Dear Friends of the Mission,

This year we spent the holy Christmas days with devout reverence in all our parish communities. God permitting, next year we will be gathered all together in a large hall room, where we will celebrate with representatives from each community. I received your 15,000-euro assistance for the Theotokos Hospital, donated by Fr. Nicholas Marketos and other donors from Sydney, Australia, and I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for that.

As I have repeatedly mentioned, Savvas Marcelino from Timor studied at the St. Paul Theological School and made the decision to become a priest. On August 24, 2018, he was ordained elder. What a great blessing for us! Now he has returned to Timor to disseminate the light of Orthodoxy.

As you know, the education sector is the one we developed from the beginning, and it is this very sector that helped us reach out to thousands of young people who got interested in Orthodoxy and were eventually baptized into our Church. For Orthodoxy to take root and grow in Timor, we must build a school there as well to teach and preach the word of God to the young children. In order to be able to realize this project, we are making an appeal to you, as the amount required is estimated at around 50,000 euro. We have faith and hope in your loving heart so that this vision of ours comes true as well.

Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

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π. Χρυσόστομος Manalu
Ο π. Χρυσόστομος Manalu γεννήθηκε στη Σουμάτρα της Ινδονησίας σε προτεσταντική οικογένεια. Έγινε Ορθόδοξος από τον π. Δανιήλ Byantoro και το 1994 ήρθε στην Ελλάδα για μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στη Θεολογία. Τότε συνδέθηκε ως λαϊκός με την Αδελφότητά μας και χειροτονήθηκε πρεσβύτερος στην Ιερά Μητρόπολη Άρτης. Επέστρεψε στην Ινδονησία το 2002, ίδρυσε την Ορθόδοξη Ιεραποστολήστη Βόρεια Σουμάτρα και διακονεί ως Αρχιερατικός Επίτροπος της Ινδονησίας υπό τη Μητρόπολη Σιγγαπούρης.