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OCMC News - Anastasia Pamela Barksdale Update for Fall 2011 Magazine

by Anastasia Pamela Barksdale, MDiv (Posted 8/3/2011)

2011 has been an interesting and challenging year as Anastasia continues to serve His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios at the Archdiocese in a variety of ways. She has found teaching Christian Education and overseeing the fieldwork assignments at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy very fulfilling, and has been able to apply her theological education from Holy Cross to this aspect of her work. She also offers campus ministry Bible studies in her home, and conducts seminars and retreats for teacher training. This summer, she worked with Dn. Anastas Bendo on the final edits and translation of Dee Pennock’s book, Who is God? Who Am I? Who are you? The next step of this translation project will be to contextualize and translate the teachers’ manual for use by youth leaders and catechists.

Many, many thanks to all the people who donated to her Amazon Wish List, and also to Fr. Luke Veronis and Panayiotis and Shannon Sakellariou for delivering so many wonderful resources to Albania. The newly renovated classroom and Resource Center were made available in July to the OCMC Mission Team Family Camp’s youngest children who enjoyed the space for their lessons, and the new toys. The seminary students will conduct four day-camps in September just before the start-up of our Catechism programs, and so much of the materials for these programs were provided by the generosity of prayer partners.

Anastasia hopes to recommit for a third term of service to Albania next year and is beginning to plan her speaking tour in America. The dates have not been set as yet, but will most likely be during Great Lent. If your community is interested in having Anastasia visit, speak, or conduct a mission retreat please contact her through OCMC to coordinate speaking dates.

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