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OCMC News - Sign up for 2019 Mission Teams Today!

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 12/4/2018)

OCMC News - Sign up for 2019 Mission Teams Today!
2019 Orthodox Mission Team opportunities are now available. Teams will be traveling to Alaska, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia offering health care, ministering to youth, doing construction, and more! Join one of these teams today and share in a journey of Faith!

As 2018 comes to a close, we are happy to announce next year’s short-term mission teams!

These teams serve as a great way to not only contribute your talents to the growth of Orthodoxy worldwide, but also to gain some incredibly valuable experiences. Consider signing up individually or as a group!

View the various teams below, and visit our web site for more information or to register: ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx


  • 3/1/2019 to 3/10/2019: Tirana, Albania – Experience the growth and vibrancy of the Church in Albania by participating in events that focus on the youth ministries of the Church. This team will be a collaborative effort with OCF Real Break and will be led by Dcn Stephanos Ritsi, OCMC long-term missionary.

  • 6/18/2019 to 7/1/2019: Shen Vlash, Albania - Make a difference in the life of a young person this summer by being a part of an annual camp at the Children's Home of Hope, located on the seminary grounds of historic Shen Vlash. The children at the Home of Hope are raised in an Orthodox environment and look forward to this team every year. Team will be planned by OCMC missionary Pamela Barksdale.

  • 11/8/2019 to 11/17/2019: Aguacate, Guatemala – Provide healthcare and education in Aguacate, a predominately Mayan region of northern Guatemala. Show the love of Christ by sharing your talents as a healthcare provider at the Fr. Andres Giron Clinic. Team will be led by OCMC long-term missionaries.


  • 6/24/2019 to 7/6/2019: Bali, Indonesia - Assist the Orthodox Church in Indonesia with its ongoing mission by being part of a youth and family-focused ministry in Singaraja, Bali. Teach about the Orthodox faith and Christian understanding of spirituality, prayer, family life, and fellowship while providing a visible witness of the faith.

  • 7/1/2019 to 7/13/2019: Medan, Indonesia - Teach the faith at three Orthodox schools that are planting the seeds of Christianity in North Sumatra, where Islam is a majority religion. Offer catechism to the faithful in Medan.


  • 8/8/2019 to 8/17/2019: Kingston, Jamaica – Be a part of the second Orthodox mission team to Jamaica that will offer a Vacation Bible School and encourage the faithful who are experiencing a thirst for Orthodoxy and desire for a vibrant Church. Team will be led by Fr. Anthony Salzman.


  • 3/15/2019 to 3/26/2019: Butali, Kenya – Touch the lives of orphaned children by leading a camp program for the St. Tabitha Children's Home in the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya. This team will bring joy and hope by offering a fun-filled, faith-based camp.

  • 7/17/2019 to 7/29/2019: Mugeni, Kenya - Assist with construction at the St. Athanasius Orthodox Secondary School in the remote village of Mugeni in the Diocese of Kisumu and West Kenya. Help build the foundation of Orthodoxy by providing facilities that will prepare students for future studies.

  • 8/10/2019 to 8/19/2019: Kisumu, Kenya – Be part of a vibrant women's ministry in the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya. This diocese retreat brings women from different tribes and regions together for learning, fellowship, and spiritual growth.

  • 8/28/2019 to 9/7/2019: Kisumu, Kenya - Provide healthcare and health education in the Nandi region of western Kenya. The Orthodox Church in this region has a holistic ministry which includes vibrant churches, schools, and healthcare outreach. Healthcare professionals needed.

  • 12/8/2019 to 12/17/2019: Kisumu, Kenya - Contribute to youth ministry efforts of the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya at a conference for youth leaders and young adults. Individuals with teaching and/or youth work experience are encouraged to apply.

  • 12/8/2019 to 12/17/2019: Nyeri, Kenya - Contribute to youth ministry efforts of the Diocese of Nyeri and Mount Kenya at a conference for youth leaders and young adults. Individuals with teaching and/or youth work experience are encouraged to apply.


  • 7/18/2019 to 7/24/2019: Building a Home for Missions - Enjoy a week of work, witness, and fellowship as you learn the importance of sharing the Orthodox faith and the responsibility of building up the Church in a cross-cultural setting. Mornings and evenings will be accompanied by inspiring reflections and presentations by OCMC staff and missionaries. Project Mexico is partnering with OCMC to build homes while introducing youth and young adults to the Orthodox vocation of international missions.

  • 8/10/2019 to 8/17/2019: Vera Cruz, Mexico – Offer youth and adult catechism, experience worship services, and encourage the faithful in Zapote Bravo, Pisa Flores, and San Esteban. Team will be led by Fr. Antonio Perdomo. Spanish-speakers are requested.


  • 10/23/2019 to 11/4/2019: Stockholm, Sweden – In this era of postmodernism, the youth of Sweden are looking to the Church for truth. Be a part of this first team to Sweden and encourage the faithful in their Orthodox walk by leading a youth retreat.

United States:

  • 7/6/2019 to 7/14/2019: Appalachia - Help families in need through a home-repair mission trip with the Orthodox Youth Mission Team to Appalachia this summer! You will live in a community with other Orthodox youth and follow your missionary vocation right here in the States.

  • 7/22/2019 to 7/31/2019: Yukon Deanery, Alaska – This annual camp, near Pilot Station, teaches Yupik Alaskan traditions and the Orthodox faith. This is an opportunity for you to encourage and teach youth about the Orthodox faith in the beautiful Lower Yukon. Team will be hosted by Fr. Stephen Heckman.

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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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