Sunday, April 30, Father Silouan (Brown), Director of Orthodox Africa attended Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Following Divine Liturgy, at the invitation of Fr. Paul Coats, Assistant Priest, Father Silouan gave a brief presentation on Orthodox Africa, the mission and purpose, as well as telling the story of several missions. Hearts were moved to donate approximately $400.
Thank you Fr. Paul and the faithful of St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church for hosting Father Silouan, and for your generous contribution.
Father Silouan’s next stop was St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Father Silouan was joined by OA Team Member Kent. They met with the Mission Director of the parish ,Tim Klund, who was able to provide a lot of good advice. They were blessed with several Holy Oil kits which Father Silouan will take with him to Africa during his next trip, which begins on May 9, 2017.
Thank you St. Nektarios for your generosity and time.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 Father Eugene (Antonov) and the faithful of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Cumming, Georgia hosted Father Silouan (Brown), Director and Maria Powell, Assistant Director of Orthodox Africa. Following Divine Liturgy, Father Silouan and Maria were welcomed at the parish’s annual picnic at Mary Alice Beach Park.
Father Silouan was blessed to speak to everyone about the Mission of Orthodoxy in Africa which is to aid in connecting the Orthodox Church as one body, through the use of communication and partnering with properly vetted organizations, resulting in sustainable ministry. Awareness of the Kenyan missions was raised by his presentation. Though it was a rainy and cold day, a good time was enjoyed by everyone.
Thank you Father Eugene and faithful for welcoming us! We look forward to another visit!
Photos by Father Deacon. Anton (Kouznetsov) and Barsanuphius Powell.
In its 27 February, 2017 Press Release, the Kenya Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources indicated that the outlook for the seasonable long rains in March-April-May is not good and depressed rainfall will continue. This is expected over the most of the country and especially the eastern regions.
The impact on agriculture will continue to be severe. The press release said, “Food security is expected to deteriorate over most parts of the country and more so the northern areas of Kenya.” Increased malnutrition, cholera, and malaria are possible. A fourteen year old girl died and “115 hunger stricken villagers” (Daily Nation) were taken ill after a meal of dead camel meat after not having eaten in several weeks.
How is this impacting our Missions?
“By God’s grace and mercy, our missions are not experiencing starvation,” said Fr. Silouan (Brown), Director and Chairman of the Board of Orthodox Africa. However, “with inflation hitting an 11-month high at 6.9%” (Daily Nation) the cost of food is astronomical.
How can you help?
First of all, pray. Prayer is key to all help from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. During this Lenten period, as you fast and give alms, consider donating to Orthodox Africa. Every dollar helps alleviate the burden of each mission.
Republic of Kenya-Min. of Environment & Natural Resources-State Dept. of Environment-Kenya Meteorological Dept., Reference # KMD/FCST/5-2017/SO/01. 13 February 2017.
Andae, Gerald. Expect Less Rain This Year, Met warns. Daily Nation, 24, February 2017, p 11.
Sadly it has recently come to our attention that people who are not connected with Saint Barnabas’s Orthodox Orphanage and School) are falsely claiming that they are. Please protect yourself by only donating through www.orthodoxmissionkenya.org or orthodoxafrica.org these are the only two places in which we at Orthodox Africa can ensure that your donations are going to the charity of your choice.
It is with joy and thanksgiving that we announce that a major need for transportation has been filled by the grace of God’s compassion. Through the help of your kind donations, Fr. Constantinos Muthiru of St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center, reports he has been able to move forward with the purchase of a van to use as a mission vehicle! It took much time and effort in prayer and in saving money, but the children will now be able to be taken to hospital when they are sick and to have safe transportation to and from school and church.
Mobility can be a daunting prospect from day to day for the many children benefiting from the existence of these missions. A reliable vehicle is an enormous blessing to the large spiritual family served by St. Irene Mission Center! We are extremely grateful for all of you who donate, pray, and volunteer with us at Orthodox Africa, and we look forward to continuing to participate with God in the working of His will in all our lives through laboring together!
With our sincere gratitude and love in Christ,
The Team at Orthodox Africa