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"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)
SAMP Mission Field Feature: Indonesia
SAMP Mission Field Feature: Indonesia

To see the growth of the Church in action, one need only look to Indonesia. Though Orthodoxy's presence there is relatively recent, its rapid development has been compared to that of the early Christians, who we read about in the Book of Acts.Uniquely, Orthodoxy did not come to Indonesia through missionaries; the locals actually beat us to it! In the 1980's, a group of friends started seeking the church of the Apostles. Through their research, they eventually came upon His Grace...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 10/10/2018)
October is Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month!
October is Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month!

We like to dedicate every October to our Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program. Through this program, we're able to create a valuable connection between all of you and over 300 priests in mission fields all around the world. SAMP gives individuals and communities the opportunity to directly reach out and impact the lives of those mission priests by providing them the support they need to continue their ministries. All it takes to support each priest is $50 per month, or $600 per...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 10/2/2018)
OCMC Mission Team Teaches the Orthodox Faith in Bali, Indonesia
OCMC Mission Team Teaches the Orthodox Faith in Bali, Indonesia

On June 29, an OCMC team of 3 volunteers was graciously received by Fr. Stephanos Nino Boik on the island of Bali, Indonesia, and had the opportunity to witness his fruitful ministries there. Over the course of one week, the team participated in these ministries, donating time and talent to lead teaching sessions and various activities with the Orthodox Christians in Bali.The team spent the first half of the week leading teaching and discussion sessions with the Orthodox adults in...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 7/23/2018)
2017 OCMC Team to Indonesia: The Illumination of Andrea
2017 OCMC Team to Indonesia: The Illumination of Andrea

So, what does it mean to a thirty-two year old man to drive through the volcanic mountains of Indonesia with a car full of Orthodox Christians? Well, in a most pertinent physical sense, it meant that I had better keep my eyes on the road, become quickly reacquainted with the wheel on the right side and the car on the left side, how to turn the wipers on (and not the blinkers), and drive with the stick shift in my left hand. However, more importantly and in a spiritual sense, it meant that...

by Dean Franck (Posted 8/25/2017)
Help Grow the Orthodox Church
Help Grow the Orthodox Church's Witness Across Asia with a Gift to the OCMC

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Indonesia is home to nearly 260 million people. Over 90% are non-Christian. The Orthodox presence in Indonesia is very small, but you can change this! In Medan, the Church has established a hospital. Named for the Theotokos, it serves those who would not otherwise have access to healthcare. Each year this facility saves lives in the name of Christ. Can you imagine a witness more powerful than this? With...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 7/20/2017)
Double Your Impact with a Gift to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center!
Double Your Impact with a Gift to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center!

Dear Brothers and Sisters and Christ,I have some VERY good news for you.Today, your gift can double. You can do TWICE as much to build and strengthen our Orthodox Church around the world.How? Matching funds.Some long-time friends of the ministry have given a generous $5,000 challenge grant. They have agreed to match every dollar raised by this appeal, up until we match their $5,000.You'll want to take advantage of this, because...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 9/21/2016)
Help Continue the Work of the Church in Indonesia through Healthcare
Help Continue the Work of the Church in Indonesia through Healthcare

Last month, the OCMC was blessed to welcome Fr. Lazarus Sucanto from Indonesia. While with the staff, he shared how the Church is growing in Indonesia, but also some of the challenges that the Church faces as it tries to more fully establish itself in a country of more than 250 million people, only about 10% of whom consider themselves Christian. It has taken years, but Indonesia is now home to over 20 Orthodox communities. Many are small and gather for worship in the homes of fellow...

by Alex Goodwin (Posted 11/16/2015)
He is Love – Teamwork in Indonesia
He is Love – Teamwork in Indonesia

Many voices joined together in a beautiful song of praise to God, as the minds and hearts of the sweat-soaked people in the Orthodox Church were escorted to a holy and divine place. While the melody of the doxology was familiar, the words were foreign, so we let our hearts listen to what we were experiencing. Sweet voices, beautiful voices, praising voices moved our souls, reminding us that we are one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, even if we live a world apart and face...

by Presbytera Renee Ritsi (Posted 8/27/2015)
Take Up Your Cross, Help Share Christ in Indonesia!
Take Up Your Cross, Help Share Christ in Indonesia!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,I am writing today because there is an urgent need in Indonesia. You have partnered with us before to answer the call to share the love of Christ in other places around the world, and as we approach the Feast of the Holy Cross, please take up this cross, follow Christ, and accomplish the vital work in Indonesia that is now before us. As someone who supports Orthodox missions, we need your gift of support now to help the Church in...

by Alex Goodwin (Posted 8/13/2015)
What Love Looks Like: St. Thomas House in Bali, Indonesia

St. Thomas House is an Orthodox boarding house located in the old Dutch colonial capital of Singaraja, Bali. While many of the charms of this historic and picturesque town remain, poverty and hardship are an inescapable reality; thanks to the St. Thomas House, though, 29 children have a place that they can call home.The Indonesian archipelago comprises more than 17,000 islands – 6,000 of which are inhabited. It is generally believed that the earliest inhabitants of Indonesia...

by Michelle DeAngelis (Posted 8/25/2010)
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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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