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OCMC News - Your Parish Can Support a Mission Priest!

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/14/2019)

OCMC News - Your Parish Can Support a Mission Priest!
Father Vladimir, another priest supported through the SAMP program.

For just $600 per year, your parish can make a huge difference in the lives of indigenous priests around the world!

Currently, around 50 parishes in the US and Canada have budgeted an annual commitment to the Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program. Their support helps make it possible for priests to meet the needs of their communities in some of the poorest areas in the world.

One such parish is the All Saints Church in Chicago, IL. One of their parishioners, Hannah Stapleton, served on an OCMC short-term mission team to Kenya in 2016. At her urging, the parish began including the sponsorship of a SAMP priest from Kenya in their annual budget! Every year they continue to assist the same priest, Fr. Moses, greatly contributing to his ministry and making his work possible. That parish also gives a monthly donation to support Missionaries Nathan and Gabriela Hoppe in Albania – so they’re directly participating in the life of the Church worldwide!

Your parish can make a difference too! If you'd like to add a SAMP priest to your parish budget, please reach out to us by either e-mailing samp@ocmc.org or calling 1-877-463-6784 and asking for Markella Balasis, our SAMP Coordinator. If you’re interested in supporting a priest from a particular part of the world, feel free to mention that.

With each parish that supports a SAMP priest, we build another relationship with our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world. Only by working together, can we share Christ’s love with the whole world and “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

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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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