Newsletter – April 2013

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Missionary Letter

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Dear Friends,

We wanted to let you know that we are now preparing to leave on May 15th to serve as long term missionaries with the Orthodox Church in Albania. Please remember us in your prayers as we complete our preparations for departure and travel to begin our ministry there.

We will be assisting with theological education at the Resurrection of Christ Seminary near Durres. Having taught for many years at St. Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak to prepare clergy for the Orthodox Church in Alaska, we are very pleased to be able to assist in a similar work in Albania.

The Church in Albania suffered persecution under the communists following World War II, when Albania attempted to become the first atheist state. During this time all Orthodox Churches were seized or destroyed and all public and private religious life was forbidden.

After the end of communism in 1992, the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy near Durres was established by Archbishop Anastasios to train clergy and church leaders for the Church of Albania.  The seminary has played an important role in rebuilding church life in Albania and we are pleased to be able to participate in their work.

In Albania, we will have monthly expenses for housing, health insurance, and other living and ministry expenses. We are still in need of monthly support from individuals and parishes to help us meet these ongoing expenses. Please consider whether you or your parish would be able to assist us in this way.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Jeffrey and Caryn Macdonald

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