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