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.
Bishop of Sitka and Alaska