Two Syrian Orthodox Christian ministries

1. St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church in Bangladore, India (non-Chalcedonian) “serves the needs of mentally handicapped children:”

St. Mary’s Opportunity School
The church and its members, without resting on the past achievements felt the need to do something even more substantial in the field of education, in serving the needs of mentally handicapped children. With this vision, an opportunity school was started on st June 1998. The scarcity of funds did not deter the members of the church, who had immense faith in the belief that ‘God will provide’ and that they could count on the support of generous members of the society. The donations, in cash and kind, have come spontaneously, and have gone a long way in sustaining the project.
The school has progressed well. Presently there are 13 mentally handicapped students. The next academic year holds the promise of more children being enrolled and requires financial resources.
The first steps in the long journey of service to the less fortunate have been taken. We now appeal to everyone of you to pray and contribute towards this task, to be a part of this humble service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who wishes to support this endeavor may send payments by cheque/DD drawn in favour of St. Mary’s Opportunity school, No.13, Queen’s road, Bangalore – 560052.
http://sor.cua.edu/ChMon/GIndia/BangaloreSMary.html

2. Mar Gregorios Rehabilitation centre (MGRC)

is a charitable organization under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and is engaged in the rehabilitation of poor Persons With Disabilities (PWD’s). . . .

AnoopAnoop is 9 years old. He lives with his family. His father is a laborer. As part of its regular survey the centre found him bedridden. After a medical assessment he has been undergoing physiotherapy. If supported, he can sit in a chair. The exercises have strengthened his neck muscles. He needs a continued service. http://www.charityfordisabled.com/

And if you were wondering, here is a short explanation of the differences between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church (Coptic, Syrian, Armenian): CLICK ON: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_primary_difference_between_the_Coptic_Orthodox_Church_and_the_Greek_Orthodox_Church

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