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2016 Mexico Teaching Team

Traveling From: 3/26/2016 to 4/2/2016; Team Cost: $700*

San Esteban and Pisaflores, 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 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest 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. San Esteban is a village of 1,000 inhabitants. Surrounding San Esteban are ten other remote Orthodox communities, some accessible only by foot or burro. The people grow their own corn and black beans and many homes do not have indoor bathroom facilities or running water. The homes are of simple concrete block construction with corrugated metal roofs. Horses and burros are main forms of transportation.

The history of the Orthodox Church in Mexico is a colorful tapestry of Mexicans seeking the Orthodox faith and ethnic migrations to this diverse land. The last few decades of the 1800’s brought a flux of Orthodox immigrants to Mexico who established communities, which then faced a lack of clergy and the dominance of the Catholic Church. 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 absorbed into the Orthodox Church in America. The elevation of Bishop Alejo of Mexico City took place in 2009. The Diocese of Mexico currently contains nine churches and numerous missions with several thousand faithful.

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 Team will support the ongoing outreach and growth of the Church in Mexico.

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 sjmrector@gmail.com or call (904) 880-7671, for additional information.

Dates: March 26 – April 2, 2016
Cost: $700 (+ airfare)

Travel – Members make flight arrangements (round-trip) to Mexico City, Mexico. Depart for Mexico City, Saturday, March 26 (arriving no later than 5pm); return home Saturday, April 2. Orientation will take place in Mexico City. Members have the option to visit Mexico City and return home Sunday, April 3 following Liturgy. Note: there are no travel advisories for the villages to be visited.

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.

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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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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