Pray for New Missionary Trainees Preparing to Shine Christ’s Light

Fr. Martin teaching a session in the August 2021 NCO

On Monday, they were strangers. By Friday, OCMC’s newest missionary candidates had bonded. They shared a calling to follow Christ and bring healing to the world.

They came together for a virtual New Candidate Orientation (NCO). NCO is a week-long course that all future OCMC missionaries attend at the beginning of their missionary journey. It helps prepare them for everything from cultural context to support-raising.

At NCO, the candidates came together as a community. They focused on what really matters: shining the light of Christ in the world. With your prayers and support, these candidates hope to serve in Kenya, Fiji, and Indonesia. Past NCO participant Michael Jones shared, "If God wants us to go, He's going to make it happen."

"I'm super grateful to OCMC because it looks like this childhood dream is really coming true," reflected one participant. "I'm thankful for all these tools, for being able to meet each other, and for all this support." They are eager to go forth and share the Gospel with all they have learned.

OCMC currently has more than 30 missionaries serving in long-term missions around the world. Do you have a calling to serve as a missionary, or want to learn more? See what it takes to become a missionary or write Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak in the OCMC Missionary Department at