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OCMC News - OCMC Trek for Missions

by Fr. Martin Ritsi (Posted 7/10/2019)

OCMC News - OCMC Trek for Missions
Join OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi on the Trek4Missions through your prayers and gifts of support aimed at getting more Orthodox missionaries into the mission field.

Beginning on the Feast of the Dormition (August 15th), and in preparation for the Feast of the Holy Cross, Fr. Martin and Fr. Stephanos Ritsi will:

  • Trek over 225 miles for 2 weeks in the High Sierras
  • Climb up and down over 80,000 vertical feet
  • Carry everything they need for survival
  • Pray and send daily mission reflections
  • Conclude with the Divine Liturgy on top of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,500 feet above sea level

Why are they doing this?

They are hiking to raise funds and awareness so that OCMC can recruit, train, send, and support the missionaries who in obedience to the Lord are taking up their cross and following Him to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel (Mark 8:34)!

The world beckons and groans to receive the life-giving joy, peace, and healing that comes only through union with our Lord Jesus Christ. There are still over 1 billion people that have not even heard the Gospel message. But, we can’t reach them without you. We need you now to help us raise $150,000!

St. Paul said:

  • How will they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
  • How shall they hear without a preacher?
  • How shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:15-15)

You can participate NOW in this great endeavor given to us by our Lord to HELP send missionaries to carry the life-transforming Gospel into the world. Here’s how:

  • First, help Fr. Martin raise the funds we need to recruit, train, and send missionaries.
    DONATE: bit.ly/OCMC-trek4missions
    • Generous friends of OCMC have already given the first $40,000.
    • The OCMC Board of Directors will now match the next $50,000. Your gift will be doubled.
    • Your generosity makes sending missionaries possible and we want to say: Thank You! Sponsors at the following levels will receive these themed gifts (don't forget to include your mailing address so we can send them to you):
      • Marmot $50 Magnet
      • Trail Crew $250 Key chain
      • Resupplier $500 Tote bag
      • Ranger $1,000 Theme picture on canvas
      • Sherpa $5,000 Theme picture on glass
      • Trail Guide $10,000 Theme picture on metal and memento from Mt. Whitney
  • Meditate and pray with Frs. Martin and Stephanos using the prayers and reflections they will send you daily.
  • Submit your names so they can pray for you at the Divine Liturgy atop Mt. Whitney by sending a list of your name(s) to be remembered to missions@ocmc.org
  • Track and follow their journey on the live map that will show their progress every step of the way: https://share.garmin.com/Trek4Missions
  • Organize others to take up their cross and raise funds to send missionaries to the ends of the earth. PLEASE SHARE AND SEND THIS EMAIL to people you know and encourage them to participate and share it with their friends. You can also walk, bike, or hike to raise support and awareness together with us.
Every dollar you give towards the Trek for Missions will be used to send and support missionaries to carry the love of our Lord to the ends of the earth.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

LINKS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TREK FOR MISSIONS:

Donate (every dollar from $40,000 to $90,000 will be matched by OCMC's Board)

Receive the daily prayers and meditations

Follow Fr. Martin and Fr. Stephanos live on their trek (Aug. 15th-30th)

Learn more about OCMC missionaries

Learn more about the Trek for Missions

Follow on social media: #Trek4Missions

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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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