An Appeal for Christians in Kosovo

by Sparta on March 10, 2011

in Kosovo, Massachusetts, Orthodox Christianity, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

From: Father
To: AGIOS NEKTARIOS
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 1:51 PM
Subject: Greek Orthdox priest weeps for Kosovo again…

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Press Release

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund Inc. USA

Greek Orthodox priest weeps again for Kosovo…

Please share with others…

Beloved in Christ our Lord,

May our Gracious God always bless you!

Forgive Me! May you have a spiritually rewarding holy and Great Lent!

About two weeks ago I sent the attached on behalf of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund and praying that many good souls would help our fund. The matter was so destitute that I received a letter from the bank that we where in the red! At this hour thanks to God I was able to put some donations into our account that cleared up this matter.

In the meantime I had a dream on the first day of Great Lent that I met someone from Kosovo and this person told me that without the help of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund he would not be standing where he was at this time, and that his family received a piglet recently, as well as fire wood to keep them warm for the winter! Then he indicated he had food to eat and that gave him strength, and that our fund heled him come to America to be able to further his education. All during this time this person was weeping! As he was talking to me I began to weep and when I woke up I had tears in my eyes! I said to myself the first day of Great Lent brings me great sadness that the Decani Fund is greatly struggling! So of course I offered further prayer in additionj to my morning prayers.

Everything in Kosovo/Metohija is not that great at this time! If we think that we are struggling at this time we can well imagine what our dear brothers and sisters in Christ are going through at this time. So many families are not eating probably that if they are blessed they will eat one meal a day! My goodness what about the elderly and the children! The nights are still cold and many families are using branches for their fire places to keep their homes warm! Children who go to school are blessed to receive a meal from the local homeless shelter that is sponsored by our fund. Hundreds of children are provided with a decent meat at lunch time which might be the only and best meal of the day.

Please I say to you dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ our Lord can you please help our fund can you help me wipe away these tears! We can do it together and we have the great opportunity to do it even during Great Lent! Let us give alms to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund! Let us help wipe away the tears as loving Christians!

May our God reward you and bless you!

Send your donations to the following address:

Decani Monastery Relief Fund
C/O Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
USA
Cell phone: 208-860-2479

Thank you humbly!
Peace to your soul!
God love and bless you!
Humbly in Christ our Lord,

+ Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund Inc. UISA
Who prays for you and with you!

I have run to the fragrance of your myrrh,
O Christ God, for I have been wounded by your love;
do not part from me, O heavenly Bridegroom.

“Wounded by Love,” The Life and The Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios

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From: Father [mailto:father@serfes.org]
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 4:47 PM
To: Adamantios Koukouves
Subject: With your helping hands and love….

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PRESS RELEASE

Please kindly share the following with others…

DECANI MONASTERY RELIEF FUND INC. USA

With your helping hands and love for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund

Beloved in Christ our Lord,

May our Gracious God always bless you!

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund needs your helping hands and love at this time.

Charitable donation have declined along with the economy in recent months and this certainly not surprising. If we think times are difficult for us in America we can well imagine how far more difficult it is for our Orthodox brothers and sisters in the region of Kosovo/Metohija.

People still need to have a daily balanced meal; electric bills have to be paid;schools need firewood assistance;necessary medical (and surgical) procedures; and the funding of 61 students who are attending University of Northern Kosovo also need scholarship assistance for Serbian youths. We also support four Serbian students at Boise State University, and at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. I humbly pray that you hear our appeal and loving prayers!

Thanks to God because of your kind and good heart our fund recently was able to purchase pigs for 200 families which means these families can have a decent meal for over a month. We as well as a fund where able to assist several local families including elderly with firewood, as well as help the students at the Universalities. The students are able to have three meals a day and if there where home their food would be limited. Assist also because of your kindness was offered to the soup kitchens.

The needs in Kosovo/Metohija continue to increase as events in the region continue to leaving many homeless and indigent. If you can please open up your loving heart and offer with your good hands any assistance to our fund we would be humbly thankful. Thanks to God!

All donations received are sent directly into a bank account in Pristina from Boise, Idaho in which the fathers of the Decani Monastery then offer assistance to the needs throughout the region.

Then I must tell you that our fund also not only assist four schools (with fire wood and daily lunch) we also try to support six soup kitchens in the region. Not more then a year ago we where supporting four soup kitchens and now their has been an increase of demand for more food so now we have six soup kitchens to support on a regular basis.

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund will not rest and continues to try for years now to address the appalling conditions of the increase of poverty and need visited on Kosovo’s remaining Serbian Christians as a consequence of the Albanian conquest and takeover of the province. Many Serbians had to flee to the North and into the mountain regions and their living conditions are deplorable.

Let us all dear loving Christians reach out from our hearts and with your helping hands we can bring some comfort to our dear loving Orthodox brothers and sisters in the Region a ray of hope!

Please send your loving donation to the following address:

Decani Monastery Relief Fund
C/O Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
USA

Humbly I pray that you will have a blessed and spiritual rewarding Holy and Great Lent! Forgive Me!
Peace to your soul!

God love and bless you!

Humbly in Christ our Lord,

Your Venerable brothers and Sisters in Christ our Lord,

+ Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes: President of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund, Inc. USA
+His Grace, Bishop Teodosije , Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska-Prizren & Kosovo-Metohija: First Vice President
+Very Reverend Archimandrite Sava (also known as Father Sava): Second Vice President
Gioia Frahm: Secretary
Lois Fletcher: Treasure & Attorney

Who all prays for you and with you!
I have run to the fragrance of your myrrh,
O Christ God, for I have been wounded by your love;
do not part from me, O heavenly Bridegroom.

“Wounded by Love,” The Life and The Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios


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