In the fall of 2015, our founder and director, Father Silouan Brown, while looking at and contemplating the meaning portrayed in the Icon of the Last Judgement began thinking of ways that he could personally help the different Orthodox Christian missions in Africa. He soon realized that many sham organizations were actively operating in Africa and it was difficult – if not impossible – for the average person to know which cries for help were legitimate and which were not. It was in light of this realization that Father Silouan decided to contact an Orthodox mission in Kenya which had been previously visited by another Orthodox missionary organization but received little help. Father Silouan wondered what he could do to help? Father Silouan knew he did not have the financial means to help to the extent that he wished he could.
However, he realized that being in the United States, we are uniquely blessed to have resources that are not always readily available to the majority of people living in Africa. Things such as computers, high-speed internet access, and other technological tools, which are readily available in the United States but are not so available on the African continent. Father Silouan decided that the best way he could help the missions was to help them tell their stories to the world by building a simple website. Eventually, he gathered around him a small team of volunteers who then established the original Orthodox Africa website.
The first website which began from a humble beginning was blessed by Metropolitan Hilarion the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad and Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. Since the foundation of the organization in 2015, Orthodox Africa has grown beyond Father Silouan's wildest dreams. Silouan has travelled to Africa on multiple occasions and seen the baptisms of dozens of faithful children and adults, met with priests and their wives, given catechetical talks to adults and children, assisted with feeding programs, sponsored newly baptized Orthodox Christians and has been a part of the daily lives of these missions.
Orthodox Africa is headquartered in the Commonwealth of the State of Virginia in the United States of America and is a recognized United States Internal Revenue Service 501(C)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization, since June 5, 2017. Currently, Orthodox Africa is supporting various missions in Kenya, Uganda, and has plans for expanding into other African countries as well.