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Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report For November 1999
by Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
4 Novembert 1999
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August 1999 Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report

Decani Monastery


This web site is humbly dedicated to Hieromonk Stefan, and those with him near Istok

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund Was Established in October 1998

President: Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes (Boise, Idaho)
Vice President: Hieromonk Sava (Decani Monastery, Kosovo)
Secretary & Treasurer:Veljko Sikirica (Besthesda, Maryland)

With the humble blessings of

His Grace Bishop Artemije, of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska Prizren

Hegumenos (Abbot) Theodosius & Hieromonk Sava of the Decani Monastery , Decani, Yugoslavia

His Holiness Patriarch Pavel, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac

His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople and the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchate

His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah, Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver

The Friends Of Mt. Athos (in America): The Hon. Sir Steven Runciman, C.H., & His Grace Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia.

The Orthodox Peace Fellowship of the Protection of the Mother of God (Netherlands): Jim Forrest, President.

Our Patron Saint is
St. Sava of Serbia
and the
New Martyr
Hieromonk Stefan,
of Kosovo, Serbia


Most Beloved Friends In Christ Our Lord,

Always abiding with the love of our Lord God Jesus Christ, and through the prayers of St. Sava of Serbia, the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, was founded in October 1998, and is a non profit and tax deductible charitable organization, created to assist in humanitarian aide to the Serbian Orthodox Church and it's faithful who are in the need of further assistance and for those who suffer with great hardship today within the region of Kosovo, Yugoslavia.

This Christian outreach provides assistance by the loving monks of the Decani Monastery who provides further help to the citizens who are in desperate need for wood (winter months in Kosovo begin in November), blankets, shelter (including tents), food, water, and further medical attention.

Since the foundation of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund and the end of the war in Kosovo, the situation has become grave and the current reports which are truthful are horrific as the Serbian Orthodox Church and it's faithful have suffered a great deal. Hardship is at the door and in the hearts of the Serbian Orthodox people. I would like to humbly share this report from His Grace Bishop Artemije who resigned on September 22, 1999, from the Kosovo Transitional Council, protesting the failure of KFOR forces to protect the Serbian minority and to safeguard churches and monasteries, as well as individual homes, farms, and places of business, many of which have been destroyed since the arrival of KFOR troops. He said that the multi-ethnic concept in Kosovo has failed.

"Three months of 'peace' have been catastrophic for Serbs in the province," he said (Bishop Artemije). "Three fourths of this diocese has already been destroyed, with 250,000 Serbs driven from Kosovo plus 20,000 to 30,000 other non-Albanians." He estimated that between 80,000 to 100,000 Orthodox Serbs remain in three enclaves. More than 350 killed (Editors notes: from a 17 year old boy to an 82 year old blind man), 450 have been abducted, thousands of Serb houses have been burned or looted, and more than 65 churches and monasteries destroyed, all despite the presence of 50,000 international peace forces. Serbs have been practically expelled from all multi-ethnic areas and forced onto reservations and ghettoes. They are denied basic human rights and freedom of movement, education, work and medial protection."

Serbian nuns are being raped, and Serbian priests are being beaten and murdered. This particular web site is in loving memory of Hieromonk (Priestmonk) Stefan and those with him thrown down a well near Istok, this happened in late September, 1999. Holy New Martyr Hieromonk Stefan, pray unto God for us! Holy New Martyrs of Serbia, pray unto God for us!

One main factor has to be made clear! The Serbian Orthodox Church has repeatedly called for the resignation of Milosevic before the war, during the war, and after the war!

The Serbian Orthodox Church and especially the Decani Monastery has helped and continue to assist all those in desperate need. The Decani Monastery in itself still opens it's doors to assist anyone (no matter what ethnic background) who needs help or assistance, and as well provides this humanitarian assistance throughout the land of Kosovo. The question now remains who is helping the Serbian people who never supported the present government in the first place? What type of assistance is being provided to restore the destroyed Churches and Monasteries? What type of assistance is being provided to feed those who are hungry, and cold?

One report (which is truthful) is that a Serbian Orthodox widowed women with children crossed her street from her broken destroyed home to ask for food from a distribution center, and food was denied to her because she was Serbian! Serbian citizens are asked to leave the market places because they are Serbian? Medical assistance is also being denied because one is Serbian! We must ask the question about the elderly? Who are assisting them in their desperate needs? What has become of the children and where do they go to school? The youth are denied attendance at the local schools and University? Other non Serbian youth from Kosovo are sent an invitation to attend University in other countries! What has been done about the missing Serbian people estimated more than 450 at this time? Where are the voices and the human concern in this regards?

In the meantime the Decani Monastery Relief Fund continues onward in it's God loving humanitarian concerns for all the suffering souls in Kosovo to assist as much as possible in their exhausted love for those who are in desperate need for further assistance. As we read the reports of the amount of loving donations made on behalf of many kind people across the world please kindly consider that these donations disappear in a matter of time and then the funds are depleted once again. So much to do and so many needs! Can you please help with a loving donation for this Fund?

Please kindly look deep in your hearts and reach out to assist the Decani Monastery Relief Fund and let us help all of those who are asking for not only our love, but our support as well. Pray for the people in Kosovo, and appeal please for peace and good will among all men in this region. Let us as God loving Christians reach out in concern for all who live in this vast and blessed land, in this creation of our Lord God. Finally let us who eat daily, dress warmly, and live in a warm home, put aside something toward a donation to help the Decani Monastery Relief Fund continue on with its outreach program and help all who are crying out for help! Pray, pray, and please pray! Let us all reach out and help our brothers and sisters who are in a crisis, and are in desperate need.

Humbly With The Love Of Christ Our Lord,
+ Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
President Of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund
Who prays for you and with you!
4 November 1999

Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report
From Veljko Sikirica
August, September And October 1999
224James M. Stormes
225Decerbo Michael
226St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church
227David Zethmayr (please kindly note that David made several donations)
228David Zethmayr
229Dragor and Marija Obradovic
230Marko Kerkez
231David Zethmayr
233Mattheos Koffas
234Darrell and Patricia Garrett
235David Zethmayr
236David Zethmayr
237David Zethmayr
238The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Total for August, September and October: $10,264.63
Previous Balance before August: $37,752.20
Grand Total: $48,016.83

We would humbly like to thank the Benevolence Organization of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for their most kind and loving donation, and all those who kindly assisted in giving donations for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. We can also note that one particular person's name was repeated on several occasions, and this is due to the fact that he sent several donations during the course of three months. God Bless him, and may our Lord God Bless you all who have made a loving donation.

We are most pleased to inform you that the Decani Monastery Relief Fund did pay for the open heart surgery for the young three year old Balsa Vukicevic in the amount of $20,711.60 while the transportation and other accommodation expenses for him and his parents were also donated from other sources. Thank you all for this God loving effort to help Balsa as your loving donations are multiplied and blessed.

Once again we send our humble deep gratitude in the name of the families and refugees in Kosovo who are currently benefiting from your loving donations, and let us repeat in particular little Balsa Vukicevic and family.

We not only give you all humble thanks, but we also give thanks to our Lord God for your great Christian love for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund! Hieromonk Sava and Hieromonk Theodosius want to assure everyone of you that the Decani Monastery remembers you most humbly in prayer. All of the monks continue onward in their assistance for the great needs of both the little ones, the sick, the suffering, the destitute, and the elderly. All souls that knock at the door are helped at the Decani Monastery not one is turned away! All funds are received by Hieromonk Sava and he himself has records in this regards as well, he has your name in his heart and in loving prayer.

If you would like to send a donation please send to the following:

Decani Monastery Relief Fund
C/O Veljko Skirica
4 West Hill Street
Baltimore, MD. 21230

Thank You! We will always be with you in God loving prayer!

Please humbly remember to pray for those who are suffering and in desperate need.

God Love And Bless You Always!

With The Love of Christ Our Lord,
And Through The Prayers Of St. Sava, And New Priest Martyr Stefan,
Humbly Submitted on November 4, 1999

President, + Rev. Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
Vice President, + Hieromonk Sava
Secretary Treasurer, + Veljko Sikirica

Holy New Priestmartyr Stefan,
Pray Unto God For Us!


Holy Saint Sava,
Pray Unto God For Us!


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