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OCMC News - The Experience of Serving Abroad

by OCMC Missionary Department (Posted 9/10/2008)

While the specific details of your assignment will be personally customized, the purpose of all missionary endeavors is to:

  1. Help develop vibrant Eucharistic communities.
  2. Train indigenous church leaders.
  3. Assist the Church in witnessing locally through philanthropic ministry.
In other words, you will participate in Making Disciples of all Nations.

We strive to operate effectively and feel like a family. OCMC is committed to professionally combining practical support with pastoral care to meet the actual needs of our missionaries and to help you be effective.

To be effective, you will need to cultivate an attitude of humility and a teachable spirit. Therefore plan to spend most of your first term focused on:
  1. Learning the local language.
  2. Adapting to the host culture.
  3. Loving the people of that culture.
To be effective, you will also need to maintain regular contact with your support team. Communicationg with them frequently and allowing them to share in your life and ministry will encourage them to support you throughout your term.

To be effective, your assignment will work in harmony with a strategic field plan. Through annual field planning and continuing education retreats, OCMC is working to maintain active field plans in each country where we serve and your assignment will be to contribute to the fulfillment of that plan.

If you are in a country with other OCMC missionaries, you will also work under the guidance of an OCMC field leader. Together with your hierarch and OCMC Missionary Department administrators, you will be well cared for and directed as part of a productive team.

Please join us in praying daily for qualified clergy and others with administrate gifts and pastoral hearts to serve in these positions.

OCMC is committed to recruiting, training, sending, and serving long-term missionaries. Therefore, we provide outstanding benefits to care for the long-range needs of our missionaries. We offer competitive health insurance, medical savings funds, loan payment assistance, resettlement funds, a pension plan, and more. Should our missionaries decide to return to North America, we can provide practical and pastoral support for a period after their return as they re-acclimate and re-establish themselves.

The effort of Orthodox missions has come a long ways since OCMC sent its first missionary in 1985. The next 20 plus years promise no less. The opportunity of participating in introducing people to Christ and the fullness of the Orthodox Faith?particularly those who have never had a chance to hear the Gospel burns in our hearts. Every Orthodox Christian is called to participate. Are you called to be an OCMC missionary? Contact us and we will find out together.

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Prayer for Missions

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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