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OCMC News - Take Up Your Cross for Missions
by Markella Balasis (Posted 8/13/2013)

OCMC News - Take Up Your Cross for Missions

Every year Orthodox Christians take up their cross for Christ and make sacrifices to share the Orthodox Faith with people around the world. Please support Orthodox mission with a pledge of support. As little as $20 per month can ensure that the message of the Gospel will continue to be brought to people who desperately long for the love of Christ.

“Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.’” Matthew 16:24

September 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Two summers ago, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center sent a team of volunteers to a village in Tanzania. People just like you from churches across the country sacrificed their time and treasure to go and teach youth and young adults about the Faith. One young Tanzanian man was deeply touched by his time with the team. Through this encounter, he began to feel a deep calling to serve the Church.

Fourteen months later, another team arrived in Tanzania to offer healthcare. This same young man rarely left the team’s side. He offered to translate for the team and assist in any way he could. Before the team left, His Eminence Metropolitan Jeronymos announced that the young man would be attending seminary to become a priest!

The willingness of these team members to deny themselves in order to travel so far from their homes to preach the Gospel inspired this man. As he takes up his own cross and follows the Lord’s calling, he has the potential to reach out to countless others with the love of Christ!

Please help insure that the message of the Gospel continues to be shared by making a gift to the OCMC today! A pledge of as little as $20 per month will continue to make missions possible in places where OCMC is helping to share the Orthodox Faith. Thank you in advance for your participation in this work through your prayers and financial support. May the power of our Lord’s precious and life-giving Cross strengthen you always!

In Christ,

Fr. Martin Ritsi
Executive Director

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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.
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