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2014 Albania
Teaching Team

to 9/29/2014 (Team Cost: $1160*)

Teaching – Tirana

Clergy wives and women lay leaders are encouraged to apply to this Team that will lead a number of retreats for clergy wives and women’s groups in Albania. Large group presentations, small discussion groups, reflection time and fellowship will round out the retreat. Topics such as the role of clergy wives and the role of women in the Church have been asked requested.

Help lead a women’s retreat program in Albania that will share the Orthodox faith and nourish women to grow in Christ. In 2003, His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania invited a mission team to offer the first Women’s retreat in Albania in this generation. Again in 2014, an OCMC has been invited to offer a similar ministry. Team members will share their life experience, provide fellowship and offer a visible witness of the Orthodox faith, while offering retreat style presentations on what it means to be a clergy wife and lay leader in the Orthodox context.

In the 20th century, Albania fell under a communist regime and suffered the most severe religious persecution in the world; all forms of religion were constitutionally prohibited and by 1991, no Church infrastructure existed. Under the guidance of His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania and along with the help of Orthodox missionaries, the Church is being resurrected and continues to flourish.

This Team will be lead by OCMC Assistant Mission Teams Director, Presbytera Renee Ritsi. Women and clergy wives who are active members of parish life are needed.

Share your Orthodox faith with women of Albania.

Dates: September 17 - 29, 2014

Cost: $1,160 + airfare

* 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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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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