On Saturday October 19th, the Monumental Missions Walk took place in Washington, DC, raising funds to support OCMC medical missions as well as local outreach initiatives in the DC area.
On Saturday October 19th, 150+ Orthodox faithful gathered in Washington, DC for the first Monumental Missions Walk. The walk was organized by the Metropolitan DC Orthodox Christian Mission and Outreach Committee.
All of the participants were broken up into smaller groups of 8-10 who, over the course of 2 hours, walked approximately 3 miles between major monuments and memorials along the National Mall. At each stop, there was a small Bible study as well as a history lesson reflecting on Christian influence during that time in history, including scriptural engravings on some monuments and a Bible being buried in the cornerstone of the Washington Monument. Walkers left each memorial challenged to consider the opportunities and hardships of sharing the Faith in the context of American history and the stories that shaped many of the historical events represented in the memorials. Stops during the walk included the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the DC World War I Veterans Memorial.
Kenny Kidd of OCMC, who participated in the walk, said, “It was such a blessing to spend the morning with so many Orthodox faithful from so many different parishes at the Monumental Missions Walk! The venue alone, the National Mall in Washington DC, was inspiring. But the way in which the walk coordinators brought together opportunities for Bible study, American history, and the Christian influence on much of that history was absolutely beautiful. I left the walk encouraged to build on this historical Christian influence as we share our Orthodox Faith with our neighbors here in the United States as well as throughout our world!”
Proceeds from the walk will be shared with OCMC to support medical missions as well as many local outreach initiatives in the DC Metropolitan area. The group is prayerful that this will become an annual event and will soon draw others from outside the region to participate. OCMC is so grateful for the effort put into this event and those that came out to support it!