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Northern Uganda Medical Clinic
MEDICAL CLINIC FOR NORTHERN UGANDA
In 2010, Fr. Joseph and Karleen Kunz, a parishioner and professor of nursing, were members of a medical team which served the poorest of the poor in northern Uganda. In ten days the team treated almost 4,000 people. Fr. Joseph was appalled to learn that the annual medical team is the only medical services available to most of the people of this region. That means that for most of the year there are no medical services.
Uganda Medical Mission 2010
THE THREE MISSION TEAM MEMBERS.
As part of the mission teams being sent throughout the world by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, three St. Philip parish members will travel to Africa in 2010. Jean Jolly will be teaching in Tanzania. Karlene Kunz and Fr. Joseph will be part of a medical mission to upper Uganda. This will be part of a parishwide outreach.
A LETTER FROM FR. JOSEPH ABOUT THE AFRICAN MISSION TEAMS
November 16, 2009
My purpose in writing this letter for you is to give voice to the “least of God’s children” who suffer terribly and because I need your help to help them. In June, God willing, I will be leading a medical team to
What am I going to be doing as leader of the team since I have no medical training? My job is to help get them there, look out for them while in-country, help secure medical supplies and medicine, and get them back safely. We will fly into
In the rural areas around Gulu where we will be working, there are few medical services available and no money for medicine. Some of the villagers own only the clothes that they are wearing. We are able to bring only small amounts of medicines into
We try not to be a burden to the people that we come to serve. The team members are therefore asked to cover their own costs which will be approximately $4,500 each. This includes airfare, visa, and shots including yellow fever and typhoid as well as the needed malaria prophylaxis. Some of the money will also be used to defer in-country transportation costs, costs of interpreters, the purchase of bottled water, medical supplies, etc. While the doctors can afford to pay for their costs, the nurses and medical students would find it difficult. Likewise the $20,000.00 for medicines that I mentioned is the minimum goal. The more money we raise the more medicines we can buy. What medicines we do not use while we are there we will leave with one of our trusted contacts for continued distribution.
We are a small parish and cannot meet these financial requirements alone. In addition to participating in this medical mission to
I have never asked anyone for money before and my parish has never held any form of fund raiser but we consider it an honor and a duty not just to ask but to beg on behalf of these, whose very lives depend on us. Some may ask “why not our own first?” These Ugandans, like all mankind, are “our own” for like us they were made in the “image and likeness of God.” I ask that you take the time to prayerfully decide how and to what extent you can help. If you want to talk more about this important project, please feel free to call me at the church. If I am not there it will ring through to my cell phone.
To give whatever is in your heart, please make checks payable to St. Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church. One hundred percent of all contributions will be used for these teams with all costs of raising the funds born by us. Checks can be mailed to the parish. We are, of course, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation and all contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you for your kind and generous consideration of this request on behalf of our brothers and sister who need so much. Please pray for all of us at St. Philip for without God’s grace we can do nothing.
God bless you,
UGANDA MEDICAL MISSION PLACED UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF
Karlene Mary Kunz, R.N. and Fr. Joseph leave for Uganda.
On Wednesday, June 9 an Akathist to the best known of the unmercenary physicians, St Panteleimon was held at the parish. Well attended, this service placed the 2010 Ugandan Medical Mission under his patronage. The names of each of the short term missionaries were read and God was beseeched for their safety and for the success of this mission of mercy. At the conclusion of the service, all present were anointed with oil from the shrine of St. Panteleimon.
On Saturday, June 12 Karlene and Fr. Joseph will leave for Uganda. They will be part of an eight person medical mission to the people of northern Uganda. We pray for the mission's success and for the safe return of the missionaries.
In Fr. Joseph's absence Sunday Divine Liturgy at St. Philip will be celebrated by Fr. Stephen from St. Sava's in St. Petersburg and by Fr. Joseph McCartney, a new priest visiting his family in the area. Vespers will be as scheduled and lead by a reader. In an emergency please call the church and the call will be transferred to Matushka Jeanne.
|Thursday, November 23rd|
10:00 Divine Liturgy
followed by Thanksgiving Luncheon
|Saturday, November 25th|
6:00 Vespers followed by confessions
|Sunday, November 26th|
9:30 Divine Liturgy
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FR. JOSEPH'S SERMON ON SUPREME COURT DECISION REDEFINING MARRIAGE.
A sermon by Fr. Joseph regarding the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex "marriage" and what should be the reaction of the Orthodox Church and of individual Orthodox Christians. Click here.
Wednesday of the 10th Week
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by His Grace Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and the South. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.