This year there are two exciting opportunities to go where no OCMC Mission Team has gone before! Under the blessing of His Eminence George, Metropolitan of Zimbabwe, and His Eminence Alexander, Metropolitan of Nigeria, Mission Teams will travel to Nigeria and Zimbabwe this summer. Both teams will focus on areas where there are few Orthodox priests but where Orthodox faithful work valiantly to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
The Church in Nigeria has a fascinating history: in the twentieth century, the Nigerian people, in search of the original Christian church, formed a union of churches called “Calvary Grace Church.” In 1985, this collective of Nigerian churches was brought into the canonical Orthodox Church. Since then, the Orthodox Church of Nigeria has had a strong focus on outreach and evangelism. This year’s OCMC Mission Team will work to further this effort by traveling to Lagos, Nigeria, to teach in “new areas of mission.”
The Church in Zimbabwe was originally begun to minister to Orthodox immigrants, but in recent years it has sought actively to be a missionary church. The difficult economic conditions in Zimbabwe, along with the high rate of HIV/AIDS, have made the philanthropic work of the Orthodox faithful vital. The OCMC Mission Team to Zimbabwe will focus on outreach and evangelism, supporting the zealous efforts of the six resident clergy. During the early planning stages for this Team, Zimbabwe is much in the news as a very needy country. Please remember them in your prayers.
Both of these countries offer opportunities for the Orthodox faithful in North America, for you, to minister in an amazing new way. This is a chance to show love and support for our brothers and sisters abroad, help to spread the Gospel, and to Share in a Journey of Faith. Visit http://www.ocmc.org/programs/teams_search.aspx?SearchBy=Year to see all of the 2009 Mission Team opportunities.