His Grace Athanasios Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya invited OCMC to participate in a three-day retreat for clergy focused on developing a self-sustaining Church. The retreat will be a time of learning and fellowship for the clergy who come from diverse backgrounds and different tribes. I will be serving on this team.
The Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya includes over 18,000 faithful, 200 parishes and 100 clergy. It is made up of four different tribes: Luhya, Luo, Nandi and Turkana. About 9% of Kenya’s population belongs to peoples only marginally impacted by the Gospel.
The Orthodox Church in Kenya was received into canonical Orthodoxy in 1946. OCMC has supported the work of the Orthodox Church in Kenya for over 30 years and continues to provide support for theological and catechetical training, and works with church leaders to address issues of self-sufficiency for the church. Presently, the Church in Kenya has three hierarchs, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Kenya, Bishop Neophytos of Nyeri and Mount Kenya, and Bishop Athanasios of Kisumu and Western Kenya.
I will be sharing the teachings of the Orthodox faith and be a part of laying the foundation of the Faith for many. This is an incredibly exciting time to serve the faithful of Kenya and I am humbled by this opportunity to serve His Church. In addition to serving the clergy of Western Kenya, His Grace, Bishop Neophytos has invited me to visit Nyeri and Mount Kenya to see the progress they have made.
I need your help! This fund will help pay for the expenses of the trip and the airfare. My plan is to share this experience with our EOYC campers this year during our annual summer camp. The more people that know about the work of sharing the Gospel, the stronger our Church here in America will be.
Your support at any level is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for helping.
Orthodox Christian Mission Center
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