I am Roman Shkrebinets, - a priest of the Greek-Catholic Church, the administrator of st. Ivan Bohoslov congregation from
the village of Velyki Korovyntsi, Chudniv district, Zhytomyr region, Ukraine.
Today we are having an
important transition period in Ukraine and it is very
important for us to be understood by everyone who is reading this letter. We really need YOUR HELP now.
Our community appeals to all people of good will. Now we
are trying to restore the culture and spiritual world in this country after the
soviet atheistic invasions. Our community decided to take the initiative in
building the Church – the spiritual center for the
most vulnerable population groups (old, orphans). Our intention of constructing
a church was blessed by His Grace, member of higher orders of clergy Joseph
(Mіlyan), Assistant Bishop of Kiev.
Unfortunately we have faced some difficulties.First of all it is the existence of the financial and social problems
both in the state and in our village. We
understood that without extraneous help we wouldn’t build the church.The community itself is not able to realize
this idea and it is very difficult for us to be aware of it. Especially it is
hard for me as a priest to see and feel disability of our local community in
building a church by ourselves. That’s why I need to ask all believers all over
the world and those who are not indifferent to spiritual values. Even your
smallest help will be appreciated and rewarded by the Lord.
It is ashamed to say but our church with our parish (congregation)is in a miserable financial situation and cannot afford even
many ordinary things.
The only thing that we can do now it is to bow our heads
in humility, as Christ, and to pray, taking care of the olds, and do all our
best for those children who leftby
their parents in poverty and without any
We are constructing a brick church which will become not only our Beauty for
the eye but first of all Beauty for the soul. This church will be in the centre
of the village next to the only children’s playground and the stadium.
Expressing feelings and requests of our congregation (parish) and all local community, once
again my spiritual duty forces me to address to all people with the request of
says: "I tell you the truth,whathave
you doneto one ofthe leastof mybrethren, you did for me."
So, dear Brothers and Sisters,
even your smallest mite will be reflected in the heavens and will be rewarded
richly, because "It is more blessed
to give than to receive”.
bless you and your families richly in your generosity. Amen.