The Globe-trotting Director of Orthodox Africa Mission


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Orthodox Africa – 14/6/17

Father Silouan and the Vicar General, Fr. Barnabas, visited Saint Innocent School Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Father Jonah said, “I am humbled and appreciate the great donations of text books and two soccer balls. We also received enough money to finish cementing the floors of the five remaining classrooms and add doors to the school.

Father Silouan spoke with teachers and the Board of Management. He was pleased to see great changes in the Centre and especially among the children! We thank His Grace for His blessings and donation towards the lunch programme for the day!” The most important thing Father Jonah spoke of was his discovery that “when we unite together, we are able to go far!” This, dear friends of Orthodox Africa, is the living out of our purpose and mission. They met the owner of a playground who wants to sell it to the school ($4000). A promise was given to purchase it in the near future.

Father Silouan also presented them with some relics of Saint Gregory the Great.

On June 1, 2017 (Thursday) Father Silouan had a wonderful afternoon with Bishop Athanasius (Akunda), his Secretary General and several other area priests at Bishop Athanasius Secondary School.  Father Silouan presented the school with $500 for textbooks.  Currently four children share one text book. More textbooks means less children need to share, allowing each child to study more easily.  He said, “On behalf of all the people served here, thank you.  May God bless your efforts.”

Father Agapios, Director of St. Tabitha House, took Father Silouan on a tour of the Kiberia slums Outside Nairobi, Kenya to visit some of the local residents and learn more about them.

Most recently Father Silouan traveled by overnight bus to Uganda.  After being met at the bus station by Basil Walusimbi, Father Silouan met Father Christopher Walusimbi, rector of Annunciation Orthodox Church (read about the church here) in Kampala where they will be meeting His Eminence, Met. Jonah of Kampala and many other local Orthodox Christians.  Thursday he is scheduled to go to Bukasa Island. He will be spending approximately 5 days with Father Christopher and his wife, Maria, greeting parishioners, touring the island and assessing the needs of this blessed mission church.

Stay tuned for upcoming presentations about our work in Kharkov, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia!

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