Stretching Our Imagination

July 5, 2018

It’s hard to believe it is the 4th of July already. Today many of us will celebrate with friends, family, food, and fireworks, enjoying the summer heat. It’s hard to imagine a distant time when the freedom we enjoy had to be fought to the death for. It can be easy to not think about what we are not faced with daily. In a land that is distant for many of us – Kenya, for example, we must stretch the imagination to picture living there. The struggle for food that the orphans feel is something we can only imagine – if we take the time to do so.

There at St. Barnabas Orphanage, a typical meal consists of rice mixed with beans and whatever seasonal vegetables are available. They drink porridge at break time and water at lunch. Occasionally, they are given meat, but that is only when there are sufficient funds from donations to purchase it.

During the Orthodox Africa-Assistant Director’s visit to St Barnabas Orphanage and School in Kenya earlier in June, among other things, he helped distribute food during mealtime.

The good news is that when enough funds are raised, the orphanage school will be able to move onto a permanent property bringing the orphans of Saint Barnabas’s one step closer to not having to rely on your donations to eat. This will enable Father Methodius, to be able to better provide food consistently with more nutrition and variety.

In order to accomplish the goal of self- sustainability the goal of Orthodox Africa is to continue to collect funds to purchase and install the pipes and electricity for the well that has already been drilled thanks to your contributions and prayers, as well as to repair, build and furnish structures to house and educate the orphans and students. These, among many others, are the focus of Father Silouan and the many volunteers of Orthodox Africa.

Also, this is the anniversary month of Father Methodius’s ordination to the priesthood, during which he is attempting to deepen his prayers for Saint Barnabas Orphanage and School, as well as any other prayer requests that are sent to him. He asks that any have special prayer requests be sent to him during July, please do so by emailing him at

To support the continued development of the permanent property, please donate!  Click here .

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