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GOAA - OCMC Announces 2003 Mission Teams
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 03, 2002
OCMC Announces 2003 Mission Teams
St. Augustine, Fla-- (OCMC) -- The Orthodox Christian Mission Center
announces the largest number of its scheduled short-term mission teams
ever. Ten mission teams are planned for the summer of 2003, which is a 25%
increase since last year.
In 2003 OCMC Mission Teams will teach, build, baptize, nurture and heal in
local Orthodox communities around the world. Groups of 2 to 24 volunteers
will donate their time, money and energy to witness the Orthodox Christian
faith through a variety of activities. The trips will last from one to
three weeks and will take place between mid-July and early October.
Projects range from building a church in Ghana, nurturing infants in
Romania, caring for orphaned children in Guatemala and offering Medical
assistance in Uganda. While all team volunteers will be witnessing the
faith, some teams will focus primarily on teaching. Teaching teams to
Alaska, India and Ghana will offer catechism classes, seminars, retreats
and bible studies and will visit remote villages.
All short-term mission teams are made up of Orthodox Christian volunteers
following in the footsteps of the saints who are ready and willing to share
their faith. They are teachers, clergy, seminarians, youth workers,
contractors, healthcare professionals, students and anyone willing to offer
their skills and love to serve God by serving on a Mission Team in 2003.
The 2003 Mission Teams are:
o 4 teams to Alaska ? This was the first land in North America to
receive the fullness of the Gospel in the Holy Orthodox Faith. Today,
however, the Alaskan Church and our Native American brothers and sisters
face many hardships. Three volunteer teaching teams of 10 each will travel
to remote villages in Alaska from 4 to 14 August 2003. Teams will focus on
the Yukon, Kodiak Island, and Dilligham/Newhalen areas. Additionally a
teaching team of six volunteers will go to Fairbanks, 13 to 21 September
2003 to work with University Students in the area.
o 2 to Ghana ? At the request of His Grace Bishop PANTELEIMON, at
least two teams will go to Ghana to aid in the growth of the Church. This
is a wonderful opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ where
the Orthodox Church is still in its early stages of growth. There are two
kinds of teams - evangelism and construction each composed of 8 ? 10
volunteers. The evangelism team will visit villages from 1 to 22 August
where Orthodoxy has
already been established as well as areas where the Faith has not yet taken
hold. The evangelism team will be composed of 8 volunteers with a firm
grasp of the Orthodox Faith but not necessarily catechists. The
construction team consisting of 10 volunteers will work closely with local
volunteers in the construction of a church and assist in local evangelistic
efforts from 1-22 July 2003.
o Guatemala ? The Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage, the only Orthodox
orphanage in Guatemala, welcomes orphans and lost, abandoned and battered
children from the streets of Guatemala City. The mission team to Guatemala,
consisting of 24 volunteers, will take place from 12 July to 2 August 2003.
Team members will assist in classroom activities and teach the children by
sharing the richness of the Holy Orthodox Faith.
o Romania ? 8 Volunteers are needed to assist long-term missionaries
Craig and Victoria Goodwin at the newly established Protection of the
Theotokos Infant and Maternal Center. The purpose of this center is to
prevent child abandonment and to nurture the bond between mother and child
(infants 0-24 months) discouraging abortion and abandonment while
increasing strong family ties for infants. This team will travel 7 to 21
o Uganda ? Health care professionals have always been an integral
part of the holistic mission of the Orthodox Church. This mission team will
consist of physicians, physicians' assistants, and nurses (RN and LPN).
There is also need for a surgeon and a dentist at the main hospital, as
well as a surgeon for basic medicine in some of the villages. A pharmacist
would be useful managing the medications. Volunteers will treat mostly
tropical diseases, e.g. malaria, leprosy, TB, as well as secondary
infections from AIDS, general aches, pains and infections. Medical
volunteers will work in pairs. Due to the heavy schedules of most health
care professionals a schedule will be developed to allow for rotating
replacement during a six-week period from 13 July to 23 August 2003.
o India - This unique team will travel to India in the footsteps of
the Apostle Thomas who first brought the Gospel message to India. Due to
local conditions and the nature of this trip, it is limited to members of
the clergy who will serve as teachers and catechists alongside local clergy
provide the sacraments. The region of India is Calcutta/Bengal, and the
trip is from 8 September to 1 October 2003.
For more information contact The Orthodox Christian Mission Center at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 829-5132 or PO Box 4319, St. Augustine, FL, 32085.
Team applications are on line at www.ocmc.org/teams/index or upon request
by email or regular mail. Please indicate in requests the preference to
receive the application by e-mail or regular mail.
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