"Last night we had the absolute honour and blessing to meet and speak with Australia's very own Mother Theresa, Father Themi Adamopoulo, whose Orthodox Mission of Sierra Leone is undertaking miraculous work in the education, nourishment and fostering of orphans from the Ebola virus, amputees from the civil war and destitute women and children. The Mission's Teachers College involves Australians training the next generation of Sierra Leonean teachers, and by turn today's children, to break the cycle of poverty and equip young adults with the necessary skills to achieve economic empowerment.
Father Themi's story is an inspiration for us all. From humble middle class Greek Egyptian roots, he went on to be an active Marxist at Melbourne Uni and member of The Flies rock band, to later denounce his ideology and find solace in Orthodox Christianity as a theologian, obtaining PhDs from Princeton and Monash. In Africa, Fr Themi has undertaken awe-inspiring work in Kenya, and in Sierra Leone since being requested by its President almost one decade ago. With the support and generosity of Australians, Americans and even Greeks despite the economic crisis, may Fr Themi continue his trailblazing efforts in Sierra Leone as he returns next week after one month in Australia. We wish him well and pray for him and his Mission."