The organization 28 jun came to my attention a few years ago through their thought-provoking facebook updates on Serbian politics and Serbian history. I am now convinced that this organization is critical to the future of humanitarian work in Serbia because it completes truly incredible humanitarian projects.
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They say that Chicago is the second-largest city of Serbs in the world after Belgrade, and by the way the city mobilizes to support humanitarian efforts in Serbia, I believe it!
Last week, Bozur Humanitarian Society and Unitas Fund raised over $40,000 to fight poverty in Serb communities in Kosovo and Metohija with a reception and dinner at Chicago’s University Club.
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His Excellency Mr. Vuk Jeremic's Remarks at Last Week's Fundraising Dinner to Benefit Communities in Kosovo and Metohija
“From everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living, nothing is in my eyes better and more valuable than bridges. [...] [They] represent the eternal unsatisfied human desire to link, to reconcile and join all that springs up before our spirit and our eyes, so that there should be no divisions, and no parting.” --Ivo Andric
I will admit, every day in Hawaii is a beautiful day, but today was something extraordinary! I had the honor and privilege of greeting His Grace Bishop Dr. Maxim of Western America and Father Blasko Paraklis from Mission Viejo, CA at the Honolulu airport. I was so inspired as we talked over lunch about all things Serbian - and of course how awesome the ahi poke bowl was and this beautiful Hawaii weather.
In regards to Serbia and Kosovo, it seems like the humanitarian opportunities are endless, where do you even begin? But after spending a couple of hours with these two men of God and hearing their perspective and ideas, I was encouraged. It's as if God was doing that special thing that only He can do -bringing people into your life at just the right time to inspire and encourage.
Yes, Hawaii was blessed today, and so was I.
*A very special thank you to Igor who treated us to lunch today ~ Mahalo, Hvala Igor!
If you are on Oahu this Sunday please join His Grace Dr. Bishop Maxim and Father Blasko for Hierachical Divine Liturgy at 9:30am
Saint Lazar Serbian Orthodox Parish of Honolulu
The Most Holy Theotokos of Iveron
Russian Orthodox Church
845 Queen Street, Suite #101
On Sunday, March 3rd 2013
Following the Divine Liturgy and luncheon there will be a Parish meeting - with his Grace Bishop Dr. Maxim and Fr. Blasko.