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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon hosted representatives of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC] at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Friday, October 20, 2017.
Meeting with Metropolitan Tikhon were Father Martin Ritsi, OCMC Executive Director, and Protonica Michelle Jannakos, Development Officer.
Father Martin briefed Metropolitan Tikhon on the current work of OCMC and shared some its new initiatives, especially in the Center’s initiation of missions to Post-Christian societies, as planned for Scandinavia. Of particular interest was the work OCMC does in the OCA Diocese of Mexico, where OCMC has been working with His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo for the past four years to provide catechism, youth ministry programs and spiritual education to native populations in the Diocese. Metropolitan Tikhon discussed with Father Martin a number of ideas for expanding outreach efforts to the Diocese of Mexico. Also discussed was a projected visit of Metropolitan Tikhon to OCMC’s headquarters in Saint Augustine, FL, in order to experience first hand the important training work that happens before mission teams are sent into the field.
As the official missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, it is OCMC’s mission to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church. OCMC currently has 18 long-term missionaries working in eight countries.
Those interested in getting involved in OCMC’s work and ministries will find a wealth of information on-line.