Never Say “Never” To Jesus: Part One

Another installment of our series on women who become Orthodox without their husbands, this is a powerful story of why one should never say 'never' to Jesus, and that no matter how sinful, demonic, or crazy your past, Jesus has a future for you.by HannahI am an African/Native American woman. Our family were nominal Christians, I attended Catholic schools but we weren't Catholic. Ever since I can remember I was always afraid, I now realize that somewhere in my family history there were occultist and this left the door wide open for me to be oppressed by demons. I also must say my father and mother were divorced, and my mother was in an affair … [Read more...]

Two Magicians Baptized Orthodox Christians in Eastern Congo

Thanks to Robert Arakaki for bringing this to our attention, and to Google translate for making it somewhat understandable. He is now called Theophane. After having assisted with the Orthodox Catechism in Bunia, East Congo, he had given us all a great surprise by abandoning all magical practices, that tied him to the devil and therefore also far from God and His Grace, who gives the true happiness of mankind. A certain day, prior to his baptism, he came after Vespers (evening prayers), bringing in his bag several different magical objects that he had in his possession: incantations, magical prayers, handkerchiefs, powders in bottles and … [Read more...]

How A Hindu from Fiji Became An Orthodox Priest

By Fr. Barnabas Nair Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox Church. When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua Levu in the city of Savusavu it was a Saturday morning on the 18th of June in 2010. When he visited me in my store, he was standing near my door. I thought he was an ordinary man, but then I saw that he wore a pectoral cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I took him into my shop. I was very happy and my tears were rolling when I shook hands with him. … [Read more...]

Liturgy, Sacraments, & All That Jazz: Ten Reasons I Joined the Orthodox Church

  by Jamey Bennett I am asked fairly regularly to share my conversion story. I haven’t really written out my journey into the Orthodox Church in a full narrative. I hinted at some things related to my Mormon heritage here, but even that doesn’t quite tell the story. Honestly, I’m not sure I am interesting enough to put my story down on paper, so for now, we’ll settle for some glimpses into the journey. I leave this unedited and unvarnished. I was received into the Orthodox Church at Pascha (Easter) of 2009. This doesn’t come as a shock to most who know me, but definitely has ruffled some feathers of a few people I love and … [Read more...]