Archives for December 2022

What Can We Learn from Evangelicals About Missions?

Fr. Timothy Cremeens is a monthly supporter of Share the Faith and an Orthodox Priest of over 30 years. Fr. Timothy comes from an Assemblies of God background. He was a worship leader before interest in the Early Church eventually led him to find the Church Fathers. He found them “troubling”, as the Church they described was very far from his. In this interview, Fr. Timothy brings his unique insights into evangelism. Orthodoxy is very attractive to Americans, particularly Evangelicals. Why are we not putting our priorities on missions, and learning from the successes of the Evangelicals?

End of 2022 Update and Appeal for Orthodox Missions

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The Hard Work of Building an Orthodox Mission Parish Continues in Arizona

Fr. Mark Hodges is the first full time priest at St. Brendan the Voyager in Bullhead City AZ. This mission parish is the only Orthodox presence in a growing tri-state area for hours in any direction. The mission survived for 5 years off reader services and the support of a dedicated, largely formerly Evangelical core group. Their faith and dedication in sustaining a mission were rewarded with the assignment of Fr. Mark Hodges to pastor them.

Missions are hard. As you read through this update from Fr. Mark, imagine the personal sacrifice needed to build an Orthodox parish from scratch. To serve Christ in this mission, Fr. Mark has to spend long months away from his large family. To save money, he is living in two rooms provided by one of his families. The faithful have to work hard as well. Many necessary items at the parish are handmade such as the iconostasis and the cross for the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross pictured below. Things those of us in established parishes simply take for granted can be challenging for a new mission. 

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