2017 Kenya Construction Team
Traveling From: 6/6/2017 to 6/20/2017; Team Cost: $1395*
Kisumu, KENYA -- Assist with the construction of an Orthodox Church in the remote village of Kakamega in western Kenya. By continuing efforts in this region and building the foundation of Orthodoxy, the Church is able to reach out to a growing number of people who continue to embrace the Faith.
The Orthodox community in Kakamega does not have a building in which to worship. The 2017 Mission Team to Kenya has been invited by Bishop ATHANASIOS of Kisumu and Western Kenya to help build an Orthodox Church in Kakamega. Team members will work alongside the community to build the Saint Moses Orthodox Church. Typical construction work will be placing concrete block foundation walls and assisting as bricklayers and helpers. In general, the Team will work as a standard crew alongside a counterpart of Kenyan workers.
Kakamega is a town 52km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria, lying north of the Equator. It is the headquarters of Kakamega County, Kenya's second most populous county after Nairobi, and one of the poorest counties in Kenya. The town has a population of 99,987, with seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, who face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification.
Orthodoxy arose in East Africa without the influence of foreign missionaries; founded by two charismatic African men searching for truth and ‘orthodoxia’ in the 1920’s. The Orthodox Church in Kenya was received into canonical Orthodoxy in 1946, and the Makarios III Patriarchal Seminary was opened in the 1980’s to train indigenous priests from Africa. OCMC continues to provide support for theological and catechetical training, and works with church leaders to address issues of self-sufficiency for the church. Presently, the Church in Kenya has three hierarchs, His Eminence Archbishop MAKARIOS of Kenya, Bishop NEOPHYTOS of Nyeri and Mount Kenya, and Bishop ATHANASIOS of Kisumu and Western Kenya.
Volunteer to use your skills, talents, and time to help the community build a church. Continue building bonds between Orthodox communities in Africa and North America. Team members should be willing and able to work in a hot, dry environment and be prepared to live in harsh conditions. Participants should be in good physical condition and able to perform manual labor. Construction experience is welcomed, but not necessary.
Dates: June 6 – June 20, 2017
Cost: $ 1,395 (+ airfare)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements: a one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Tuesday, June 6 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL); depart from JAX for Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, June 8, and return home from Nairobi on June 20. Team members must fly on the same itinerary to and from the project destination (return locations will differ) -- OCMC will provide a travel itinerary. Airfares are not included in cost.
Fund raising – Each Team member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares. Team members raise funds to cover the cost of their participation. Participants are encouraged to let others know that they will be sharing in the work of missions through their tax-deductible donations, and invite others to participate through prayer and financial support. The cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.
OCMC relies solely on gifts and offerings from churches and individuals for support. If you would like to contribute to this ministry mission project – church construction – we welcome you to do so and are grateful for your support. This is optional and for that reason it is not included in the participant cost.
Share in a journey of faith… Orthodox Mission Team members are challenged to view the world with God's eyes and seek how He wants to use them to fulfill His plans. This cross-cultural experience, combined with outreach, offers participants a life-changing learning experience. This experience is about people, culture and missions. It is also about prayer, for you and others; it is about God, those you serve, and about yourself, as you serve Him.