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OCMC News - A Call For Ordinary People

by Andrew Lekos (Posted 8/16/2019)

OCMC News -  A Call For Ordinary People
People of all ages and from all walks of life can serve in the mission field. OCMC has several new ways for people just like you to answer their calling to share the Orthodox Faith with the world.

There are many ways to share the love of Christ with the world, and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is ready to help you in your journey! New opportunities exist to help you answer your call to Orthodox missions.

Just like Theodora Veronis (see Discovering and Sharing God’s Love), you can use your unique gifts, talents, and experiences to make a difference in the world. People like yourself, laypeople, priests, students, professionals, retirees, teachers, health care professionals, engineers, and anyone who feels they are called to missionary service has something to offer. The ultimate goal in missions is to help develop vibrant Eucharistic communities, train indigenous church leaders and assist the Church around the world.

Mission Volunteers serve from one month to one year and assist with projects that complement the programs of our vocational missionaries. Similar to a “gap year” program following graduation, this is perfect for recent graduates or retirees looking for a meaningful way to travel with a purpose. The application process is short, and the training can be done online. Cost is dependent on length and location of service. For those serving more than five months, a student loan payment plan can be factored into your budget, so you won’t miss a beat.

A Missionary Intern is similar to a Mission Volunteer except that an they serve for at least five months and intend to continue with missionary service. A three-day orientation at the Mission Center and a supervised reading program is involved. Interns are eligible for additional benefits (provided through their budget), such as health insurance and schooling for children on the field.

Upon completing their internship and additional training at the Mission Center, a Missionary Associate is ready to undertake support-raising and return to the field and continue their mission work. During their tenure as a Missionary Associate, (up to three years) they can include in their budget a resettlement fund which helps underwrite their future return to residency in the US.

A Missionary may serve for several years or pursue missions as a career. Beginning with the fourth year of service, the Missionary Associate attains the title of Missionary which designates their status as a long-term vocational missionary. Eligibility for all OCMC benefits are offered, including an increased budget for future resettlement in the US, a college fund for children, and a retirement program.

A Mission Specialist is a clergyman or lay person with a recognized expertise who goes for a pre-determined time to meet specific needs in the field. Their expertise may be required in one or multiple fields and their work is approved and budgeted on a project-by-project basis.

Orthodox Mission Team members travel for two to three-week periods, on set dates and help strengthen communities by assisting through a visible expression of service. Teams assist Orthodox communities through construction, evangelism, teaching, health care, youth ministry or outreach Teams. Additionally, they provide a visible expression of the love, unity and support within our Holy Orthodox Church and increase awareness of Orthodox missions in our home communities.

  • Submit Missions application with clergy reference (may include additional background check and screening with term over 6 months).
  • Training to prepare for mission service; to create awareness in your community; and ideas to raise support is included.
  • We encourage all missionary volunteers to mobilize others as you develop a support team to fund and sustain this work.
  • For Teams, project dates include orientation. This pre-field training is a time of preparation, training, team building and prayer.
  • Upon returning home, your reporting and sharing experiences with family, friends, and supporters helps spread the word about the needs in the world.

Adequate time is necessary for preparations, project arrangements, application process, training, travel and support. Apply now.

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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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