With great joy I can announce that recently an anonymous donor generously gave the Orthodox Church in America $60,000, specifically allocated to the Missions Department. This new money has enabled us to be re-awarded the Mission Planning Grant in 2008! Thank God for this wonderful person and their donation!
We should be reminded of the verse from St. Mark's Gospel: "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (11:24)
Thank you all for your fervent prayers over this, and let us now work to be good stewards of this great gift. I had preached that if we were faithful, God would provide. Well, the most appropriate thing I can think of to say over this are the words we pray at the Great Blessing of Water on Theophany: "Great are Thy works, O Lord, and marvelous are Thy works, and there is nothing we can say to sufficiently hymn all Thy wonders!"