2017 Mexico Teaching Team
Traveling From: 8/12/2017 to 8/19/2017; Team Cost: $715*
Vera Cruz, Mexico -- Participate in a teaching outreach in remote villages outside of Mexico City. Encourage the faithful in these communities by offering the teachings of the Orthodox Church to youth and adults.
The 2017 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of Zapote Bravo, Jonatal and Zimatla (northeast of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities.
These parishes are visited by an Orthodox priest only a few times a year, and evangelical Protestants have proselytized many of the region’s Orthodox Christians. The town of Zapote Bravo is located in the Municipality of Ixhuatlán de Madero (in the State of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave). There are 1380 inhabitants. The population consists of approximately 700 minors and 680 adults. The illiteracy rate of the adult population is almost 28%. Most of the adult population speaks a Mexican indigenous language, but also speak Spanish. The people in Zapote Bravo live in indigenous households. There exist about 250 households; many of the homes are without floor and some only consist of one room. Most have access to electricity. Surrounding Zapote Bravo are neighboring Orthodox communities.
The history of the Orthodox Church in Mexico is a colorful tapestry of Mexicans seeking the Orthodox faith. After independence from Spain, the power of the Catholic Church was limited, and a "Mexican Apostolic National Church" was created. A large percentage of this movement is Aztec. In 1970, a portion of this group was received into the Orthodox Church in America. The Holy Synod of Bishops elected Bishop ALEJO as ruling Bishop of Mexico City and the Exarchate of Mexico in 2008, and His Grace was enthroned in Mexico City in 2009. The Diocese of Mexico currently contains nine churches and numerous missions with several thousand faithful.
This Team will support the ongoing outreach and growth of the Church in Mexico. The Team is co-sponsored by the Orthodox Church in America and the OCMC with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop ALEJO of the Diocese of Mexico. This Mission Team will be led by Fr. Antonio Perdomo.
This is a unique opportunity to share your Faith and be a part of an Orthodox witness in a beautiful, remote and safe region of Mexico. Participants with experience in youth ministry and adult catechism are urged to apply. Participants must be fluent (or near fluent) in Spanish.
Please contact Fr. Ted Pisarchuk, Trip coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 880-7671, for additional information.
Dates: August 12 – August 19, 2017
Cost: $715 (+ airfare)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements (round-trip) to Mexico City, Mexico. Depart for Mexico City, Saturday, August 19 (arriving no later than 5pm); return home Saturday, August 26. Orientation will take place in Mexico City. Members have the option to visit Mexico City and return home Sunday, August 27 following Liturgy.
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 join through prayer and financial support. The cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses and materials.
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.