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OCMC News - Support Orthodox Missions this Nativity Season!

by Alex Goodwin (Posted 12/14/2014)

OCMC News - Support Orthodox Missions this Nativity Season!
How many have yet to hear the Gospel? Support Orthodox missions this Nativity season and share Christ with the world!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

"The servant of God is baptized in the Name of the Father. Amen. And of the Son. Amen. And of the Holy Spirit. Amen." How often have those words been prayed for the newly illumined around the world in the past 30 years? How many priests have been trained and blessed to pray them? How many churches have been built to hold them? This year the Orthodox Christian Mission Center celebrates 30 years of making disciples of all nations, and in that time, countless people have been baptized, hundreds of priests have been ordained, and dozens of churches have been built through your unwavering support. The light of Orthodoxy, however, still needs to be shared with millions. Please make a gift to the Mission Center this Nativity season to ensure that Orthodox missions continue to grow.

The Nativity of Christ set into motion a movement that would change the world. God became flesh in order that communion between God and all humankind might be restored. Through the establishment of His Church and the ministries of organizations like the OCMC, people are being presented the life-giving spring of salvation. From Mongolia to Albania, to Kenya, to Guatemala, and to Alaska, the OCMC has been continuing the work begun by the Apostles to share this salvation. As a supporter of the Mission Center in the past, you know that there is no work that is more important than this, and a year-end gift is needed so that the following needs can be fulfilled in 2015:

  • 25 missionaries and their families need care and support to be able to continue the ministries they coordinate that provide theological training, offer healthcare and counseling, minister to youth, and evangelize and educate a growing number of people about Orthodoxy.
  • Over 130 volunteers will need to be trained and sent on 15 short-term construction, youth ministry, teaching, outreach, and construction mission teams that will be serving in 7 countries.
  • 334 priests serving in mission countries need financial support and training to continue their ministries
  • Numerous projects aimed at increasing the reach and self-reliance of the Church abroad need to be administered.

Please consider a gift of $75, $100, or more to the OCMC this Christmas! Any donation will be an immeasurable blessing.

Thank you in advance for your sacrificial offering this Nativity season. We pray that you and your family will be blessed in the coming year, and we hope that you have a very merry Christmas!

In Christ,

Fr. Martin Ritsi
Executive Director

PS – Remember, your donations toward the vital mission ministries of the Church through the OCMC are all tax-deductible.

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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.
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