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2019 Ghana Youth Work Team

Traveling From: 7/29/2019 to 8/13/2019; Team Cost: $1600*

Larteh, GHANA -- Are you interested in helping the young people of Ghana navigate the challenges of living as an Orthodox Christian in an increasingly challenging society? The 2019 Ghana Mission Team has been invited by Metropolitan Narcissos of Accra to share the love of Christ at a summer youth camp at the St. Peter College in Larteh.

An Annual Orthodox Youth Camp will serve around 320 Orthodox youth ages 12-18 from over 20 communities throughout Ghana. The camp offers an opportunity for the youth to learn more about their Orthodox Christian Faith and social and faith issues through bible studies, fun activities, and lively discussions. Team members will work closely with local clergy and lay leaders before, during, and after the camp to help strengthen the Orthodox identity of the campers and meet the evolving needs of the youth and the Church. Cathedral youth leaders, clergy and Church leaders will direct the program and Mission Team members have been asked to have a supportive role in the camp and be instrumental in training of these Ghanaian leaders.

Ghana is home to a wide diversity of people groups, rapidly entering a modern and fast paced world. People may still be seen in traditional clothing and adhering to the old traditions, but many now have access to cell phones and internet. Ghanaians are divided into 75 different ethnic groups. Although the 2010 census reported that over 70% of Ghanaians are Christian, Islam (in the north) and traditional religions are second and third in percentage of adherents. The Orthodox Church is one of the few faiths not associated with colonialism in Ghana.

In 1971 a youth movement desiring renewal and uniform doctrines and liturgical practices and a sense of a larger global Orthodox family was begun, and the youth intensified their search for the canonical Orthodox Church. Numerous events, and visits by the Patriarchate of Alexandria, proved to be turning points towards the canonical reception the Ghanaian church into the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria in 1982. Visits by Orthodox from Greece and Finland completed the catechism for the almost 3,000 Ghanaians who initially were received into Orthodoxy. The Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration was constructed in 1989 with the aid of an OCMC Mission Team. The Holy Archdiocese of Ghana was established in 1997 and His Eminence Narcissos was elected Metropolitan in 2016.

Team Members should be exemplary role models, have the ability to teach the Faith to children and teens, and be flexible in cross-cultural settings. Team Members will have a number of pre-Team activities in addition to post-Team follow up. Camp counselors, Sunday school teachers and youth workers are encouraged to apply.

Dates: July 29 – August 13, 2019

Cost: $1,600 (+airfare)

TravelTeam Members must fly on the international travel itinerary OCMC will provide to and from the project destination. Members make round-trip flight arrangements to Accra, Ghana Monday, July 29, and return home on Tuesday, August 13 (departing Ghana Aug 12). Airfares are not included in cost. Orientation will take place in Accra.

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 faithOrthodox 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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