Orthodox Christian Mission Center - Make Disciples of All Nations
OCMC on Facebook
OCMC on Twitter
Make Disciples of All Nations
Share +
  • Share on Facebook
  • Tweet on Twitter
  • Share via Email

OCMC News - 2009 Nativity Appeal - General

by Kenneth D. Kidd (Posted 10/22/2009)

OCMC News - 2009 Nativity Appeal - General
The ability to witness is a gift. Many people like these newly illumined in Tanzania are welcomed into the Body of Christ through the missionary efforts of Orthodox Christians from North America. Please help ensure that the work of making disciples continues through your support of the OCMC this Nativity season.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:16-18

Simple in faith, the shepherds in the Gospel of Luke are the first to proclaim the birth of Christ - the Good Shepherd who would ultimately lay down His life for His flock. As the heavenly host declared “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and goodwill toward men!” these shepherds knew that into the world was born a Good Shepherd for the salvation of all people. Please join the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in sharing the birth of the Lord with the world this Nativity season.

Like the shepherds, the Lord meets each of us where we are at in life and asks that we invite others into the Body of Jesus Christ. This Nativity season, I ask that you prayerfully consider your own gifts, talents, and abilities and how you are able to use these to help make disciples of all nations. We invite you to begin this journey by becoming more engaged in international missions through your prayers for those serving in Christ’s name around our world. Second, I ask that you consider your ability to personally serve, and/or make a financial gift, in support of the mission ministries of the Orthodox Church through the OCMC.

The ability to outwardly offer a witness to Christ is a beautiful gift that many of us take for granted. During a recent visit to Pakistan, I traveled alongside Fr. John, a native Pakistani and Orthodox priest who prays and celebrates the Liturgy with a small group of faithful in his home amidst difficult persecution. In Pakistan, being Christian usually relegates believers to low level jobs or unemployment. In addition, hatred toward Christians can manifest itself in violent attacks against those who openly profess Christ. In my short time with Fr. John, two Christians were murdered for their faith near a village where we were preaching. However, in the midst of this, Fr. John remains encouraged because of the strength he finds in the Holy Spirit, the certainty that he shares with the shepherds that Christ is Lord, and from the prayers and support he receives from his Orthodox Christian family around the world.

In 2010, the ministries of OCMC will continue to grow, striving to assist servants like Fr. John; and the faithful of North America will continue to have many opportunities to become directly involved in the vital work of making disciples throughout the world including:

  • 13 short-term mission teams will serve in 12 countries - evangelizing, teaching, building, and providing medical care;
  • 400 mission priests in 19 countries will continue to receive the financial support they need to focus on their ministries and serve some of the world’s most impoverished regions;
  • Seminaries and catechetical schools in 7 countries, serving over 250 seminarians and catechists, will be able to grow and increase their capacity to educate due to financial support from North America;
  • 20 missionary candidates will begin preparation for their service through intense cross-cultural, theological, and missiological studies at the Missionary Training and Administration Building in St. Augustine.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and financial gifts in support of sharing God’s greatest gift, His son Jesus Christ, with those who thirst for the hope of salvation and eternal life. Like the shepherds, we pray that you would see this Nativity season as an opportunity to bear witness to Christ. Please visit www.ocmc.org for much more information on all of these opportunities and keep OCMC, its missionaries, and work of missions in your prayers. May you and your family have a blessed Nativity season and a very merry Christmas!

In Christ,
Fr. Martin Ritsi
Executive Director

Contact Information


220 Mason Manatee Way
St. Augustine, FL
United States
(904) 829-5132

Toll Free:

(904) 829-1635


CFC Number:

   Contact Us >>   
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.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc.   John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation   The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund Incorporated