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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)
Fathers Martin and Stephanos Embark on the Trek for Missions!
Fathers Martin and Stephanos Embark on the Trek for Missions!

After weeks of preparations, Father Martin and Father Stephanos Ritsi are finally embarking on the Trek for Missions!The Trek for Missions allows Frs. Martin and Stephanos to combine their two great passions: missions and the beauty of creation. In order to raise funds and awareness for Orthodox missions, the two of them will spend the next two weeks navigating some of the most difficult mountaineering routes in North America.They will begin with the Sierra...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 8/13/2019)
Hauling Water in Mugen, Kenya
Hauling Water in Mugen, Kenya

When our mission team arrived at St. Athanasius Secondary School in Mugen, Nandi County, Kenya, we were joyfully welcomed by the students and faculty with songs, smiles, and handshakes. Our team of 5 adults and 4 kids had come to help build a laboratory and library for the school's nearly 400 students. We were flying high on the adrenaline and excitement of finally having arrived and having met so many loving people. We knew our time was bound to be transformative. Over the...

by Emily Robertson (Posted 8/6/2019)
OCMC Builds with Project Mexico!
OCMC Builds with Project Mexico!

Over the past couple of weeks, OCMC again partnered with Project Mexico on the second Building a Home for Missions project! We're always finding we have much to offer one another, and so it's a blessing to be able to work together on a project like this.Building a Home for Missions was a very special week of work, witness, and fellowship this year. Volunteers learned the importance of sharing the Orthodox faith and the responsibility of building up the...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 8/2/2019)
Parish Team Opportunities
Parish Team Opportunities

Parish teams are a great way to introduce an entire community to the missionary vocation of the Church! By traveling to the mission field as a group, a congregation can gain a much deeper perspective of why and how we, as Orthodox Christians, do missionary work. On a parish team, individuals see firsthand how much the world around us needs Christ, and they are given an opportunity to share the Gospel and serve His people. This empowers the community to go and do the same thing back...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 7/26/2019)
The 2019 Trek4Missions Combines Two Epic Trails
The 2019 Trek4Missions Combines Two Epic Trails

THE SIERRA HIGH ROUTEThe trek begins with 4 days and 60 miles on what is noted as the most challenging mountaineering route in North America – the Sierra High Route. Our section of the route climbs over steep 12,000 foot granite mountain passes, wanders through spectacular glacier-carved alpine valleys, crosses rapid mountain streams, negotiates class 3 climbs, and stays higher than 10,000 feet above sea level. There are no trails. It is done with GPS, maps, sometimes ice...

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 7/12/2019)
OCMC Trek for Missions
OCMC Trek for Missions

Beginning on the Feast of the Dormition (August 15th), and in preparation for the Feast of the Holy Cross, Fr. Martin and Fr. Stephanos Ritsi will:Trek over 225 miles for 2 weeks in the High SierrasClimb up and down over 80,000 vertical feetCarry everything they need for survivalPray and send daily mission reflectionsConclude with the Divine Liturgy on top of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,500 feet above sea...

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 7/10/2019)
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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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