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Bringing the Lord’s Love to Suffering Neighbors, Near and Far: A Visit from IOCC Seminarian John Malcom And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets. (Matt. 22:37-40)

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n October 27, 2009, Nicholas Chakos, the Development Officer for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), gave a lecture at the Seminary concerning the critical humanitarian role that the IOCC is playing throughout the world. The initiatives of IOCC, accomplished in many countries as well as on our own soil, are helping to spread the love of Christ through charitable work. This charitable work varies in scope, and ranges from helping to distribute medical supplies to helping clergy become certified in drug and alcohol counseling. Work is also being done in underdeveloped countries to help educate people in basic life skills (e.g., hygiene), which we often take for granted. The mission statement of IOCC is simple: IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox

tion to the cause of IOCC. Natural disasters in the United States have also made the need for relief urgent among our neighbors here. In an ongoing effort to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, over two hundred IOCC volunteers have helped to build fifty new homes in the Gulf Coast area of Louisiana. One of the reasons that IOCC is able to provide so much for people that are in need is the organization’s ability to effectively use the funds that it receives. Of every dollar that IOCC takes in, they are able to use ninety-two cents toward charitable causes. The result of this is that when people Church to so respond. With this give to the IOCC, they can be conmission statement at the heart of fident that their offering is going to everything that IOCC does, it is a good cause. able to be a very active force in promoting unity among Orthodox We are thankful that Mr. people of different backgrounds Chakos was able to share the spirit and also provides the tools and of IOCC with us at St. Tikhon’s. expertise necessary to help those Now it is up to us to encourage our who are in need. One of the key parishes and our fellow Orthodox aspects that helps make IOCC Christians to give generously of effective is that they use programs our time and money to assist IOCC that are already in place in areas in its efforts at “helping others help where they are working. They also themselves.” We should take the train local people to enable them to time to read and respond to the do the work that needs to be done, mailings we receive from IOCC so that whatever is set up by IOCC and to spread the word about this does not collapse after they leave. truly wonderful organization, which is striving to extend the Nick Chakos explained that healing hand of Christ to those IOCC offers many different oppor- most in need, across the country tunities for people to volunteer for and around the globe. mission work in other countries. He spoke of how his own personal experience in Romania and Ethiopia had deepened his devo43

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