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Kosovo: Your loving-kindness in action
One day last spring, while doing missionary work in Kosovo, Fr Nektarios Serfes of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund asked a young child what he eats every day.
"Cabbage: Monday through Saturday," he said with a smile.
"What do you eat on Sunday," Fr Nektarios then asked him.
"We eat chicken after church. We can't wait to go to church and come home to have chicken!"
Chile: A Journey of hope for Fr Alexei
A few months ago we were terrified to hear that Fr Alexei Aedo Villugron of the ROCOR mission in Chile was in a very difficult financial situation. He couldn’t even pay for heating and water during the winter months in South America.
Each one of our stories starts with prayer – for you - who make it possible
Our beneficiaries tell us - sometimes with tears in their eyes - how grateful they are to you – who daily turn their lives around. Because very often without you, there wouldn’t have been anybody there to help them.
"The hurricane took our hope..." - Joel from Jacmel
My name is Joel Derolus. Hurricane Matthew took everything we owned. The house where I lived with my family (my two sisters and my widow mother) is seriously damaged.
"I am completely ruined..." - a story from Jacmel
Reader Urbain’s motto in life has always been: “Just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31). Since he became Orthodox in 2001, he has devoted his life to the Lord, His Church, and his family. Urbain and his wife raise two of his nephews in addition to their own two daughters, tithe to their parish in Jacmel, and share with those less fortunate than them.
He has faced constant pain, the mob, 21 hour work days. Was it all in vain?
In the course of a lifetime you may be fortunate enough to be inspired by someone who is truly making a difference. Someone whose only goal in life is to help others. Someone who works selflessly, tirelessly and against all odds, to make the world a better place.
Our annual report is out
Fr. Alexei is in dire financial trouble
Fr Alexei Aedo from the Russian Orthodox Mission in Chile is in dire financial trouble.
A Special "Thank You" from Decani
Thanks to your incredible support, we have collected over $23,000 for our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Kosovo! Thank you! Spasibo! Hvala! The money was used to provide food and livestock to Orthodox families, so they would enough to eat and share with their neighbors on the feast of Holy Pascha.
Here's a very short video "thank you" from Archimandrite Sava, the Archimandrite of the Decani Monastery.
Support FFA by shopping on Amazon.com
If you love shopping on Amazon.com, you'll be happy to know that the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR is now on Amazon Smile. Now, you can enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenience, plus donate 0.5 percent of your purchase to the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR.
Haiti: Fr. Gregoire’s Last Wish
A few weeks before his untimely death, Fr Gregoire sent FFA an email. He was a modest man and never asked for help for himself.
How you put food on a deacon’s table
“Words cannot express how relieved we are. Thank you for donations, prayers and continued support to the Fund for Assistance!” said Fr. Thomas.
Mystery Match - a success!
Thanks to our donors' amazing generosity the Mystery Match was successful, and we collected a total of $14,000! Thank you to all who supported us, so that we can continue working for our Church! Please make sure to take a look at the videos our Board Members recorded just for you! FFA president Mark Selawry reveals who the Mystery Match was in his video!
Metropolitan Hilarion asks parishes to support FFA on Thanksgiving
Every year His Eminence Hilarion Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York helps us out. He very kindly sends out a letter to parishes, asking clergy to take a plate collection for the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR. By this he shows us his support.
"The Orthodox Mission in Haiti is alive!" Fr Gregoire Legoute's last interview
Fr. Gregoire Legoute: We would like everyone to know that the Orthodox Mission in Haiti is alive. That the Orthodox in Haiti are very spiritual, they love God. And that the mission does a lot to help children, different parishes - spiritually, morally and economically.
A Fund with Time to Spare for Other People’s Problems
How much help do we, the faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, offer to our own brethren, never mind those who are further afield? Often, we think that our Christian duty consists solely of prayer, church attendance, observance of fasts and the participation in the sacraments. However, helping our neighbour is also our direct responsibility. The Lord says that this will be asked of us on the Day of Judgement, “for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me” (Matt. 25:35)