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Questions and Answers Related to OCMC Mission Teams and COVID-19

Is my Team still going? We are evaluating each country's situation frequently and will continue to keep you updated in the coming weeks and months.May Teams have been rescheduled.June Teams are under review with Hosts and Team members.July and onwards, for now, will proceed as scheduled, with a review in May. Can I still apply? Absolutely! Interestingly, your Team participation is even more...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 3/27/2020)
From Archbishop Anastasios: Resistance to the Pandemic
From Archbishop Anastasios: Resistance to the Pandemic

We are all astounded, as if a new World War has been declared by an invisible enemy, the Coronavirus.We are all standing uneasily before the unforeseen changes, brought about by this unprecedented pandemic, to the life of the rich and poor, to the educated and simple people, to health, to the economy, to transportation, to the various forms of leisure, and to celebrations.It behooves us to avoid panic, depression, and despair. Composure, sobriety, and careful concern and...

by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania (Posted 3/24/2020)
OCMC and Coronavirus Response
OCMC and Coronavirus Response

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,As our world faces unprecedented challenges, I am writing to offer our prayers, compassion, and encouragement, along with informing you of how the pandemic is being dealt with at OCMC and with our missionaries around the world.In this time of trouble, we offer our prayers for all who are suffering in the wake of the pandemic: whether physically, emotionally, financially, or other ways, for their health, recovery, protection, and...

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 3/20/2020)
2020 Mission Teams Available!
2020 Mission Teams Available!

In 2020, Orthodox mission teams will serve in Alaska, Albania, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Kenya. Everyone has skills to offer and be a witness around the world (Acts 1:8)!See below for more info about the teams we already have scheduled:Albania:6/9/2020 to 6/25/2020Youth WorkTirana – Contribute to two amazing ministries in Albania: an English language camp for 150 students...

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 3/3/2020)
An In-depth Q & A with Missionary Volunteers
An In-depth Q & A with Missionary Volunteers

What did you do in Kenya? Elayne: Our goal was to inspire self-sufficiency and to deemphasize dependency on Christian organizations for financial support for general church operations. We traveled to numerous churches and presented practical lessons on church infrastructure including leadership, stewardship, tithing, women's roles in the church, youth and Sunday school education, church ministries (church beautification, fund...

by Elayne Goldman and Joel Pleban (Posted 3/3/2020)
Kenya Team ‘Culture Shock’
Kenya Team ‘Culture Shock’

Lord, I thank You for calling me to a blessed and unique mission in life. I choose, this day, that which You have given to me. I promise to say "Yes" to You throughout my life and to never tire of fulfilling Your Will. I love You, Lord. Help me to love You with my life. Jesus, I trust in You.KENYA. What a trip! SO humbling! SO beautiful! SO enlightening! Praying and worshiping together with people who speak a different language was incredible! We...

by Katianna Parisis (Posted 3/3/2020)
Deliverance from the Curse of Dependency
Deliverance from the Curse of Dependency

What Is Dependency?Glenn Penner, who led the Canadian segment of the ministry called Voice of the Martyrs, defines dependency as "a state where Christians as individuals or as a congregation allowed themselves to become reliant on another outside group or individual for financial and material means and, sometimes, administrative guidance, and are not therefore functioning in an indigenous manner... The assumption by the dependent is that they cannot accomplish...

by Dr. Bill Black (Posted 3/3/2020)
OCMC Seeking New Director of Finance

Make a difference with your life! The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking to fill the position of Finance Director. Join us as part of the Senior Management team and head of our Finance Department as we change lives around the world. We have a close-knit staff, are located in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida and offer competitive salary with excellent benefits. Most important, your work will make a lasting difference. Resumes may be sent to:
by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 2/27/2020)
Come and See...

"The Orthodox mission experience cannot be described in words, but one has to 'come and see' the work of God to fully understand it." You are invited to "come and see" the efforts underway in the mission field by participating on an OCMC Mission Team. It starts with an application, and then the staff at OCMC will walk you through the rest of the preparation steps. You will receive fundraising tips, travel with a group, and make a lasting change in the lives of those you minister to. Many Team members report back that their own life has been changed. Apply today! Contact OCMC at teams@ocmc.org or apply online at https://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx.

by OCMC Announcement (Posted 2/24/2020)
Follow in the Footsteps of St. Herman This Lent by Supporting Missions
Follow in the Footsteps of St. Herman This Lent by Supporting Missions

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,For a moment, imagine an entire village gathered at the water's edge, surrounded by the majestic beauty of Alaska. They have come to hear the Good News – that God's Son came into the world just for them!This is exactly what St. Herman experienced in 1794 and what Orthodox missionaries and team members experience today following in his footsteps.As they have continued the work of St. Herman...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 2/6/2020)
Join Thousands of Orthodox Youth and Create a VIRTUAL COIN BOX for Missions This Lent
Join Thousands of Orthodox Youth and Create a VIRTUAL COIN BOX for Missions This Lent

Every year OCMC sends out thousands of coin boxes to Sunday School students. Throughout Lent they are encouraged to be a part of the Church's global mission by filling them up with spare bills and change. Each year they raise over $25K that helps send missionaries and teams around the world to share the Orthodox Faith.This Lent we are inviting you to join them! From Mission Sunday, March 1st, until the...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 1/28/2020)
Make a New Decade Donation to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center!
Make a New Decade Donation to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,What a difference 10 years can make…Back in 2010, there were 15 Orthodox Christian missionaries serving in 3 countries through the Mission Center. We had sent out just over 1,100 people on mission teams. OCMC was very active in a couple of countries in Europe and several across Africa. Missions in Central and South America were limited.In the years that followed, we came a long...

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 12/31/2019)
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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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