Orthodox Christian mission teams 2016 :Striking a Balance: The Importance of Mission Teams to Alaska !

Alaska, though as much a part of the United States as any other state, is a land apart. It is unique in its history and culture. It is because of this history and the Native Alaskan people that the ministries of the OCMC are so important there.

OCMC News - Striking a Balance: The Importance of Mission Teams to Alaska

Orthodox Christians in Alaska


In Alaska, Orthodoxy was the first expression of Christianity that was presented to the native people. Thanks to the efforts of men like St. Herman, many of the Alaskan people came to accept the Faith. The roots of the Church run deep in Alaska, but today Alaska is a much different place than it was in St. Herman’s day. The people of Alaska are trying to strike a balance between preserving their traditional way of life while embracing what modernity has to offer.

This journey can be especially difficult for the youth. The allure of secular society is strong. The case for the pursuit of convenience and materialism is pretty easy to make, especially in villages that can feel isolated by vast distances and an unforgiving climate. The importance of a life grounded in the Faith can be a more difficult case to make. The benefits may not be immediate, and the journey may not be easy.

This is why the Mission Center sends teams of volunteers to Alaska every year. They work with the youth. They share with them the fullness of the Orthodox Faith that has been an integral part of their culture for centuries. Through fellowship, fun activities, teaching, and worship, young Alaskans are able to experience a living, vibrant Orthodoxy that can impact their lives more than anything the secular world has to offer. They come away with a sense of community among themselves, with people of the same faith, and the generations that have preceded them.

The missionary witness in Alaska is needed among the Alaskan youth now more than ever! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the three teams that will serve by offering youth camps in 2016. If you or anyone you know is interested, please visithttp://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141.


Open Orthodox Christian Mission Teams

Current Mission Team opportunities available through OCMC are listed below. Click the More button to learn more about each Team. Click the Sign-Up button next to a Team if you are interested in sharing in a journey of faith as an Orthodox Team member. Airfare not included in Team costs. Team members must travel on scheduled dates; air travel to be coordinated with OCMC; ground transportation will be provided. Team members are encouraged to raise additional funds to cover the cost of domestic and international travel.

United States ( Alaska ) 

7/1/2016 to 7/11/2016
Youth Work
Participate in an annual youth camp in Kwethluk and lead a young adult retreat in Napaskiak. Teach the youth and young adults of the lower Kuskokwim Deanery the Christian approach to withstanding social temptations and a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy.

7/7/2016 to 7/21/2016
Be part of a outreach that will assist in renovating the St. Sophia Church in Bethel. Work with the local commmunity to restore church facilities for the main hub in the region.

7/20/2016 to 7/30/2016
Youth Work
Participate in an annual youth camp near Pilot Station. Work with Orthodox clergy and leaders of the Yukon Deanery to teach a deeper understanding of the Orthodox Church and its response to social issues, and help connect the youth to their religious and cultural roots.
7/27/2016 to 8/5/2016
Youth Work
Offer a camp program for children, teenagers and adults in Old Harbor. Help the Three Saints Orthodox community strengthen its youth ministry efforts. Teach the Faith through lessons, discussions, activities, outreach and bring awareness of living as Orthodox in this world.


3/19/2016 to 3/27/2016
Work with Albanian youth leaders to host a conference for young adults from throughout Albania. Reach out to and engage college students at the University of Tirana’s Orthodox Student Center. Minister alongside OCMC missionaries to Albania.

5/23/2016 to 6/10/2016
Earn credit hours and study Orthodox Christian missiology with coursework offered through Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity with a missions practicum to Albania. Participation is limited to Orthodox seminarians.
6/7/2016 to 6/20/2016
Youth Work
Help administer summer programs for the Children’s Home of Hope in Shen Vlash and the Protagonist School in Tirana. Incorporate religious lessons, Bible studies, discussion, music, sports, crafts and activities while teaching English. Work with OCMC missionaries to Albania.

8/26/2016 to 9/5/2016
Bring your teaching experience to Albania and provide continuing education for teachers and school staff of the Protaganist School. Prepare seminars on curriculum development, classroom management and engaging students. Educators and education specialists are required.

10/25/2016 to 11/5/2016
Plan and lead spiritual retreats for clergy wives and women leaders in Albania. Share common experiences and the roles of clergy wives and women in the Church, and have time for fellowship, reflection and growth. Clergy wives are encouraged to apply. Witness alongside OCMC missionaries to Albania.



4/8/2016 to 4/17/2016
Provide health care and education in northern Guatemala. Minister to the physical needs of individuals at the Fr. Andres Giron Health Clinic in the remote Mayan village of Aguacate. Pediatricians, mid-wives, nurses and medical technicians are needed. Work with OCMC missionaries to Guatemala.

6/15/2016 to 6/28/2016
Youth Work
Offer a summer Church school program for two communities outside Nueva Conception in southwest Guatemala. Introduce basic lessons on the Orthodox Church for youth who are eager to learn more about the Faith. Work with OCMC missionaries to Guatemala.
8/26/2016 to 9/4/2016
Provide health care and education in northern Guatemala. Minister to the physical needs of individuals at the Fr. Andres Giron Health Clinic in the remote Mayan village of Aguacate. Pediatricians, mid-wives, nurses and medical technicians are needed. Work with OCMC missionaries to Guatemala.



5/9/2016 to 5/21/2016
Assist with the health care outreach at the Theotokos Orthodox Hospital in Medan, North Sumatera. Provide care and education for patients and continuing education for the Hospital staff. Needed are pediatricians, gynecologists, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals.

6/28/2016 to 7/11/2016
Teach the Faith at schools operated by the Orthodox Church in Indonesia. Assist with the ongoing mission of planting the seeds of Christianity, teach English to students, and present the Orthodox way of life and spirituality in a nation where Christianity is a minority faith.
6/28/2016 to 7/11/2016
Offer a family and youth outreach by teaching about the Orthodox understanding of marriage, family life and raising children in Singaraja, Bali. Teach about the Church, social issues, offer English lessons, share life experiences and provide a visible witness of the Orthodox Faith.



3/18/2016 to 3/27/2016
Share the Faith in northern Kenya throught evangelism and teaching in rural areas outside of Lodwar, where Christianity is being preached. Help plant the seeds of Christianity to those who have begun to respond to the Gospel in the Turkana tribe.

8/10/2016 to 8/22/2016
Youth Work
Offer a camp at the Makarios Children’s Home in Nyeri, central Kenya. Share the love of Christ at an Orthodox orphanage which cares for over 150 children. Teach them about the Orthodox faith through lessons, crafts, music and sports, and assist with the daily programs at the Home.

8/10/2016 to 8/22/2016
Youth Work
Offer retreat for Turkana catechists at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Lodwar in northern Kenya. Introduce leaders to youth ministry and then work alongside the retreat participants to offer the children of St. John Church and Primary School a youth camp program.



3/26/2016 to 4/2/2016
Offer youth and adult catechism to educate and encourage the faithful in the to the remote villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores. Teach children basic catechism and craft activities in a Vacation Bible School format, offer adult catechism and attend worship services with the local communities. Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged to apply.



5/9/2016 to 5/21/2016
Provide health care at the Holy Cross Orthodox Mission Hospital in Kampala. Work alongside Holy Cross medical personnel to treat and counsel patients, provide health education, and outreach to other Orthodox clinics. Health care providers are needed.




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