Saint Mark’s Orthodox Mission is situated in Edendale, just outside of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. It belongs to the Archbishopric of Good Hope in the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. The mission was established in 2000 and the Church of Saint Mark was built and consecrated in 2004.
In addition to the church building, there is an old house on the mission property that is in very poor condition and is is urgently in need of repairs. It was recently broken into and seriously damaged. Windows and doors were broken, the rather flimsy burglar bars were forced out, and electrical fittings were stolen. We are concerned that it is vulnerable to further damage until security is improved.
Once these urgent repairs are carried out, further repairs will also be needed. We discovered last year that there was a termite infestation and, when the termites were dealt with, it was discovered that they had done significant damage to the electrical wiring and the roof trusses.
We want to be able to use the house for catechetical activities, children’s activities, and a possible food kitchen that will accompany a food gardens project we are starting on the mission grounds. But it is impossible to use it until it is better secured, and other significant improvements will also need to be done as soon as we can afford them.
We are on the verge of launching a website for the mission, and will post details of that here as soon as it is up. But we are posting this in the meantime as it is really crucial that we get the most necessary repairs done as soon as possible.
This appeal has the blessing of our bishop, His Emminence Metropolitan Sergios, Metropolitan Bishop of Good Hope.