Dear Friends of Mission,
Rejoice in the Lord always!
Let us always glorify for all His blessings the Highly Praised and Glorious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “By Whom we have received Redemption ”, according to St. Paul, the Great Apostle of the Nations, who was made worthy of a heavenly journey.
My beloved brothers, a few days ago God gave the chance to us, the humble and unworthy, to drill a new borehole in the surrounding space of the Sacred Church of St. Anastasia the Healer, which is the fruit of your love.
May the saint’s intercession to God be fruitful for you all, the valuable associates of our Missionary Bishopric in the spiritual vineyard of Malawi. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the lady who made the donation through your charity. May God always make her worthy to give charity and help the needy in order to find mercy on Judgment Day.
Dear fellow Cyrenians, I believe you could not possibly understand the joy and gratitude of the poor people here for God’s priceless gift, pure water.
Many fellow humans from our Church flock walk several kilometers daily to get some water which is not clean enough to be suitable for drinking. Then, despite their tiredness, they have to find wood to boil the water over a fire in order to make it drinkable.
As you know, water is the most important and valuable material good, absolutely essential to our earthly life and well-being. For this reason, borehole drilling -not plain water-well drilling- is among the priorities of our ministry to the needs of our underprivileged brothers. Boreholes have a main advantage over wells: they provide clean water throughout the year.
Unfortunately, there are several parishes left without a borehole; as a result, a large number of people do not have easy access to clean, potable water, with whatever that entails. We make an earnest appeal to the kind heart of the readers of your respected magazine and ask for your support. Saving some money and creating groups of love will help us collect the amount of money required for the boreholes, which comes to € 6,000 each, and will contribute tremendously to the fulfillment of this god-loving project.
I am also aware of the financial inadequacy of many people in Greece. Nevertheless, my beloved brothers, we should not forget that in the parable of the paralyzed man being healed by the Lord, it was the cooperation of many people that overrode obstacles and helped the paralytic reach in front of the Lord and receive healing. It was the result of brotherly love and solidarity in practice. In our case, I am convinced that your cooperation will definitely bear fruit and help us drill a few boreholes, which will make a dramatic difference in the life of our needy brothers in Malawi to the glory of God. It will give them relief and strengthen their faith in the Lord.
My dear brothers, I think it is good to know that here in Malawi we have constructed big churches with a priest’s house and other smaller buildings attached to them, none of which has a borehole. it is worth mentioning that the system of lifting the water is manual and very easy to use.
We hope and believe that as we approach the period of the Holy and Great Lent, which is a time of repentance and almsgiving, the Holy Spirit that constitutes the whole institution of the Church, will nod at warm-hearted people so that they can assist in this work of love and help many benefited Malawian brothers enter the Ark of Salvation, to the glory of the Triune God, to Whom belongs the honor and the worship unto the ages of ages. Our gratitude to all of you who will support us will be infinite.
Wishing in the Lord,
+ Fotios of Malawi