Letter from His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Special Olympics
Beloved in the Lord:
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you and your families are in good health. Once again we come to that time of year when our teens raise money for Special Olympics Awareness Day. This year is special in that we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of our SOYO’s ministering to Special Olympics. As we mark this milestone, we cannot but think of the countless lives we have touched and also how our lives have been touched by these special children of God. This past year, from August 13-21 our Antiochian Village became a gathering place for these children, and we welcomed them, through your support, with open arms.
Each year our own teens participate in the training and help the official staff of the Special Olympics to teach these beautiful children to compete in and enjoy what many of our own children take for granted. As a result, our own teens learn from the Special Olympians as well. It is indeed a learning experience for all involved. May God bless these young people and may we continue to encourage them to do what it well pleasing to His holy name.
Your Father in Christ,
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America