Cerșetorul Japonez a devenit Călugăr ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

http://textsorthodoxy.wordpress.com

TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

Cerșetorul Japonez a devenit Călugăr

As vrea sa va dau un mic exemplu de activi­tate misionara. Noi avem un mic metoc in New York. El este asezat intr-o parte foarte saraca a ora­sului, unde traiesc in general vorbitori de spaniola si afroamericani; de jur imprejur droguri, alcool, oameni fara adapost. Cred ca jumatate din popu­latia zonei traieste din alocatiile statului. Pentru adolescenti, in aceasta zona, sa nasti un copil la 14-15 ani este un motiv de deosebita mandrie. Nu, nu sa ai grija de acest copil, ci pur si simplu sa il nasti. De aceea, in cadrul acestei populatii, foarte putini vad pentru ei anumite perspective in viata. La fiecare al doilea colt de strada se afla o biserica romano-catolica sau protestanta, o sinagoga si asa mai departe, toate goale.

In fata casei noastre este o mica adancitura, pe care noi o numim fantana. Aceasta exista pentru a se putea ajunge prin ea la subsol. Odata, pe la mijlocul lui februarie, ningea cu ploaie si era frig. Deodata, printre tomberoanele de gunoi pe care, de asemenea, le tinem in acest put, am auzit un zgomot. Eu m-am gandit ca, asa cum se intampla deseori, vreun cersetor scormoneste in gunoiul nostru si cauta sticle goale. Eu nu sunt impotriva ca cersetorii sa stranga sticle goale, dar ei, de obicei, arunca peste tot gunoiul care le cade in mana, si aceasta nu am vrut s-o permit.

Asadar, deschid usa si vad in fata mea un om cu infatisare asiatica. Il intreb:

– Ce faci?

– Iertati-ma, va rog, raspunde el, caut si eu ceva de mancare.

– Pai, de ce scormonesti in gunoi? Haidem in casa!

– Nu-nu, nu pot, zice el, sunt murdar tot si mi­ros urat.

– Haide-haide, ii zic eu.

In timpul scurtei conversatii, i-am povestit ca noi avem o incapere in care poate face dus, isi poa­te schimba hainele si poate manca.

Omul s-a speriat:

– Ce vrei de la mine? Pentru ce faci toate astea?

Eu zic:

– Nu vreau sa imi arunci gunoiul in prag. Atat si nimic mai mult.

Dupa ce a mancat, m-am asezat langa el si a inceput discutia. Parea un om destul de destept. L-am intrebat:

– Unde locuiesti?

– Niciunde.

– Adica nu ai unde?

– Ei, zice el, in fiecare noapte faceam curat intr-un restaurant japonez, si ei imi dadeau voie sa locuiesc la ei la subsol.

– Dar cum ai ajuns fara adapost?

Si el mi-a povestit ca era inginer si ca a venit din Japonia. La inceput, lucrurile i-au mers foarte bine, dar apoi a inceput sa fie atras de droguri, co­caina, heroina, si in scurt timp a pierdut tot.

Eu i-am propus sa ramana la noi.

– O, nu, nu pot, a raspuns el.

– Dar de ce?

– Pentru ca eu caut adevarul! a spus omul.

Eu zic:

– Nu trebuie sa mergi nicaieri, adevarul este aici!

– Toti zic asa, a raspuns el. Am fost la catolici, la mormoni, la martorii lui Iehova, la iudei, la budisti. Toti promit unul si acelasi lucru, dar nu dau nimic.

– Bine, zic eu, totusi, mai ramai putin!…

Si a ramas sa stea la noi cateva zile. Am ince­put sa discutam. Apoi el s-a botezat si l-am numit in cinstea Sfantului Nicolae al Japoniei. Acum s-a intors deja in Japonia si a primit acolo calugaria intr-o manastire ortodoxa. Dar totul a inceput pen­tru el cu faptul ca noi i-am dat posibilitatea sa devina o parte din obste, ca i-am ingaduit sa vietuias­ca impreuna cu noi. El a vazut Evanghelia inainte de a o auzi sau de a o citi.

Sursa:

(Schiarhimandrit Ioachim Parr, Convorbiri pe pământ rusesc, Editura Egumenita, 2015)

ttps://marturieathonita.ro/cersetorul-japonez-devenit-calugar/

Recovering the Ancient Paths – Dennis L. Corrigan, USA

http://usaofmyheart.wordpress.com

USA OF MY HEART

1-10

Recovering the Ancient Paths

by Dennis L. Corrigan, USA

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2010/05/recovering-the-ancient-paths-dennis-corrigan/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”

The following is a revision of a letter (article) we wrote to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel to explain our decision to withdraw from that organization in order to pursue our being catechized unto Chrismation into the Orthodox Church. We have revised it to make it more useful for a more general distribution by members of our congregation who may want to help in explaining our decision to families and friends.

The Carpenter’s Company is in the process of becoming a part of the Orthodox Church. This obviously means that we have had to withdraw from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel which we did in early May, 1996. All this is actually the culmination of a journey which began for us in 1987 when the Holy Spirit commanded us to ask for the “ancient paths” (Jeremiah 6:16).

A Journey Begins

Our quest for the ancient paths did not actually get underway until June 17, 1989 when we began to meet every morning at six o’clock for prayer. We soon called it Vigil, the name given to the night office of prayer for over fifteen hundred years. We could not Continue reading “Recovering the Ancient Paths – Dennis L. Corrigan, USA”

Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary

http://orthodox-heart-sites.blogspot.com

ORTHODOX HEART SITES

Is There One True Church?

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

An Interview with Peter Jackson,

a former Protestant missionary

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2010/05/is-there-one-true-church-peter-jackson/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Peter Jackson—a former Protestant missionary and the translator of several books of Holy Scripture into the language of the Kogi people of Colombia, presently a student at Holy Trinity Spiritual Seminary—tells of his road to Orthodoxy. This is an Interview conducted with him on the pages of Pravoslavnaya Rus’ [Orthodox Rus’] by R. Sholkov.

* * *

RS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

PJ: I was an Evangelical Protestant from birth. My family attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches, and my parents were firm believers in [the concept of] the “invisible Church,” i.e., [the belief] that there has never been a single church on earth which could call herself the one True Church; i.e., [a church] possessing the fullness of the Truth. All that was necessary was “to believe in Christ” and to attend that church which was “convenient.” But I could never understand why there were so many different so-called churches, all of which considered themselves to be Bible-based?

When I was 12 years old, our community was visited by some preachers who were doing missionary work in Colombia and translating the Bible for the Indians. Because I had always been interested in languages, I was attracted to this work. I was astonished [to learn] that there are thousands of languages in the world into which the Bible has not yet been translated.

I began to study Greek and Hebrew, in order to prepare myself for working in translating the Bible into such languages; and, at the university, I studied linguistics. Later, I joined the Protestant Mission of Bible translators (Wycliffe Bible Translators), in order to obtain a more detailed education.

When I was in training at Wycliffe, I became acquainted with my future wife, Styliana; now we have two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin. Styliana’s parents were missionaries in Colombia, when she was yet 5 years old. They preached among the semi-savage Kogi tribe. Her parents were very happy to receive our Continue reading “Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary”

Video – Riverside, California, USA: Fisher of men – Winning converts to the Orthodox Faith

http://heavenonearthorthodoxy.wordpress.com

HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Riverside, California, USA: Fisher of men

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Winning converts to the Orthodox Faith

My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy – Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA

http://usaofmyheart.wordpress.com

USA OF MY HEART

north-dakota-car-insurance-quotes

My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy

by Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

My parents brought me to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church for Baptism as an infant. Somehow, someway a grace entered my life that has resided as long as I can remember. The quest as to who He is and how I should know him has been a lifelong pursuit.

It was an evening in 1966. Our modest North Dakota apartment housed my Mother, Father and myself. Dad was at the family Drive-In. Mom and I decided to watch NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. It was a Rock Hudson Movie called ‘The Spiral Road’. Rock’s character was an Atheist Doctor in a south pacific Island who had fallen in love with a Christian nurse. She asked Rock why he didn’t believe in God, to which he replied something like:

‘because at one point I challenged God to show himself to me. I told God ‘If you are there- strike me down!’ He did nothing and that is why I do not believe.’

Well the next day, of course, was Sunday morning. Our Redeemer’s was a large Church with a huge wooden cross hanging on a rock wall behind the pulpit. As I recall, the Continue reading “My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy – Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA”

Which Came First: New Testament or the Church? – Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

 http://usaofmyheart.wordpress.com

USA OF MY HEART

USA WASHINGTON FFFF

205456_8316973674_831768674_323429_2397_n

Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

by Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

A convert to Christianity from Judaism, Fr. James was a teenage chess champion whose dramatic conversion experience at the age of 16 led him to Christianity, and is also one of the founders of Jews For Jesus. His journey led him directly to the Orthodox Christian faith, and his journey is recounted in his book “Surprised By Christ,” the story of a man searching for the truth and unable to rest until he finds it. He is the priest at St. Paul Church in Brier, WA.

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had been through reading the Gospels in the “forbidden book” called the New Testament, at age sixteen, that I had come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our promised Messiah. In my early years as a Christian, much of my religious education came from private Bible reading.

By the time I entered college, I had a pocket-sized version of the whole Bible that was my constant companion. I would commit favorite passages from the Scriptures to memory, and often quote them to myself in times of temptation-or to others as I sought to convince them of Christ. The Bible became for me-as it is to this day-the most important book in print. I can say from my heart with Saint Paul the Apostle,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

That’s the good news!

The bad news is that often I would decide for myself what the Scriptures meant. For example, I became so enthusiastic about knowing Jesus as my close and personal friend that I thought my own awareness of Him was all I needed. So I would mark verses about Continue reading “Which Came First: New Testament or the Church? – Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA”

Un neamţ Protestant a cunoscut Ortodoxia printr-un aparat de emisie-recepţie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

http://faithbookorthodoxy.wordpress.com

FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY

Un neamţ Protestant a cunoscut Ortodoxia

printr-un aparat de emisie-recepţie

Sâmbătă 8-08-2009, în Sfânta Mănăstire Dohiariu, în Sfântul Munte Athos, într-o atmosferă plină de umilinţă, neamţul Dominik Weiel, geolog în vârstă de 40 de ani, s-a lepădat de protestantism şi a îmbrăţişat Ortodoxia primind la Botez numele de Mihail.

Mihail a cunoscut Athosul şi Ortodoxia, prin contactul pe care l-a întreţinut prin intermediul unui aparat de emisie-recepţie cu un frate de mănăstire radio-amator, părintele Apollo SV2ASP/A, contact început încă din 1991. Neamţul radio-amator, cu foarte multă experienţă, DL5EBE, student pe atunci, când a auzit pentru prima dată de monahul aghiorit lipsit de experienţă care încerca prin semnalul lui slab să facă legătura, s-a grăbit să comunice cu el şi să-l ajute. Acesta a fost primul motiv de a veni în Athos: a-l cunoaşte pe acest monah şi a organiza staţia. Această vizită însă s-a transformat însă şi într-o staţie pentru viaţa lui. L-a cunoscut pe Gheronda (Bătrânul) Grigorie, Egumenul Mănăstirii şi pe fraţi, i-a iubit şi a continuat să viziteze mănăstirea urmând de fiecare dată îndeaproape întregul ei program zilnic.

Când şi-a terminat studiile universitare l-a contactat o societate germană petrolieră cu activităţi în întreaga lume. Vreme de mulţi ani a lucrat la Moscova şi de acolo a avut ocazia să viziteze Athosul mai mulţi ani la rând, dar simultan ţinea legătura prin undele radio. Toată această perioadă s-a luptat înterior pentru schimbarea sa şi hotărându-se şi pentru Botez, a luat drumul Athosului. Zilele acestea s-a întâmplat să avem multe lucrări la care a a participat şi el. Zilele treceau şi se neliniştea în privinţa Botezului. Vineri, Gheronda l-a întrebat din nou: „Vrei să te botezi?”. „Mare mi-ar fi bucuria!”- i-a răspuns şi imediat chipul i s-a luminat. Atunci l-am chemat pe domnul Stavros Pomakis, ofiţer în Armata Aeriană, radio-amator, fiu duhovnicesc al Mănăstirii, care, chiar dacă era departe de casa sa, a primit din tot sufletul să-i devină naş. În foarte puţin timp, toate erau gata, şi astfel, sâmbătă dimineaţă, după Dumnezeiasca Liturghie a primit Sfântul Botez în portul Mănăstirii, înconjurat de întreaga obşte şi de pelerini şi plin de bucurie s-a întors iarăşi la serviciul său.

Să ne rugăm Arhanghelului Mihail, ocrotitorul Mănăstirii noastre, al cărui nume i l-a dat Gheronda, să-l întărească în drumul dificil al vieţii pe care zilnic îl parcurge.

Source:

https://www.impantokratoros.gr/404B1140.ro.aspx