Alex Goodwin serves as the Communications Director at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children. Alex has participated on multiple mission teams to Africa. His duties at the Mission Center include broadening awareness of, and participation in, Orthodox missions among the faithful of North America.
Zimbabwe is home to just a few Orthodox priests who have committed their lives to serving the faithful in that country.
Though Orthodoxy has had a presence in Zimbabwe since the early 20th century, for decades the Church was limited to serving Orthodox expatriates from Greece and elsewhere. In 1993, a young Zimbabwean named Raphael received a scholarship to study in Greece for an army officer’s training course. While he was in Greece, he was introduced to Orthodoxy. In August 2002, he was ordained to the holy priesthood and became the first Orthodox priest from Zimbabwe.
Fr. Raphael fell asleep in the Lord in 2012, but the sharing of the Gospel in Zimbabwe continues through other mission priests who have followed in Fr. Raphael’s footsteps. Today, the Archdiocese of Zimbabwe is overseen by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim and includes seven priests, two of whom are sponsored through the OCMC’s Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program.
One of these priests is Dn. Savvas Takayi. He was born in the rural area of Domboshava in 1988 as the oldest of seven children. At the age of sixteen, a friend invited him to the Orthodox cathedral in Harare, and he was moved to become Orthodox. In 2007, he was sent to study theology at the Patriarchate in Alexandria, Egypt. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2011. He currently serves the Mother of God parish in Warren Park.
Mission priests like Dn. Savvas are crucial to reach the millions of people who do not yet know Christ. Around the world, mission priests serve to bring the gospel message to all nations. You can share in the ministry of these mission priests through OCMC’s Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) program. Please keep our SAMP mission priests in your prayers!
To make a donation to the SAMP program or to sponsor a priest, please use the following link:https://www.ocmc.org/donate/donate.aspx?FundId=11
If you would like more information you may call 904-829-5132 ext. 163, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please prayerfully consider giving to the SAMP program so that Orthodox priests abroad can continue to minister to their parishes and to those who need Jesus Christ.
Photo: Dn. Savvas Takayi, his wife, and two children
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