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OCMC News - Can we make a difference together?

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 11/6/2019)

OCMC News - Can we make a difference together?
Mission team members leading a discussion at a retreat at the Shen Vlash seminary in Albania.

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 most to them. For Orthodox Christians, this year #GivingTuesday falls in the same week in which we celebrate St. Nicholas, a beloved saint known for his own charity – another great opportunity to give!

We’re hoping that with your help, between now and December 6 – the feast day of St. Nicholas – we can rally enough support to send our first mission team to Korçë, Albania. There, the team will work to outfit the Voskopoja monastery so that it can be used for summer camp and spiritual retreats. The team will also lead a spiritual retreat for 50 catechists there! These catechists will then take the teachings of the Orthodox Faith throughout the country.

Keep an eye out for our #GivingTuesday posts, in which we’ll introduce you to the Church in Albania, as well as to some of the catechists that will be involved. And please share our posts with your friends and families, to help us get the word out!

Your support for #GivingTuesday will make mission teams like this possible. If we can pull it off, this project will both help the monastery and give the Church in Korçë the solid foundation of a camp and spiritual retreat center. We can’t do this without you and your support, however – so please pray for this mission, share it on social media, and consider a donation. Every little bit helps!

To donate, head to: https://donate.ocmc.org/GivingTuesday

From all of us at OCMC, thank you for your support – both for #GivingTuesday, and every day you help us carry out Christ’s Great Commission.

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