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When a Priest Becomes All for All
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 the priests receive SAMP support, recently reflected on clergy who are serving during such times, saying, "He is the mouth, the hand, the legs, altar boy, and the strength of those whom...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 4/6/2020)
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 scheduled, with a review in May. Can I still apply? Absolutely! Interestingly, your Team participation is even more...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 3/27/2020)
From Archbishop Anastasios: Resistance to the Pandemic
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 economy, to transportation, to the various forms of leisure, and to celebrations.It behooves us to avoid panic, depression, and despair. Composure, sobriety, and careful concern and...

by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania (Posted 3/24/2020)
Missionaries and COVID-19 Around the World
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 field. With that in mind, we want to share some updates from a few of our missionaries.Fr. Chris and Mat. Jen Moore serve in South Korea. Mat. Jen was recently flying back to...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 3/23/2020)
OCMC and Coronavirus Response
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 offer our prayers for all who are suffering in the wake of the pandemic: whether physically, emotionally, financially, or other ways, for their health, recovery, protection, and...

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 3/20/2020)
An In-depth Q & A with Missionary Volunteers
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, stewardship, tithing, women's roles in the church, youth and Sunday school education, church ministries (church beautification, fund...

by Elayne Goldman and Joel Pleban (Posted 3/3/2020)
Kenya Team ‘Culture Shock’
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.KENYA. What a trip! SO humbling! SO beautiful! SO enlightening! Praying and worshiping together with people who speak a different language was incredible! We...

by Katianna Parisis (Posted 3/3/2020)
Deliverance from the Curse of Dependency
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 means and, sometimes, administrative guidance, and are not therefore functioning in an indigenous manner... The assumption by the dependent is that they cannot accomplish...

by Dr. Bill Black (Posted 3/3/2020)
OCMC Seeking New 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, are located in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida and offer competitive salary with excellent benefits. Most important, your work will make a lasting difference. Resumes may be sent to:
by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 2/27/2020)
Follow in the Footsteps of St. Herman This Lent by Supporting Missions
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 and what Orthodox missionaries and team members experience today following in his footsteps.As they have continued the work of St. Herman...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 2/6/2020)
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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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