OCYM, St . Marys, Farmers Branch, Dallas donates INR One Lakh to Yacharam Balagram

Written By: on Feb 9th, 2011 and filed under Features, News, Parish News.

DALLAS: OCYM, St . Marys Orthodox Church, Farmers Branch, Dallas donated INR one Lakh to St. Gregorios Balagram, Yacharam, Andra Pradesh.

Representing the OCYM of St . Mary’s Orthodox Church, Farmers Branch, V.T Varghese and Omana Varghese handed over the check to Fr. Thomas Varghese, Manager of the Balagram on Januvary 21, 2011 at a simple function held at the Balagram.

“St. Mary’s Youth Movement believes that the kids at Yacharam could be an asset to the future days and therefore this donation is to be counted as a proclamation of the message of Jesus Christ”, acclaimed one of the members of the movement.

Balagram Yacharam was established by the Malankara Church in 1985 in the name of St Gregorios of Parumala and it was through the efforts of Sabaratnam Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios. Balagram Yacharam aims to wean the healthy male children of leprosy patients so that the dreadful disease does not spread to the following generations.

OCYM, Farmers Branch raised this money primarily through sale of coupon books. A lion share of the raised amount was donated to the Church building fund. INR one Lakh was intended towards charity.

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2 Responses for “OCYM, St . Marys, Farmers Branch, Dallas donates INR One Lakh to Yacharam Balagram”

  1. James Thomas says:

    My comment is on the above comment, I guess I would advise my friend to read Corinthians, St. Paul elaborates on charity as one of the virtues of grace. St. Paul proclaims his charity work loud and clear. He sets example for others to do charity work. He is basically proclaiming about charity loud and clear. If it was something that he was not supposed to talk about. I do not understand why he takes pain to elaborate it in 1 Corinthians 13. It is our attitude to keep looking for faults in others, to pick others whenever it is possible. You can quote bible for every argument that you have. Just like I am going to use the following verse from Bible. How would it be right if I use the following to say Christ is preaching against criticizing fellow Christians? “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Your way of quoting bible is not much different from what I just did.

  2. Tenny Thomas says:

    “this donation is to be counted as a proclamation of the message of Jesus Christ”

    The quote above is taken from the main article. Please read the Bible and know that Christ’s message is the stark opposite of what you said. The message below is also to everyone who organizes a meeting to hand out charitable donations on a small or large scale. You have to give but there is absolutely no need to make a show of it. I am shocked to see how blind and how contrary to the message of the Gospel we live of lives. I know many will quote St. Matthew 25:35 – “I was hungry and you fed me…” to support what they do. There is no problem feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, visiting the sick and supporting the downtrodden. The problem arises when we advertise what we give through the media and take pictures of our act and donations and post it as news. Such practices must be stopped.

    The Gospel is very clear. St. Matthew 6:1 – 4

    “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

    There are many who would say that such news is a way to encourage and make those who do not give aware of such events – REALLY? 2 Corinthians 9:7 says – “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” A cheerful giver does not need to be reminded to give or they need not see another act of charity to become charitable themselves. I pray for the day when people will become more and more charitable and such meaningless events to advertise them will be no more. God bless the true generous hearts.

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