Passing the Torch ~ Continuing to Serve

Barksdale Service Highlight photos in Albania


After 14 years as an OCMC Missionary in Albania, Anastasia Pamela Barksdale has “passed the torch” to the next generation of missionaries, like Steve and Theophani Sarigianis in Albania, the Joneses in Fiji, and the McClanahans in Indonesia, and returned home.

The goal of any missionary is to work alongside the local faithful so that they can be empowered to continue spreading the Good News in their land. This is exactly what she has done with her colleagues in Albania. While Anastasia has returned to the US, she will continue to help people learn how supporting OCMC helps fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.” 

It seems like only yesterday, on Holy Tuesday 2008, that I began my mission in Albania. I recall the sights, sounds, massive crowds, and electrifying excitement that filled the air, and His Beatitude Archbishop ANASTASIOS’ ecstatic joy at the Resurrection. The transmission of the light and proclamation of 'Good News' was received by hopeful hearts, eager for hope and a better future." reflected Anastasia.

If you are ready to receive the torch from Anastasia and pass on the “Good News” to hopeful hearts in places like Albania, Indonesia, Guatemala, and elsewhere, click here to explore your missionary calling.