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2018 Kenya Healthcare Team

Traveling From: 8/8/2018 to 8/20/2018; Team Cost: $1470*

CHAVOGERE & NANDI, KENYA - The 2018 Kenya Health Care Team has been invited by His Grace Athanasios Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya to minister in the Diocese of Kisumu. The Team will be offering basic health care and building bonds between our brothers and sisters in Africa and North America. Health care teams minister to people regardless of their religious adherence and are a response to the Church’s tradition of ministering to the complete individual.

The first OCMC Mission Team volunteered in Kenya the summer of 1987 and constructed a Church; the second team effort built the Chavogere Clinic. Numerous teams have been sent since then to this region to build churches, clinic additions and schools, as well as provide catechism, health care services, and encouragement in throughout this growing Metropolitanate.

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 40 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.

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. 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.

Be a part of this dynamic health care ministry of the Church in Kenya. Participants should be well-grounded in the basic teachings of the Church and willing and able to serve others.

Dates: August 8-20, 2018

Cost: $1,470 (+ airfares)

TravelTeam 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, August 8 (by 4 pm for orientation) and an international segment from JAX to Kisumu, Kenya on Friday, August 10, and return home from Kisumu on Monday, August 20. 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.

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
Dr. Isa Velez
Dr. Cheryl Johnson
Ms. Alexandra Francesca Cluck
Mr. Andrew Bersu
Mrs. Amy Bersu
Dr. Demetrios Kyriacou
Mr. Basil D Kyriacou
Ms. Sophia C Michalopoulos
Fr. John Anderson
Cliff Tewis
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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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