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Mrs. Georgia G Bendo

Serving in Albania

Glory to God for all His good gifts!

I am indeed thankful for the gift He gave me in leading me to the missionary path. It is an adventure, both spiritually challenging and fulfilling.

My call to the mission field was gradual. My parents converted to the Orthodox faith before I was born and kept my 9 siblings and me as close to the Church as they could. At the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox parish I attended in Asheville, NC, there were a number of good, kind, sincere examples of the faith. As a teenager I was greatly impressed by Orthodox nuns and monks I had met; since they had left everything to follow Christ.

My parents had also given me a love for travel and during my studies at Duke, I made pilgrimages to Greece and also spent a semester in Russia where I visited many holy sites. At that time, I knew that I would not pursue a typical career as all my peers were doing. Around the time of my graduation I came across the OCMC and spent two years preparing to enter a two-year mission assignment. In 2004, I moved to Tirana, Albania to work with the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios as an English teacher at Protagonists School (a private elementary school which had just been started by the Church in Albania).

Now almost 15 years have passed with many changes, challenges, and blessings. In 2008, Fr. Anastasios and I were married in Tirana. He was then Archbishop Anastasios’ translator, a translator of religious books, and the editor for the Church’s scholarly journal. Since then he has also become a priest, serving at the Resurrection Cathedral of Tirana. We have been blessed with 4 children, Vasili (10), Evdoxia (7), Maria (5), and Xenia (3).

After 9 years as an English teacher, I became the principal of Protagonists School. It has been a period of intense growth for the school. In six years, the student body has tripled! From the 60 students I found at the school when I first arrived in 2004, there are now over 1000! Although they are from different religious backgrounds, about half of them participate in our spiritual journey after-school groups. Almost all of our teachers are baptized. I am very grateful to supporters in America who help us to continue here through financial support and prayers.

Glory to God for all His good gifts!

 
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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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