2017 Indonesia Teaching Team
Traveling From: 6/27/2017 to 7/10/2017; Team Cost: $1155*
BALI, INDONESIA -- Assist the Orthodox Church in Indonesia with its ongoing mission by being part of a family-focused ministry in Singaraja, Bali. Teach about the Christian understanding of marriage, family life and raising children which will benefit individuals who are new to the faith. English lessons have also been requested.
This 2017 Indonesia Teaching Team has been invited by His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine of Singapore and South Asia to teach the basics of Orthodoxy in theory and praxis. This Team will teach about the Orthodox understanding of marriage, family life, basic catechism and have time for fellowship with the young families. Theological education is a vital need in this young church as is the witness of the Christian family. The St. Thomas House in Singaraja, Bali, has been a recipient of OCMC AGAPE Grants since 2005. Under the loving care of Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino and his Presbytera, the home has offered children a place to live and scholarships as an outreach of the Orthodox Church of Indonesia. Some of the first graduates are now working and many have embraced Orthodoxy.
Indonesia is a country with over 230 million people, where only six religions are officially recognized: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Bali is a predominantly Hindu region of Indonesia and Christianity accounts for less than 2% of the population. Islam’s strength and influence in numbers and power allow it to exert itself on the religious, political and social scenes, taking preferential treatment and limiting the activities of other faiths. Indonesia has a growing and diverse economy. Economic improvement was significantly reduced by economic crises in the last decade; recovery and new growth are still hampered. Endemic corruption exists and the need for economic reform still remains.
OCMC continues to support the strategic mission potential of the Metropolis of Singapore and South Asia and the Orthodox Church in Indonesia which is under the spiritual omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan KONSTANTINOS of Singapore and South Asia. This Team will provide support and assistance to the Church’s missionary initiatives which began thirty years ago in this nation where Christianity continues to be a minority faith.
Participants should be well-grounded in the basic teachings of the Church, with a sound understanding of the Orthodox Faith and the ability to teach catechism. English language teachers have also been requested. Families are welcome. Apply today to support the work carried out in Indonesia.
Dates: June 27 – July 10, 2017
Cost: $1,155.00 (+ airfare)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements: a one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Tuesday, June 27 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL); depart from JAX for Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, June 29, and return home from Denpasar, Indonesia on Friday, July 11. 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 St. Thomas House – 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.