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2020 Kenya Teaching Team

Traveling From: 8/8/2020 to 8/17/2020; Team Cost: $1290*

“I had a beautiful journey. I feel blessed to be a part of OCMC. I plan to apply for another mission trip.” – Sofia, ’19 Kenya Team member

KISUMU, KENYA – Orthodox women interested in sharing their faith are needed! Go to Kenya and participate in a retreat that will focus on the unique ministry that women have in the Orthodox Church.

The 2020 Kenya Women’s Team has been invited by the Church in Kenya to participate in an annual five-day retreat for women from the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya. Women from diverse backgrounds and different tribes will participate in this event to deepen their understanding of Orthodoxy. The women’s groups of the Orthodox Church of Kenya are called Mothers Unions and have one common desire, to grow in Christ and in their ministry to their Church.

Orthodoxy arose in East Africa without the influence of foreign missionaries. The Church was founded by two charismatic African men searching for truth and ‘orthodoxia’ in the 1920’s. The Orthodox Church in Kenya was received into canonical Orthodoxy in 1946, and the Makarios III Patriarchal Seminary was opened in the 1980’s to train indigenous priests from Africa. OCMC has supported the work of the Orthodox Church in Kenya for over 30 years and continues to provide support for theological and catechetical training and works with church leaders to address issues of self-sufficiency for the church. Presently, the Church in Kenya has three hierarchs, including His Eminence Elder Archbishop Makarios, Bishop Markos and Bishop Neophytos of Nyeri and Mount Kenya.

In 2015, the region western Kenya was elevated to Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya. The Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa noted, “The hour of missions in the vast and great country of Kenya ‘has indeed come.’ The fullness of time has arrived; the time of sowing has come as has the time of reaping. Teach them to love Christ’s name above all.” The Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya includes over 18,000 faithful, 200 parishes and 100 clergy. It is made up of four different tribes: Luhya, Luo, Nandi and Turkana. Bishop Athanasios (Akunda) was elected in 2015, but reposed on January 4, 2019. On December 5, 2019 Patriarch Theodoros ordained Bishop Markos as the new Bishop of Kisumu and Western Kenya.

Share the teachings of the Orthodox faith and be a part of this dynamic women’s ministry of the Church in Kenya. Participants should be well-grounded in the basic teachings of the Church and prepared to offer basic Orthodox catechism and their experience in women’s groups in the US.

Dates: August 8 – August 17, 2020
Cost: $1,290 (+ airfares)

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) Saturday August 8 (by 4 pm for orientation), an international segment from JAX to Kisumu, Kenya on Monday August 10, and return home from Kisumu on Monday August 17. Airfares are not included in participant 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 about prayer, for you and others; it is about God, those you serve, and about yourself, as you serve Him.

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* Airfare not included in Team costs. Team members must travel on scheduled dates; air travel to be coordinated with OCMC; ground transportation will be provided. Team members are encouraged to raise the additional funds to cover the cost of domestic and international travel.
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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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