Share the love of Christ with people around the world this Lenten season with a gift to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Your offering will help to plant the seeds of faith in places like Tanzania where many people are coming into the Orthodox Church.
“The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself” Leviticus 19:34 NKJ
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Through our actions, we show the love of Christ to other people, whether they are strangers or our close friends. This past fall, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) sent a group of Orthodox Christians from across the country to provide healthcare in Tanzania. Fr. Andrew Kearns, an Orthodox priest in Colorado who participated in the medical mission team, quickly realized that the team was there to do more than address people’s physical ailments. During each clinic, he and some of the local clergy prayed for the sick and offered anointing with blessed oil to all who desired to receive it. As Fr. Andrew recalls, through these prayers, the team came to understand, “we were there to offer the love of Christ and to find Christ in others.”
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Jeronymos, the OCMC hopes to continue offering this vital witness of the Orthodox Faith to the people of western Tanzania in 2013. This year, the Mission Center will train and send another medical mission team to offer a witness of Christ's love through medicine, as well as a teaching team who, alongside local clergy, will train local lay leaders to serve as catechists. These catechists will return to their home villages, where access to an Orthodox priest is infrequent, to teach the faith and enable greater numbers of people to come to know Christ. Another missionary, Ms. Meagan Engelbach, will join the existing group of OCMC missionaries in Tanzania to provide His Eminence with administrative support. Eventually, she will also assist in the field of linguistics and translation in order to provide greater access to liturgical materials within Tanzania.
Please prayerfully consider a gift during this Lenten season that will make Orthodox missions among our brothers and sisters in western Tanzania possible.
Thank you for your loving commitment to the work of missions through your prayers and support. May the Lord strengthen and sustain you throughout this Lenten season.
Fr. Martin Ritsi