2017 Kenya Youth Work Team
Traveling From: 10/5/2017 to 10/16/2017; Team Cost: $1245*
NYERI, KENYA -- Lead a summer camp program at the Makarios Children’s Home, which is part of a holistic outreach of the Church in Kenya to orphans and abandoned children. Work with the dedicated staff of the Children’s Home and local clergy to teach the faith to over a hundred and fifty children whose ages range from infants to teens.
The 2017 Kenya Mission Team has been invited by Bishop NEOFITOS of Nyeri and Mount Kenya to share the love of Christ at an Orthodox orphanage in central Kenya. The Team will offer a youth camp program for the children of the Makarios Children’s Home, and encourage and assist the staff. This unique youth program will also carry out service projects on the grounds and have time with the children. The Team will offer lessons on the faith, crafts and sport activities in the morning and in the afternoon will participate with the children in their daily chores. Evening activities may include discussions with the teenagers on social and faith issues.
The Nyeri Bishopric is one of the larger more active bishoprics in the Church of Kenya, with thirteen Orthodox clergy, four secondary schools, four primary schools, two Orthodox Clinics, a number of nursery schools, ten permanent Orthodox Churches, a number of mission communities and the Makarios Children’s Home. In 1989, an OCMC Team traveled to Nyeri to build the structure where the Team will be housed. The Makarios Children’s Home was opened to meet the great need of caring for children without parents in the greater Nyeri region.
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.
Share the teachings of the Orthodox faith through teaching and be a part of the laying the foundation of the Faith for the youth of Kenya.
Mission Team members should be exemplary role models for the children. Participants should be well-grounded in the basic teachings of the Church, and have experience as camp counselors or teaching Sunday school. Youth workers are encouraged to apply.
Dates: August 16 – August 26, 2017
Cost: $1,245 (+ airfare)
Travel – Members make flight arrangements: a one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Wednesday, August 16 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL); depart from JAX for Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, August 18, and return home from Nairobi on Saturday, August 26. 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 – the orphanage, youth camp – 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.