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OCMC News - Hoppe Missionary Family arrives in USA for Home Assignment

by Fr. David Rucker (Posted 8/10/2009)

OCMC News - Hoppe Missionary Family arrives in USA for Home Assignment
While in the United States, OCMC Missionaries, Nathan and Gabriela Hoppe will raise support and pursue further education that will help them in their ministry work when they return to Albania in 2010. Tristan and Katherine (pictured here with Gabriela) are also excited to welcome a new baby into the family. Please remember the Hoppe family in your prayers.

Nathan and Gabriela Hoppe arrived at the Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida, direct from Albania on August 4th for an eleven-month "Home Assignment." The Hoppes participated in a "Re-entry Workshop" designed by the Missionary Department to welcome Missionaries back from service in other countries and equip them for their time in the USA. OCMC's new Missionary Training and Administration Building allows all such events to take place on-site. This workshop concluded on Friday morning (August 7th), and Nathan and Gabriela left to join their children Tristan and Katherine, waiting for them in Minnesota, where they will live until July 2010.

This time in the USA, referred to as "Home Assignment," will be filled with much hard work. For the Hoppe family this includes further studies to enhance their ministry work in Albania, spending time with their existing support team members, and meeting new supporters for their next term on the field.  They will also be travelling across the country speaking on behalf of Orthodox missions and evangelism world-wide.

During these months, Tristan and Katherine are looking forward to reconnecting with extended family and friends; they are also preparing to welcome a new addition to their family!  The Hoppes have announced that they are expecting a baby, which is due in January.  Please pray for the Hoppes during this time of anticipation, especially for Gabriela's strength and health.

You can catch up on this past year's news about the Hoppe family by visiting http://nhoppe.ocmc.org.  They will be available for meetings and appointments here in the USA through July 2010.  This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the resurrection of and the opportunities for the Church in Albania.   The Hoppes are grateful for your continued prayers and financial support as they try to raise up new partners for the vital missionary work going on in Albania during their time in the United States.  For more information, check www.ocmc.org or contact the Hoppes directly at n.hoppe@ocmc.org.

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