Father Nektarios Serfes - Missionary Support  Last Modified Jan 26 2002

Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for September - December 2001
By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
23 January 2002

This web site is in memory for the newly departed in the Lord:
Mirko Sikirica
Memory Eternal!

"The earth bears crops for your benefit, not for its own, but when you give to the poor, you are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward for good deeds goes to those who perform them." St. Basil the Great

Dear Beloved Friends In Christ Our Lord,

May our Benevolent Lord Bless you!

Peace be to your good soul!

Practicing mercy, good deeds, charity and justice are the hallmarks of a true Christian. In being a faithful Christians, you kindly acted with great kindness to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, and we give each of you our deep humble thanks. Thank you humbly good and faithful servants for your great kindness, your mercy, and charity. Above all we also thank you for your humble prayers.

The situation in Kosovo and Metohija continues to be a great struggle for all Serbian Orthodox Christians, and we continue to humbly appeal to you for your gracious and kind Christian help with your loving support.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Christopher (President of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada), has recently reported to us, that more then “120,000 Serbs have lost employment overnight, the Serbian language is completely banished from public life; all Serbs inscriptions have been systematically removed; thousands of Serb books in public libraries have been burned; Serb culture monuments, including 110 churches and monasteries have been destroyed; and Albanians greatly pressure Serbs to see their property under threats and extortion. Refusals result in example torching, killing and grenade attacks. When will it end?”

Only a few months ago we reported to you that 108 churches and monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija, have been destroyed, and now with a heavy heart must now tell you 110 Serbian Holy Orthodox Churches and Sacred Monasteries, have been destroyed, gone!

Then again we must tell you these same churches and monasteries have even been bomb not only once but twice, just so they will not be rebuilt. We hear of no news that these churches and monasteries within the regions of Kosovo, and Metohija are being rebuilt? We pass this matter over into silence. Why? No words, but we shall not cease from roaring like a lion and being meek in telling those who are free, cry for Kosovo, and appeal that human rights should exist for the Serbian Orthodox Christians, who might of lost their churches and monasteries, but not their deep faith. Leave the churches and monasteries alone, and we humbly say: touch not one more holy and consecrated church or monastery, as every religion and every faith has the right to prevail.

The situation for those who do not have proper shelter continues to be a great hardship for thousands upon thousands of citizens throughout the regions of Kosovo, and Metohija, as many are freezing from the winter months. Then again we have the KFOR who continue to force themselves within the homes of the Serbs, which happens on a daily basis. We have children who live in these homes without roofs, and as well as elderly, and of course those who are ill. One wonders what is the life expectancy now in these regions? How can anyone on this earth live without proper shelter?  The Serbs know how to live, and how to struggle, but for how long?

Pray please.

Sadly enough the youth continue to suffer from even the fact they cannot with total freedom attend a local school, although some schools are open, as the KFOR constantly raid these schools, and what might be stored in the school, so the students of the local schools become frighten. The children are simply scared to death, and tremble, as they constantly still see combat vehicles, helicopters, tanks, and even bombings. Yes bombings, these explosions are constant, as it was recently reported about the dynamiting of a bus, in which one of the locals, a student was killed. One must ask is it safe for the children to attend school? No! The parents of these children are constantly worried if even their children will return home safe. Then again the schools do not have proper electricity and heating, when the sun comes out the rooms get somewhat warmer, and classes resume.

For those who attend school it’s the joy of their life, as these children simply cannot go anywhere else, as to the constant fear of what is happening throughout the regions of Kosovo and Metohija. Finally it seems the children cannot return back home to keep warm, as mostly many children throughout these regions do not have proper shelter, houses without roofs, and freezing, as this well includes even the teachers. God bless these dear souls! Then again what about food, anything is a joy for these children to eat. Dragana Knezevic explains: “These children have been locked up at home and in school for the last three years. My group is specific in that all of them are from Vucitn and all of them are without a roof over their heads. Both teachers and students.” (Source: http://www.politika.co.yu/2002/0116/01_21a.htm), or you may write to me by email for this full report.

So we report to you these greatly much suffering situations in Kosovo and Metohija, and we call upon you to not forget those who still need our help and assistance, as your loving donation gives hope to those who have no hope, and this is what brings many to say, someone does care, and someone does love me, as well knows I am freezing, hungry, and desires good will and peace in the land I love, especially all the people who live in Kosovo and Metohija!

“…truth stands forth unveiled, for all who seek to behold her beauty.
She seeks no concealment,
dreads no danger, trembles at no plots, desires
not glory from the many, is accountable to no mortal thing,
but stands above them all.”
St. John Chrysostom (+407)

Our hearts where overjoyed to learn how much you have helped this fund, and we humbly thank you, and our Lord God for this great gracious kindness. We will be able to indeed reach out to help the Children’s Relief Campaign, to keep open the Satellite Internet for the Decani Monastery, to give firewood, to those who are freezing, and to assist those in great desperation such as food, shelter, and medical assistance.

We owe so much humble thanks to so many kind souls who made a loving donation to this fund, and we would like to now thank the Orthdoox churches, sketes, monasteries, and missions who have responded with great kindness. Some kind souls sent two donations during this period of time, truly a great blessing! Your hearts will be blessed, and your kind good soul! Thank you!

Now I would like to present to you on behalf of Veljko Sikirica (Secretary-Treasure), the following report from those who made donations to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund from September-December 2001. These funds are broken up into different categories, and what we would like to say, is indeed what a blessed hour to give you this report:

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

Children's Relief Campaign:  
404 Stanka Kukich M.D.
405 Jovan & Zora Lebaric
406 Robert & Mitzi Cemovich
407 Janette & Patricia Grhovac
408 G. Cook
409 Katalina & George Petrov Platzer
410 Stephen & Barbara Zivkovich
411 Vojislava C. Russo M.D.
412 Lillian Gavrilovich M.D.
413 Anna Kutlich
414 William G. Salatich
415 Robert & Barbara Miller
416 Sotirios & Despina Bouras
417 St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
418 Evelyn Vucenovic
419 Mirko Popovich
420 Stevan & Vera Pirocanac
421 Jenette Czubak - Sikirica
422 Tom A. Bouras
423 Draza Knezevich
424 Anonymous from Illionis
425 Nina Dimas
426 William B. Powell
Children's Relief Campaign: Sub-total: $4,635.00
Satellite Internet For Decani Monastery:
427 Anna V. Smilanich
428 St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Mission
Satellite Internet - Sub-toidal: $350.00
Fire-wood Fund
429 George & Joy Rapsomaniki's
430 Victoria & Costa Panos
431 John S. Billo
432 Linde G. Sacksen
433 Avghi Demosthenous
434 Tom A Bouras & Sotirios & Despina Bouras
435 John W. Hall
436 Tom A Bouras
437 Gregory P. Nitis
438 John & Mildred Sysak
439 Victoria & Costa Panos
440 Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor
441 Johnny J. Yoo
442 Nicholas Chaplain
443 Paul R. Masterjohn
444 Robert & Virginia Peters
445 Archpriest Paul K. Tiajoloff
446 Matushak Catherine Hubbard - Theotokos House
447 Jennifer Louise Sacksen
448 Rev. Timoth B. & Tamela K. Cremeens
Fire-wood Fund Sub-total: $2,5540.00
OPF-Matching Fund:
449 Charles R. & Dianne E. Boardman
450 Bennie & Kimberly Pandorf
451 Carol & Nikokla Kostich, M.D.
452 Holy Trinity Church
453 Shannon Rae Robinson
454 St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church
OPF-Matching Fund: $1,975.00
General Needs:
455 John & Vera Gavrilovic
456 Margaret Stephens
457 Ruzica Popovitch
458 St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
459 Anonymous from Pittsburgh
460 Kamal K. Abadir
461 St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
462 Fr. Mark & Nancy Stevens
463 Nagib & Mona Khalifa
464 Fr. Demetrios Carellas
465 John & Aaron Wall
466 St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Mission
467 Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church
468 Maria Karalekas
469 Innocent ReDavid
470 J. Paillard
471 Anastasios P. Fatsis
472 Alexander G. Stevens
473 Mr. & Mrs. Carol & Nikola Kostich
474 Charmaine & Ralph Masterjohn
475 George & Allyson Spirtos
476 William B. Powell
477 Katherina Liepelt
478 Peter & Mitzi Bouras
479 Fr. Josiah bradfor G. Trenham
480 Mary Davenport
481 Joel M. Gamble
482 St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery
483 Xenia & Maiko Cheremeteff
484 Nicholas & Jennifer Park
485 Michael Alberty
486 Tatiana Temnikov
487 Heather Lynn Fike
488 Mary Lynn & Terry Demacopoulos
489 Ilena Babu Crampton
490 Eugene F. Lauria & Kiriaki Xiluri Nrao
491 Dr. & Mrs. Trent G. Orfanos
492 Brenda & Joseph Bragg
493 St. Gregory Palamas Monastery
494 The Diveris Family: John & Catherine Diveris MD
495 Hannah Patzke
496 Margaret Stephens
497 Peter Alban Heers
498 Michael & Margot Christakis
499 Norman Hugh Redington & Karen Rae Keck
500 Paul & Marie Stefanovic
501 Edward & Judy Hillous
502 Ruzica Popovitch Krekic
503 St. Herman Orthodox Mission
504 Igor S. Reljic
505 Beau G. Branson
506 Anna Maria E. Horner
507 Mary A. & Donald Hiskey
General Needs - Sub-total: $7,988.00
Total for September, October, November and December 2001 $17,488.00
Previous balance up to August 31st 2001 $81,611.38
Grand Total as of December 31st 2001 : $99,099.38

Humbly submitted on January 21, 2002 by

Veljko Sikirica

Truly what a blessed hour, and we humbly thank each of you for your gracious donation to this fund, and that our Lord God will indeed reward you with many blessings.

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 love offer our prayers.

Kindly send your donations to the following address:

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.

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

Your Faithful Friends In Christ Our Lord,

++Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund,
++Archimandrite Teodosije & Hieromonk (Father) Sava
Vice President,
Veljko Sikirica
Secretary Treasurer

Please kindly note a name change for Rev. Presbtyer Demetrios Serfes, to now Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, effective as of November 3-4, 2001

If you have any questions about the Decani Monastery Relief Fund please call Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes in Boise, Idaho: 208-345-6147. Please consider calling during the day time hours (mountain time), 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)2002 Father Demetrios Serfes