In 2002, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, Florida, plans to sponsor Orthodox Mission Teams to Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Romania, and Tanzania. OCMC sends Mission Teams to assist Orthodox communities with various projects, including building, teaching, medical, and outreach.
The Alaska Mission Team will travel to remote villages in Alaska offering seminars and retreats on the Church and Faith. Local priests and a counterpart team from within the Diocese of Alaska will accompany the Team. This eight-member team will travel for three weeks July through August 2002.
The Albania Mission Team will travel to different regions offering catechism through preaching and small group outreach. The Team is to be accompanied by OCMC missionaries and Albanian seminarians. They will help encourage and teach local communities about the Faith. The small five to eight member team will travel to Albania for three weeks in June 2002.
Two Guatemala Orthodox Mission Teams will continue assisting with various projects at the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage, including youth ministry, teaching, outreach and other projects. The two three-week teams of twelve will travel in July and August 2002.
The India Mission Team will lead seminars and offer catechism on the Orthodox Faith; assist with daily mission outreach to needy children and adults; and other projects to be determined. This small six-member team will assist in Calcutta for three weeks in September 2002.
The Kenya Orthodox Mission Team will return to Chavogere in western Kenya to help construct an eight-room secondary school. Medical personnel are also requested to participate and offer medical outreach at Chavogere Orthodox Medical Clinic. This twelve-member team will travel in June 2002.
The first OCMC youth team will assist OCMC missionaries with a camp program in Romania. The Romania Mission Team will travel to Diocese of Cluj and offer a youth camping program. The twelve-member team will travel in July, and will be accompanied by adult leadership from their local community.
The Tanzania Mission Team has been invited by Bishop Jeronymous of Bukoba to assist with the construction of a new church outside of the Diocese center in western Tanzania. This twelve-member team will travel for up to four weeks July through August 2002.