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From the Desk of Bishop DAVID                            Around the Diocese
Progress in Kenya

It is with great joy that I present to you today a wonderful story about a church in Africa. A church is being built in Eldoret, Kenya dedicated to our own St. Herman of Alaska. His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios of Kenya and Fr. Jonah Rotich, the Pastor there are building a place for the people of Eldoret to worship God in the Orthodox Faith that will be under the Patronage of our own St. Herman.

The funds needed for this church are well underway, with nearly $10,000 already raised. This opportunity to bless an Orthodox people in Kenya was made known to me by Fr. Michael Oleksa. As he states in an email to me, “This church will be, as it were, a gift from the Orthodox Faithful of North America to the Orthodox People of Kenya and East Africa. This is what the Russian Orthodox Church did in Alaska over 100 years ago for us, building and furnishing churches in Sitka, Kenai, Unalaska and Russian Mission. Now it is our turn to do the same for another Orthodox Mission on the other side of the earth! This is our opportunity to ‘go and do likewise’ as our Mother Church taught us.”

The entire church will be built for about $17,000 US. Can we help? I know we have many needs in our own Diocese of Alaska, and I am sure God will provide, as we need, if we will be generous to this worthy cause. Please consider a small gift to help this cause. You can make a donation by directing a check made out to our St. Alexis Mission Church in Anchorage, sent to Fr. Michael’s address: 8000 Summerset Drive, Anchorage, AK  99518, and in the memo line write “Kenya Church” so they know it is for this project.

May God richly bless you for your love and support, and may God bless the people of Kenya in their work of Evangelizing the peoples of Eldoret.

+ David

Bishop of Sitka and Alaska

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Since God began revealing Himself to man, has had a condition from which man recognized that what he had was a gift from God.  God required man to return to him a tithe from his bounty, not once, but three times.  Once to the Temple for the upkeep of the priests; once for the poor; and once for the Pilgrimages that occurred to Jerusalem three times a year.  St. Paul, explaining this to the Corinthians in his Second Epistle (9:7) condensed it and gave it that “Christ-like touch”, saying:  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  Jesus wants us to give to Him because we want to, not out of a sense of obligation.  He has been generous to us, we should be generous to Him.

Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon Alaska Visit

During the last two weeks of July the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon traveled throughout Alaska. Numerous miracles and blessings were bestowed on the faithful. Her travels by land, sea and air were marked by unusually consistent fair weather. In addition to traveling to every parish and monastic community on Kodiak Island, she traveled throughout the greater Anchorage area and the Kenai Peninsula.

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