioners) to pa...rticipate in a short term mission team from September 7-19 at the Holy Cross Orthodox Mission Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. The team will treat and counsel patients and will provide health education and outreach to other Orthodox clinics.
To apply or learn more, click the following link:
 
KAMPALA, UGANDA -- Provide health care in Kampala, Uganda as part of the long term initiatives of the Orthodox Church to people of all religious backgrounds. The Team has also been asked to offer health education and outreach to other…