Innocent Lewis a NW Orthodox Christian is producing a Biography on Gerontissa Makrina Spiritual Mother of Gerontissa Efpraxia of St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington. Please consider supporting this worthy project. Here is an Intro from “The Blessed Makrina website.”
“What comes to mind when you think of the year 1922?
The rise of jazz and the flapper generation?
Silent film and a relatively peaceful time between the two world wars?
In the year 1922 the subject of our documentary is a small child, two years old, held tight by her mother who is held tight by her husband. They are fleeing from their home in Asia Minor. Fleeing from their bloodstained, battered home that has been destroyed by the hatred of genocide.
“Throw her into the sea! You can’t survive with a child to slow the way.” The other refugee women advise her mother, who does no such thing.
She choose to risk her own life for the sake of her little daughter, and for that we are eternally grateful.
The story of Gerontissa Makrina is a story fraught with turmoil, tragedy and loss. She lost her parents at the age of twelve and had to support herself and younger brother by the labour of her own hands.
She became, through these trials, strong and prayerful. She, the orphan child, became a mother to thousands. Three of her daughters in Christ she sent to the little Eastern Washington town of Goldendale, to found a Monastery that has been a light to so many of us here in the northwest.
The sisters of St. John the Forerunner Monastery have a love for Gerontissa Makrina that has given life to this project. We owe everything to their enthusiasm.” ( Read the rest on the website)