October 21, 2010
New York - Moscow Patriarchate‚Äôs Chairman of the Department of Church Charity, Bishop Panteleimon of Orekhovo-Zuevo sent the Fund for Assistance a letter of thanks for the support of victims of this summer‚Äôs wild fires in Russia.
To date, FFA has sent over $20,000 to the victims.
To His Illustrious Highness, Prince Vladimir Kirillovich Galitzine,
the Reverend Archpriest Victor Potapov,
the directors, associates, and donors of
the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia
Reverend fathers, brothers and sisters!
Allow me to express my deepest gratitude to your Fund for the invaluable assistance and support shown by you to the victims of this summer‚Äôs wildfires in Russia. How comforting it is to see the unity of nations in Christ, and charity for which neither distance nor the multitude of personal affairs are a hindrance! Using the funds which you have provided, we have purchased and continue to purchase every necessity for the fire victims; the participation of strangers, not to mention ones who live so far away and which have all of a sudden appeared so near, heals the despair and dejection of those who have lost all that they owned, in some cases even loved ones, in the flames.
I pray that you might find need of your Fund for Assistance to deal with these extraordinary circumstances as rarely as possible. May the Lord preserve us from natural disasters and may He multiply within us love toward all those in need of aid!
With love in Christ,
Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo,
Chairman of the Department of Church Charity
and Social Service of the ROC-MP