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2018 Albania Teaching Team

Traveling From: 9/17/2018 to 9/27/2018; Team Cost: $1240*

Tirana - This 2018 Albania Mission Team will lead retreats for clergy wives from different regions of Albania. The Teams will work in partnership with the Orthodox Church of Albania and OCMC missionaries to Albania to offer large group presentations, small discussion groups and fellowship time. In addition to a time of spiritual growth and learning, this initiative will incorporate a time for fellowship, renewal and an opportunity for women to connect, share and exchange ideas.

Albanian Orthodox women are looking to Orthodox clergy wives from North America to learn about how clergy wives support the ministries of the Church, their husbands and families. The Church in Albania and with the blessings of Archbishop ANASTASIOS of Tirana and All Albania, alongside OCMC missionaries to Albania, continues to sponsor Women’s retreats for this generation on women in the Church. The participants of the event in 2016 unanimously requested for additional retreats in the future.

After five centuries of Ottoman presence and five decades of communist rule, Albania suffered the most severe religious persecution in the world. All forms of religion were constitutionally prohibited; most churches and monasteries had been destroyed, no Church infrastructure existed, and only a few clergy remained. Today, under the guidance of Archbishop ANASTASIOS of Tirana and All Albania, along with the help of Orthodox missionaries and dedicated Albanian leaders the Church has been resurrected and continues to flourish. Be a witness of the Faith in a country where 70% of the people come from a Muslim tradition by being a part of this teaching Team.

Clergy wives of all jurisdictions are needed on this Team which will be led by former missionary to Albania, Presbytera Renee Ritsi.

Dates: September 17 - September 27, 2018

Cost: $1,240 + airfare

Travel – Team Members must fly on the international travel itinerary OCMC will provide to and from the project destination. Team Members are responsible for all air travel: round trip to Tirana, Albania and return. Team members must fly on the same itinerary to and from the project destination (return locations will differ). Airfares are not included in cost. Orientation will take place in Tirana.

Fund raising – Each Team Member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares associated with this Team. Team Members are encouraged to invite others to participate in this effort through prayer and tax-deductible donations. Participant cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.

OCMC partially subsidizes each Team Member’s cost to keep it at the price posted and relies on donations from individuals and churches for these costs. If you are interested in assisting with these expenses, please contact the OCMC for more information. If you would like to contribute to this project, which is also supported by the OCMC, we 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.

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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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