|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Missionary Support|
By Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA
A Note from the President : Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
"Let us visit Christ whenever we may; let us care for Him, feed Him, clothe Him, welcome Him, honor him, not only at a meal, as some have done, or by anointing Him, as Mary did, or only ye lending Him a tomb, like Joseph of Arimathaea, or by arranging for His burial, like Nicodemus, who love Christ half-heartedly, or by giving him gold, frankincense and myrrh, like the Magi before all these others. The Lord of all asks for mercy, not sacrifice, and mercy is greater than myriads of fattened lambs. Let us then show Him mercy in the persons of the poor and those who today are lying on the ground, so that when we come to leave this world they may receive us into everlasting dwelling places, in Christ our Lord Himself, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." From St. Gregory of Nazianzen
Beloved in Christ our Lord,
May our Merciful-Lord God always bless you!
Your loving kindness and your great mercy is needed at this hour to help so many people in the regions of Kosovo/Metohija on behalf of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund.
During the last two weeks of September 2006, I was in Kosovo-Metohija on behalf of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. During the course of my stay in the area both the Dorbi (Good) Bishop Teodosije, and the Respected Hieromonk Andrej and my self went about in the distribution of the funds of the DMRF to many individual families, children, schools, and churches, as well as local monasteries.In addition to offering of the donations to those in desperate need, I also had the opportunity to work with the diocesan Soup Kitchen that has the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Artemije within his diocese.
While I visited the local soup kitchen I had discovered that more then 300 people arrive for assistance for food and daily offerings of soup and bread. Not only are these individuals helped, but also daily 88 children in a local school are provided with their noon meals, as well as many families in the mountain region of Pristina. What I discovered was the soup kitchen needs a larger oven in order to keep up with the demands and so we are seeking assistance for this oven which in American dollars is $3,000.00 in American dollars. Thanks to a kind donor this oven has been donated.
The second thing I noticed that the soup kitchen needs is a new truck that brings daily to a local school district that provides the noon meal for 88 elementary children, and the abundance of more then 300 families who arrive almost daily for assistance. In addition the soup kitchen also provides many homes and villages with food. The vehicle that the soup kitchen has is not the right one to travel, or it's not to big enough to hold all the necessary food that it delivers throughout the mountain regions. The DMRF would like to assist the soup kitchen to get a second hand truck and in order to purchase this truck is $15,000.00 America dollars. So far we have received $950.00 in donations for the truck, and so we need your help to obtain this truck.
Then again while I was also at the Decani Monastery they where building a new Western Wall to protect the monastery. With the efforts of the Good Bishop Teodosije he has provided local Albanians with employment to finish the wall before the winter months. This particular wall has to be built in order that the monastery has security. The balance of the wall is $30,000.00. Please consider to help with the expenses so that all of the monks at the Decani Monastery will now be safe and sound. As of a few weeks ago the wall has been completed.
The following funds have been set up on behalf of the DMRF, and we are asking that you might consider a donation of your choice in assisting the following:
i). St. Sava Elementary School in village of Jasenovik that has 32 children.
Decani Monastery Relief Fund Treasure report from Gioia Maria Frahm: June 9 -December 31, 2006
In June of 2006, the operation of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund was transferred to Boise, Idaho. At that time we opened an account for the Fund at Key Bank in Boise with a beginning balance of $250. I assumed the duties of treasurer. From June 2006 through the end of 2006, the Fund has received donations from the sources listed below:
Humble thanks to each of you for most kindly offering your thoughtful donation to our DMRF. We assure you of our continuing prayers. We especially would like to thank those who send monthly donations on a regular basis, and most pleased that the first Orthodox bishop in America offered his loving donation. And to all the other new donors on our list we say "welcome!"
The DMRF now has available a DVD: "Days Made of Fear" a documentary film on the Kosovo crisis. If you would like to obtain the DVD please make a donation of $25.00 and write to the address of our fund. The fund also has a new pamphlet: The Beheading of Father Hariton, Monk & the missing Hieromartyr Stefan. Please write to the DMRF to obtain the DVD and pamphlet.
The DMRF is tax deductible and your donations are mailed from a local bank in Boise, Idaho directly to a bank account in Belgrade, Serbia on behalf of the Decani Monastery account.
We ask for your continued support for the DMRF and we ask that our Gracious-God always bless you!
Send your donations to the following address:
Decani Monastery Relief Fund
c/o Very Reverend Nektarios Serfes
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
Your donation is tax deductible. If you would also like to have a tax deductible report for your donation, please indicate this when you send in your donation. When you make your donation, please make your check or money order out to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, NOT to the name of any individual.
God love and bless you!
Peace to your souls!
Humbly you're Friends in Christ our Lord,
Your Ever-memorable Brothers and Sisters in Christ our Lord,
+Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA
His Grace, Bishop Teodosije,
First Vice President, Abbot of the Decani Monastery, & Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren
Hieromonk (Father) Sava
Second Vice President
Lois Fletcher, Attorney At Law, Secretary
Pray Unto God For Us!
Holy New Martyrs Of Serbia,
Pray To God For Us!
GLORY BE TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!