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Re: [orthodox-synod] Urgent appeal on behalf of the Haitian Orthodox Mission

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  • Sandra Thompson
    You are in our prayers.
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 4, 2004
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      You are in our prayers.

      At 07:13 PM 1/4/2004 -0600, you wrote:
      >Greetings, dear brothers and sisters, in the coming Feast!
      >
      >Please, as you celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, call to mind the needs of
      >the poorest of your brethren, the faithful of the Orthodox missions in
      >Haiti.
      >
      >Specifically, and urgently: During my December trip we were offered a
      >parcel of ground eminently suitable for the badly needed permanent church
      >facilities for the parish of St. Augustine, near Jacmel. The tract is
      >located within a 5 minute walk of the present (rented, and far too small)
      >meeting place, the Hotel Cyvadier, the beach, and -- most important --
      >nearly all the parishioners' homes: no one has a car.
      >
      >Further, it is situated between the principal road through the region and
      >the sea. A dreamed-for church building of some size and height will be
      >visible both from the road and for miles at sea. Astoundingly, a (dead-end)
      >paved road and power line are both in place alongside the property.
      >
      >The community has grown from one 16-year-old boy (now a university student)
      >to 2 dozen baptized, and another 1-2 dozen regular participants, several of
      >them catechumens, in less than four years. Readers' services are conducted
      >Saturday evenings and Sundays, and often during the week as well. Fr.
      >Grégoire Legouté is responsible for the parish, visiting monthly for Divine
      >Liturgy.
      >
      >The urgency? Available land is very scarce in Haiti, and the market very
      >"hot". We have until the end of January to raise the $20,000 for the
      >property -- and for me to get back to Haiti with the money to conclude the
      >transaction. We're well on the way, thanks to several generous donors, but
      >there's a long way yet to go. Any "excess" (!) will be set aside for the
      >first phases of construction on the property.
      >
      >Donations should be sent to:
      >Haitian Orthodox Mission
      >1180 Orthodox Way
      >Liberty TN 37095
      >
      >Incidentally -- the Mission was established as an administrative unit of the
      >Diocese of New York and Eastern America by Ukase 3/25/34, dated 31 May 1999;
      >this ukase specifically authorizes fund-raising throughout the Church for
      >the needs of the Mission.
      >
      >Please keep us all in your prayers!
      >
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