Ανανέωση, 6/3/2010 Συγκέντρωση ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας για Αϊτή από τον ΙΣ «Άγιος Κοσμάς Αιτωλός Θεσσαλονίκης», Κίνδυνος από την ΕΛΟΝΟΣΙΑ για τους επιζώντες του σεισμού στην Αϊτή- IOCC Addresses Growing Public Health Concerns In Haiti

Ανανέωση : 6/03/2010. Μεγάλος κίνδυνος για τους Αϊτινούς από τις ασθένειες, ειδικά την ελονοσία, αποκαλύπτουν η Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική Φιλανθρωπία των Ορθ. Εκκλησιών Αμερικής. IOCC Addresses Growing Public Health Concerns in Haiti

Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — Seasonal rains in Haiti are aggravating the humanitarian situation caused by the earthquake and putting the populace at increasing risk for mosquito-borne infectious diseases, such as malaria. In response to the urgent health needs of Haitians, many who are still without adequate shelter following the January 12 earthquake, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is providing more than $350,000 in emergency health kits that contain basic medicines, consumable medical supplies for surgeries and wound care treatment … The medical shipment has been underwritten through a grant of $25,000 from The John G. Rangos Sr. Family Charitable Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa.

«There is growing concern among those responding to Haiti of the increased risk of wide-spread public health problems,» said Mark Ohanian, IOCC senior programs coordinator, who recently returned from a nine-day trip to Haiti to oversee IOCC relief efforts. «While we continue to support the efforts of our Orthodox Christian and ecumenical partners in providing immediate food, shelter and other basic needs, we witnessed significant threats to public health while in Haiti.»

Ohanian noted that most open spaces in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding cities have been taken up by temporary shelters, many made of materials scavenged from homes and buildings that were destroyed.

«Most of the shelters do not provide adequate protection from the rain or the elements, much less protect against mosquito-borne and water-borne diseases. Proper sanitation and protection are primary concerns for the survivors to prevent further loss of life.»

The medical shipment is part of a larger effort by IOCC partner, Medical Teams International, to provide up to 20,000 people with basic medical assistance. The shipment will include medications to treat malaria.

( http://www.iocc.org/news/3-03-10haiti-release.aspx )

Ενημέρωση από  Μητροπολίτη Μεξικού και ΙΣ » Άγιος Κοσμάς ο Αιτωλός» : Μεγάλη ανάγκη συγκέντρωσης ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας μέσω της Ορθόδοξης Ιεραποστολής Αϊτής και της Μητρόπολης Μεξικού. Προτιμότερη η αποστολή χρημάτων για την αγορά ειδών πρώτης ανάγκης από τις ΗΠΑ, ώστε να μειωθεί το κόστος αποστολής τους. Ανακοινώσεις της Μητρόπολης Μεξικού στα αγγλικά και ισπανικά.

Επιστολή του Επίκουρου Καθηγητή της Θεολογικής Σχολής του Α.Π.Θ. κ. Δημητρίου Λάππα

( http://www.iersyn.gr/announcements_haiti.html )

Quake Survivors Receive Clean Water

IOCC and MTI Deliver Critical Medical Aid to Suffering Haitians

Δωρεές για τον λαό της Αϊτής μπορούν να κατατεθούν και στο Γενικό Φιλόπτωχο Ταμείο της Μητρόπολης Θεσσαλονίκης, στα κεντρικά της γραφεία επί της οδού Βογατσικού 7, Θεσσαλονίκη, Τ.Κ. 546 22, 2310 227 677.

Από την  Ιερά Μητρόπολη Δημητριάδος και Αλμυρού : Μέχρι το πρώτο δεκαήμερο του Φεβρουαρίου μπορούμε να  προσφέρουμε είδη πρώτης ανάγκης, όπως τρόφιμα (ρύζι, μακαρόνια, λάδι, και κονσέρβες) και θερινά κλινοσκεπάσματα στους Ιερούς Ναούς ηήστο Πνευματικό Κέντρο της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Δημητριάδος(Κ. Καρτάλη και Ανθίμου Γαζή).

Quake Survivors Receive Clean Water

January 26, 2010

Survivors of Haiti’s devastating January 12 earthquake living in temporary shelters in the Belair neighborhood of Port-au-Prince access clean drinking water provided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in partnership with fellow ACT Alliance member Norwegian Church AID (NCA). Water purification and sanitation equipment for 10,000 Haitians and 500 family tents valued at more than $600,000 was airlifted to Haiti on January 18.

The water system provides homeless families in the ravaged neighborhood with piped in water points.

Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has responded to the urgent need for medical supplies and basic medications to treat the injured and sick in Haiti with a shipment of critically-needed medicines and hospital supplies expected to assist over 45,000 Haitians.

The assistance, delivered today to King’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, is worth more than $1.2 million and was provided by IOCC’s long standing partner, Medical Teams International (MTI). The supplies will help to meet some of the urgent demand for antibiotics, anesthesia medications for surgery and pain medications.

«It has been a heart-rending week of loss and suffering for the people of Haiti,» said IOCC Executive Director and CEO, Constantine M. Triantafilou. «We pray that the shipment of these medicines will help stem the further loss of life from injuries and will provide comfort to the suffering.»

( http://www.iocc.org/news/1-21-10haiti-release.aspx )

Ορθόδοξα κορίτσια ετοιμάζουν κουτιά με υγειονομικό υλικό για την Αϊτή. Η φωτογραφία από την Ορθόδοξη ενορία  Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church. Δείτε παρακάτω την είδηση από το IOCC.

Airlift Supported by Orthodox Christians Arrives in Haiti

January 18, 2010

As Orthodox Christians around the country gathered on Sunday to assemble hygiene kits and pray for the people of Haiti, their financial gifts were supporting the transfer of critically-needed supplies to Haitians. Over the weekend an airlift of water purification and sanitation equipment for 10,000 people and 500 family tents are expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince. The airlift was made possible by a partnership between ACT Alliance members International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and valued at more than $600,000. IOCC’s contribution to the airlift was underwritten by an emergency grant from the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, a philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and long-standing partner with IOCC.

A Note to Those Assembling Hygiene Kits

January 19, 2010

IOCC thanks the many Orthodox Christians who have sent thousands of hygiene kits to support the people of Haiti and other places of need around the world. We want to remind all those who have assembled kits that they should be sent to the following address:

IOCC/Church World Service

Brethren Service Center Annex

601 Main St., P.O. Box 188

New Windsor, MD 21776-0188

Hygiene kits, filled with such basics as soap, towels, toothbrushes and band aids are crucially important to help maintain sanitary conditions and keep disease at bay following humanitarian disasters like Haiti. In addition to the hygiene kits, baby care and school kits for children are always in high demand and appreciated. For more information, please see the IOCC website at www.iocc.org/kits.

Σώος  ο αγνοούμενος Αϊτινός Ορθόδοξος ιερέας π.Βαρνάβας και η οικογένειά του.

Μπορείτε να στείλετε την ΑΓΑΠΗ σας για τους σεισμοπαθείς της Αϊτής με τρεις τρόπους :

1) Να καταθέσετε ένα ποσό σε κάποιον από τους τραπεζικούς λογαριασμούς του Ιεραποστολικού Συνδέσμου ΑΓΙΟΣ ΚΟΣΜΑΣ ο ΑΙΤΩΛΟΣ Θεσσαλονίκης, για να αποσταλεί στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Αϊτής που υπάγεται στη Μητρόπολη Μεξικού και Κεντρικής Αμερικής του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου.

Μητρόπολη Μεξικού και Κεντρικής Αμερικής ( Ιεραποστολή Αϊτής )

( http://christoforos.canalblog.com/archives/__________________________/index.html )

( http://www.ortodoxiaamericacentral.net/ )



México, Venezuela, Colombia, América Central e Islas del Caribe



This past week the whole world has been watching the tragedy unfolding in Haiti. The most vulnerable Country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, has suffered one of the greatest disasters in its history. The earthquake of a 7.0 magnitude which hit Haiti last week, has killed tens if not hundreds of thousands while millions were injured and are now homeless.

His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras learned of the disaster while in Greece for meetings with Government Officials concerning the Holy Metropolis. Efforts were made immediately to contact our two Haitian clergy, Fr Barnabas Jerome Euginst and Fr Pavlos Baby Petit Homme and their families. By the Grace of God, just yesterday, His Eminence was informed that both clergy and their families are fine and were not hurt in the earthquake.

Immediately upon hearing the news of the earthquake, His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras contacted His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who conveyed his concern and prayers for the well being of our clergy and our faithful, and for all the people of Haiti. His All Holiness offered his support and that of the Ecumenical Throne to assist in whatever is needed, and directed His Eminence to do everything within his power for the benefit of the people of Haiti. While in Greece this past week, Metropolitan Athenagoras has been in meetings with officials of the Greek Government, the Archbishop of Athens, the NGO for the Church of Greece “Solidarity”, the president of the medical Society, “Doctors without borders” and the United States NGO IOCC, in order to prepare a proper plan of response this major catastrophy. Appeals were also made throughout Greece and Cyprus for financial aid upon the directive of His Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archdiocese of America and the Holy Metropolis of Canada have been asked to make a special appeal to their faithful for immediate assistance.

Presently in cooperation with the Greek Government, the Church of Greece and the medical Society in Greece, it is expected that within the next ten days, His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras, the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, the General Director of the NGO “Solidarity” of the Church of Greece, and the president of the Medical Society of Greece will travel to Haiti to distribute sorely needed medical supplies.

His Eminence noted that is a tragedy of immense proportions which will need months and years of help. Hence while concentrating on the immediate problem of getting nessary medical supplies to Haiti, Metropolitan Athenagoras is already planning for a more long tern aid program which will be concentrated on the rebuilding of the lives of our Orthodox Haitian faithful and our ministry in Haiti, including the rebuilding of our schools and the homes of our clergy. Following his anticipated trip to Haiti sometime next week, His Eminence will appoint a committee of clergy and laity who will travel with him to Haiti the first week of pursue and accomplish these long term goals.

With whatever funds collected from the Orthodox Churches and individual faithful throughout the world, Metropolitan Athenagoras expects to purchase non perishable food, small gas burners for cooking, electric generators, blankets sleeping bags and tents to take to Haiti and distribute to our faithful and all those in need of our help. At present His Eminence appears to all the faithful to make whatever donation possible towards a special fund set up for Haiti.


Additionally, Bank deposits can be made directly to CITIBANK F.S.B. – #271070801 – SWIFT CODE CITI US 33 for the account of ORTHODOX MISSIONS MEXICO – 708 HANBURY DRIVE – DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS 60016- CUENTA DE CHEQUES #800775353.

Metropolitan Athenagoras asks for your prayers in behalf of our Orthodox brethren and the people of Haiti, that our Heavently Lord will grant them the strength and comfort to overcome this most unfortunate tragedy. Finally all of the Parishes of our Holy Metropolis are directed to offer a memorial prayer (Trisagion) this coming Sunday February 24th for those killed by the earthquake and that a special tray be passed, the funds of which will be used to purchase aid for Haiti.


00 52 55 5294 4460 / 00 52 55 5294 2678 (Fax)

Email metropolimexico@yahoo.com.mx



México, Venezuela, Colombia, América Central e Islas del Caribe


México DF a 17 de enero de 2010

Comunicado oficial

Esta semana pasada el mundo entero vio la tragedia sin precedente sucedida en Haití. El país más vulnerable del Hemisferio Occidental y uno de los más pobres en el mundo, ha sufrido uno de los más grandes desastres en su historia. El terremoto de una magnitud de 7.0 grados que azotó Haití la semana pasada, acabo con las vidas de decenas, si no es que centenas de millares de personas mientras millones quedaron desamparados, heridos y sin hogar.

Su Eminencia el Metropolita Atenágoras fue notificado del desastre mientras se encontraba en Grecia reunido con diversos organismos gubernamentales atendiendo asuntos referentes a la Santa Metrópolis. Inmediatamente se dio a la tarea de contactar a los sacerdotes haitianos, el P. Barnabas Jerôme Euginst y el P. Pavlos Baby Petit-Homme y sus familiares ya han sido contactados, se encuentran bien y no sufrieron daño alguno en este terremoto.

Inmediatamente después de escuchar las noticias sobre el terremoto, Su Eminencia Atenágoras se puso en contacto con Su Toda Santidad el Patriarca Ecuménico Bartolomé, quien consternado por esta tragedia, ofreció sus oraciones y su preocupación por el bienestar de nuestros sacerdotes y nuestros feligreses, y por todo el pueblo de Haití. Mientras tanto, esta pasada semana en Grecia, Su Eminencia el Metropolita Atenágoras se ha reunido con los oficiales del Gobierno de Grecia, el Arzobispo de Atenas, la ONG “Solidaridad” de la Iglesia de Grecia, el presidente de la sociedad médica “Doctores sin fronteras” y la ONG IOCC de Estados Unidos, en orden a preparar un plan apropiado que responda a las necesidades suscitadas por esta terrible catástrofe. Se han hecho peticiones también a los Gobiernos de Grecia y Chipre por asistencia económica. Bajo la dirección de su Toda Santidad, el Patriarca Ecuménico Bartolomé, las Arquidiócesis de América y la Santa Metrópolis de Canadá han hecho una petición de apoyo muy especial a todos sus feligreses para una asistencia y apoyo inmediato.

En este preciso momento en cooperación con el Gobierno de Grecia, la Iglesia de Grecia y la Sociedad Medica de Grecia, se espera que en los próximos diez días, Su Eminencia el Metropolita Atenágoras, el Ministro Asistente para los Asuntos en el Extranjero del Gobierno de Grecia, el Director General de la ONG de la Iglesia de Grecia “Solidaridad”, y el Presidente de la Sociedad Médica de Grecia viajen a Haití para distribuir los implementos médicos y demás material que se necesitan en este país.

Su Eminencia ha hecho notar que esta es una tragedia de inmensas proporciones, en la cual se han de necesitar meses o años de ayuda. Del mismo modo se concentran en buscar las ayudas necesarias para una ayuda inmediata y resolver los problemas más próximos como lo son los implementos médicos, material de curación y medicamentos para Haití, el Metropolita Atenagoras, en este momento está planeando también un programa de apoyo a más largo plazo el cual se concentrará en la reconstrucción de nuestra escuela y las viviendas de nuestros sacerdotes. Concerniente a su anticipado viaje a Haití en cualquier día de la siguiente semana, Su Eminencia designara un comité de sacerdotes y laicos que viajaran con él a Haití la primera semana de febrero para evaluar cuidadosamente la presente situación, con qué recursos se cuenta y determinar cuáles han de ser los objectivos en este proyecto a largo plazo.

Con todos los fundos recaudados, los que sean, de las diversas Iglesias Ortodoxas y las donaciones individuales de los fieles y parroquianos alrededor del mundo, el Metropolita Atenagoras tiene la esperanza de poder reunir alimentos no perecederos, pequeños quemadores de gas para cocinar, generadores de electricidad, cobertores, bolsas para dormir (sleeping bags) y tiendas de campaña para llevar a Haití y distribuirlas entre nuestro feligreses y entre todos aquellos que necesiten nuestra ayuda. En este momento, Su Eminencia, invita a todos los fieles a hacer una donación, la que sea, que haga posible reunir un fondo para Haití.

Las donaciones pueden ser enviadas a: ORTHODOX MISSIONS MEXICO – HAITI FUND, 708 HUNBURY DRIVE, DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS 60016.

Además, los Depositos Bancarios pueden hacerse directamente a CITIBANK F.S.B. – #271070801 – SWIFT CODE CITI US 33 para la cuenta de ORTHODOX MISSIONS MEXICO – 708 HANBURY DRIVE – DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS 60016- CUENTA DE CHEQUES #800775353.

El Metropolita Atenagoras pide sus oraciones por el bienestar de nuestros hermanos ortodoxos y por el pueblo de Haití, para que nuestro Dios Celestial les conceda la fortaleza y la paz para sobreponerse a esta lamentable tragedia. Finalmente, todas las Parroquias de nuestra Santa Metrópolis van a ofrecer un servicio memorial (Trisagion) el próximo domingo 24 de febrero por aquellos que murieron en el terremoto y se hará una colecta especial en este día para apoyar al pueblo de Haití.


0052 55 52944460/ 0052 55 52942678 (Fax)

Email. metropolimexico@yahoo.com.mx


Source: Bureau de Presse de L’Archevêché du Mexique

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2) Να καταθέσετε ένα ποσό ( εάν κατοικείτε στο εξωτερικό ) μέσω πιστωτικής κάρτας στην IOCC ( Internatiolal Orthodox Christian Charities ) ( https://www.iocc.org/giving/giving_emergency.aspx )

3) Να καταθέσετε ένα ποσό στη ΜΚΟ Αλληλεγγύη της Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδος

(  http://www.solidarity.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60&Itemid=76 )

Orthodox Christian Parishes Respond to Haiti, Assemble Aid Packages

January 16, 2010

Linthicum Heights, MD — The emails started flying almost as soon as word got out. Haiti had been devastated by its worst earthquake in 200 years and the ladies of Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in a quiet suburb south of Baltimore went to work.

«We decided that children or anyone who was going to the Holy Cross movie night on Saturday could make hygiene kits for IOCC,» said Debora Mattingly, president of the church’s ladies group. Mattingly then sent out an email on Wednesday – just one day after the quake hit – asking those who were stopping by at that evening’s Vespers service to also bring supplies.

Hygiene kits, filled with such basics as soap, towels, toothbrushes and band aids are crucially important to help maintain sanitary conditions and keep disease at bay during humanitarian disasters like Haiti. Orthodox parishes throughout the country and volunteer metropolitan committees of the agency have called IOCC to participate in the drive to provide the hygiene kits.

«The earthquake has taken its toll, but the fear now is that disease will set in and that will take its toll as well,» says Father Angelo Pappas, priest of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Portsmouth, NH who immediately recruited the youth of his church as well as the Ladies Philoptochos Society to create hygiene kits and clean-up buckets for IOCC.

Orthodox Christians assemble the kits and then send them to a facility in Western Maryland where their delivery to areas of need like Haiti is coordinated with ecumenical partners. IOCC has mobilized its disaster response team and is coordinating with other Orthodox and ecumenical partners to monitor and respond to the emerging needs in Haiti.

«It’s both a practical thing for us and for those in need – and it educates our children as well,» says Holy Cross’s Father Gregory Mathewes-Green, whose parish has been supporting IOCC since the mid 1990s.

IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented over $300 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.

You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like the Haiti Earthquake, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit http://www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225.

Orthodox faithful and parishes are encouraged to begin assembling hygiene kits and emergency clean up buckets to be shipped to Haiti. For information on hygiene kits, click here. For information on emergency clean up buckets, click here.

OCMC Asks That You Support Relief Efforts in Haiti Through a Gift to IOCC


OCMC joins with all who are praying for those suffering in Haiti, already the poorest country in the western hemisphere, even before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12th. The OCMC has worked in partnership with Orthodox parishes in Haiti in the past but does not currently have missionaries, SAMP priests, or Agape Projects on the island.

Therefore, we encourage all support for this immediate relief effort to be sent to our sister SCOBA agency which specializes in such ministries, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). You can learn more about the response of our Church to this disaster and donate directly by going to the IOCC website: www.IOCC.org

IOCC reported from their website that, “Since news of the earthquake came to light, IOCC staff have been contacting partners active in Haiti and attempting to reach Orthodox parishes on the island to coordinate our response to the growing need. Like many Haitians who have been struggling to reach their loved ones, IOCC is finding direct communication difficult – symptomatic of the widespread destruction and ruined infrastructure that is now beginning to be revealed.”

( http://www.ocmc.org/resources/view_announcement.aspx?AnnouncementId=50 )

Αϊτή: Φόβοι για 200.000 νεκρούς

ΙΣ «Αγιος Κοσμάς ο Αιτωλός Θεσσαλονίκης» : .Δωρεά 100.000 ευρώ από τον ΙΣ «Άγιος Κοσμάς Αιτωλός» για τρόφιμα, νερό, φάρμακα. Θα αποσταλεί και το επιπλέον ποσό που στέλνουν στο Ιερ.Σύνδεσμο Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί από κάθε γωνιά της Ελλάδος, της Κύπρου και του εξωτερικού. Τελευταία ενημέρωση ιστοσελίδας 23:09 ( 14/10 )

Προσευχόμαστε υπέρ υγείας των Ορθοδόξων ιερέων, των Ορθοδόξων πιστών και όλων των Αϊτινών, ανεξαρτήτου θρησκείας ή αντιλήψεων. Προσευχόμαστε για τις ψυχές των κεκοιμημένων 200.000 (;) Αϊτινών συνανθρώπων μας να βρούν έλεος, ανάπαυση, συγχώρεση παρά Κυρίου.

Χτες, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2010, είχε δοθεί συνέντευξη του Μητροπολίτη Μεξικού κ. Αθηναγόρα στον ΕΘνικό Κήρυκα της Αμερικής, όπου εξέφραζε την αγωνία του για τους 2 Ορθόδοξους ιερείς ( όπως θα διαβάσετε παραπάνω κατέστη δυνατή η επικοινωνία με τον έναν από τους δύο ), για το Ορθόδοξο ποίμνιο των 1000 Αϊτινών και τους 1500 μαθητές των Ορθοδόξων σχολείων. Τη συνέντευξη μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στο εκκλησιαστικό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Ρομφαία.

Δείτε και άλλες φωτογραφίες  της μεγάλης καταστροφής  στο μπλογκ troktiko

Εικόνες ΣΟΚ απο τον σεισμό στην Αϊτή

Η Αϊτή, ο καφές και η Ελληνική επανάσταση

Η αγωνία μας είναι μεγάλη για όλους τους κατοίκους της περιοχής και φυσικά για τους χιλιάδες μαθητές των Ορθοδόξων σχολείων και της Ορθόδοξης Ιεραποστολής, τους νεοφώτιστους Ορθόδοξους Χριστιανούς και Ορθόδοξους ιερείς της Αϊτής σε όποια τοπική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία κι αν ανήκουν διοικητικά.

Πληροφορίες για την Ορθόδοξη Ιεραποστολή στην Αϊτή, μπορείτε να δείτε στα παρακάτω άρθρα.

( http://www.iersyn.gr/haiti.html ) (  http://www.iersyn.gr/support.html )

Όλα τα άρθρα για την Αϊτή στο μπλογκ μας.

Επιπλέον, υπάρχει και η Ορθόδοξη Ιεραποστολή της Αϊτής που ανήκει διοικητικά στο Πατριαρχείο της Μόσχας, στη λεγόμενη ROCOR, που πρόσφατα απέκτησε κανονική ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑ με το Σώμα των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών και ανήκει, πλέον, στη SCOBA.

The Clergymen of the Haiti Orthodox Mission Send a Letter to the ROCR Fund for Assistance ( http://rocorunity.blogspot.com/2009/03/clergymen-of-haiti-orthodox-mission.html ) ( http://www.haitianorthodoxmission.org/ )


Σκηνές αποκάλυψης στην Αϊτή: 100.000 οι νεκροί

IOCC Responds to Haiti Earthquake

January 13, 2010, Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the most devastating earthquake to hit the island nation of Haiti in 200 years. Authorities have not put an estimate of how many were killed by yesterday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, but thousands are feared dead. People are still trapped in destroyed buildings and leveled shantytowns and there is growing concern about the lack of sanitation, water and electricity.

IOCC has mobilized its disaster response team and is coordinating with our Orthodox and ecumenical partners to monitor and respond to the emerging needs in Haiti. “Our prayers are with the people of Haiti who have lost loved ones in this disaster that has brought even more suffering to one of the poorest nations in the hemisphere,” said IOCC Executive Director & CEO Constantine M. Triantafilou. “IOCC will be working with our fellow ACT Alliance members who are already in place to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the earthquake.”

You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like the Haiti Earthquake, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225.

Orthodox faithful and parishes are encouraged to begin assembling hygiene kits and emergency clean up buckets to be shipped to Haiti. For information on hygiene kits, click here. For information on emergency clean up buckets, click here.

IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented over $300 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.

Media Contact: Amal Morcos 443-823-3489 or amorcos@iocc.org


Αποφάσεις 3ης Συνεδρίας Δ.Ι.Σ – Συμπαράσταση στο λαό της Αϊτής

Τον Μακαριώτατο Πρόεδρο και τα Μέλη της Διαρκούς Ιεράς Συνόδου απασχόλησε η τραγωδία την οποία βιώνει αυτές τις ημέρες ο χειμαζόμενος λαός της Αϊτής, που επλήγη από τον καταστρεπτικό και φονικό σεισμό.

Η Διαρκής Ιερά Σύνοδος εκφράζει την αμέριστη συμπαράστασή της στον δοκιμαζόμενο Λαό της Αϊτής, της φίλης χώρας που είναι μάλιστα και η πρώτη που αναγνώρισε το 1822 ως ανεξάρτητο το Ελληνικό Κράτος και απέστειλε σχετική βοήθεια.

Επίσης η Διαρκής Ιερά Σύνοδος αποφάσισε την διεξαγωγή δισκοφορίας σε όλους τους Ναούς της Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδος, την Κυριακή 24 Ιανουαρίου 2010.

Δόθηκε δε εντολή στην Μ.Κ.Ο «ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗ» για συλλογή ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας, η οποία θα αποσταλεί στους εμπερίστατους αδελφούς μας. Παράλληλα ο Μακαριώτατος απέστειλε έγγραφο προς τον Εξοχώτατο Υφυπουργό Εξωτερικών κ. Σπυρίδωνα Κουβέλη, με το οποίο θέτει στην διάθεση της Ελληνικής Κυβερνήσεως την Μ.Κ.Ο «ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗ», ώστε να επιτευχθεί η αποστολή της ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας άμεσα.

Υ.Γ Ως μπλογκ της Ορθόδοξης Ιεραποστολής, προτείνουμε στην ΜΚΟ Αλληλεγγύη να έρθει σε επαφή, επίσης, με την Μητρόπολη Μεξικού και Κεντρικής Αμερικής, καθώς και με το IOCC των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών Αμερικής, ώστε να συντονίσουν καλύτερα τη παροχή ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας.

Έκκληση αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής Δημητρίου για τους σεισμοπαθείς στην Αϊτή

Ο Aρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής Δημήτριος καλεί την Ελληνοαμερικανική κοινότητα να προσφέρει κάθε δυνατή βοήθεια στους σεισμόπληκτους στην Αϊτή. «Η σκέψη μας είναι με τους ανθρώπους της Αϊτής και οι προσευχές μας προς τον Θεό είναι μαζί τους»δήλωσε ο αρχιεπίσκοπος Δημήτριος και καλεί τις κοινότητες «να περιαγάγουν ειδικό δίσκο συλλογής χρημάτων, την Κυριακή 17 Ιανουαρίου 2010, ως ένδειξη συμπαραστάσεως στις ανάγκες των ανθρώπων της Αϊτής».

Στην Αϊτή υπάρχουν δύο ελληνορθόδοξες κοινότητες, υπό την Ιερά Μητρόπολη Μεξικού, που δεν έχει καταστεί ακόμα δυνατή η επικοινωνία μ’ αυτές.

Πηγή: troktiko


Protocol 04/10

January 13, 2010

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It was with great sadness and compassion that we received the tragic news of the devastating earthquake that struck yesterday the country of Haiti, causing widespread destruction and loss of countless lives.

Thousands are presumed dead, many more have lost family members, homes, and jobs, and the infrastructure and institutions of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, are in ruins.

In response to this tragedy, I ask first and foremost of the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Church in America to offer their fervent prayers for the people of Haiti. May we help them through our prayers to find heavenly solace in this hour of grief and pain, and may they find strength and hope in Him through faith and through the ministry of love and healing offered from around the world.

In addition, may we also offer our prayers for the Greek Orthodox faithful and the two parishes of Haiti who are under the archpastoral leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico. We pray for their safety and well-being, and for their witness and service during this difficult time.

I also ask that the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese conduct a special collection on Sunday, January 17 as a response of compassion to the needs of the people of Haiti.

This country and its people have experienced numerous tragedies and struggles, and this natural disaster has deepened the challenges with the destruction of hospitals, schools, churches, and relief centers. It is requested that the offerings be sent to the Archdiocese made out to the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese” earmarked for the Haiti Relief Fund.

Through prayers, gifts, and service may we respond to this tremendous crisis, knowing that our Lord will be faithful to bring comfort and healing through our witness of His love.

With paternal love in Christ,


Archbishop of America

(  http://www.goarch.org/news/haitiencyclical%20-01-13-2010 )

There are two Greek Orthodox parishes in Haiti under the Metropolis of Mexico. The first is the parish of St. John the Baptist in Pétionville, a district in the capital of Port-au-Prince. The second is the newly established parish of St. Mathias. Due to the severed communications, the Metropolis of Mexico has not been able to establish contact with the parishes until now.


14 Ιανουαρίου 2010


Ἀριθ. Πρωτ.: 04 / 10

Πρός τούς Σεβασμιωτάτους καί Θεοφιλεστάτους Ἀρχιερεῖς, τούς Εὐλαβεστάτους Ἱερεῖς καί Διακόνους, τούς Μοναχούς καί Μοναχές, τούς Προέδρους καί Μέλη τῶν Κοινοτικῶν Συμβουλίων, τά Ἡμερήσια καί Ἀπογευματινά Σχολεῖα, τίς Φιλοπτώχους Ἀδελφότητες, τήν Νεολαία, τίς Ἑλληνορθόδοξες Ὀργανώσεις καί ὁλόκληρο τό Χριστεπώνυμον πλήρωμα τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς Ἀμερικῆς.

Προσφιλεῖς Ἀδελφοί καί Ἀδελφές ἐν Χριστῷ,

Μέ μεγάλη θλίψη καί βαθειά συμπάθεια πληροφορηθήκαμε τήν τραγική εἴδηση περί τοῦ καταστρεπτικοῦ σεισμοῦ ὁ ὁποῖος ἔπληξε χθές τή χώρα τῆς Ἀϊτῆς, προκαλῶντας ἐκτεταμένες ζημίες καί ἀπώλειες τῆς ζωῆς ἀμέτρητων ἀνθρώπων. Χιλιάδες θεωροῦνται οἱ νεκροί, καί ἀκόμη περισσότεροι ἔχασαν μέλη τῆς οἰκογενείας τους, τά σπίτια καί τίς ἐργασίες τους. Οἱ ὑποδομές καί τά ἱδρύματα τῆς πρωτευούσης, Port-au-Prince – εἶναι πλέον συντρίμμια.

Ἀπαντῶντας σ’ αὐτή τήν τραγωδία, παρακαλῶ πρωτίστως τούς πιστούς τῆς Ἑλληνορθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας στήν Ἀμερική νά προσευχηθοῦν ὁλόθερμα γιά τούς ἀνθρώπους τῆς Ἀϊτῆς. Εἴθε νά τούς βοηθήσουμε μέ τίς προσευχές μας ὥστε ν’ ἀνακαλύψουν τήν οὐράνια γαλήνη αὐτές τίς ὧρες τῆς ὀδύνης καί τοῦ πόνου, καί εἴθε ν’ἀντλήσουν δύναμη καί ἐλπίδα ἀπό τόν Θεόν μέσῳ τῆς πίστεως καί τῆς διακονίας ἀγάπης καί θεραπείας ἡ ὁποία προσφέρεται ἀπό ὁλόκληρο τόν κόσμο. Ἐπίσης, ἄς προσευχηθοῦμε γιά τούς Ἑλληνορθοδόξους πιστούς καί τίς δύο ἐνορίες τῆς Ἀϊτῆς οἱ ὁποῖες εἶναι ὑπό τήν ποιμαντορία τοῦ Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Μεξικοῦ κ. Ἀθηναγόρου. Δεόμεθα γιά τήν ἀσφάλεια καί εὐημερία, τήν μαρτυρία πίστεως καί διακονία των αὐτή τή δύσκολη στιγμή.

Παρακαλῶ, ἐπίσης, τίς ἐνορίες τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς μας νά περιαγάγουν εἰδικό δίσκο συλλογῆς χρημάτων τήν Κυριακή, 17 Ἰανουαρίου, ὡς ἔνδειξη συμπαραστάσεως στίς ἀνάγκες τῶν ἀνθρώπων τῆς Ἀϊτῆς. Αὐτή ἡ χώρα καί οἱ πολίτες της ἔχουν βιώσει πολυάριθμες τραγωδίες καί δυσχέρειες, ἀλλά αὐτή ἡ φυσική καταστροφή ἔχει δυσχεράνει τίς δυσκολίες λόγῳ τῆς καταστροφῆς νοσοκομείων, σχολείων, ἐκκλησιῶν καί σταθμῶν βοηθείας.

Παρακαλεῖσθε νά ἀποστείλετε τίς προσφορές σας στήν Ἀρχιεπισκοπή πληρωτέες στήν «Greek Orthodox Archdiocese» μέ τήν ἔνδειξη Haiti Relief Fund ( Ταμεῖο Βοηθείας Ἀϊτῆς).

Εὔχομαι ν’ ἀνταποκριθοῦμε σ’αὐτή τήν τεράστια κρίση μέ προσευχή, δῶρα καί διακονία γνωρίζοντας ὅτι ὁ Κύριός μας θά χαρίσῃ συμπόνοια καί θεραπεία μέσῳ τῆς μαρτυρίας τῆς ἀγάπης Του.

Μέ πατρική ἐν Χριστῷ ἀγάπη,

+ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Ἀμερικῆς Δημήτριος

OCA sends $10,000 to IOCC for Haiti relief

Posted 01/14

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] — In an immediate response to the mounting human suffering due to the earthquake in Haiti, and with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the Charity Committee of the Orthodox Church in America’s Metropolitan Council sent $10,000.00 to International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] on Thursday, January 14, 2010.

Concurrently, Metropolitan Jonah issued an appeal to the clergy and faithful of the Church, the text of which follows.


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, faithful hierarchs, clergy and laity of the Orthodox Church in America,

All of us are familiar with the saying, «one picture is worth a thousand words.» And, during the past few days, as all of us have seen countless media images of the unimaginable human suffering taking place in Haiti as a result of this week’s earthquake, the truth of this saying has taken on new meaning.

A great deal can be said at a time like this. It is indeed tragic to witness one of the world’s poorest, yet so often forgotten, countries suffer yet another devastating blow; as one news commentator observed, «an entire country has been destroyed in a matter of seconds.» The media images flashing before our eyes — of destroyed homes and schools, of rescue teams working feverishly to uncover survivors buried in the rubble, of families whose lives are forever changed, seemingly left with little or no hope — offer us a chilling reminder that everything we hold precious can change in an instant and that nothing other than «the hope that is in us» is a certainty. Beyond this, what more can be said?

Any words we might utter must be given life through action — and, in this case, immediate action. With my blessing, the Metropolitan Council Charity Committee is sending $10,000.00 to International Orthodox Christian Charities, in the hope that the parishes and faithful of our Orthodox Church in America will join us by offering their own expressions of hope.

Hence, I humbly ask that, on Sunday, January 17, special collections be taken in all parishes for IOCC’s Emergency Relief Fund, and that the offerings received be sent directly and immediately to IOCC, PO Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263-0225.

Over and above this request, I encourage those families and individuals who can do so to send personal gifts, which may be made on-line at http://www.iocc.org, by calling toll free at 877-803-4622, or by mail to the aforementioned address.

By putting our words and faith into action — together — we can provide a ray of hope to those who so desperately need it at this time, the «least of the brethren.» In so doing, may we come to recognize that «our brother IS our life,» worthy of «the hope that is in us.»

With love in Christ,


Archbishop of Washington

Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Please Assist Our mission in Haiti!  January, 13 New York

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A very powerful earthquake has devastated Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere. The media reports that up to 3,000,000 Haitians have been affected by this calamity. Life in Haiti is very difficult under normal circumstances. Now it is on the brink of becoming unbearable.

Officials fear thousands – perhaps more than 100,000 have perished. Death is everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather. Bodies of men were covered with plastic tarps or cotton sheets. The international Red Cross said a third of Haiti’s 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

ROCOR’s mission in Haiti has nearly 2000 members. We have been trying to reach our priests there, but so far no luck. Most of the telephone towers in Haiti have been destroyed or damaged.

Folks there need our help.

We ask you to please pass this information to your friends and families and to urgently help those who are suffering!

The Fund for Assistance has been reaching out to parishes to get at least 10-20 of our communities to pledge 100-200 dollars a month for our mission in Haiti. Our Haitian Orthodox community needs only 2000 per month to survive. To date the response to FFA’s plea has been lukewarm…

Now the need in Haiti is greater than ever and now may be the time to speak to your parish councils to pledge any monthly amount you can muster to help our poor brothers and sisters in Haiti.If you have any questions, please contact my assistant Alena Plavsic at alena@fundforassistance.org or by phone 917-817-2925.

Any pledges or collections on behalf of the Orthodox community in Haiti should be sent to the following address:

Fund for Assistance/Haiti

c/o Synod of Bishops

75 East 93rd Street

New York, New York 10128

Thank you.

V. Rev. Victor Potapov,Executive Director

Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia


Πρός τό Χριστεπώνυμον Πλήρωμα τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεως Πατρῶν.

Ἀγαπητοί μου

Ὁ φονικός σεισμός πού ἔπληξε τήν Ἀιτή, ἄφησε πίσω του χιλιάδες νεκρούς καί ἐρείπια, ἀλλά καί πολύ μεγάλα προβλήματα γιά ὅσους ἐπέζησαν.

Ὀφείλομε καί πάλι νά ἐκφράσουμε τά φιλάνθρωπα αἰσθήματά μας, αὐτή τή φορά πρός τούς ἐμπεριστάτους καί δοκιμαζομένους ἀδελφούς μας τῆς Ἀιτῆς καί νά βοηθήσουμε, ὅσο εἶναι δυνατό καί μεῖς γιά τήν ἀνακούφιση τοῦ πόνου τους.

Ἔτσι, τήν Κυριακή 17/01/2010 σέ ὅλους τους ἱερούς Ναούς τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεώς μας, θά περιεχθῇ δίσκος, τό προϊόν τοῦ ὁποίου θά ἀποσταλῇ στούς σεισμοπλήκτους ἀδελφούς μας.

Ἐπίσης, στούς Ἱερούς Ναούς θά γίνεται συγκέντρωση ἀνθρωπιστικοῦ ὑλικοῦ σέ εἴδη ξηρᾶς τροφῆς, ὅπως:






Πιστεύομε, ὅτι γιά μιά ἀκόμα φορά ὁ φιλόθεος καί φιλάνθρωπος Λαός τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεώς μας, θά ἀνταποκριθῇ ἀπό τά βάθη τῆς ψυχῆς του γιά τήν ἀνακούφιση τῶν ἐμπεριστάτων ἀδελφῶν μας, στή μακρινή χώρα τῆς Ἀιτῆς.

Μέ πατρικές εὑχές καί εὐλογίες καί εὐχαριστίες πολλές

Ο ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ Πατρών Χρυσόστομος

Διαβάστε την επικοινωνία του π. Γρηγορίου ( ανήκει στην Ορθόδοξη ιεραποστολή του Πατριαρχείου Μόσχας ) μέσω μπλογκ και την αγωνία του …

News Updates from Father Gregory:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:35 AM EST:

«…I have been unable to make any contact yet, so my information sources are pretty much the same as yours — which, in specific, means nothing at all. I will continue trying to make contact by phone and e-mail (far less likely — shaky at best). As soon as I have any information, it will be sent out over the Mission mailgroup (anyone interested can subscribe on the website below, badly in need of update but not likely to get it in the immediate future)..

St. Dorothy’s is on the northern edge of Port-au-Prince. Maison Mission, the mission headquarters & my home there, is a couple of miles from the airport. St. Augustine’s is 4 miles east of Jacmel, where one report told of watching a mountain «split wide open».

God help these poor little ones!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 ar 10:00 AM EST:

Christ is born! While all attempts to call into Haiti have so far failed, I just spoke with Anna Cador, reader Jean’s wife (who lives in Nashville temporarily) . She was unable to reach him, but by some means he managed to call her last night. He and their son Mikael are safe. Jean had not yet been able to reach Fr. Amboise. They live in the mid-Delmas region, near central Port-au-Prince.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM EST:

…Many thanks for your concern and prayers. I have not yet been able to make any contact in Haiti, so have nothing to share beyond the devastating news reports.

First trickle of news: I spoke this morning with reader John Cador’s wife Anna (who lives in Nashville). He had managed to reach her by phone sometime during the night. He and their child Mikael are safe. Beyond that, I know nothing.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 4:00 PM EST:

Son Dcn. Matthew (who has EMT training) left St. Louis early this morning bound for the Dominican Republic, there to join up with a medical assistance group headed by a former combat medic. No telling where or how they’ll get into Haiti at this point. Please keep him in your prayers (and his wife Elizabeth & 6 children).

This morning, Matushka Sonia (MP) in Miami contacted Fr. Gregoire (MP) momentarily by phone, just enough for him to say he’s alive & the devastation terrible. No information on family or anything else.

Not long ago, Natalia Nedelsky turned up a «citizen reporter» post (http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-387200) made by a woman staying at Hotel Cyvadier, 5 min. walk from St. Augustine’s. Much building damage but no injuries (at the hotel). Natalia also ran down an (obsolete) e-mail address for her, which led to a current one (I hope!). I’ve written her in hope of getting more specific information. The hotel’s internet system is satellite-based, so still working, though only when they’re running the generator. Maybe tonight or tomorrow we’ll know more.

I still plan to fly down on the 26th, rather hoping that by that time I’ll at least know whether Maison Mission is still standing or not. If I don’t, will have to pack for the worst case scenario.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM EST:

Blessings! Just moments ago, Natalia succeeded in reaching Nicolas, warden & headmaster of St. Augustine’s Church & School. I tried almost instantly and failed. Will of course continue.

Connection was terrible (always bad, probably much worse), but she learned that Nicolas & all the faithful at St. Augustine’s are OK (no detail as to injuries, but apparently none severe), that there is much damage, but no details as which buildings (homes, church, school, or perhaps, just others in the vicinity). Nicolas has been unable to make contact with Fr. Amboise at LaPlaine.

More as we find out.

Insistent prayers of thanksgiving as well as intercession are in order!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM EST:

Just moments ago received an e-mail response from Bill Carter, not Orthodox, a good friend and friend of the Mission. Bill has run a sort of half-way house for orphaned/ abandoned/ troubled kids for many years longer than I’ve been working there. He also runs a clinic, having become a pretty good clinician on nothing but prayer and necessity. Once I waited to go to dinner with him while he stitched a little girl’s completely severed finger back — successfully.

Dear Father Gregory,,

I am sorry I haven’t been able to get to you sooner. The children at both units are fine … damage to the walls in Marin (the main road in LaPlaine; the orphanage there is about 2 miles from St. Dorothy’s) and the walls here but other than that and tons of broken glass, etc. we are fine.

The clinic here has been going non-stop and we are almost depleated of pain meds, bandages, gauze, betadine, etc. We’ve stitched over 30 and have have a variety of broken bones and trauma. Over three hundred have been in the clinic in the past three days. Your prayers need to be with the people and that the good Lord keeps us strong to help.

Port au Prince is a total disaster and there are no markets opened, many have collapsed. Buildings, Gov’t buildings, and thousand of homes leaving an untold number homeless. We are doing the best we can with what we have in our hands, but we need emergency assistance. Shipping would be too late getting here … money is what we need to purchase the food, medical supplies, gasoline to transport injured, etc.

I will try contacting Father Ambroise (our priest at LaPlaine), but phone communications are not good … never have been but maybe ten percent of calls go through.

Emergency aid is on the way but time is essential and getting supplies to the people is an overwhelming obstacle for the U.N. The airport is not big emough and the pier at P au P has been damaged and ships cannot unload supplies.

Try to do your best in this time of need. We will continue to pray for everyone back home to rise to the occasion.

The horror stories are heartbreaking and the death toll is something you just have to deal with and do what the Lord has trained you to do. Praise the Lord.

Donations can be sent to my TCF Bank account in MI. In the name of Matthew Xarter, account #888-352 6623, routing #272 471 548. (I’ll be funneling some Mission funds to Bill to help with the clinic. You may choose to send money directly to his account, or if you prefer, to designate some or all of your contributions to the Mission for that purpose).

I’ll have one of the boys ride over on a bike and check out the house (Maison Mission, mission headquarters & my Haitian home, about 2 miles from Bill’s house & clinic) and let you know.

Blessings to everyone,


Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM EST:

Just in from Bill:

You need to know that the ABC Market has collapsed and both Daas and his wife Roula were killed when the whole building collapsed on them. It’s very sad … he was a good friend over the past years. There were over twenty five bodies recovered with more still to uncover.

Daas and Roula are Syrian, dear friends over the years. Roula’s grandfather was a priest. They were both at least nominally Orthodox, though never quite managed to make it to church. Please remember them in your prayers.

News from Fr. Amboise.

Christ is born! It goes without saying that we are in now in a very difficult situation because of this terrible earthquake, which has completely broken Haiti.

At LaPlaine, the cloture wall at the Chapel of St. Dorothy is completely broken [I infer, hopefully, that the chapel itself is more or less intact]. As to my home, nothing very serious, just some blocks which fell from the facade which doesn’t yet have a roof. Tines’s house [my landlord and friend, in whose courtyard Maison Mission is located] is completely destroyed. Maison Mission has some damage, requiring some small repairs.

At Jacmel, St. Augustine’s is split in the sanctuary. Many blocks have fallen from the roof of the school office [where the apartment was under construction]. Balusters have fallen from the second story [walkway in front of the classrooms]. Also, blocks have fallen from the walls separating the classrooms.

Philippe [a parishioner at St. Augusttine’s, in university at Port-au-Prince] was seriously injured. Mikael [likewise; I believe the two share a room in Carrefour-feuilles, one of the worst-hit areas] has some small injuries but not serious.

Daas’s ABC Market is completely destroyed; everyone within was killed, even Daas.

I beg your prayers for this poor country, especially for Tines and me.

In this situation, I have to do my best to be a good servant, giving help to people who find themselves in this difficult situation, even giving out some sacks of water, something to eat. I have nothing in hand now and we are two days before the feast of Theophany. The faithful from Jacmel were to have come for the feast [I assume this is impossible].

We are in a tragic situation. What should I do?

A balance sheet for the earthquake: 150,000 dead and 100,000 houses destroyed. The Lord knows all! I beg your prayers for our faithful.

Blessed feast of Theophany!

End text from Fr. Amboise

Reading between the lines, it seems that Philippe is the only one of our faithful to have suffered serious injuries. May the Lord protect and heal him! Apparently Tines and his family are also safe, although homeless. I’m hoping that my old house across the impasse, which belongs to their family, survived in habitable condition. If not, I may find a whole lot of people in my one room when I get there! Even at that, a lot better off than hundreds of thousands of others.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM EST:

Thanks be to God, we have now at least some kind of contact with all our people in Haiti. By inference, at least, everyone is accounted for. Some injuries, some building damage, but no deaths or total destruction for us. For others….

Herewith the latest, all found when I got back to the office after church today:

From Lucien, parish secretary at St. Augustine’s:

The church and the faithful at St. Augustine’s are well. They have lost family members at Jacmel and PaP. Now it’s trauma, stress, frustration. Some local fissures at St. Augustine’s. We just finished reading the service. The southwest part of the Hotel Cyvadier-Plage is broken down. Nearly all the houses have fissures. Fr. Amboise is well; I don’t have information about his family.

Let us mobilize ourselves in prayer!

From Bill Carter:

I have sent a runner to Butt Boyer and I have good new, then some bad news and then again some good.

No-one has been hurt on the property, but the main house has collapsed and in rubble. The good news is your house in still standing. Apparently a woman answered the gate and I’m not certain where anyone living in the house has relocated, but there is someone there. If you need me to pass on a message I can do that.

Things here are beginning to get worse and already violence has flared in ares and thieves are on the move. Please pray for the safety of both Morning Star and Holy Angels.

I’m sure we’ll be in contact again real soon.Blessings …

From Nicolas, parish warden and headmaster at St. Augustine’s:

Good afternoon, Father! I am truly sad, papa, in these days. Our country is on the route to disappearance. We have lost many friends and close ones of our relatives at Port-au-Prince. Mikael and Philippe were saved by the grace of God. They both have injuries, Philippe far more serious. Mikael and Philippe were lodging in the same place in a house, which was totally destroyed. They have already found 45,000 dead at Port-au-Prince. There are many more in the rubble; according to our information here possibly as many as 200,000 dead. At Jacmel, at present, they have recorded more than 2,000 dead. We have many friends, school-children, who have been found dead in the direction of the city of Jacmel. At the moment of the earthquake, I was at ICOSA (St. Augustine’s School), in the office, but God saved my life; I looked death in the face. We have damage at the school, at the church, and to the apartment under construction above the office. We are continually uneasy because of the little tremors which continue each day, every 2-3 hours. Philippe is still on his sick-bed. Mikael is making efforts [I don’t know what he means by this]. After the earthquake, there was no transport. Mikael, Philippe, Edgar [another parishioner] and other students from the are had to return to Jacmel on foot [about 50 miles from where they were living]. It took them three days, but thanks be to God they made it back. Many houses damaged or entirely destroyed at Cyvadier, but no deaths. There are wounds, grieving for close ones. I spoke with Fr. Amboise and Tines (his house is destroyed). The university where I studied is completely destroyed, many students dead. The capital of Haiti is completely destroyed, the town of Jacmel partially so. Many sorrows, papa — your prayers!

From Mikael (parishioner at St. Augustine’s) :

Glorify Him! My papa, I am truly stricken by the earthquake. My house where I lived in Port-au-Prince is truly destroyed. I am injured, but not too seriously. I need the aid of your prayers. For the moment I am at Jacmel. All my belongings were lost.

To those of you who have already responded with funds as well as prayers in this crisis, our heartfelt thanks. And to all of you, a reminder that this is not a «today» crisis, but a disaster which will require years for anything resembling recovery. We have received already one indefinite $200/month pledge in response to the situation (in addition to a larger immediate donation from the same person). We need many more! Please bear in mind that the big NGOs will raise millions with our without your help. Little, perhaps none, of that will ever trickle down to be of any immediate assistance to your brothers and sisters there. Rest assured that whatever you can contribute will go directly to assist people who are your brothers and sisters. HOM has essentially no administrative overhead, apart from my travel costs.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 9:30 PM EST:

Our son Fr. Dcn. Matthew was, this afternoon, still in the Dominican Republic. He’s hoping to get into Haiti tomorrow, but that is far from certain.

We have learned that Fr. Jean-Chénier Dumais & Fr. Grégoire Legouté and their families (of the MP) are all alive and safe at Fr. Grégoire’s home in Fontamara.

Fr. Matthew hopes to work his way there to visit them and deliver some relief funds, but this seems improbable, as Fontamara lies across the zone of maximum destruction from his point of entry.

The banking system has been completely dysfunctional. There are indications that some limited activities may be resumed tomorrow.

God willing, I may be able to get some relief funds to our people this week; depends on just how «limited» limited is.

As the situation develops, it appears decreasingly likely that I’ll actually be able to travel as planned next week. May God’s will be done!

Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM EST:

From Mikael:

Good-day, papa. May God bless you. Papa, I saw Matthew, Fr. Grégoire, as well as Fr. Jean (all MP) at Jacmel, accompanied by two or three doctors, for some aid for the faithful as well as several people at Jacmel who were injured during the earthquake.

From Luc:

Good-day, papa. May God bless you now and ever and unto the ages of ages! Thank you, papa. We’re waiting for you with much patience. The country is in truly grave condition. Our hope now, no other, is in international aid. I saw several strangers who came from the other church (MP) to help, particularly Matthew. There were doctors with them, to give care for the faithful who were victims of this catastrophe. We’re waiting attentively for you, we the faithful of St. Augustine’s. We aren’t troubled, papa, we just pray to God. Thank you for your understanding, papa.

From Nicolas:

Good afternoon, papa! I’m really under pressure here with the vibration of the earth which continues. The internet works, but too much pressure made me forget to write you. Yesterday, there was another earthquake which struck us at 6:02 in the morning, just at dawn. Yesterday evening the vibration continued. Nevertheless, we continue in prayer, our only solace. I beg your prayers.

Concerning [Philippe, I suppose; name missing in the e-mail], he still has injuries but he’s doing a bit better now. This morning, I saw Matthew, Fr. Jean, Fr. Grégoire, Augustin and some other faithful on the street at Cyvadier giving medical care to people in the community. Even now they continue their medical aid in the streets. They’re doing something which merits many thanks. My papa, I’m leaving because the times are difficult; even at this moment the vibration continues very strong. I don’t dare stay [at the cyber-café].

Tueasday, January 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM EST:

Blessings! I was on the verge of writing a letter asking for special prayers, as I had had no contact or word from Fr. Amboise or anyone else in PaP since Saturday before Theophany. Just moments ago, on about the 200th try, I actually got through by phone to Fr. Amboise — with a perfectly respectable connection.

We spoke for several minutes. He assures me that all the Mission people in LaPlaine (as well as those who live at some remove) are well, though of course experiencing enormous difficulties in the aftermath of the earthquake. Contact with Nicolas and others at Jacmel is sporadic, but steady. Philippe is doing all right, on the road to recovery.

St. Dorothy’s was untouched by the quake — not even a crack, but the cloture wall around the Foyer of St. Mary of Egypt (within which the chapel is located) is in complete ruins.

Travel to PaP is now suspended until (maybe) the 19th, the end of Clean Week. I’ve rebooked for the following weeks — unless I can find some reasonable way to get into Haiti earlier. There is and will be no commercial air traffic until that date. I considered flying into the Dominican, trying to go overland — but even that seems not only extremely difficult (figure two days each way), but very likely to be completely unsuccessful, as «special permission» is needed from the Haitian government (where?! how?!) to cross the border. So the only realistic option (still being explored) is to hitch a ride on a relief flight.

Limited banking functions have been restored, so I should be able to get some relief assistance money into Fr. Amboise’s care within a few days, as well as funds for the staff at St. Augustine’s and the faithful there in most immediate need of assistance.

And a moment of thanksgiving for the many of you (and many others not on this list) who have sent funds to assist. Again, a heartfelt reminder — this is going to be a very long-term matter, and the Mission will be in need of more than ordinary ongoing support for a long time to come. Please consider making a pledge for at least the remainder of this year, whether by check, or credit card (just let me know & I’ll take care of the recurring charges) or payroll deduction direct to the Mission bank account.

And above all, keep us all in your prayers!

Tueasday, January 26, 2010 at 8:30 PM EST:

Good evening, papa! I greet you in the name of our Savior. Now, yesterday and today, no vibrations here at Cyvadier, but it continues at PaP. Philippe is a little better now; he can get around, but still has injuries. Matthew saw him, and there was a doctor with him who treated him.

Concerning the church and the school, there is some damage. I hope to be able to take some pictures and send them to you by e-mail before your arrival.

We’ve distributed about 90 boxes of food [each contains 36 packages sufficient for a meal for four] to several families in the area, as well as clean water [from the well at the church], even as far away as Cayes-Jacmel [about 7 miles further east]. The people are truly in need; we are in a very difficult situation.

Concerning M. Hoche [the notary public, a good friend], I don’t have any news, but he has not figured in the lists of dead at Jacmel, so I assume he’s alive.

The hotel is functioning, but the building where you normally stay is completely destroyed; happily at the time of the earthquake there was no one there.

I beg your prayers for all the faithful!

( http://www.haitianorthodoxmission.org/earthquakerelief.html )

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  1. Ο/Η pilotos91 λέει:

    Η είδηση για τους δύο αγνοούμενους Ορθόδοξους ιερείς- ιεραποστόλους της Αϊτής δημοσιεύτηκε και στη Ρομφαία. Οι προσευχές μας υπέρ σωτηρίας τους και υγείας τους είναι διαρκείς προς τον Θεό, μαζί με τις προσευχές μας για όλους τους Αϊτινούς, ανεξαρτήτου χρώματος ή θρησκεύματος. ΟΛΟΙ ΝΑ ΒΟΗΘΗΣΟΥΜΕ με κάθε πρόσφορο τρόπο, με προσευχή, με υλική βοήθεια κάθε είδους.
    ( http://www.romfea.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4010:qq-&catid=13 )

  2. Ο/Η Ευλαλια λέει:

    Γιατί τους μαύρους ανθρώπους τους βρίσκουν

    πάντα ολες οι συμφορές του κόσμου?

    Ειναι θέμα χρώματος? γιάτι ο θεος ειναι

    απών? γιατί πάντα τρέχουνε με μωρά στην

    αγκαλιά απελπισμένοι? γιατί πάντα να στήνουν

    σκηνές στη μέση του τιποτα?

    γιάτι πάντα μαύροι ανθρωποι βρίσκονται

    ξαφνίκα χωρίς πατρίδα να πορεύονται

    ολομόναχοι στη μεση του πουθενά?

    με μοναδικό σύντροφο τον κουρνιαχτό της


    Γυναίκες αγκαλιάζουν τα παιδιά με τα

    μεγάλα μάτια και προχωρούν.

    το αύριο υπάρχει για αυτές τις ψυχές?

  3. Ο/Η pilotos91 λέει:

    Αγαπητή μου, δεν νομίζω ότι είναι θέμα χρώματος, γιατί ολόκληρη η ανθρωπότητα υποφέρει από άλλες αιτίες.
    Αιτία των συμφορών μας είναι ο ΥΠΕΡΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ που κατέστρεψε το περιβάλλον, ανέτρεψε την ισορροπία του πλανήτη,
    κάνει υπόγειες πυρηνικές δοκιμές, εκμεταλλεύεται τον ορυκτό πλούτο και τους ανθρώπους. Θεοποιήσαμε το ΧΡΗΜΑ, την ΕΞΟΥΣΙΑ,
    απομακρυνθήκαμε από τον Θεό και τον συνάνθρωπο μας. Κινούμαστε ΕΓΩΙΣΤΙΚΑ, εγωκεντρικά, μακριά από τον Θεό. Δεν αγαπάμε ούτε τον Θεό, ούτε τον πλανήτη, ούτε τον συνάνθρωπό μας.

    Αν δεν υπάρχει μετά τον θάνατο ζωή, τότε αυτά τα μεγάλα ερωτηματικά σου γίνονται ερωτήματα αγωνίας και εσωτερικού βασανισμού. Αν, όμως, ο θάνατος δεν είναι το τέλος, αλλά η απαρχή μιας νέας ζωής χωρίς τα προβλήματα της τωρινής, τότε υπάρχει ΕΛΠΙΔΑ για όλους μας.Ναι, μόνο τότε υπάρχει αύριο για όλους μας, ακόμα και όσους είναι θαμμένοι αυτήν ώρα, νεκροί, στα χαλάσματα των χάρτινων σπιτιών της Αϊτής.Σ’ ευχαριστούμε. Ας γίνουν αυτά τα όμορφά σου λόγια μια προσευχή για όσους έφυγαν για το ταξίδι της αιωνιότητας και για όσους μένουν πίσω με τα δάκρυα, τον πόνο και την ελπίδα μέσα στα χαλάσματα του άδειου τάφου του Αναστημένου Χριστού.

  4. Ο/Η exel_dim λέει:

    Αν ο λευκός Φραγκοθρεμμένος άνθρωπος τού Παπισμού και τού Διαφωτισμού δεν εκμεταλλευόταν τόσο σκληρά τον μαύρο άνθρωπο, δεν θα βλέπαμε τόση θλίψη στους μαύρους.

    Ο Θεός όμως δεν αδικεί κανέναν. Και στον Μέλλοντα αιώνα θα δούμε ανατροπές που θα ικανοποιήσουν κάθε δίκαια ψυχή.

  5. Ο/Η pilotos91 λέει:

    Έχεις απόλυτα δίκιο, αδελφέ μου.Ο «χριστιανισμός» της Δύσης παρήγαγε ένα σύστημα ΑΤΟΜΟΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΟ,ενώ ο Διαφωτισμός «σκότωσε» τον Θεό από τις ψυχές των ανθρώπων. Και έρχονται οι κύριοι υπεύθυνοι αυτού του τερατουργήματος της Αποικιοκρατίας και της καταστροφής του περιβάλλοντος και της «δολοφονίας» του Θεού από τις ψυχές των ανθρώπων (δυτικός χριστιανισμός, ορθολογιστικά άθεα ρεύματα )να κλαίνε και να θρηνούν πάνω στα ερείπια της Αϊτής και να ετοιμάζουν την ανοικοδόμησή της !!! Δηλαδή, ΠΑΛΙ ΥΠΕΡΚΕΡΔΗ,ΕΞΟΥΣΙΑ πάνω στο πόνο του άλλου! Κύριε, ελέησέ μας.

  6. Ο/Η Ευλαλια λέει:

    Χωρίς να θέλω να φανώ κυνική η’ ολιγόπιστη
    πιστεύω οτι, οχι στον μέλλοντα αιώνα αλλα
    ουτε και στον αιώνα τον απαντα δεν θα γίνουν
    δίκαιες ανατροπές στον κόσμο που ζούμε.
    Οχι γιατί ο θεός ειναι αδικος η’ σκληρός
    με τους ανθρώπους αλλα γιατί δεν εμφανίζεται και δεν επεμβαίνει.
    Αν το εκανε δεν θα ηταν θεός!
    Ο θεός θλίβεται αλλά ευτυχώς για μας εχει
    τεράστια υπομονή..
    Περιμένει να τον ανακαλύψουμε.
    Δυστυχώς ο κόσμος φτιάχτηκε η’ τον κανανε μονο για τους λευκούς ανθρώπους, και
    οποιοσδήποτε αλλος διαφορετικός μαύρος,
    κίτρινος, η’ ερυθρόδερμος ανθρωπος ειναι
    καταδικασμένος σε αυτή τη ζωή στην δουλεία,
    στην εκμετάλευσει, στην αρρώστια, στον αναλφαβητισμό, στην παντός είδους κακοποίησει, στην ελλειψει στοιχειωδών αγαθών διαβίωσεις και επιβίωσεις…
    Τα πράγματα θα αλλάξουν με την Δευτέρα Παρουσια οποτε αυτή γίνει, αλλά σκεφτείται
    μέχρι τότε πόσα αθώα μαύρα παιδάκια με μάτια
    μεγάλα σαν εκκλησίες χωρίς στασίδια…. (Ριτσος), θα ζουν το δικό τους γολγοθά…..

  7. Ο/Η Michalis λέει:

    Μην τα βλέπετε τα πράγματα ωσάν να μην υπάρχει ελπίδα. Δεν μπορούμε να γνωρίζουμε το «γιατί» κάποιων πραγμάτων, πάντως σίγουρα τα πράγματα θα ήταν πολύ καλύτερα για όλους, αν δεχόντουσαν την πρόσκληση πίστης και αγάπης του Ιησού. Όσοι υποφέρουν στον παρόντα αιώνα από τις αδικίες των ανθρώπων, σίγουρα θα βρουν ανάπαυση αιώνια στον Θεό, που είναι και το πιο σημαντικό από όλα. Εμείς, όσο μπορούμε ας βοηθήσουμε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους με το δικό μας τρόπο. Αυτό είναι το καθήκον μας.

  8. Ο/Η Ευλαλια λέει:

    (..)Ετσι μικρό είταν τ’ονειρό μας.
    Μα τούτο τ’ονειρο ειταν τ΄ ονειρο
    ολων των πεινασμένων και των αδικημένων.
    Κι οι πεινασμένοι είταν πολλοί
    κι οι αδικημένοι είταν πολλοι.
    Και τ’ονειρο μεγάλωνε -σιγά-σιγά μεγάλωνε
    πάντοτε το ιδιο στρογγυλό σαν το ψωμί
    και το ιδιο στρογγυλό και σαν τον ήλιο
    και το ίδιο στρογγυλό και σαν τη γη
    ετούτο τ’ όνειρο των πεινασμένων,
    τ’ονειρο των αδικημένων
    όλου του κόσμου.(..)

    Γιάννης Ρίτσος.

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