March 1, 2018
Six-year-old Dragan loves Sundays. Not only because his family goes to church, but also because he knows that after Liturgy on Sunday he will eat chicken for lunch. The thought of chicken sustains him throughout the whole week, when every single meal consists of … cabbage. Because cabbage is all his family can afford.
I am hoping you will help children like Dragan and their families who are suffering in Kosovo.
They are constantly suffering from radical Muslims: their livestock and farm equipment is stolen, they are beaten and tortured, and their places of worship are desecrated. Many children do not have shoes. Families are denied basic healthcare.
As you know, you won’t hear about this on mainstream media.
I am hoping you will find it in your heart to help our brothers and sisters in Christ in Kosovo – together with the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Now, what do the Serbs have to do with the Russian Church, you might ask yourself?
If it weren’t for the help of the Serbian Church and the Serbian people, the Russian Church may not have been blessed with the Russian Orthodox tradition today.
It was the Serbian Orthodox Church that gave most aid to the exiled Russian clergy after the Russian Civil War. The Serbian Church acknowledged the status of ROCOR, and helped Her as much as possible during the turbulent years of the 20th century, despite enduring persecution Herself.
I feel that we, Russians, owe a debt of gratitude to Serbs. This is why I am asking you to join me in helping the suffering Serbian families in Kosovo - so we can help them together.
Thanks to generous people like you, the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR has already held a successful fundraising drive to help Serbian families in Kosovo in 2016. We were able to collect over $30,000. The money was sent with Fr Nektarios Serfes of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund and distributed through the brethren of the Decani Monastery (Kosovo). You can see videos of the people receiving aid here.
At this moment, in Kosovo, chickens and cows are being stolen. A barn full of hay for the livestock Dragan’s family has been collecting for two years was burned down by Muslims. There are now no chickens, no cows, and, sadly enough - no hay for the remaining animals!
Needless to say, Dragan and his family are Orthodox Christians and will fast during Great Lent. But it looks like Dragan’s cabbage diet will continue until after Pascha.
You can help Dragan, his family, and others like them by participating in the special collection the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR is doing together with the Decani Monastery Relief Fund.
I am hoping to raise $25,000 by March 31. This sum will provide meals for 1,000 people for a week.
If you send a tax-deductible donation by March 15, I will be able to send your gift directly to families like Dragan’s so they can have sarma, kobasice, gibanica, and other sustaining food for Pascha.
I am begging you to help Dragan by making a donation now.
Imagine how happy Dragan will be when your generosity puts a good meal on his family’s table! How thankful he will be that his growing belly is full of good food, not just cabbage. How fervently he will pray to Christ for you and others who have shown him such love from so far away…
Please be generous! “As you did to one of the least of these, you did unto Me” (Mat. 25:40)
P.S. Please don’t delay. I am hoping to let Dragan’s family know that your gift to them is coming before Pascha (April 8th). Please give now.
P.P.S. 100% of your donation will go directly to help families like Dragan’s. Not one cent will be used for administrative purposes. Thank you. Hvala puno.