|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Missionary Support|
Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for May - September 2004|
By Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA
May our Gracious Lord God always bless you!
Those now in Kosovo and Metohija will be nourished, kept warmer and further assisted because so many kind souls have offered to help the Decani Monastery Relief Fund! We give humble thanks to each of you and to the organizations whose fund raising efforts brought in additional funds.
It is truly also a great blessing that more churches, priests and other individuals made donations recently. We send our deep appreciation to Zoran Smaic who organized a bicycle race to raise funds. We also thank the church that held a concert on behalf of the Decani Fund and those who attended and made donations. Perhaps these examples will inspire others to plan fund raising events so we can continue to support the fathers of the Decani Monastery in assisting those in desperate need throughout the regions of Kosovo and Metohija.
Our spirits are joyful that the former Archimandrite Teodosije, the Abbot of the Decani Monastery and First Vice President of the DMRF, was recently elevated to Bishop. He will remain as Abbot of the monastery. We assure Bishop Teodosije of our continuing prayers and say to him: Axios! Axios! Axios! (Worthy!) Eis Polla Eti Despota! (Many Years Master!) May he enjoy long years in good health.
This past August (2004) the newly elevated Bishop Teodosije (of the Decani Monastery) took more then 100 children on a spiritual retreat to a Greek Orthodox Monastery in Greece. These children, who have gone through so much hardship due to the situation in their region, must have been delighted with this opportunity to make a spiritual pilgrimage and to enjoy several days in the sunshine. Read the following: http://www.kosovo.net/news/archive/2004/August_19/2.html
We were also pleased to receive kind words from His Holiness, Patriarch Pavel, while our Secretary-Treasurer, Veljko Sikirica, was in Belgrade. Veljko met with the Venerable Patriarch this past August (2004), and wrote the following:
I had the great blessing to visit with His Holiness, Patriarch Pavel of Serbia, a day after his 90th birthday (celebrated on the day commemorating the Beheading of St. John the Baptist), during my recent visit to Belgrade. I updated His Holiness on the situation and labors of the DMRF and humbly asked him to bless and pray for the future endeavors of the DMRF.
We would like to humbly thank His Holiness, Patriarch Pavel, for his kind Christian words and his Christ-loving blessings and prayers. May our Lord God continue to bless this good soul! Eis Polla Eti Despota!
The situation in the regions of Kosovo and Metohija, especially for Serbian Orthodox Christians, continues to be deplorable. His Grace Bishop Artemije continues to make appeals for the repair and restoration of the 140 destroyed Serbian Orthodox Churches and Monasteries and ten Serbian Orthodox cemeteries. We certainly join with Bishop Artemije in saying that it is the responsibility of those who destroyed them and not of the Serbian Orthodox Church to restore these sites. The DMRF simply does not have the means to make the needed repairs!
At the same time, we call upon all our brothers and sisters, and all our neighbors throughout the region of Kosovo and Metohija to come sit at the table of peace and discuss how we can live together as a free people in a nation that is loved equally by all its ethnic populations. We ask that respect be granted to those who practice the Serbian Orthodox Faith.
We ask that all displaced citizens have the right to return to their homes and live on the land that is rightfully theirs.
We ask that children be protected in school and on their way to and from school. More and more children are currently staying home from school out of fear for their safety.
We still have countless kidnapped and missing children and adults throughout the regions of Kosovo and Metohija. Some have been missing since the war began in 1999. A first priority should be to find these missing persons and return them to their families. More information about these missing persons may be found at http://www.serfes.org/missionary/childrenofkosvo.htm
In addition, we ask:
Who will repair the destroyed Serbian hospital?
Let us end the killings and the wanton destruction. Let us begin a new day in hope for our shared future and in love for one another as all members together of the human family, whatever our differences of faith and culture. This is our prayer and our appeal.
Soon the winter months will be upon us. Many men, women and children will freeze while others live in luxury and are warm and happy. We call upon all people to assist one another. Bring firewood to those who are freezing. We call upon all people to assist their neighbors who do not have proper shelter or who are hungry. Peace begins with concern for one another, for those whose struggles are greater then our own. We, as Christians, should be the first to give firewood, food, and other assistance. Let us take care of each other.
To all our loving supporters, we ask you please not to forget those who will freeze this winter, especially the children, the elderly, and others who are especially vulnerable due to illness or disability. The monks of the Decani Monastery will rush to offer assistance; it is their efforts that our donations make possible.
If you have any question about your donation reaching the people for whom it is intended, go to the Decani Monastery web site and you will see the smiles on the faces of those being assisted by this fund. We assure you that your donation does indeed reach the monastery fathers who write down each donor's name for remembrance in prayer and thanksgiving to our Lord God.
Decani Monastery Relief Contributions for May - September 2004 Contributor Name 746 Carol & Paul Adams 747 Kevin & Gail Shelby 748 Goidich Kostos 749 George & Chrisanthy Bambalis 750 Ladies Philoptochos Society, Boise Idaho 751 Mark & Cindy Alexander 752 Serbian American Alliance of New England 753 George & Stella Jatras 754 Natalie & Eric Molfino 755 Kamal Abadir 756 Mildred Pesut 757 Robert Yerkan 758 Gary & Carol McFarland 759 St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichael, Pa. 760 Jovanka Nestojko 761 Robert & Christine Yannes 762 Victoria & Costa Panos 763 Debra & Michael Kellis 764 Eugene Bunde, Daryl & Vaso 765 George & Katherine Demacopoulos 766 Mildred & Nicholas Harko 767 Kim Shelby 768 Rev. Presbyter Demetrios Carellas 769 St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Safford, Az. 770 George & Nectaria Hilaneh 771 Mr. & Mrs. Mihai Galca, Irene & Timothy 772 Rick Rothwell 773 Frank & Helen Dagres 774 James & Patricia Michas 775 Gioia Maria Frahm 776 Ray & Effie Kaufman 777 Lisa Elizabeth Gilbert 778 George & Sherry Georgeson 779 Gary & Carol McFarland 780 Joel Gamble 781 Jeffrey & Lana Entringer 782 Charles & Dianne Boardman 783 Kurt & Victoria Sherry 784 Olivera Stefanovic 785 Hanna McGuire 786 Olivera Stefanovic 787 Gary & Carol McFarland 788 Michael & Christine Cacic 789 Stephen & Mildred Todorovich 790 Patricia Ann Cekoric 791 Stephen & Mildred Cacic 792 Patricia Ann Cekoric 793 Luka & Melanie Krneta 794 Michael & Barbara Malyak 795 Michael Decerbo 796 N. Jakovac 797 Relia Cvetican
Total for May - September 2004 $ 10,514.00 Previous Balance as of September 30, 2003 $171,359.71 Grand Total as of September 30, 2004 $181,873.71
Humbly submitted by
Humbly in Christ our Lord, we give each of you sincere thanks for your loving donations for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. May our Lord God reward you and your family!
If you would like to help by making a donation to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, please send it to the following address:
Decani Monastery Relief Fund
c/o Veljko Sikirica
5600 Beam Ct.
Bethesda, MD 20817
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.
Pray for peace and good will among all men, and we humbly assure you of our Christ-loving prayers everyday.
Thank you kindly for your loving donations.
Peace to your soul, and God always bless you!
Your Ever-memorable Brothers In Christ Our Lord,
+Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, President
His Grace, Bishop Teodosije, Abbot of Decani Monastery, First Vice President
+Hieromonk (Father) Sava, Second Vice President
Veljko Sikirica, Secretary-Treasure
Who pray for you, and we beg of your loving prayers.
Holy Saint Sava,
Pray Unto God For Us!
Holy New Martyrs Of Serbia,
Pray To God For Us!
GLORY BE TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!
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