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2014 Guatemala
Youth Work Team

to 7/21/2014 (Team Cost: $1090*)

Youth - San Miguel del Lago

Offer a youth camp program at the new Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage and assist in the daily activities in San Miguel del Lago. This unique summer camp program, led by Fr. Philip LeMasters, will carry out service projects on the grounds and have time with the children, making arts and crafts, playing games and cooking.

Team members will assist with the summer activities at the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage: cooking, gardening, helping with the farm, preparing afternoon activities, clearing trails in the forest, and worship. There will be a special focus on the ecology of the land around the new facility. Every day the Team will attend Matins and Vespers with the children and Divine Liturgy as scheduled.

The Hogar Rafael Ayau was founded in 1857 as the first home of orphans in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Since 1996, this orphanage located in downtown Guatemala City, has been under the care of the nuns of the Monasterio Ortodoxo Lavra Mambré. The summer of 2013 brought big changes for the Hogar as they relocated from their home of 17 years to the brand new site of San Miguel del Lago. Today, the Hogar Rafael Ayau is the only Orthodox orphanage in Guatemala that welcomes orphans or lost, abandoned and battered children whose ages range from newly born infants to early teens.

The Church in Guatemala is in a period of growth. Team members will offer great hope and encouragement to the Church in Guatemala. This Team will also share the love of Christ with Guatemalans and express love and friendship by showing them that they are God's beautiful and unique creation, while working to help the transition to San Miguel de Lago.

Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply, but not required. Mission Team members should be exemplary role models for the children.

Share the love of Christ with the children of Guatemala.

Dates: July 10 – July 21, 2014

Cost: $1,090 + 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.
Team Members
Mrs. Dawn M PakaskiSupport Mrs. Dawn M Pakaski
Fr. Philip LeMastersSupport Fr. Philip LeMasters
Miss Annie LeMastersSupport Miss Annie  LeMasters
Miss Anastasia GregorySupport Miss Anastasia Gregory
Mrs. Cleo P ConstantinSupport Mrs. Cleo P Constantin
Mr. Alan M PakaskiSupport Mr. Alan M Pakaski
Mrs. Lisa A. LinebaughSupport Mrs. Lisa  A. Linebaugh
Mrs. Olga TrubetskoySupport Mrs. Olga Trubetskoy
Miss Caitlyn R DavisSupport Miss Caitlyn R Davis
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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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