Dear Beloved in Christ,
For nearly 40 years, our parish has struggled from it’s early beginnings until today in attempting to acquire a church building for our Orthodox community here in Hawaii. After all these years, and through the benevolent grace and intercessions of the Mother of God, that moment has arrived for us.
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Rededication of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church in Hawaii, in which we celebrated with grand splendor and joined by His Grace Bishop James.
Throughout these many years, our community has steadfastly worshipped in rented spaces, never being able to fully afford our own property.
Until.... this week, our Parish offered to purchase the old Calvary Church of the Islands in Kailua (Hawaii) for 2 million dollars. Miraculously, our offer was accepted. Our parish has raised these many years, over $700,000, that's all the money we have for this venture.
We are working with an Orthodox Venture Capitalist Firm whose main objective is to build and fund the purchase of Orthodox churches. God willing, they will loan us a million dollars to go towards this purchase.
Yet, with all this, we are still short some monies. With the blessing of Our Archbishop, we are sending out an appeal for aid. We are hoping to raise $250,000 by the end of the year. I realize this is a large amount, but not impossible. With God, all things are possible!
We realize people have differing financial commitments and responsibilities and we would never want to overburden our family and friends with this. But if you would like to donate to help with this miracle, it would go a long way to do something our community has been dreaming of for nearly 40 years .... to have a church of our own, dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother.
If we can find enough people to help, we will have enough to cover our shortage.
Please contact us if you’d like to help in this worthy cause, (808) 256-9482 or email@example.com or to use a credit card, please visit: www.Paypal.me/IveronHawaii.
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We will also create a special commemorative plaque dedicated to all our benefactors and donors, which will forever hang on our church walls.
God bless you all for helping in any way you can, and may God bless the founders and benefactors of this holy temple.
In Christ with love,
Fr. Athanasius Kone, Rector
Holy Theotokos of Iveron
Russian Orthodox Church
845 Queen Street #101
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Video of the property:
Our Humble Beginnings, 2004. A 400 square foot room.
With the grace of Our Lord and through the prayers of the Mother of God and all of you, we have been given a little more time to raise the necessary funds to purchase this property. We have been delayed by unforeseen events, this delay has become a blessing in disguise. We are now hoping to close by February 28, 2020. After which the space shall undergo extensive remodeling, (building of an altar, installation of wood floors, painting the walls, remodel of kitchen and bathroom.), we will do as much as we can afford to do. We have raised over $300.000 in pledges about which 90% have been received. With added fees and taxes associated with the closing of the sale, along with repairs to the building, we are a little short in our financial needs, but hope and pray God and the Panagia will help see us through to the end.
We thank everyone who has come forward to help us build a church to honor the Mother of God! Without your support, we could not have even dreamed of purchasing a church property in Hawaii. May God forever reward you for your generosity and true Christian kindness!