OCMC Missionary Christina Semon helped to establish a youth ministry for the Church of Moldova. She and fellow missionaries James and Daphne Hargrave, Maria Roeber, and Felice Stewart have all uniquely served the Church during their terms of service.
Transitioning from one of life’s chapters to the next can be both challenging and exciting. It can be both sad and joyful. And, it can be a time of both reflection and anticipation. After years of dedicated service, several OCMC missionaries are preparing to embark on the next chapters of their lives. They have each toiled in the Lord’s vineyard for His glory and out of love for their brothers and sisters.
Most recently, Christina Semon has completed missionary service in Romania and Moldova. She was instrumental in helping the Church in Moldova to establish a vibrant self-sustaining youth ministry. While in the field, she also completed her Master’s degree in Theology. Back in the US, she plans on furthering her education, probably in teaching English as a second language (TESL) and contemplating her path of future service.
Maria Roeber also recently returned from her term of service in Tanzania. She played a vital role in helping to re-open the Orthodox Resurrection Health Centre in Bukoba, and she helped many mothers welcome their babies into the world. She hopes to pursue graduate studies for midwifery to better equip herself for career service in her chosen profession. While stateside, she will also be working for OCMC's Missionary Department on a part-time basis, assisting primarily in recruiting and training.
Maria’s co-worker in Christ, Felice Stewart, has completed her missionary service in Tanzania as well and has been re-assigned as a Mission Specialist to serve in the area of addictions treatment and counseling. Working with OCMC missionary Floyd Frantz, Felice will be working to further establish the St. Dimitrie Program (SDP) in countries where addictions ministry is needed including Romania, Moldova, Tanzania, and Alaska.
James and Daphne Hargrave, with their infant son Peter Henry, will be returning home from Tanzania in September. The Hargraves worked closely with His Eminence Jeronymos while in Tanzania and helped to support and administer many of the Metropolis’ efforts including multiday youth retreats. James and Daphne will reside in British Columbia for a period where Daphne will seek work as a nurse and make plans for becoming certified in the US as well. James hopes to pursue theological studies beginning in 2014 in order to better equip himself to serve as a career missionary. They both hope to return to East Africa.
Please remember these missionaries and their families as they transition into their new lives and join us in thanking them for all that they have done to share the Orthodox Faith with others through their unique gifts and talents.
If you are feeling called to long-term missionary service please visit http://www.ocmc.org/about/missionaries.aspx, or contact the OCMC’s Missionary Director Dcn. James Nicholas by phone at 1-877-463-6784, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.