On the feast of St. Sergius of Radonezh, we told readers stories of people in whose lives the “Abbot of the Russian Land” participated in a special way. One of the heroes was Geraldio Lau Gefaldo, a translator of the Patriarchal Exarchate in South-East Asia (the Russian Orthodox Church) from Indonesia, who received the name Sergius in Holy Baptism. Today he has shared his story with us: how he learned about Russia, how he converted to Orthodoxy, and what it means to be a Christian in Indonesia.
The presence of children in the church gives me special joy. Thank God, we managed to arrange a good Sunday school, and children attend it willingly. We try to avoid just cramming the catechism at classes, but we have a lively dialogue about the life of Christ, about the commandments, and what not.
Her appearances, as well as miracles, number in the hundreds, though most never become known. However, word of mouth of her divine signs are transferred throughout the world and every year believers from every corner of Greece but also from abroad, such as America, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, travel as far as Arcadia to venerate her grace and ask for her help.
It should be added that Peru is a multiethnic country, unlike Argentina or Chile. Historically, Lima is a very ancient city: Civilization existed here long before the arrival of the Spaniards. Peru is a country of religious, economic, and social contrasts.
Fr. Roman Kunen is the acting rector of the Church of the holy Martyr Zinaida in Rio de Janeiro of the Diocese of Argentina and South America of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and also an assistant judge. He spoke with us about how tendinitis helped him convert to Orthodoxy, how Brazilians keep fasts, social networks as a means of preaching Christ and what places are worth visiting in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.