"I have given them to you; that they may be one, even as We are one."
Shalom to you and your family tonight. From the bottom of heart, I want to thank you for your tenacious support to Operation Nehemiah Missions in the months of February. With your support, I want to share with you the good news that we will be able to complete Bethlehem Primary school building, purchased a Transporation vehicle for ONMI's Gospel radio Department and begin to work on the next construction project.
Russia and Ukraine
Writing to you with much sadness following the unfolding deadly Russian invasion of Ukraine, supposedly these are two Orthodox Christian nations in Europe butchering each other under the watch of NATO & the UN with Russian troop setting its eyes to occupy Ukraine. Tension between Russian and Ukraine has been simmering on since 2008. In the center of it lies the Geo-political and security interest of Ukraine wanting to be part of NATO at the doorsteps of Republic of Russian Federation at odd with the west. Russian response has been, a definite "No-Go." The Western Response is "Yes-Go." All this has been done at the expenses of Ukrainian people. Nobody has thought of saying let us take a pause and re-evaluate this dangerous approach to security. According to Religion News Service “In both Russia and Ukraine, Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religious tradition. According to Religion News Service a 2015 Pew survey, 71% of Russians and 78% of Ukrainians identified themselves as Orthodox. Religious identity remains an important cultural factor in both nations.”
Here is a group letter by ORTHODOXY IN DIALOGUE
AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
OPEN LETTER TO THE HIERARCHS, CLERGY, MONASTICS, AND FAITHFUL OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
Metropolitan Hilarion (C), First Hierarch, with the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Your Beatitude, Your Eminences, Your Graces, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
It is morally and spiritually reprehensible for one Orthodox country to invade another—and yet we have precisely this situation with Russia invading Ukraine. Our Hierarchs must speak more strongly and firmly against this abominable act of aggression. Thus far the messages have been far too feeble.
Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church has called for an end to the war in Ukraine and urged everyone to pray for peace.
In a message Thursday morning, Patriarch Daniel expressed his concern over the beginning of war in Ukraine and assured Romanians living in Ukraine to help them according to possibilities