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OCMC News - 2010 OCMC Missions Walk for the Turkana

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 4/6/2010)

In 2009, and then again in 2010 as part of an OCMC Mission Team, OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi visited the Turkana people of Northern Kenya on behalf of Orthodox Christians across North America. The Turkana enjoy a rich culture; but many of them do not know hope in Jesus Christ – a hope that many of them long for in the face of a daily struggle for survival that is fueled by cyclical draught and extreme poverty. Lacking access to even the most basic amenities, many of the Turkana have to walk several miles for everything from water to church services. OCMC is committed to sharing the Gospel with these people and to addressing the many needs that exist in Turkana. Fr. Martin walked 200+ miles this summer in California’s High Sierras to raise awareness for the plight of the Turkana people and support for OCMC’s missions initiatives in Northern Kenya in 2010. Please consider joining Fr. Martin in this effort by holding a walk for missions at your parish or within your organization as an expression of solidarity with the Turkana people; and so that a well can be dug for a remote Turkana village and to help the Orthodox priests in Turkana take the Gospel to those who may have never heard its message of hope and salvation. Click the links above to learn more, donate, or register your parish/organization for a missions walk in 2010.

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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.