Glenview, IL—On Friday, September 12, Ss. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church hosted a Mission Team Chicago “Welcome Back Dinner” for Mission team members that participated on short-term mission projects this summer to Alaska, Ethiopia, Romania, South Africa, and Tanzania which are sponsored by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). This event was an opportunity for team members to share stories and reflect on their trips. The “Welcome Back Dinner” is the second event held for Team Members, who are also sent out with a dinner recognizing their upcoming service. Over 250 Chicago area Orthodox Christians have participated in short-term projects since the program inception.
Selemir Vagic, 2008 South Africa Team Member and recipient of the Fr. George Scoulas Endowment Grant, presented Presvytera Mary Scoulas with an icon as part of these festivities. The icon came from a monastery in Kosovo, where Mr. Vagic traveled after his Mission Team trip. The Fr. George Scoulas Endowment Fund sends seminarians each and every year on short-term mission teams. This endowment is designed to not only allow OCMC to send trained and qualified catechists (seminarians) into the mission field, but to also raise the missionary awareness of our future clergy here in America.
Mission Team Chicago (MTC), which sponsored this event, was established in 1996. Comprised of former OCMC Mission Team members and others interested in forwarding Orthodox Christian mission work at home and abroad, MTC performs a variety of services to advance the work of the Church. On February 26, 2009, MTC will host its 11th annual Benefit. The keynote speaker will be His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). The proceeds will go to further the work of OCMC. If you are interested in finding out more about this upcoming event or about Mission Team Chicago, please visit http://www.missionteamchicago.org.