Permanent Lunch Location Project!
Father Methodius and Everlyn would like to provide a home to 50 orphaned children. The current living situation cannot support that many children. However, an opportunity has presented itself that can help them move to the first phase of the dream. A local couple can no longer live in the area due to the wife’s poor health, which has been negatively affected by the weather conditions. On the recommendation of her doctor, she must move out of the area. Knowing Fr. Methodius has been praying and looking for land on which to situate the orphanage and accommodate more children, she offered him the two-acre property at far below what it is worth.
The full market price of two acres of land with a house is $90,000, but the owner is willing to sell the property for a total of $25,000.
This opportunity is only available for a short time. It would allow them to double the number of children from its current 12 to 24. Twenty-four children who have no home, can have a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and a place to play and learn.
Please consider contributing to this dream and helping expand the reach of St. Barnabas’ Orphanage. Mark your donation “St. Barnabas Property”.
In 2007 as Father Methodius and his wife Everlyn were eating lunch at their home they observed three children who were eating scraps of food nearby. Feeling bad for them they invited them over to eat lunch with them. In that lunch, a tradition was born in which these kids started to come to their house every day for lunch.
Father Methodius decided to hire a young woman to come and stay with these kids and rented a few rooms where they could spend the day and play outside. Soon afterwards, Father Methodius and his wife learned of other needy children and orphans that were living in the area. They then began to take in more and more children as they gained support from the Church and other well-wishers.
Many of the people in their town had never heard about the Orthodox Faith so they began to offer catechetical classes to the children. Since 2007 over 400 children have received services from the Saint Barnabas mission.
Today Saint Barnabas’s mission has 13 volunteers that are providing care for 175 children. To date, 34 of these children have embraced the Orthodox Faith and been baptized at the mission.
In July, when Fr. Silouan visited the mission, 11 children were baptized. Divine Liturgy is celebrated every week and regular classes on living the Orthodox life are provided for the 15 orphans who reside full time at the mission.
Plans for the Future
Saint Barnabas Mission looks forward to becoming self-reliant. They would love to be able to build a state-of-the-art academy and orphanage for the children.
Please visit their website for more information about this mission.
Donate directly to Saint Barnabas here to help with their immediate needs: