- It is my belief that due to the terrorist activities in Israel
(something I in no way condone) that Orthodox Christians have been
denied access to the many Churches there.
I realize that I am only a small person in the cog of a great wheel,
but I was wondering if there is anything we can do here about it?
I realize that this entire war has been going on for many, many years
now, but is there anything we can do here to help people get to their
I think that it is almost Easter now and I can very easily walk down
to my Church without a problem. For others abroad it is a gauntlet
between both sides.
My own personal thoughts are that the Church shouldn't be supporting
people who do things like this - kill and murder. I think of the
story of the Good Samaritain who helped a Jew even though Jews
thought badly of Samaritans.
I can understand the concern that the Israeli government has that
people might hide bombs and guns in the Church, which if I can
remember my lessons from my grandfather is a sin. I also know that
you cannot turn away people from their Church.
I am wondering if there is anything more than a prayer we can offer
to help out.
I can tell you that I know of at least two people from Russia whose
families converted to Orthodoxy and later used their Jewish roots to
get to a better life abroad. (They tell me there are many who have
done this and are really Orthodox).Perhaps they go to a Church under
the Patriarch's authority - this I do not know, they might go
elsewhere - but I still think we should be helping or at least
thinking of them at this time of year.
Can we write letters, give money or what??? I realize prayer is good,
but is it enough???
I am also wondering if maybe the Church isn't doing something there
that I am not aware of.
I just thought that I would ask.
YOURS IN CHRIST
Drayton Valley, Alberta
family originated near Odessa, Russia
served as an officer in the Tsar's cavalry
White Army under Baron Wrangel