Dear friends of the Mission,

For the holy days of the Christmas period and the New Year, we wish all of you God’s blessings in abundance. May the Lord promote the work of your Charitable Society so that you can continue your God-pleasing ministry of supporting our suffering brothers in the black continent, and everywhere else.

Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks for your kind donation of €6,850 for educational sponsorship and baptisms, which you offered to our Holy Metropolis for the year 2016. We would like to assure you that this spiritual “investment” for educating the young Africans of our H. Metropolis, who, thanks to you, are given the opportunity to continue their studies, has borne rich fruit, that is, educated children.

Moreover, through your support, it is now feasible for the baptisms of our African brothers to be performed smoothly. First, catechisms are conducted, and then, follows the first Holy Sacrament, that of Baptism, which initiates our brothers into our Holy Church, for their “naturalization” into her and for their being called “Orthodox Christians”, which is the highest and more honorary title for us.

Therefore we are deeply grateful to all those who earnestly and despite the economic crisis we are going through give out of what little they have for charity and social solidarity.

Have a good and blessed New Year

† Meletios of Katanga