We constantly remember in our services and prayers our “founders and benefactors”, those men and women, clergy and faithful whose missionary fervor helped build the Church. We remember them, whether they be people like Metropolitan Leonty or Matushka Olga Michael who helped build the Church in North America, Archbishops Arseny and Joasaph who helped build the Church in Canada, or Roman and Anna Bilak who helped build our Church when they donated the land we serve on.
Our commemoration of the work done by these men and women in building our Church, isn’t simply the notation of important people in our history, but a movement of thanksgiving, and the affirmation of God’s saving love, in Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, throughout the ages, by those who said “send me” (Is. 6:8) when called to declare “the acceptable time”, “the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2)
Every time we come to our little Church, or visit another Church, every time we say our prayers, and read the scriptures, and offer acts of mercy, we continue the work of the Apostles and Saints, those men and women, known and unknown, whose work and witness manifested the saving love of the Lord, in building up the Church, His body.
This work becomes profoundly apparent with the establishment of a Mission Station in Winkler, Manitoba this month.
With the blessing of his Eminence Archbishop Irenee, and the dedication of our members who live in Winkler, a Mission Station will be established under the patronage and protection of our Lord, Christ the Saviour. Although it will have a modest service schedule (once a month), and temporary accommodations, it nonetheless becomes a foundation in Christ upon which to build (1 Cor 3:11).
Like St. Herman and those missionaries in Alaska who built up our Church over two hundred years ago; like St. Tikhon, Archbishop Arseny and others, who built up our Church a hundred years ago; like John Barchyn, Fr. Efimi Moseychuk and others, who built up our Church half a century ago; like Fr. Bob and Matushka Dianne Kennaugh, Steve and Marie Bilan and others who built up the Church a few decades ago, we also can help build up this Church today.
Our support, time, and especially prayers for this our daughter mission, reveal each of, and all those who leap in love at the chance to serve Him and to proclaim Him as founders and benefactors. And as we are supporting, we are continuing the work and mission of the Church, laying up for ourselves “a good foundation for the future, so that (we) may take hold of the life which is life indeed” (1 Tim 6:19) .