Update: Project is fully funded and complete — scroll down to see results!
I recently served at the chapel of St Isidore of Chios in Meocan. The metal roof and roofposts are sound, but the woven-bamboo walls are falling apart. And the chapel is empty; not an icon to be seen. Members meet here every Sunday to pray the Typika service, and a priest comes every month or so to hear confessions and serve the Liturgy.
The structure is sound; for only about $300 we could replace the dilapidated walls. I have boxes of icons, laminated or on wood panels, to share with the parishes, so I could bring a carload of icons to Meocan – if they had sound walls to put the icons on.
$500 of $300 goal
Raised by 1 person in 1 week
Update! I had barely finished sharing this need when a generous benefactor made a sizeable donation. With this gift, we will be able not only to replace the wrecked walls, but to build an iconostas. The members at Meocan are delighted and grateful!
Update: February 12 — This week I brought Communion to a Typika service at St Isidore’s, Meocan.
With us we brought the first load of lumber for the building project. The road to Meocan is unpaved, rocky, hilly, and deeply muddy most of the year, but our trusty rented 4-wheel-drive truck gets us and the supplies to Meocan. Members at Meocan are excited to get started!
Update: September 18 — Services with newly-ordained deacons in the Church of St Isidore of Chios at Meocan:
Hieromonk Cornily, Priest Silouan, and Deacon Romanos
Reader Joachim and Deacon Moses
Update: Feast day of St Isidore, May 2019: — This update is overdue, but the iconostas and new walls at Meocan are done! The chapel looks Orthodox, and faithful at St Isidore’s are very grateful!