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Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for June - August 2001
by Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes,
Boise, Idaho
September 2001

Third Anniversary Of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA October 1998-October 2001

Glory Be To God For All Things!
Peace begins with love and helping one another!
Peace and goodwill among all men!

Dear Friends In Christ Our Lord,

May the great peace, and love of Our Lord God be with you always!

On the occasion of our third anniversary 1998-2001 of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, we humbly give thanks to Our Lord God, and to each of you for your great kindness, and help for this fund, as for the last past three years, many suffering souls have been helped in Kosovo, and Metohija!

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund, would like to express to all American citizens of it's assurance of prayers, and sends it's sincere brotherly love to all, as well as it's dismay during the recent tragic events on September 11, 2001, that took place in both New York, and Washington, D.C. May Our Gracious Lord God guide and watch over all American people!

His Holiness, Patriarch Pavel, and the Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Kosovo and Metohija, sends their deep regrets to the American people, and condemns every form of terrorism. In the meantime this same Synod of Bishops, appeals that the entire democratic world stop, prevent and eradicate terrorism everywhere where innocent people are being killed, including Kosovo and Metohija. If you would like to have the full text from His Holiness Patriarch Pavel, and the Synod Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in this regards please email me at father@fr-d-serfes.org

At the same time the Abbot of the Decani Monastery in Decani, Kosovo, Archimandrite Theodosius, and Hieromonk Sava, as well as the whole Brotherhood, also sends their assurance of prayers for all of the American people at their monastery.

From the results of the destruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York from the recent tragic events on September 11th in America, the Decani Monastery Relief Fund would like to contribute 50% of the donations it receives within the next three months, to the fund the reconstruction of this Church in New York. Therefore we ask you to please humbly send a donation of your choice for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. This fund will help the Decani Monastery in Kosovo, as well as the reconstruction of the Greek Orthodox Church in New York.

Now I would like to share with you a up-to-date letter addressed by Hieromonk Sava, on behalf of the Abbot Archimandrite Theodosius, and Brotherhood of the Decani Monastery in Kosovo and Metohija:

25 September 2001
Dear Father Demetrios Serfes & Veljko Sikirica,

Greetings In Christ Our Lord!

I have just received your up-to-date report on the Decani Monastery Relief Fund (DMRF) donations in advance, and I am expressing our deep gratitude and joy that good people have not forgotten the suffering Orthodox Christians in Kosovo. For the last three years our Monastery could help so many poor and suffering thanks to the Fund and the great sacrifice of you Father Demetrios and brother Vejko. Your names as well as the names of our donors are in our everyday prayers and our hearts. But, what is the most important matter is that Our Lord God sees this great sacrifice of all those who wish to relieve suffering of others who live so far away. This love, manifested in readiness to renounce a part of one's own comfort and support those who suffer is the true demonstration of the Christian love ordered us by the Lord. This love is exactly that by which Our Lord will recognize us as His true followers.

The life of the suffering Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo is not improving. Despite the efforts of the peacekeeping mission and UN administration Serbs continue living in complete isolation in their enclaves. They are deprived of basic security and freedom of movement from their homes, they do not have free access to city hospitals and university. Serbs are deprived of right of employment and live exclusively on humanitarian help which is dwindling more and more. After the war in Kosovo, in which international community came in order to provide freedom and security of all, Kosovo remains the place in which the human rights are most violated in Europe. It is enough for someone to be recognized as a Serb or Roma to be killed at the spot in Kosovo. Albanian gangs and mafia rule the region and the internationals remain helpless to prevent them to turn Kosovo into Columbia of Europe. However, this campaign against Serbs and Slavs in general is becoming a campaign against Christianity. More then "one hundred" Serbian Orthodox Churches have been demolished by Moslem Albanian extremists. Wherever there is a sign of a cross it is destroyed or deformed. Our cemeteries are being heaped up with so much garbage which Albanians bring from different cities to cover the last traces of Serbs. Many graves have been opened and bones scattered all around. In Kosovo, Albanian extremists are not waging a war against the living but also against the dead, against our centuries, old churches, and monasteries that are the landmarks of European Christianity. The Kosovo Alebanian extremist leaders publicly deny that they received money from Islamic militants, which has been already proven, then a false message is sent that they are building democracy in Kosovo.

I am taking this opportunity to express once again our full solidarity with the grief of so many Americans who lost their dear ones in the recent terrorist attacks. Kosovo Serb Christians can feel very well what the terrorism means because our daily lives are in constant danger of terrorist attacks and violence. As Christians we know that we must suffer in this world and therefore instead of cursing over evil doers we pray for them to repent and learn the truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who acts through terrorist in America, Kosovo, and elsewhere are not those poor people deceived by false religious ideals but the devil himself who wants the humans to hate one another. This means that the evil cannot be defeated by weapons only but primarily by love and prayer. The weapons can only temporarily deter those who plan to do evil, but only our repentance and love can transform their hearts and bring them back to the Lord.

May Our Lord God protect us all and fill our hearts with His love, that we may see the image of the Lord in every human being. May God forgive our enemies who kill our innocent ones, destroy our churches and cemeteries and bring them to repentance.

Yours In Christ Our Lord,

+Hieromomonk Sava
Decani Monastery, Decani, Kosovo & Metohija

Finally the Decani Monastery also we would like to make an appeal to support the Serb Children in Kosovo & Metohija, which is called: "Children Relief Campaign", and being sponsored by the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. Your loving donations to this fund not only helps those who are in need of food, shelter, and fire wood, but also to help more then a total of 700 children in the following three districts: Gorazdevac, which will assist 300 children; in Velika Hoca, which will assist 300 children; and in Suvo Grlo, Banja and Crkolez, which will assist 70 children. This particular fund has the blessings of the Abbot of the Decani Monastery: Archimandrite Theodoius (Teodosije). Please kindly send your loving donations to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund on behalf of these children who truly need our help at this hour,and we humbly thank you! For more information about the Children Relief Campaign, please read the following:

After the war in Kosovo and Metohija many Serb children live in extremely deplorable conditions in their isolated enclaves. Their parents are usually without any employment and cannot provide even basic necessities for their children. Some children have even lost a parent. That is why the Serb children, especially in isolated enclaves in Western part of the Province, known as Metohija, cannot afford to buy schoolbooks and clothes for the coming winter.

Visoki Decani Monastery has been very active in the course of last three years to organize humanitarian assistance for those in need, especially to the refugee families. We are grateful to God for a very good response from many donors to our Decani Monastery Relief Fund. However the basic needs are overwhelming. In addition to the elder people, the children in Kosovo and Metohija are the most vulnerable part of our remaining population. Therefore, since the assistance to the children is our priority at this time, we would like to make an appeal to all good people around the world, to support our humanitarian efforts and especially this Campaign to show our love for the most needy children in the remote and isolated enclaves.

The goal of our CHILDREN RELIEF CAMPAIGN is to help approximately 700 children, as follows:

  • In Gorazdevac we will assist 300 children
  • In Velika Hoca we will assist 300 children
  • In Suvo Grlo, Banja and Crkolez we will assist 70 children

We kindly ask you to help us and send your donations for CHILDREN RELIEF CAMPAIGN directly to Decani Monastery in Kosovo and Metohija. Also, for your convenience, you can send your donations directly to the address of our Decani Monastery Relief Fund in Baltimore MD - USA. Donations sent to our address in USA are tax deductible and the full amount of your donation is delivered to the children, without any deduction or expense. The Monastery will distribute donations to the children and send back the list of children to the donors, upon request. The names of donors will be also published on the Monastery Web Site, as well as, on our regular web page of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report .

If you cannot send a monetary donation, at this time, please consider sending a prayer, a letter or a post card that we will deliver to the children, to show that we have not forgotten them.

The address of our Decani Monastery Relief Fund in Baltimore is:

4 West Hill Street
Baltimore MD 21230

(Please make checks payable to: DECANI MONASTERY RELIEF FUND with a Note: CHILDREN RELIEF CAMPAIGN).

Fr. Teodosije Sibalic
Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery

For any additional information on the Decani Relief Fund, please feel free to contact our representative and the treasurer of the Fund, Mr. VELJKO SIKIRICA (home: veljko53@hotmail.com or business: veljkos@iadb.org).

More information on the DECANI MONASTERY RELIEF FUND (DMRF) you may also find on our Web Site at http://www.decani.yunet.com/dec_relfund.html

The following is now the list of those who made a kind God-loving donation to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund from the last three months of June-August 2001:

Decani Monastery Relief Contributions for March 2001 - May 2001
Contributor Name

384. Miodrag Dordevic & Josip Djordjevich
385. John and Barbar Manninen
386. Gregory Cook
387. Father Djuro G. Krosnjar
388. William & Sally Hostetter
389. James Hubbard
390. Joseif & Kathleen Djordjevich (a second donation)
391. Orthodox Church Of The Protection Of the Holy Virgin, Santa Rosa, Ca.
392. Janette & Patricia Grahovac
371. Robert Rossi
393. Vlasis and Terese Baker
394 George & Branislava Brozak
395. Danilo Yanich
396. Rose K. Gantner
397. John & Vera Gavrilovic
398. Margaret Stephens
399. Robert Rossi
400. Col. George and Stella Jatras
401. Lila J. Kalinich
402. James Shreckengost
403. A. Morgner Koch (Order of the Black Cross)
Total for June - August 2001   $1,635.00
Previous balance as of June 1st 2001 $79,976.39
Grand Total as of September 1st 2001 : $81,611.39

With love in Christ,

Veljko Sikirica

We humbly thank each of you for your Christ-loving donations, and all of the fathers of the Decani Monastery assure you of their prayers. May God reward you for your great kindness and love!

Please support the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, and let us together share with one another our love and concern for those who continue to suffer and struggle in Kosovo and Metohija. Let us also with great Christian love help reconstruct St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York.

Kindly send your donations too:

Decani Monastery Relief Fund
c/o Veljko Sikirica
4 West Hill Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
If you would also like to have a tax deductible report for your donation, please click here.

Thank You!

May Our Gracious Lord God Bless you with His love, joy, and peace!

Your Faithful Friends In Christ Our Lord,

+Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund,
+Hieromonk Sava
Vice President,
Veljko Sikirica
Secretary Treasurer

If you have any questions about the Decani Monastery Relief Fund please call Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes in Boise, Idaho: 208-345-6147. Please consider to call during the day time hours, and or if no answer please leave a message.

For further information about the Decani Monastery in Kosovo please visit http://www.decani.yunet.com

Holy Saint Sava,
Pray Unto God For Us!


Content written/compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes.
(c)2001 Father Demetrios Serfes