Stafford, Virginia, August 17, 2023
Earlier this month, Hieromonk Silouan (Brown) gave a presentation on Orthodox Africa, the charitable organization he founded to support Orthodox missions, schools, and orphanages in Africa.
Fr. Silouan founded Orthodox Africa in 2015 “to help various Orthodox Christian mission communities on the African continent to become self-sustaining missions so that they can operate individually and without the need of permanent need of foreign financial aid.”
The organization “attains these self-sustainment goals by working with local Orthodox clergy and mission leaders to develop local projects that create steady streams of revenue such as the raising of animals, horticulture projects, clean water projects, and Orthodox schools.”
OrthoChristian interviewed Fr. Silouan about his work in Serving the Least of the Brethren: the Missionary Work of ”Orthodox Africa””The Kingdom is taken by violence and force. That implies to me in a lot of ways that we can’t sit on the sidelines as passive observers. We have to engage. You can’t sit by and wait for somebody else to do it. That’s what Orthodox Africa is for me—I saw a gap where there was a need and I asked myself what I could do, and Orthodox Africa is what I can do, so I went out and did it. It’s an invitation to everyone out there to get off their couches, and even if they can’t personally go travel and be a missionary, here’s one way they can be involved. Everyone has to be involved in some way in the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Produce some good fruit.”
“>2016 and “We are One in Christ:” The Missionary Work of “Orthodox Africa”Last July I sat down with Fr. Silouan (Brown) to ask him about his upcoming mission trip to Kenya, on behalf of the charitable organization “Orthodox Africa” he founded as a way for the global Orthodox community to be able to participate in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom by providing a means for the average layman who may not be able to travel to faraway lands, to participate in global missionary work. The organization works with several mission and shelters in Kenya. In this follow-up interview, Fr. Silouan shares his thoughts and reflections on the trip, how it compared to expectations, what he learned about how to better serve the people of Africa, and about the bond of Orthodox Christians worldwide, rooted in our common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”>2017. Since then, Fr. Silouan was ordained to the priesthood and is now stationed permanently in Africa as rector of the New mission center in Kampala will help Ugandan Church communities become self-sufficientSt. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Christian Mission Center was officially established on Palm Sunday 2022 with the blessing of the late Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The main goal of this mission is to create an economically independent and self-sufficient group of local leaders.”>St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Christian Mission Center in Kampala, Uganda.
On August 6, while visiting the St. Herman of Alaska Church in Stafford, Virginia, he gave a presentation on the history, current projects, and struggles of Orthodox Africa:
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