HELPING THE LEAST OF THESE
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
This is St. Andrews Anglican Church in the Diocese of Hpa-An in the Province of Myanmar. It is a small church in a rural area and it’s open 24 hours a day for the faithful to come and pray.
St.Andrews is served by a devoted parish priest, Father Sunday. In addition to celebrating mass and pastoring his flock, Father Sunday operates an orphanage. The children were orphaned when their parents died from the many land mines, from being taken by the military for forced labor, and from malaria due to a lack of medicines. Seeing the need, initially Father Sunday took some of them into his home in 2003 and in the years that followed built an orphanage (pictured below) and a dining hall/classroom.
On our recent trip to Myanmar, Father Ed Den Blaauwen and I visited the orphanage with Archbishop Stephen. There are presently 62 orphans at St. Andrews Orphanage, the majority of whom are 11-16 years of age. We have pictures and the names and ages of all the children. Bishop Morales came up with the idea of having people in our churches sponsor individual orphans. Father Sunday says it costs $150/year to support an orphan. $12.50/month should be within almost everyone’s budget.
Won’t you consider helping?
In the next couple weeks, we will be providing information to all the clergy of the diocese on how church members can sponsor an orphan. We envision making it possible to make contributions through our website as well as mailing checks to the diocese.
“As you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.”
Yours in Christ,
Canon Jim Fosdick