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The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America Blesses the Work of FOCUS North America

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The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America Blesses the Work of

FOCUS North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2010 – Kansas City, MO

With great joy and thanksgiving, the FOCUS North America Board of Directors with the Executive Director, Fr. Justin Mathews, is pleased to announce the blessing and endorsement of its work by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America.

In a letter dated May 23, 2010, on the Feast of Pentecost, His Eminence Metropolitan JONAH writes:

“This organization has already done great work in the short time it has been in existence, and we encourage everyone to visit their website at http:www.focusnorthamerica.org…It is only by coming together to “love one another” that we can lift a person or family from despair to hope. This is what the Church is called to do on a daily basis. FOCUS assists all in finding Christ in even the most desperate situation…It is through this group that the Orthodox in North America can be focused on the ministry of assistance to those in need.”

This season of Pentecost brings to mind the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ as they set out to preach the Good News.  Likewise, FOCUS North America, with its newly operational local centers and partner ministries, humbly endeavors to emulate this witness to the Gospel teachings of Christ by serving the poor and the needy in our own communities. Strengthened by the blessing and support of the Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in America, FOCUS North America continues to provide meals, vital life-recovery ministries and a living witness to God’s love for all mankind.

Attached to this press release is the letter from His Beatitude Metropolitan JONAH in its entirety.

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FOCUS North America and its programs are committed to serve those in need, support Orthodox Christian social action ministries and supply parishes and others with the education, resources and training to initiate social action ministries in their own communities. In all of this, it continues in the work of Restoring Living Icons. FOCUS North America is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Donations can be made online at www.FOCUSNorthAmerica.org or checks can be made out to “FOCUS North America” and sent to: PO BOX 871578, Kansas City, MO 64187-1578.

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