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OCMC Job Openings: Director of Finance; Missionary/Recruitment Officer

Director of Finance

Make a difference with your life! The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking to fill the position of Finance Director. Join us as part of the Senior Management team and head of our Finance Department as we change lives around the world. We have a close-knit staff...

Team Cardinal, Trekking on their bikes!

OCMC 2020 Trek4Missions Great Success!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15) 

Thirty-three teams, consisting of 226 participants, pedaled, walked, ran, and swam a total of 20,114 miles to support OCMC’s efforts to bring the Good News of Christ’s Gospel to the ends of the earth! Their collective...

Dan Christopulos

Introducing OCMC's New Development Director - Dan Christopulos!

After a nationwide search, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) announces the appointment of Daniel (Dan) Christopulos as Director of Development. Christopulos will be responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising and communications efforts at OCMC. Dan is not unknown to the Orthodox...

Dn. Thomas Manual with his wife and child

Congratulations to Dn. Thomas Manuel for His Ordination!

This past Saturday, our missionary Thomas Manuel was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America! Axios!

Dn. Thomas' ordination was originally scheduled for last this past May, but it was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID...

Frs. Martin and Stephanos in the 2019 Trek4Missions

Go the Distance with the 2020 Virtual Trek4Missions

Calling all walkers, runners, cyclists, swimmers, kayakers, and more...It is time to GO into the world to share the faith! This summer, we are inviting you to join our interactive event, the 2020 Virtual Trek4Missions, held from August 9 to September 14.

Missionary saints since the time of the...

OCMC website on computer screen

Coming Soon! A New OCMC Website and Mobile App!

We are very excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new OCMC website! Over the past several years, we’ve come to realize that, while our existing systems have served us well, we can do better. To that end, behind the scenes here at OCMC, we’ve been working hard on our brand-new website!

As...

Mr. Charles Constantine Condes

Through the Hands of the Faithful, God Provides

As the outbreak of COVID-19 reached its peak and many were beginning to wonder what the future would hold, OCMC was blessed by receiving a sizable bequest from the estate of Mr. Charles Constantine Condes. Charles fell asleep in the Lord in 2016.

Mr. Condes was born in Chicago, the third son of...

Elaine Piniat

Introducing Elaine Piniat!

This Friday, May 8, we’ll be interviewing another of our newest missionaries live: Elaine Piniat! Elaine is currently preparing to serve in Sweden and has had a remarkable journey that has led her to follow God’s calling to serve as a missionary.

While she initially drew back from the idea of...

His Grace Bishop Neofitos of Nyeri, Kenya

Good News: Your GivingTuesdayNow Donations Will Be Matched!

Just a few days ago, we announced that we'd strive to raise $2,000 by next Tuesday (May 5) for GivingTuesdayNow. Since then, we’ve already been approached by an anonymous donor that offered to match gifts up to $5,000!

Thanks to our donor’s immense generosity, all of your contributions will now...

Priest from the Metropolis of Singapore

Help Support Mission Priests Affected by COVID-19 for GivingTuesdayNow!

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, we’ve all had to make major changes and sacrifices in our lives. We can no longer go to church in person, we can only see friends and family online, and many of us have lost our jobs. As hard as we have all been hit, we also need to remember our brothers and...

Josef and Effy Candelario

Introducing the Candelarios!

This Holy Week, we're all disappointed about not being able to celebrate Christ’s passion and resurrection in church, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a silver lining, however – and that is that this is perhaps the first time in history where most of our churches were able to quickly respond...

As COVID-19 impacts people around the world, mission priests are continuing to serve their communities in places where social distancing can be nearly impossible, Please pray for these clergy during these trying times.

When a Priest Becomes All for All

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to dramatically impact the lives of people around the world, mission priests supported by OCMC’s Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program continue to minister to people in and around their communities.

His Grace Bishop Neofitos of Nyeri, Kenya, where many of...

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Questions and Answers Related to OCMC Mission Teams and COVID-19

Is my Team still going?

We are evaluating each country’s situation frequently and will continue to keep you updated in the coming weeks and months.

  • May Teams have been rescheduled.
  • June Teams are under review with Hosts and Team members.
  • July and onwards, for now, will proceed as...
Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

From Archbishop Anastasios: Resistance to the Pandemic

We are all astounded, as if a new World War has been declared by an invisible enemy, the Coronavirus.

We are all standing uneasily before the unforeseen changes, brought about by this unprecedented pandemic, to the life of the rich and poor, to the educated and simple people, to health, to the...

The Moore family

Missionaries and COVID-19 Around the World

In recent days, the outbreak of COVID-19 has presented us all with unprecedented challenges. All around the world, nations are struggling to contain the virus and find a treatment for it. This, inevitably, has an impact on the work of OCMC, and especially on the lives of our missionaries in the...

"As the universality of the pandemic is brought before our eyes, it confirms another reality that is much greater, and that is the love of our Lord."

OCMC and Coronavirus Response

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

As our world faces unprecedented challenges, I am writing to offer our prayers, compassion, and encouragement, along with informing you of how the pandemic is being dealt with at OCMC and with our missionaries around the world.

In this time of trouble, we...

Katianna Parisis, of Stockton, CA, participated on the 2019 Kenya Youth Conference Mission Team to Nyeri. She is a member of the St. Basil Orthodox Church in Stockton.

Kenya Team ‘Culture Shock’

Lord, I thank You for calling me to a blessed and unique mission in life. I choose, this day, that which You have given to me. I promise to say “Yes” to You throughout my life and to never tire of fulfilling Your Will. I love You, Lord. Help me to love You with my life. Jesus, I trust in You.

KEN...

Dr. Bill Black

Deliverance from the Curse of Dependency

What Is Dependency?

Glenn Penner, who led the Canadian segment of the ministry called Voice of the Martyrs, defines dependency as “a state where Christians as individuals or as a congregation allowed themselves to become reliant on another outside group or individual for financial and material...

Elayne “Eleni” Goldman, of Portland, OR

An In-depth Q&A with Missionary Volunteers

What did you do in Kenya?

Elayne: Our goal was to inspire self-sufficiency and to deemphasize dependency on Christian organizations for financial support for general church operations. We traveled to numerous churches and presented practical lessons on church infrastructure including leadership...

Father Martin welcoming Archbishop Elpidophoros to OCMC.

OCMC Welcomes His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

On Saturday, February 8, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, visited the Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida. We were blessed to give him a tour of our facilities, share more about the work we do, and host him for a pleasant lunch.

“It...

Help continue the missionary legacy of St. Herman of Alaska by support OCMC this Lent in honor of the 50th anniversary of his canonization.

Follow in the Footsteps of St. Herman This Lent by Supporting Missions

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For a moment, imagine an entire village gathered at the water’s edge, surrounded by the majestic beauty of Alaska. They have come to hear the Good News – that God’s Son came into the world just for them!

This is exactly what St. Herman experienced in 1794...

Missionary Jennifer Rice

Fruit of the Orthodox Mission in Guatemala

This past week, we were blessed to receive our missionary Jennifer Rice here at OCMC. While passing through on her furlough, she shared some stories and updates from the mission field with us. Among her updates was the story of a girl named Mati.

Mati is an Orthodox Christian in Aguacate, and she...

The children are loving their new playground equipment!

St. Mark's Helps Renovate Albanian Preschool!

St. Mark's Helps Renovate Albanian Preschool!

Thanks to the support of St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton, FL, a preschool in Albania was able to fully renovate their playground area!

The preschool is in Vlore, Albania, and it was established in a building with the blessings of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios for the Spirit of...