Bright Saturday, April 29, 2017 marked the sixth annual Walk for Missions held in Tempe, Arizona. This event raises money and awareness for two important Orthodox Christian Ministries: The Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC], and Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage. His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa of the Orthodox Church in America serves as the Spiritual Advisor for the event, which is also endorsed by and closely tied with the Arizona Council of Eastern Orthodox Clergy.
Organized by past mission team participants from both organizations, the Walk in addition to raising funds, offers a various displays featuring mission work by Arizonans, and creates community between local Orthodox parishes. Forty-four walkers from eight parishes met for Opening Prayer led by Bishop Daniel at picturesque Kiwanis Park. Also attending the walk were Fr. Michael Pallad of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, Peoria, AZ, Fr. Andre Paez of St. John the Evangelist OCA Mission, Tempe, AZ, and Mr. John Hrapchak, a member of the Board of Directors of OCMC, from Surprise, AZ.
This years’ walk path was led in balmy 70 degree weather by Pan-Orthodox Teen/YAL members who traveled in May to Tijuana, Mexico to build homes for impoverished families through Project Mexico’s ministry.
“We look forward to coming together each year,” Walk Organizer, Antonia Adams-Clement, who has served as a Missionary in Kenya and Alaska stated. “This year’s event brought in $3,341.00 in donations, but the highlight of the morning for me was in greeting the community we have created through this event and all singing Christ is Risen! The fellowship and family celebrated in gatherings like this draws us closer to Christ and each other. Over six years our small Walk has brought in over $21, 300.00 in proceeds for OCMC and Project Mexico. Our event team encourages other parishes across the country to use this model of working and praying together as a Pan-Orthodox community to building our Orthodox Mission Ministries.,” Adams-Clement noted.
Orthodox Christian Mission Center
OCMC serves to bring people to Christ and His Church. This international ministry includes the preparation and organization of…