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The Jackson Family

Serving in Guatemala

The Very Rev. Dr. Peter Jackson was called to be a Bible translator at the age of thirteen when he learned that there were thousands of languages that the Holy Scriptures had not been translated into. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in linguistics, and then did graduate studies with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Dallas, Texas, where he was also a teaching assistant in linguistics.

While in Dallas, he met Matushka Styliana, who was born in Minneapolis, but raised in Colombia, South America, in family of missionaries who worked among the primitive Kogi people. Once married, the Jacksons moved to Colombia as missionaries, where Father Peter analyzed the grammar of the Kogi language, developed a writing system for it, and translated the New Testament from Greek into Kogi.

Their sons, Reader Nicolas and Reader Benjamin, were born in Colombia, and after ten years there, the Jacksons were baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church. They returned to the US, and Fr. Peter studied at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood and served as rector of Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Buffalo, New York, for fifteen years. He also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s joint program with Antiochian Village’s House of Studies.

Throughout their time in Buffalo, the Jacksons prayed for the Lord to open a door for them to serve the Orthodox Church in the Spanish-speaking world. Father Peter will help teach and train future clergy and catechists for Latin America, while Matushka Styliana will help instruct and encourage clergy wives and the faithful in Orthodox faith and practice.

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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.