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2017 Uganda Construction Team

Traveling From: 6/6/2017 to 6/20/2017; Team Cost: $1395*

Bulera, UGANDA -- Assist with the construction of an Orthodox secondary school (8th to 12th grade) in the village of Bulera in Central Uganda. The construction of this school will offer opportunities for youth who otherwise could not have completed their education due to family obligations and the financial constraints associated with boarding school.

The 2017 Mission Team to Uganda has been invited by Metropolitan JONAH of Kampala and All Uganda to help complete the school in Bulera village, 80 kilometers west of Kampala. Situated in Mityana District, the community of St. Thomas has begun construction of a three-room secondary school. The parish of St. Thomas, started in 1925 by Mzee Yonasan Sserwanga, sits on 40 acres of land. Fr. Mukisa Emmanuel is the present Parish Priest. Team members will work alongside the community to finish roofing, plastering and painting the school.

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. In 1946, the Orthodox Church of Uganda was received into canonical Orthodoxy with approximately 10,000 baptized members. Today there are: over 200,000 Orthodox Christian believers; 90 communities; 75 priests and deacons; 46 schools; one Orthodox hospital and 6 clinics.

Uganda gained independence from Colonial rule in the early 1960’s. Within 10 years, Idi Amin gained power and he, and those who followed him, were responsible for the death of over half a million Ugandans. In the mid-1990’s the nation began healing from twenty years of civil war, famine, dictatorial rule and tribal killings. Even though the country had suffered greatly, the Orthodox Church of Uganda has continued to grow as it offers a witness to the triumphant love of Christ. Under the leadership of His Eminence JONAH, the Church continues to mature and meet the growing needs of her people.

Volunteer to use your skills, talents, and time to help the community build a school and build bonds between Orthodox communities in Africa and North America. Team members should be willing and able to work and 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)

TravelMembers 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 Entebbe, Uganda on Thursday, June 8, and return home from Entebbe 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 raisingEach 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 – school 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.

 
Team Members
Mr. Vasilios L Copadis
Ksenia C Phelps
Dean Franck
Ms. Nadia Duncan
Ms. Emily Germanos
Alexandra King
Sarah Timby
Sarah Moriah Moody
Adamandia Frantzis
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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.