2017 Kenya Teaching Team
Traveling From: 4/21/2017 to 5/2/2017; Team Cost: $1365*
KISUMU, KENYA – Participate in a women’s retreat in the newly established Kisumu Diocese of Kenya this summer and be inspired by and encourage the dynamic women leaders who will attend. The primary focus of this women’s retreat is to focus on the unique and dynamic ministry that women have within their Orthodox parishes.
The 2017 Kenya Mission Team has been invited by His Grace ATHANASIOS Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya to participate in a four-day retreat for women and clergy wives from the Diocese of Kisumu. Over 800 women with from diverse backgrounds and different tribes will participate. Topics for the seminar include: Role of Women in the Orthodox Church, Spirituality, Women as custodians of family health, Empowering women for economic growth, and Church development. The “Mothers Union” and the women of Kenya have one common desire, to grow in Christ and in their ministry to their Church.
In 2015, Fr. Athanasios was elevated to Bishop by His Beatitude THEODOROS II, the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. In his speech at his enthronement, the Patriarch said: “The hour of missions in the vast and great country of Kenya ‘has indeed come.’ The fullness of time has arrived; the time of sowing has come as has the time of reaping. Teach them to love Christ’s name above all.” The Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya includes over 18,000 faithful, 200 parishes and 100 clergy. It is made up of four different tribes: Luhya, Luo, Nandi and Turkana. About 9% of Kenya’s population belongs to peoples only marginally impacted by the Gospel, but a large number of people have been exposed to the Gospel.
Orthodoxy arose in East Africa without the influence of foreign missionaries. The Church was founded by two charismatic African men searching for truth and ‘orthodoxia’ in the 1920’s. The Orthodox Church in Kenya was received into canonical Orthodoxy in 1946, and the Makarios III Patriarchal Seminary was opened in the 1980’s to train indigenous priests from Africa. OCMC has supported the work of the Orthodox Church in Kenya for over 30 years and continues to provide support for theological and catechetical training, and works with church leaders to address issues of self-sufficiency for the church. Presently, the Church in Kenya has three hierarchs, His Eminence Archbishop MAKARIOS of Kenya, Bishop NEOPHYTOS of Nyeri and Mount Kenya, and Bishop ATHANASIOS of Kisumu and Western Kenya.
Share the teachings of the Orthodox faith and be a part of laying the foundation of the Faith for many. Be a part of this dynamic women’s ministry of the Church in Kenya. Participants should be well-grounded in the basic teachings of the Church and prepared to offer basic Orthodox catechism and religious education.
Dates: April 21 – May 2, 2017
Cost: $1,365 (+ airfares)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements: a one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Friday, April 21 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL); depart from JAX for Kisumu, Kenya on Sunday, April 23, and return home from Kenya on Tuesday, May 2. Team members must fly on the same itinerary to and from the project destination (return locations will differ) -- OCMC will provide a travel itinerary. Airfares are not included in cost.
Fund raising – Each Team member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares. Team members raise funds to cover the cost of their participation. Participants are encouraged to let others know that they will be sharing in the work of missions through their tax-deductible donations, and invite others to participate through prayer and financial support. The cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.
OCMC relies solely on gifts and offerings from churches and individuals for support. If you would like to contribute to this ministry mission project –the women’s conference and registration – we welcome you to do so and are grateful for your support. This is optional and for that reason it is not included in the participant cost.
Share in a journey of faith… Orthodox Mission Team members are challenged to view the world with God's eyes and seek how He wants to use them to fulfill His plans. This cross-cultural experience, combined with outreach, offers participants a life-changing learning experience. This experience is about people, culture and missions. It is also about prayer, for you and others; it is about God, those you serve, and about yourself, as you serve Him.