Thursday, December 07, 2006

Puente del Río Ortodoxo

Padre Antonio and Matushka Elizabeth Perdomo of St. George's down at the border in Pharr, TX (yes, it's Pharr, Pharr away) are busy with several projects this year (as they have been in past years. There's the food pantry, which provides for many in their financially struggling county (and unfortunately is in need of donations, should any of you in the TX area--or otherwise--feel a burden to UPS some cans down). And there's the "Puente del Río Ortodoxo," or "Orthodox Río [River] Bridges," aka "Icon Bridges to Mexico," wherein icons and other church supplies are hand-delivered to clergy in the OCA Mexican Exarchate (as mail is unreliable and slow).

Most imminent among their many outreaches is their "International Orthodox Winter Youth/Young Adults Service Retreat" which they will again be hosting there in Pharr the week after Christmas. Some services in Spanish, and Orthodox youth from Mexico are slated to come up to attend, as well. Service to those who come to the Food Pantry - over 100 families, most all who speak Spanish only - will be part of the retreat, as well as going to a girl's orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico to drop of donations.

These guys are amazing, folks. Your prayers are coveted as they strive to live in community (and reach out to the wider community) in and through the Church. Also consider, during this season, of helping them out in any way you can--you can use the links to see what the needs are, or contact Fr. Antonio from the website email provided.

¡Cristo está entre nosotros! ¡Está, y estará!
Christ is in our midst! He is, and ever shall be!

2 comments:

Mimi said...

Thank you.

George said...

Hi Reader David.

FYI, Jared and Ben are down in Pharr now with the retreat. They'll be going into Mexico tomorrow to help out at the orphanage, which is a wonderful Orthodox/Roman_Catholic joint venture. One of the best things is that they're getting to hear lectures from Fr. John, a very wonderful young Hieromonk from the OCA Monastery in Canones, NM.