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OCMC News - Generous Response to Seminary Kitchen Plea

by Dr. Bill Black (Posted 8/10/2017)

OCMC News - Generous Response to Seminary Kitchen Plea
After receiving generous donations to make some much needed kitchen repairs the Makarios III Seminary is almost ready to re-open.

In my last prayer letter I mentioned the disaster that had befallen the seminary kitchen, and I asked for help to come up with the $30,000 it would take to reconstruct a proper institutional kitchen. As the weeks went by, I heard from a few people who had decided to help us. While grateful, the amount was a tiny fraction of what we needed. I requested a printout of where we stood so I could update you on our progress. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. But when the printout finally arrived last Saturday, I was floored. Four parishes, one monastery, one Orthodox youth group, a couple of businesses, several funds, and about 50 individuals have contributed more than $26,300 to the seminary kitchen repair fund. In addition to that, three generous individuals contributed an additional $3300 to enable the seminary to finally clear its debt to our food service company.

To everyone who has reached out to us and helped us get this far - You are so awesome! Thank you!

We will continue to accumulate the funds, and when we have what we need, we will go to our suppliers, purchase the fixtures and equipment, and get everything in working order, by which time we hope we will have students to cook for!

We are still $6000 or so short of our target (taking into account the mission’s 10% processing fee). So there is still plenty of opportunity for those who want to join with the rest of us in making our new kitchen a reality. OCMC has made it easy - you can click on this link and then follow the directions on the special seminary kitchen repair fund page to make your donation.

Kenya Seminary Repair Fund Link: https://www.ocmc.org/donate/donate.aspx?FundId=12

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