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OCMC News - Please Help Send More Orthodox Missionaries into the World with a Gift to the OCMC this Lent

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 2/7/2017)

OCMC News - Please Help Send More Orthodox Missionaries into the World with a Gift to the OCMC this Lent
With a gift to the OCMC this Lenten season, you can help send long-term missionaries into the world to share the love of Christ with those who desperately need it.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It was a busy day at the clinic. Among the people seeking relief from their fevers, aches, and pains sat a young girl. She was quiet and scared. The doctor who examined her could find nothing wrong with her physically. Why had she come? What was wrong?

An OCMC missionary serving at the clinic took her by the hand and started talking with her. It turned out that she had been attacked. She fled her village and sought refuge in the only place she knew she could find it – at the Church clinic. Sobbing, she recounted all that she had been through. The missionary, though he had no formal counseling training, was exactly what this girl needed. You made this possible!

He was the right person, in the right place, at the right time. This is the call of the Orthodox missionary - to be there, sharing God’s love, in moments just like these.

There are people all over the world seeking refuge and solace like this young girl. Please send missionaries to serve them with a gift to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center.

Christ prepared for His earthly ministry by spending 40 days in the wilderness. Our 40-day Lenten journey is one of preparation for a new life in Him. Missionaries must prepare to answer their call to serve Him as well. This is where you are needed!

In addition to prayer and spiritual guidance, missionaries undergo rigorous training on everything from raising support, to learning a new language and culture. Your gifts to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center make this possible!

Many people don’t know this, but it costs a minimum of $6,000 to train and equip a long-term missionary for field service. There are no fewer than 24 open requests for missionaries that hierarchs in the mission field have made in the last year. Only you can make the dream of raising the $144,000 needed to send these missionaries a reality. You can do it with your gift!

Please prayerfully make an offering during Lent. Then, as a commitment to sharing Christ’s love with the world, make another during Holy week.

With your help we can send more missionaries into the field to be present in moments when the power of the Holy Spirit is needed most.

I pray that you have a blessed Lent. May the hope of Christ’s Resurrection sustain you and may it inspire you to support Orthodox missions.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Martin Ritsi
Executive Director

PS – If sending 24 more missionaries into the field is something you really want to help accomplish, please consider making your gift recurring. For just $50 or $100 per month you make a huge difference for years to come!

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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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