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OCMC News - Historic Team Arrives in Albania

by Andrew Lekos (Posted 5/26/2010)

OCMC News - Historic Team Arrives in Albania
OCMC Board Member and Director of the newly established Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity at Holy Cross School of Theology, Fr. Luke Veronis, leads a team of 2 priests and 11 seminarians to Albania where he once served as an OCMC Missionary. Students will receive three hours of seminary credit for their participation.

Following classes and orientation led by Fr. Luke Veronis, Missionary Nathan Hoppe, and Fr. David Rucker, a Team of 2 priests and 11 seminarians arrived in Albania for two very full weeks of ministry and learning on Tuesday, May 25th. This Team is historic in several ways: It is the first joint Team of the newly inaugurated Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity and OCMC. It is also the first Team jointly made up of students from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Holy Cross School of Theology. This is also the first fully accredited Team, offering three hours of seminary credit for the class work and time in Albania. The course will study in depth the life, missiology and writings of Archbishop Anastasios of Albania and examine how he has practically lived out this missiology through his ministry in the Church of Albania. The course will look at the foundation and calling of missions. The practicum includes the Team traveling to Albania, witnessing the resurrection of the Church of Albania, meeting missionaries and the indigenous leaders, and participating in an evangelism program within the country.

Please join OCMC and The Mission Institute of Orthodox Christianity in prayer for this historic Team to Albania. Support for this effort and the work of missions can be made on-line at www.ocmc.org. Also we ask for your prayers for the other 14 Teams involving over 121 Team members being sent this year to ten different countries and the state of Alaska. Will YOU be joining an OCMC Mission Team next year?

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