All Saints Orthodox Church is not only a church, but a mission, community, home and safe-haven for many of those who are in need. The mission of this Parish began on August 6, 1998, with the grace of Metropolitan Nikitas – the Archbishop of Hong Kong and South East Asia. Fr. Stephanos Boik was ordained as an Orthodox Priest by Metropolitan Nikitas on June 10, 1998. He was selected as the shepherd to lead this flock. Together they began the mission of All Saints Orthodox Church and St. Thomas Orphanage, located in Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. The Archdiocese funded the purchase of the Church and home for the Fr. Stephanos to live with his family as well with Orthodox children and families who are in need.
Located amongst the rice fields in a tucked-away village in Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia, All Saints Orthodox Church has taken in orphaned children, as well as children with parents who are unable to support them. The Church provides healthcare, nutritious meals, education, spiritual guidance, safety and proper care for them. They also house young men who have received the calling to be ordained into the Priesthood, single mothers without support of their husbands and pregnant women who have been abandoned by there husbands, where there have been two recent cases of. The idea of the mission began from wanting to help the future lives of children and society as a whole. If just one child (or more) can be given proper spiritual guidance, healthcare, education, nutritious food and safety, then they can go onto University and find a stable job as an adult. This will ultimately reduce crime rates and suffering in Bali, Indonesia and the world.
Sadly, at the moment, the Church is struggling financially to properly support and provide for this mission and community. Without much local funding available, All Saints Orthodox Church is an island, left to fend for itself. More people are in need and are asking to stay at the Church. Fr. Stephanos recently took in two boys, whose father is in Australia and absent from their lives. Their mother is unable to support them and turned to the Church for help. One of the boys has recently been baptized by Fr. Stephanos and the other is waiting to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Public education isn’t entirely free in Indonesia. There are school fees involved that families must pay to fund the children’s books and uniforms. These two boys cannot go to school, because they don’t have anyone to pay for their school fees.
Two-hundred U.S. dollars a month will provide nutritious and bountiful meals, electricity, clean water, school fees, healthcare and other basic amenities of daily life. My hope is to raise enough funds for All Saints Orthodox Church to continue this mission for the next coming year.
I first found All Saints Orthodox Church in 2013. I was teaching English in Bali, and was welcomed at the Church for Easter services. I didn't know what to expect at first, but when I arrived to the Church, I was embraced by warm smiles and hearts. Since then, I've spent many holidays, weekends and visits at the All Saints Orthodox Church. Fr. Stephanos, his wife and local parishioners welcomed me into the family. Being so far away from my own home, family, culture and traditions, I was humbled to be embraced as a sister. This is a special Orthodox Church and community which I was blessed to have experienced. They welcome Orthodox Christians, from all over the world to worship and celebrate with them. They are charitable, kind, hard-working and a constant inspiration for me. All Saints Orthodox Church has a special place in my heart and I am grateful for any financial support you could offer this community. Thank you for your support and God bless you all.