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OCMC News - New OCMC Missionaries Deployed to Fields of Service

by Emily Walker (Posted 10/4/2012)

OCMC News - New OCMC Missionaries Deployed to Fields of Service
Daphne and James Hargrave being commissioned to service in Tanzania at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

OCMC is happy to announce the deployment of two new long-term missionaries.

Having just been married, Daphne and James Hargrave will leave for their long-term missionary service in Tanzania on October 9, 2012. Upon his return to Africa, James will continue service to the Holy Archdiocese of Mwanza and Western Tanzania, helping clergy develop youth ministry as well as working on communications, translation, and other tasks at the offices of His Eminence, Metropolitan JERONYMOS. Daphne's first assignment will be Swahili language study in preparation to begin helping the Church to further develop health care outreach strategies. They have both been asked to continue hosting short-term OCMC Teams, which work together with the Finnish Orthodox Mission to teach and provide medical services.

The Monk Job arrived in Mongolia on September 16, 2012. As he begins his service in Mongolia, he will be reliant on a mentor to acquire the Mongolian language and learn the local culture. With the blessing of Father Aleksei Trubach, the Monk Job will gradually grow in participation and service in the liturgical life, ministries, and programs of the local Holy Trinity Parish. As he says, “There are several things under consideration. I am investigating the possibility of starting a soup kitchen for the needy, and perhaps an Orthodox orphanage at some point in the future. I also hope to assist in catechism and ongoing Christian education at the Church. All plans are subject to change, of course, according to the plan of our Creator.”

Please keep the Hargraves and the Monk Job in your prayers as they begin their missionary service.

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