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Debre Bizen Monastery, Eritrea
Our goal is to aid others to the extent of our ability, beginning with our monasteries, as they are the pillar of our faith without which there would be no church. Please join us in serving, and giving back to those that have been praying and fasting continually for the Church Christ died for.
Eritrean Tewahdo monasteries have been one of the first in its kind, next to that of copts, out of the African continent as a whole. They are the pillars for sound and correct teaching of the Tewahdo Orthodox Church. Historically in the state of Eritrea there were over 300 monasteries. However, currently on the top of lack of adequate maintenance over the years; neglect of these historical places since colonial periods; and lack of rain and drought which have forced monks to leave the monasteries, COVID-19 has posed a major problem within our Monasteries. Due to COVID-19, each Monastery who used to get financial help through alms of the visitors have come to none. The existing few monasteries, due to lack of financial help, are on the verge of closing. Some of them don’t even have a roof or have a leaking roof on top of the Church in the monastery. Some Fathers/Monks/ are leaving leaky, unsafe, hazardous monasteries to another seeking to be in a mildly improved monastery financially. Not only are the places inadequate but also due to less rain and drought, the church fathers are forced to leave their original monastery to another bigger “able” monastery to pray for all of us.
The Church through its Holy Synod is asking for all especially for believers to help. In doing so, we would be allowing the Church Fathers to do what they do best- Praying for our country, faith and the faithful as a whole! If we don’t act now, there will be detrimental consequential implications:-
A) Monasteries are the source of sound, foundational orthodox teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They are the guardian of this Holy faith. Destruction of our monasteries means cutting a blood vessel to an organ which makes it anemic and later leads to death.
B) Monasteries are the basic school for our Tewahedo Faith where Bishops, Monks, Mergeta’s, Priests and Deacons e.t.c are educated and equipped with the orthodox teaching and Holy Tradition that was passed from our forefathers. It is the Monasteries that give birth to Patriarchs and Bishops and it is the Bishops that appoint the Priests and Deacons and it is the Priests and Deacons who serve the mass. Destruction of monasteries compromises the authentic teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, teachings that has been passed since the Holy Apostolic time.
C) Monasteries are the library of our faith where centuries of books including written and oral are found. They not only provide the necessary materials for what the faith should look like literally but also are the source of the life and practicality of Orthodox Christian faith in terms of liturgy, fasting, prayer and e.t.c. Destruction of monasteries makes our faith a corpse where later generations would end up with lifeless faith.
D) Monasteries are archives of thousands of years of Eritrean History.
E) They are the shelters to the fatherless and needy.
Currently fundraising for all the monasteries in Eritrea, as they are in need of our donations for both utilities as well as general upkeep.
Monasteries are the source of sound, foundational orthodox teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Monasteries are the basic school for our Tewahedo Faith where Bishops, Monks, Mergeta’s, Priests and Deacons e.t.c are educated and equipped with the orthodox teaching and Holy Tradition that was passed from our forefathers.
Monasteries are the library of our faith where centuries of books including written and oral are found.
Monasteries are archives of thousands of years of Eritrean History.
Debre Sina Holy Trinity Theology School & Finote Birhan Traditional Church School
Accepting both monetary donations and any books from this list that would be helpful to the Theology students at Holy Trinity!
These two Schools have a big role in maintaining, proclaiming and transferring the sound Orthodox faith that was given to the saint once. Debre-Sina Theology School is the first official modern theological School of our Church. The first batch are now in their second year. These schools have been funded by the Church itself. The Church expenses include an allowance to the students, food, salary to the teachers, etc. However, Due to COVID-19 and closure of Churches for the past two month [means less income through donations], these programs have been experiencing difficulty financially.
St. Demiana & the 40 Virgins Convent
This womans convent located in the center of Asmara, helps the elderly, and young girls in need of a place to stay, and sews clothing for any age choir, clergy vestments, and clothing for holy matrimony ceremony. One can help by simply ordering clothing from these mothers, and sisters or send a monetary donation.
Info: 291-113211 or 291-7137059
Swift Code-CBERERAI-Bank of Eritrea
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”- 1 John 3:17. We will be continuously updating all those who donate, on where the funds have gone, and what improvements and aid has been given to the monasteries and churches in Eritrea.