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2019 Albania Youth Work Team

Traveling From: 3/1/2019 to 3/10/2019

The 2019 Albania Mission Team will work with the staff of the Youth Office of the Orthodox Church of Albania to engage and connect with young adults from the greater Tirana area in a Diocese conference. The Team will also offer outreach at the University of Tirana to bring an awareness of Christianity and the programs of the Church in Albania. Members will also visit various ministries of the Church and witness the Orthodox Faith as part of this evangelistic outreach of the Church in Albania. The Team will be led by OCMC missionary to Albania Dn. Stephanos Ritsi.

Help strengthen the Church’s youth ministry programs by contributing to its ongoing growth; to inspire, train, and equip Albanians to evangelize their nation and disciple their people. Team members will share life experiences and fellowship with Albanian young adults while providing a visible witness of the Holy Orthodox Faith.

Albania is a country where 70% of the people come from a Muslim tradition. Albania suffered the most severe religious persecution in the world, where all forms of religion were constitutionally prohibited. Most churches and monasteries had been destroyed; no Church infrastructure existed; and only a few clergy remained. After five centuries of Ottoman occupation and five decades of communist rule, the Church continues to make a remarkable turnaround. Today, under the guidance of Archbishop ANASTASIOS of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania, along with the help of Orthodox missionaries and dedicated Albanian leaders the Church has been resurrected and continues to flourish.

A background in youth ministry and teaching is requested. Applicants should be in good health and comfortable walking and using public transportation around town. Clergy, youth workers, college students and seminarians are encouraged to apply.

Dates: March 1 – March 10, 2019

Cost: $2,750.00 (does not include domestic airfare to/from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York)

Register at: http://www.ocf.net/events/real-break-albania-2019/

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.

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.

Team Members
Ms. Elisabeth Blain
Ms. Kali Godshall
Ms. Kira Godshall
Mr. Christopher Howe
Mr. Alex Listvinsky
Ms. Anastasia Szalasznyj
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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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