A New Orthodox Parish in the Turkana Desert

A New Orthodox Parish in the Turkana Desert

It’s not every day you see the Gospel spreading to a totally new area of the world, to a culture and a people who have never even heard the name “Jesus.” That’s precisely what’s been happening in a remote region of Kenya, where the Turkana people live. As His Eminence...

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OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC – In northern Uganda, an area that has been decimated by war and is finally becoming more secure, “every day, everywhere you go, people are waiting to become Orthodox,” says Fr. Emmanuel Oruk. So many people want Orthodoxy in northern districts like Lira, Oyam, and Apad that it is...

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News from Pan-Orthodox Charities in the US

News from Pan-Orthodox Charities in the US

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe OCMC Mission Trip to Kenya This week we’ll be featuring news from some of the Pan-Orthodox charities or organizations based in...

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Abraham’s Call, Our Call, Christ’s Call

Abraham’s Call, Our Call, Christ’s Call

In my last post, we examined part of Abraham’s story from a typical perspective of taking it as history and looking for applicable lessons. There remains at least one level of deeper interpretation called typology. Typology asks how the shape of a story echoes that of Pascha and salvation, and...

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Paying the water bill – a 3-day adventure!

Paying the water bill – a 3-day adventure!

Often as a missionary, you find that tasks that once were simple have become serious adventures. What was a simple part of everyday life, now takes exponentially more effort and time. I would like to tell you about our latest adventure in Albania, an adventure involving paying utility bills. “Most...

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Lavdi Perëndisë! Glory to God!

Lavdi Perëndisë! Glory to God!

As Bishop Nikolai replaced the cotton and carefully locked the tomb, the lights turned back on. Reflecting about the experience with the rest of the team, the only explanation that we could come up with is that God was preparing us to venerate the relics of Shen Joan. Ne ju...

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Southern-Fried Greek Fest

Southern-Fried Greek Fest

“Hello. Yes. Good afternoon, Father. And how are you? We’re about two hours out. Very good. Very good. We’ll see you then. Yes. You, too. Thank you. Goodbye.” This was the half of the conversation I heard from the passenger seat of our family’s van. After taking a few weeks...

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Building on Solid Foundations: New Phase of Albanian Missions

Building on Solid Foundations: New Phase of Albanian Missions

In May 2012, I am being sent by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) to bring back stories and images of the Church leaders and missionaries who will undertake this work. In Orthodox missions, the resurrection of the Orthodox Church in Albania following the collapse of Communism has been a...

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