Father Themi’s Inspiring visit to Oakleigh Grammar

On Wednesday, September 6th students of the Middle School attended a presentation in the Conference Centre by Father Themi Adamopoulos; a man of God who sold everything he had, gave it to the poor, and followed Jesus into a world of poverty, affliction and oppression.

He became a Greek Orthodox missionary, travelling first to Kenya in the mid 90s. In 2008 he founded a mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone, helping the country recover from its brutal civil war, and more recently the Ebola epidemic. He has been there ever since. Healing the wounds of war, orphans, and amputees, disabled, homeless and unemployed is Father Themis’ priority with the support of an organisation called Paradise Kids for Africa.

Every year Father Themi returns to his home city of Melbourne for one month to raise awareness of the poor living in Sierra Leone, which is considered one of the poorest countries in the world. He says, ‘I am prepared to be there, are you prepared to back me up, I am prepared to spend my life there but I need your help’.

Father Themi spoke to the students of the Middle School about his missionary work with passion, humour and humility. His presentation was inspiring, engaging and most importantly real. As well as being informative and engaging, he made a huge impact on every child and teacher. He spoke with uncompromising candour about the serious issues of death, disease and poverty. He answered some big questions, and outlined how faith has helped him to find the courage and strength to overcome what to many of us would be insurmountable challenges.

Recently torrential rainfall, devastating floods and mudslides occurred in and around Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown. A collection took place to help those who have been affected by this tragedy. More than $650.00 was raised by staff and students of the Middle School prior to Father Themi’s visit. Thank you to all who gave so generously.

Zoe Taylor