OCMC Delivers COVID-19 Relief Funds to Struggling Communities
The rapid spread of COVID-19, resulting in millions of infections and deaths around the world, as well as economic devastation prompted OCMC to act. Thanks to an outpouring of support from our donors, we were able to assist our brothers and sisters in the mission field who were among those hit the hardest.
Funds have been distributed to dioceses that include over 30 countries around the world. These funds will help them cover their expenses – including paying their priests and providing support to their orphanages and other local ministries. We are already hearing about the tremendous impact, both financial and spiritual, that these efforts are having.
"We are so grateful for this initiative of OCMC as many people, especially orphans and needy children, are without any food even bread and margarine and clean water... Please pass our special thanks to Fr. Ritsi and the whole team of OCMC, to the donors, and to the Holy Bishops of the Orthodox Church in the USA for their important assistance.”
-Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe and Angola
“I was reassured by you that our brethren in the OCMC and generally the faithful in the USA, even though they are experiencing the same situation with regard to the pandemic, would rally to assist us as much as possible."
-Archbishop Petros of Accra, Ghana
“We find that God's Grace is most evident at a time when we are financially strapped and trying to recover from the havoc wreaked by this pandemic. I believe that your letter was a manifestation of this divine grace, which we humbly and faithfully rely upon to do our service. Therefore, I heartily extend to you and your colleagues my deepest gratitude and thank you on behalf of all my fellow collaborators in the Lord’s vineyard.”
-Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and All Scandinavia
Because of your support so many people have been helped – but we still have more work to do! October is Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month, when we focus on bringing much-needed financial assistance to Orthodox priests around the world. Your prayerful care for these priests is more necessary than ever before. If you want to make a difference, click below to help us raise $3,600 enough to support 6 mission priests for a year!