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2018 United States Construction Team

Traveling From: 7/7/2018 to 7/15/2018; Team Cost: $300*

The Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) is a pan Orthodox group open to high school students who will have completed 8th grade and turn 14 by August 1, 2018. Now in its 8th year this group, led by Very Rev. Protopresbyter Fr. Luke Mihaly from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT, has participated in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and last summer partnered with OCMC for a short-term mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska.

This year the team will once again participate with ASP making homes “warmer, safer and drier” for families in impoverished areas of Appalachia. Youth live in community (usually in a school or community center) and participate in fellowship and devotional activities in addition to the home repair work. OCMC will also present information during the trip on international mission opportunities and what it means to be an Orthodox missionary.

ASP (www.asphome.org), serving families in Appalachia for 50 years, is a reputable and well organized program that bills itself as “relational ministry with carpentry on the side.” Teams from all over the country come to work with some of the poorest citizens of the US to help make home repairs that the families are not able to do on their own. ASP provides the building materials and chooses the homes that will be worked on and ensures the safety of the workplaces. Once there, the team will break into crews that typically consist of at least 2 adult leaders and 4 or 5 teens which will be paired with a family to work on their home for the week.

A typical day on ASP starts with a morning devotional and breakfast, then it’s off to the worksite at the home you are repairing for a 7 or 8 hour day of work and sharing time with the family. In the evening there are programs including a Culture Night, Family Picnic and other fun and devotional activities. Youth are supervised at all times with safety being a top priority. All adult leaders on the youth mission team are background checked and trained.

In preparation for the Team, monthly meetings help prepare team members for the mission trip. There are tool safety and construction sessions as well as devotional sessions and sensitivity training to prepare youth and leaders for the cross cultural experience they will have with those they serve. These meetings also serve as an opportunity for team building and for the youth to form bonds of friendship that they will carry with them on the trip and beyond.

To register or learn more, visit www.oymt.info or contact Fr. Luke Mihaly at Padreluke@aol.com or Team Coordinator Susan Sulich at ssulich@yahoo.com.

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St. Augustine, FL
United States
(904) 829-5132

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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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