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Orthodox Apostolic Ministry of the Holy Metropolis of New Zealand
We are a Ministry
The Greek word for ministry is Diakonia. That is also a word for service. The word Diakonos (Deacon) means servant. The Orthodox Apostolic Ministry exists to serve. Our goal as Metropolis is to not only share the Holy Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ within the Island nations of Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa, but to also reach out in support to the people of these islands and, according to our strength, to lift them whether from poverty or from hard circumstances. As ministers, diakonoi even, we understand that we come to each new place and each unique person in humility of service as Christ Himself gave the perfect example.
Providing for the everyday needs & education of children in difficulty
St Tabitha Children’s Home & Safe Home in Fiji was built in 2013-2015 next to our Holy Trinity church in Saweni, Fiji, we have also established an Orphanage/Children’s Home dedicated to St. Tabitha which since 2015 has operated in cooperation with the Fijian Ministry of Social Welfare. Over the last five years, over fifty children have been looked after by us in St. Tabitha Home. We currently house around twenty-five children, in a modern, fit for purpose, fully staffed facility. Our aim is to do more than simply house these children. We want to provide them with an education and a loving and supportive environment in which they can flourish and grow. The ongoing costs of running the Children’s Home are around NZD 6,000 per month.
This sum covers the direct day to day expenses: food, electricity, clothing, schooling and the cost of payment for staff and tutors. The nuns who care for the children do so unpaid, and dedicate themselves to this mission out of love for Christ and for the children.
Advancing the work of the Orthodox Church and bringing the True Faith
Since 2009 with help of God, across the Oceania, we have baptised hundreds of people, and many are being catechised. Our Church has purchased properties throughout the pacific, in the two main islands of Fiji and in the main island of the Kingdom of Tonga, Tongatapu; and in Apia the capital of the Samoan Islands. We have built and established six churches, so far, for the Liturgical assembly of the locals: Four in the Fijian Islands with two more churches planned in the near future. Two churches in Kingdom of Tonga in Nuku’alofa. In Apia, Samoa we have purchased a plot of land and the church of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John is scheduled for the future.
Providing the means for people to live in a true Christian community
Sometimes the work of Apostolic Ministry (Ierapostole) is as simple as extending a helping and loving hand. The Gospel of Christ prompts us to visit the sick, to comfort those who mourn, to clothe the naked, to reconcile those who are in conflict, to visit those in prison and to work for their release, to shelter the orphan, to support the widow or single mother, to help others to find work… Such tasks are the sweetness of the work of mission. There is no greater blessing than to serve our beloved brothers and sisters in their need. Do you feel called to join us? Love is best expressed in person, face to face, hand to hand, arm in arm. We are always looking for those who feel called to a life of service in Christ. Could it be Christ is calling you right now?
The Sacred Metropolis of New Zealand was established in 1970 as a separate entity from the Archdiocese of Australia which, till then had spiritual oversight for this country. The Archdiocese is comprised of New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific, namely the islands of the Southeastern Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Samoa together with their neighbouring smaller islands.
Please Donate - Every little bit helps. 100% of the money you donate goes directly to our programs. All of our administrative team are volunteers which keeps our overhead low. Raised funds are used to support our children’s home, their education, our priests, our monasteries, housing and transportation and in the event of natural disasters for community relief.
495 Gladstone Road, Levin, 5571, New Zealand