Orthodox Christian Mission Center - Make Disciples of All Nations
OCMC on Facebook
OCMC on Twitter
Make Disciples of All Nations
Share +
  • Share on Facebook
  • Tweet on Twitter
  • Share via Email

2019 Jamaica Youth Work Team

Traveling From: 8/8/2019 to 8/17/2019; Team Cost: $1140*

North Shore —Do you have a spot in your soul for everything Caribbean? Be part of this second Team to the island of Jamaica and share the beauty of Orthodoxy with individuals interested in our ancient faith.

This Team will offer a Vacation Church School to the youth and spend their evening with adults who are seeking more information and a deeper understanding of the Orthodox Faith. Team Members should be able to offer basic explanations on different topics of our faith during relaxed fellowship time. Iconography workshops have also been requested.

English is the official language of Jamaica, but Jamaican Creole is widely spoken. Creole’s vocabulary and grammar are based in English, but dialects, vocabulary and phrasing derive from West African, Spanish, and, to a lesser degree, French. The grammatical structure, lyrical cadences, intonations, and pronunciations of Creole make it a distinct language

Freedom of worship is guaranteed by the Jamaica’s constitution. Current research states that Latin America is undergoing rapid religious changes, citing that oppressive foreign nations brought Christianity and slavery. ‘Nonreligious’ and ‘other’ constitute approximately 50% of the population. Protestantism is the largest among the Christian Churches and Hindu, Islam, Buddhism, Rastafarian and Jewish faiths also exist in small numbers. Rastafarianism has been an important religious and cultural movement in Jamaica since the 1930s. Some say it began as a reaction against the British colonial culture, influenced by the Ethiopian Orthodox and Western African religions. In the 1960s and 1970s it gained respectability through musicians like Bob Marley. Enthusiasm for Rastafari declined in the 1980s, following the deaths of Haile Selassie and Bob Marley.

The Holy Metropolis of Mexico was established two decades ago to serve parishes in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. However, the Metropolis is bringing Orthodoxy to the multitude of indigenous Latin Americans seeking the spiritual comfort and the redemptive message of the Christian East. His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Athenagoras of Mexico is the ruling hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico, under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Born in Chicago, he studied at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, the Theological School of the University of Athens and the University of Michigan. He served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Chicago, helped establish a new Archdiocese of Hong Kong and in 1996, was elected to the newly established Metropolitan Archdiocese of Central America and the Caribbean which includes Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, all the Countries of Central America (Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador) and the Islands of the Caribbean.

Sunday School Teachers, iconographers and those versed in the faith are asked to consider participating on this Team.

Dates: August 8 – 17, 2019

Cost: $1,140 + 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: one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Thursday Aug 8 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL) and an international segment from JAX to Jamaica on Saturday August 10, returning home on Saturday, August 17. Airfares are not included in 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.

Contact Information


220 Mason Manatee Way
St. Augustine, FL
United States
(904) 829-5132

Toll Free:

(904) 829-1635


CFC Number:

   Contact Us >>   
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.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc.   The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund Incorporated