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Thanksgiving in Albania
Thanksgiving in Albania

The Akathist of Thanksgiving "Glory to God for All Things" is a prayer that is especially popular on Thanksgiving, and it never seemed more appropriate to offer it as praise and worship to God than it did this year. Here in Albania, we are all trying to find some way to help the people whose lives have been shattered by the 6.4 earthquake that occurred on the 26th of November in Durres. We have been experiencing continuous aftershocks - some small, but others large enough to...

by Anastasia Pamela Barksdale (Posted 12/2/2019)
GivingTuesday Donations Being Matched!
GivingTuesday Donations Being Matched!

We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. In an incredible moment of selflessness, over the holiday, it took less than a week for you all to contribute over $10,000 for earthquake relief efforts in Albania – and that was before GivingTuesday even arrived! With the overwhelming support that's come in, we raised our goal from $5,000 to $7,500, and then to $13,000. You all rushed past those goals too, so we've again raised it to $22,000 to give us something to...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 12/2/2019)
Help Albanian Earthquake Relief Efforts this GivingTuesday!

As many of you may already be aware, this week Albania was hit by its most severe earthquake in decades. So far, at least 33 have been killed and hundreds more left injured and/or homeless. There was also some damage to the chapel of the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox seminary.The Orthodox Church of Albania has been quick to jump into action and offer its resources to all those now in need. They've been opening their properties for victims to take refuge in and...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/27/2019)
OCMC Board Gathers for Fall Meeting at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA
OCMC Board Gathers for Fall Meeting at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA

SOUTH CANAAN, PA. - Members of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) Board of Directors gathered for their annual Fall Meeting at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, November 18-20.Through a live video link, OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz shared with the Board the work he is doing in Alaska, based at St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak. After 18 years of service in Romania where he helped the Church establish a much-needed substance abuse counseling ministry, he is now...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 11/25/2019)
Rhode Island Community Welcomes Jesse Brandow
Rhode Island Community Welcomes Jesse Brandow

On Sunday, October 13th, the Church of the Annunciation in Cranston, RI, graciously welcomed OCMC Missionary Jesse Brandow. They invited him to speak about his work to the children during the Liturgy, and to the rest of the parish in the luncheon afterwards.Through this event, the community helped support Jesse's ministries. From all of us at OCMC to the Annunciation community: thank you!Missionaries and Orthodox parishes in...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/19/2019)
Pray. Reflect. Give. Make an Impact This Thanksgiving!
Pray. Reflect. Give. Make an Impact This Thanksgiving!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!It is Thanksgiving!Leaves are dropping from the trees, and Christmas music is beginning to be heard! Likewise, 2019 is coming to an end, but anticipation for the Nativity Feast is growing! During this season, I humbly ask you for 3 things:Heartfelt prayers for all the people who were transformed, both at home and abroad, through the Church's mission...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 11/18/2019)
Your Parish Can Support a Mission Priest!
Your Parish Can Support a Mission Priest!

For just $600 per year, your parish can make a huge difference in the lives of indigenous priests around the world!Currently, around 50 parishes in the US and Canada have budgeted an annual commitment to the Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program. Their support helps make it possible for priests to meet the needs of their communities in some of the poorest areas in the world.One such parish is the All Saints Church in Chicago, IL. One of their...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/14/2019)
Can we make a difference together?
Can we make a difference together?

This year, we're setting a big goal: raise enough money to train 50 catechists in Albania - and we can't do it without you.Every year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as #GivingTuesday – a single day when nonprofit organizations around the world rally their supporters to make a big impact. Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity for people to support what matters...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/6/2019)
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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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