Updated: October, 2017

Budget Update: October 2017

Since before Father Silouan arrived in the Philippines in 2014, mission partners have generously participated in this ministry with one-time and recurring financial support. Thank you to all who have made this mission possible!

In July 2017, Father Silouan visited the US and Canada, sharing news and opportunities in the Philippines. Many new mission partners made commitments to support the missionary task – Glory to God! Father Silouan’s first priority is spiritual care for the parish of St John of Shanghai, at Santa Maria. But nearly twenty more Orthodox mission communities exist within 100 miles of Santa Maria. With thanksgiving to God for his provision, since returning to the Philippines we have now been able to visit nearly every Orthodox mission community in Mindanao monthly, bringing sacraments and teaching, and recruiting language helpers to edit liturgical translations.

Additionally, about 700 miles northeast of the parish at Santa Maria is the Orthodox mission community at Palo, on the island of Leyte. Each trip to this community costs $500-$800 per person: we have been challenged to raise funds to make a pastoral visit to the faithful at Palo as often as once every two months if possible.

Monthly recurring costs
Rent and utilities (electricity, water, phone, internet) $250
Groceries, prescriptions, and liturgical supplies (wine, incense, charcoal) $125
Local travel (Nearby communities in Mindanao) $200
Travel to Palo mission (estimated $700 every 2 months) $350
Basic monthly budget $925

 

Palo travel budget
per person
:

Airfare $300-600
Lodging $100
Vehicle rental $75
Supplies $75
Total $550-$850

Mission in Palo, Leyte

Until recently it was not financially possible to travel often to serve the Orthodox community at Palo. Each trip costs $500-$800 per person. An unfortunate side effect of living in a country composed of hundreds of islands is that travel is never cheap. However, beginning in 2017, as God provides, we hope to make a mission trip to Palo every two months.