The team members were: Fr. Mark Muñoz; Flora Boardman from Huntsville, Alabama; and Louise Mamakos from Wheeling, West Virginia
Our OCMC Mission Team arrived on the beautiful
St. Spyridon parish in
Our four-person Team helped a small Orthodox parish to spread the Gospel and minister to the poor. We were told by a local Greek parishioner that it was the first time that she had connected with an Orthodox group that visited
Our Team met a lot of people when we participated in church services throughout the metropolitan area. We celebrated a general Memorial Service, Great Vespers, the Hours and Divine Liturgy together. As outreach events we held an Akathist service at a Greek Restaurant and on the grounds of the
One of the most rewarding aspects of our Mission Trip was when we worked at the Iniciativa Comunitaria (Community Initiative) Soup Kitchen for several days. We were pleased to minister to the poor and truly enjoyed spending time with the homeless. The homeless people who ate at the Iniciativa Comunitaria were very grateful for the service that our Team provided. Another fellow Team Member, Flora Boardman, gave out crosses from
Several of the people eating at the Soup Kitchen approached our Team Leader, Fr. Mark Muñoz from
I was also humbled and inspired by the piety and commitment to help others that I witnessed in Fr. Peter and Fr. Andrew. Despite Fr. Peter’s health problems he continues to serve people and spread the Orthodox Faith in
One of the women who volunteers in the soup kitchen gives thanks for Fr. Peter every time you mention his name. A former drug abuser and criminal, she now works at the Soup Kitchen thanks to Fr. Peter’s guidance and assistance. There are many stories like this that illustrate Fr. Peter’s impact on the community.
St. Spyridon parish uses a rented chapel for services and they are restricted in the types of services that they can offer. For this reason, and because the space is very small, they have a great need to have their own church building in
It was an honor to be part of this team. It was a delight to serve the less fortunate, to help create awareness of the Orthodox Faith and to encourage this dynamic and growing parish. I am grateful for the chance to have met and worked with such inspirational servants of our Lord.
Myrna Ruiz works at the