Orthodox Mission Teams

By Andrew Anderson

WE OFFER   ASSISTANCE

The Orthodox Christian   Mission Center is the mission and evangelism agency of S.C.O.B.A. (Standing   Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). We are steadily growing   in our efforts to provide materials, technical, and physical assistance to the   numerous needy Orthodox communities spread across the globe.

It is the task of   the Mission Center to facilitate the spread of our Holy Orthodox faith, both   at home and abroad. We have been doing this overseas by supporting our sister   churches in their efforts to construct a solid Orthodox foundation so that they   themselves can continue on with missionary endeavors.
  The Mission Center is not in a position to address all of the needs of the greater   Orthodox community, but we try to respond to different problems as they are   presented to us. We have mailed basic material needs such as school supplies,   Bibles, liturgy books, icons, vestments, etc. We have sent volunteers to our   sister churches to provide long-term technical assistance. We provide financial   support.

We stand ready to   help our brothers and sisters abroad. One way the Mission Center is bridging   the distance between our churches is with the utilization of Orthodox Mission   Teams. We have sent teams of Orthodox Christians to offer assistance on various   projects. The teams have been establishing a stronger bond of love and friendship   among Orthodox communities everywhere.

ORTHODOX   MISSION TEAMS

The Orthodox Christian   Mission Center utilizes Mission Teams in its efforts to bolster needy Orthodox   communities. Mission Teams are groups of Orthodox Christians, representing all   jurisdictions (Albanian, Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Greek, O.C.A.,   Romanian, Serbian, and Ukrainian), who are sent on a short term basis (three   to six weeks) to Orthodox communities all over the world. They help the hosting   church complete one of its ongoing projects. Mission teams have contributed   in building churches, homes, schools, and a medical clinic. They also participated   in the restoration of several church properties, teaching, and outreach programs.

The Mission Center   will consider sending Mission Teams to any country which has the need and desire   to accept one. The Mission Board of Directors will review each request it receives   for this new form of cooperation among our Orthodox churches.

BE PART OF   A MISSION TEAM, MAKE A DIFFERENCE . . . . .

Orthodox Christians   are invited to spend time each summer, offering their witness to the Orthodox   Faith, providing physical labor, and being a visible expression of Love, Unity,   and Support to needy Orthodox communities.

Persons interested   can call or write the Orthodox Christian Mission Center to receive information   and applications for the Orthodox Mission Teams.

PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS:

     
  1. A completed application
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  3. All applications   must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an Orthodox priest.
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  5. You must be an   active member of the Orthodox Church.
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  7. You must be a   spiritually mature individual with good social skills.
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  9. You must be at   least 18 years old.
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  11. You must be in   good health.
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  13. Orthodox Mission   Teams are dependent on the prayers and support of others. Each participant   will be required to raise his/her full support.

Those accepted to   participate on one of the teams will be expected to be culturally sensitive,   motivated, and mature. They will need to be flexible and capable of adapting   to the difficult, unfamiliar, and many times uncomfortable realities of life   in other environments.


  FOR additional information and an application for Orthodox Mission Teams, please   contact the Project Coordinator at:

Orthodox   Christian Mission Center
  P.O. Box 4319
  St. Augustine, FL 32084-4319

or call (904) 829-5132;   fax (904) 829-1635


  We pray that our efforts will be successful in spreading the Holy Orthodox Faith   to an ever increasing number of people in the years to come.

Andrew Anderson   is a member of the staff of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, St. Augustine,   FL.

Taken   from the OCA Resource   Handbook for Lay Ministries