‘Taste of Africa’ to Raise Funds for Orthodox Missions
St. Vladimir's seminary students from Africa held a fundraising dinner at the school
featuring African cuisine to raise support for their participation on an upcoming mission
team back to their home continent.
OCMC News - St. Vladimir Seminarians hold ‘Taste of Africa’ to Raise Funds for Orthodox Missions
by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 3/15/2018) The following is adapted from an article by Subdn. Alexander (Pradeep) Hatcher published by St. Vladimir's Seminary. Three St. Vladimir seminary students held a special African fare-themed luncheon to raise money for an OCMC short-term mission trip to Uganda this summer.
The seminarians, two hailing from Nigeria and one from Uganda, prepared African cuisine with Great Lent in mind. Third-year seminarian Dn. Simon Menya received a lot of compliments on the food, especially about the flavor in the beans!
Dn. Simon will be returning to his home country this summer on the OCMC team. He will be accompanied by eight other students from St. Vladimir's Seminary.
This special Lenten meal celebrated the seminarian’s African heritage and highlighted the need for the Church’s outreach in countries like Uganda, where Orthodoxy has seen significant growth in recent years.
Dn. Simon reflected how important the Church’s witness is in a place like Uganda that is still trying to heal after twenty-four years of civil war, “These wounds need spiritual words and words of comfort, love, and care to heal, and already priests and parishioners [in Uganda] are so happy and are waiting to learn more about God from their brothers and sisters from another part of the world.”
Members of the Uganda mission team plan to teach on topics including prayer, the sacraments, evangelism, and the work of the Holy Spirit in six different locations around the country. It is hoped that the OCMC Uganda outreach team will offer participants a life-changing learning experience.
If you would like to be a part of a short-term Orthodox mission like the one going to Uganda, contact the Orthodox Christian Mission Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, call 1-877-463-6784, or visit www.ocmc.org.