Communicating Love Without Words

by Andreas Houpas I received this from the Lord, I Have Cried Unto Thee blog. It is a fantastic testament to the dynamic and vibrant Church in Korea. Thanks Andreas! Earlier this year, my wife, along with a (very) small team from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, traveled to South Korea to participate in a summer camp held by the Metropolis of Korea. The following short article is her account of that trip and has been published for some time now on the OCMC website, but it was also printed in the latest edition of the Orthodox Observer. A small disclaimer: My wife was shy about having this published, because when she submitted … [Read more...]

Celebrating 110 Yrs of Korean Orthodoxy

Korean Orthodox Church On 29-30 May 2010 celebrations dedicated to 110 anniversary of Orthodoxy in Korea were held in Seoul. The festivities were organized by the Korean metropolia of the Constantinopolitan Patriarchate. With the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, a delegation from Russian Orthodox Church headed by the Archbishop Veniamin of Vladivostok and Primorye [Coastland] came to participate in the festivities. The delegation also included Hierodeacon Juvenaly (Lapshin) a cleric of Vladivostok Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, D.I. Petrovsky from the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for … [Read more...]

Missionaries for Chinese students in Moscow

The missionary movement associated with Fr Daniil Sysoyev is promoting a number of cultural and religious initiatives among Chinese students in Russia. Fr Sysoyev is the Orthodox Russian Orthodox priest who was shot four times and killed by an unknown gunman in his Moscow church last November. A guided visit to the Monastery of Saint Sergii for Chinese residents in Moscow was one of the first steps taken by the “Prophet Daniil movement”. “We believe that the Lord did not bring foreign guests to our city only to work or study, but also to learn more about Orthodoxy,” said theologian Yury Maximov, leader of the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Missions among Muslims

by Yurij Maximov It is widely believed that Muslims do not abandon Islam. This widespread opinion is, however, only partly true. It is true that it is difficult to convert Muslims, but it is not so much the difficulty of converting Muslims as it is the scarcity of Christian missions among them that leads us to believe they are hard to convert. Still, if many think that Muslims are difficult to convert to Protestantism or Roman Catholicism, even more would think it impossible to convert Muslims to the Orthodox Faith. This later opinion has its basis in a general lack of knowledge about the missionary labors of the … [Read more...]