It was a joy to welcome OCMC Missionary Candidate Maria Roeber to the Mission Center for New Candidate Orientation (NCO) May 16-21, 2010. NCO is the basic training program newly accepted missionary candidates participate in as they prepare for long-term missionary service. All training events at the Mission Center are in “retreat style” formats with time for class instruction, prayer, personal reflection, and interactive learning experiences which help to equip the missionary for ministry both in the USA and in the new country where they will serve.
Maria will continue her work as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Georgetown University Hospital in the greater Washington, D.C. area where she lives, while building her “support team.” A “support team” is composed of people and parishes just like you and yours who will pray regularly for her and make a financial pledge for her two year term of service in Tanzania. All OCMC missionaries must raise their own support and cannot leave for their assignment until they are fully funded through cash offerings and pledges. She is a member of St. Gregory the Great Orthodox Church (AOCANA), where Fr. Nicholas Alford serves. Maria has a nursing degree (BSN) from Penn State. Her studies abroad include Greece and an OCMC Health Care Team to Uganda. God willing, our goal is for Maria to arrive in Tanzania in January 2011.