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2018 Kenya Youth Work Team

Traveling From: 11/28/2018 to 12/8/2018; Team Cost: $1365*

Nandi - The 2018 Kenya Mission Team has been invited by His Grace Athanasios Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya to participate in a five-day retreat for youth from the Diocese of Kisumu which will be held at the Kemoloi Boys School in Nandi district. The youth who are from diverse backgrounds and different tribes, are filled with a great desire to grow in their Orthodox faith and meet other Orthodox from around the world. The primary focus of this retreat is to concentrate on the unique and dynamic ministry that youth leaders have within Orthodox parishes, how other youth around the world are involved in their parish and how they stay connected to the Church and society.

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.

Team Members should be experienced in youth ministry.

Dates: November 28 – December 8, 2018

Cost: $1,365 (+ airfares)

Travel – Team Members must fly on the international travel itinerary OCMC will provide to and from the project destination. Team Members are responsible for all air travel: one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Wednesday, November 28 (by 4 pm for orientation) and an international segment from JAX to Kisumu, Kenya on Friday, November 30, returning home on Saturday, December 8. Airfares are not included in participant cost.

Fund raising – Each Team Member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares associated with this Team. Team Members are encouraged to invite others to participate in this effort through prayer and tax-deductible donations. Participant cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.

OCMC partially subsidizes each Team Member’s cost to keep it at the price posted and relies on donations from individuals and churches for these costs. If you are interested in assisting with these expenses, please contact the OCMC for more information. If you would like to contribute to this project, which is also supported by the OCMC, we are grateful for your support. This is optional and for that reason it is not included in the participant cost.

 
Team Members
Fr. Dimitrios Lee
Miss Theodora N Veronis
Mrs. Aphrodite Peponis
Mrs. Anna Kurian
Ms. And'rea Colevas
Ms. Eleni Brown
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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.
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