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Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
Ss. Constantine And Helen
Greek Orthodox Church
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Gracanica Monastery, March 31, 2000

Dear Fr. Demetrios,

With great joy and gratitude I have been following your work in Decani Monastery Relief Fund which was established in October 1998. Since then many good people all over the world have donated more than $ 53,000,00 for the suffering people in Kosovo and Metohija. The special credit for this marvelous charity work belongs to you and brother Veljko Sikirica who have been working on collecting donations together with Fr. Sava, my secretary.

It is my utmost pleasure to say that by this charitable work our donors and you have saved many poor people who hunger and thirst in this time of war and post war period. All the time of the war Decani Monastery Relief Fund has remained a safe haven for the people in need no matter to which nationality or religion they belong. The role of this monastery has become known all over the world thanks to the work of Fr. Theodosius and Fr. Sava as well as all their brethren. Even now, in the post war period the Monastery supports many refugees and poor thanks to our Decani Fund.

Beside the work of Decani Monastery Relief Fund, our Diocese is also active on helping the suffering people, especially refugees all over Kosovo. Nevertheless, I must say with great pleasure that Decani Monastery Relief Fund has proved that the people of good will can work together for the suffering although they live in different parts of the world. The technical possibilities offered by the Internet have proved to be of vital importance for those who live in deplorable conditions deprived of basic human rights and necessities, now in the 21st century Europe.

I pray to God to grant you and brother Veljko as well as all our dear donors His blessing and strength to persevere in your noble work. All donors will remain in our prayers and love.

I am taking this opportunity to make an appeal on all people of good will who would like to help the suffering in Kosovo and Metohija to support our Decani Monastery Relief Fund and thus give their contribution to the efforts of our Church to relieve the hardships through which they are passing now.

With the blessing in our Lord Jesus Christ

+ARTEMIJE, Bishop of Raska and Prizren
+ARTEMIJE, Bishop of Raska and Prizren

Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren - Gracanica Monastery
38205 Gracanica, e-mail: decani@EU net.yu,

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Posted on April 1, 2000
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