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URGENT: Parish Budget Request

As your parish proposes its new budget for the coming year, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) prayerfully requests the inclusion of $600 for the support of an Orthodox priest serving in the mission field. This support will connect your parish with another Orthodox parish in the world and it will help the priest ministering to that community to support his family and conduct vital outreach like feeding programs, healthcare, schools, and catechism. The inclusion of this small amount in your budget will have a tremendous impact in the world and serve as witness to the truth and goodness of the Orthodox Christian Faith in the world.

by OCMC Announcement (Posted 9/12/2019)
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Appointed as OCMC Episcopal Liaison
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Appointed as OCMC Episcopal Liaison

It is a great blessing for us to have His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos appointed as the new Episcopal Liaison of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA to OCMC.This news comes as His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America recently appointed Bishop Demetrios as the Hierarchal Proistamenos of the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, FL. Along with ministering to the St. Photios Shrine and bridging OCMC and the Assembly of Bishops, Bishop...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 9/10/2019)
The Trek for Missions Ends Friday!
The Trek for Missions Ends Friday!

This coming Friday, August 30, Fr. Martin and Fr. Stephanos Ritsi will conclude the Trek for Missions by climbing Mt. Whitney – the tallest mountain in the continental United States! At the summit, they will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, with special prayers for all missionaries and supporters of missions.This journey has been a very special one for them. Through the Trek for Missions, their love for the great outdoors has become a powerful way for them to raise...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 8/28/2019)
Extraordinary People Needed

Volunteers are needed to teach at the Diocese of Kisumu and West Kenya Youth Seminar this December. This event draws hundreds of youth, ages 15-35, from throughout the diocese. Individuals with a desire to impact the future leaders of the Church of Kenya are needed to apply for this Team. Apply at www.ocmc.org. The dates of the team are December 8 – 17, 2019.

by OCMC Announcement (Posted 8/22/2019)
"Orthodoxy is Home" - Reflection on Mission Work in Indonesia
"Orthodoxy is Home" - Reflection on Mission Work in Indonesia

We arrived in a foreign land, with a lush green landscape painted with coconut and palm sugar trees. We were greeted with traditional costume and dance, so exotic and beautiful. We were introduced to each other, less with spoken words, but more so with warm smiles and embraces. It is strange how a place that you've just stepped foot in, and people that you've just met, can feel like home. So what was it about Indonesia that felt like home?I have had several "homes" over the course of...

by Lesia Mahlay (Posted 8/20/2019)
 A Call For Ordinary People
A Call For Ordinary People

There are many ways to share the love of Christ with the world, and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is ready to help you in your journey! New opportunities exist to help you answer your call to Orthodox missions. Just like Theodora Veronis (see Discovering and Sharing God's Love), you can use your unique gifts, talents, and experiences to make a difference in the world. People like yourself, laypeople, priests, students, professionals, retirees, teachers, health...

by Andrew Lekos (Posted 8/16/2019)
Why Missions?
Why Missions?

One of the greatest dangers in our churches today is parochialism. Parochialism comes in many forms, at an individual level as well as at a communal level. Orthodox churches are often criticized as being parochial from an ethnic point of view, or from a socio-economic level, or at egocentric level. We fight against these temptations when we understand the central call of Jesus Christ is to share His love, His Good News, and the joy of His Resurrection with the entire world. This is what...

by Fr. Luke Veronis (Posted 8/16/2019)
Discovering and Sharing God
Discovering and Sharing God's Love

As many people go through life, they experience a multitude of changes that vary in severity and genuine impact on the person. To begin to find the truer and deeper meaning of our lives each us must carve our own path through the confusing and overgrown forests that we all harbor within. As I've looked for stability on the ever-shifting tectonic plates of life, I seem to have found something these last couple months. This past summer, I had the opportunity to experience some...

by Theodora Veronis (Posted 8/16/2019)
Preach Christ Crucified! Take Up Your Cross for Missions!
Preach Christ Crucified! Take Up Your Cross for Missions!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,There are no shortcuts! The journey of an Albanian born after the fall of communism, an Indonesian living as a religious minority, a Kenyan struggling to survive a decade's long drought, or an American couched in the comforts of the modern world all require the same thing to reach the destination of eternal life.Each require taking up their cross and following Christ. As a...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 8/6/2019)
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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.
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