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2017 United States Outreach Team

Traveling From: 7/7/2017 to 7/17/2017

KUSKOKWIN DEANERY, ALASKA – The 2017 Alaska-III Mission Team will participate in teaching and outreach projects in the villages surrounding Napaskiak, Alaska. This Team is a joint effort of the OCMC and the Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT). OYMT is an organization of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Danbury, CT whose purpose is to give high school youth and adult leaders the opportunity to put their faith to work by serving others. This Team is comprised of 20 youth and 6 adult leaders from 6 parishes in 3 jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church.

The Team will participate in the annual Kuskokwim Deanery youth conference, offer a VBS and work alongside people from the villages to assist with needed renovations and maintenance projects cleaning up. The Team will work with local clergy and lay leaders in Napaskiak to reach out to youth and adults from the small village of Oscarville (population 68) and other small villages surrounding Napaskiak. The project will focus on children and teens and the unique challenges that they face as Orthodox Christians growing up in isolated communities in Alaska, and offer witness to help strengthen the faith and deepen the understanding of the Church.

Native Alaskans often find themselves walking in two worlds - one with grandparents, ancient languages, fishing, hunting and close-knit subsistence villages and the other with an emphasis on formal education, internet technology and an evolving world economy. Teams bring a sense of family and connection as they share their faith with those whose home land is the ‘holy land’ of North America.

Historically, the Kuskokwim area was evangelized by men like St. Yakov Netsvetov in the 1800s, and is religious to this day. Alaska is considered America’s “Holy Land.” Many Alaska Native cultures place Russian Orthodoxy as central to their self-definition. These villages have populations of between 500 and 800 people; they are 98% Yup’ik Eskimo; and over half of their populations are under 18 years of age. These villages are unique in that they are one of few places in the world where a Native American language (Yup’ik) is still being taught in the home as a first language, and Yup’ik remains the main language of commerce in the villages. The economy is still primarily subsistence-based. Church life remains extremely central to village life; for example, in Napaskiak, the public school year began with the Orthodox priest blessing the classrooms and students and a ‘Moliben’ was offered.

The Church in Alaska faces many challenges as she continues to maintain an Orthodox witness and proclaim Christ while equipping a new generation of future believers and leaders to know and live their faith. OCMC Mission Teams work in partnership with the OCA Diocese of Alaska to provide catechism to the faithful, and offer youth ministry to foster growth and involvement in the Church.

Dates: July 7 – July 17, 2017
Cost: TBD (+ airfares)


Travel – Members will fly (round-trip) to Bethel, Alaska: on Friday, July 7 and return July 16 (return home July 17). Airfares are not included in participation cost.

Fund raising – Each Team member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares. Members. 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. Support on-line, or visit http://oymt.info/.

OCMC relies solely on gifts and offerings from churches and individuals for support. If you would like to contribute to this ministry mission project, 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.

 
Team Members
Orthodox Youth Mission Team
George Antonellis
Lauren Fazekas
Nicholas Fazekas
William Fazekas
Lynne Goetz
Dennis Kaputa
Alena Kittleman
Alexis Klimaszewski
Matthew Kuziak
Ted Maniatis
Fr. Luke Mihaly
Chris Nolan
Anastasia Radcliff
Grace Radcliff
Beth Ryzyk
Madeline Sulich
Susan Sulich
Nick Symochko
Joseph Symochko
Victoria Szpynda
Emily Szpynda
Adriana Szpynda
Melissa Tartaglio
Annie-Jorden Tomaszek
Robbie Wagner
Wislocki Olivia
 
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* Airfare not included in Team costs. Team members must travel on scheduled dates; air travel to be coordinated with OCMC; ground transportation will be provided. Team members are encouraged to raise the additional funds to cover the cost of domestic and international travel.
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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.