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April 11, 2011

Garrison, New York – “Let them do good, that they may be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share…“ (1 Timothy 6:18)

This summer, from July 17-29, the first Family Mission Team will travel to Albania.  This Team is a collaboration between the Center for Family Care (CFC) and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), and part of a new family ministry initiative of the Orthodox Church of Albania.  Families from North America along with Albanian families will participate in this ministry led by our staff and assisted by OCMC missionaries and Albanian church leaders.  The primary focus is to offer a “family witness” while sharing their faith and growing as a family in Christ.

Families are invited to participate in a camp-style program, which will include family activities; parent, couples and children programs; ministry visitations and outreach endeavors of the Church of Albania; and local excursions.  Families will work together as a unit and with other families; parents will join other parents and have time as couples; children will enjoy fun activities and bond with one other.  The Team is to provide a positive witness and all participants are called to be exemplary role models as they minister as families and bear witness to Christ through their every action.

In the 20th century, Albania fell under a communist regime and suffered one of the most severe religious persecutions in the world; all forms of religion were constitutionally prohibited and by 1991, more than 1600 churches and monasteries had been destroyed, no Church infrastructure existed, and only 22 elderly clergy remained.  Today, under the guidance of His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Albania, and with the help of Orthodox missionaries, the Church has been resurrected and continues to flourish.

Be a part of this first Center for Family Care and OCMC collaboration, cross-cultural experience and family mission witness!  Team members will share their life experience, provide fellowship and offer a witness of the Orthodox Faith.  Strong family values; active members of parish life; and creative and resourceful families needed.  Those with experience in children and youth ministry, and marriage and family counseling are urged to apply.

For further information on this mission team or the involved agencies, contact the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care at 845-424-8175 or familycare@goarch.org or Orthodox Christian Mission Center at 877-463-6784 or missions@ocmc.org.

Contact: Rev. Fr. Constantine Sitaras
Center for Family Care
Tel. 845-424-8175
Email: familycare@goarch.org