Bashuki, Ukraine, November 12, 2018
The villagers of Bashuki in the Ternopil Province of Ukraine resolved to build a new church after theirs was seized by schismatics on June 14, 2015.
From that time, the Orthodox community of Bashuki has been forced to hold services in an adapted home church. However, the community is now on the way to having their own church building again, as His Eminence Metropolitan Sergei of Ternopil visited the village on October 20 to ceremoniously lay the first stone, having consecrated the plot of land last year, as OrthoChristian previously reported.
The community is now looking to their fellow Orthodox Christians to help in this endeavor through prayerful and monetary support.
With the blessing of Met. Sergei, the diocese has opened several banks accounts where they can receive funds towards the building of God’s house and the building up of the Orthodox community in a sadly persecuted area.
Met. Sergei’s letter of blessing reads:
This document confirms the authenticity of the certificate of the opening of a dollar account in the JSC “Alpha-Bank” by the Ternopil Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The funds will be used for the construction of a new church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the village of Bashuki, Kremenets Region, Ternopil Province.
Information on transferring money to the accounts, as well as Met. Sergei's official letter can be found in the image below:
A video dedicated to the community, its sufferings, and its plea for help has also been posted on the YouTube channel Orthodox Church:
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