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2018 United States Youth Work Team

Traveling From: 7/20/2018 to 7/31/2018; Team Cost: $1160*

Pilot Station – The 2018 Alaska Mission Team will participate in the annual Deanery youth camp in the Yukon. Youth in these rural villages have a unique need for fellowship and community. The camp incorporates lessons on the Faith, living as Orthodox in this world, a Christian understanding of social media, as well as arts and crafts, music and sports in a rustic setting. Additionally, local leaders will teach the youth about their Yup’ik traditions and way of life.

The Church faces many challenges as she continues to maintain an Orthodox witness and proclaim Christ while equipping a new generation of future believers and leaders to know and live their faith. The Diocese of Alaska desires to see the spiritual needs of her youth met as they are empowered to grow and develop a relationship with Christ and His Church. OCMC Mission Teams work in partnership with the OCA Diocese of Alaska to provide catechism to the faithful and youth ministry to foster growth and involvement in the Church.

It has been over two hundred years since the Orthodox Christian Faith was proclaimed on the shores of Alaska, and for this reason, it is often considered America’s Holy Land. The presence of Orthodoxy in these villages can be traced back to early Russian missionaries whose witness has contributed to the faith in these villages. Pilot Station, first called Ankachak, is part of the Lower Yukon region located on the bank of the Yukon River. It is a remote village accessible only by air, water, or snowmobile, inhabited, mostly by native Yup’ik people who practice a traditional subsistence lifestyle. A picturesque village with pine trees, rolling hills, and an astonishing view of the Yukon River and surrounding landscape, Pilot Station has a K-12 school with approximately 175 students who come from the surrounding areas. Over 500 people live in Pilot Station, and 95 percent are Native Yup’ik people. One of the oldest structures in the region is the Transfiguration of our Lord Orthodox Church, built in the early 1900’s and is listed on the National Park Register of Historic Places.

Team will be hosted by Fr. Stephen Heckman. All members should be prepared to teach the faith to young people and be very flexible because the camp is very rustic. Family participation is welcome. Youth workers, church school teachers and camp counselors are encouraged to apply!

Dates: July 20-31, 2018

Cost: $1,160 (+ airfares)

Travel – Members will fly (round-trip) to Pilot Station, Alaska by afternoon on July 20 and return home on July 31st. Airfares are not included in participation cost.

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 a

 
Team Members
Mr. Nathaniel J Choma
Fr. Samuel Smolcic
Miss Natalie Price
Felice E Stewart
Margo N Kelley
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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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