New Zealand’s Maori Convert To Orthodoxy

The indigenous Maori people in New Zealand are converting to Orthodoxy under the influence of Russian immigrants, the diocese in Russia's Urals said on Monday, citing a Russian emigre. According to a letter sent to relatives in the Urals by a Russian woman who married a student from New Zealand, Russian immigrants "maintain Russian traditions in every house." "Seeing the example of Russian immigrants, many indigenous New Zealanders convert to Orthodoxy," the woman wrote, as quoted by the diocese of Yekaterinburg. "They baptize their children and give them Russian (Orthodox) names." The number of Russian immigrants to New … [Read more...]

Antiochian Church Active in Central America

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean — Iglesia Ortodoxa Antiquena, Arquidiócesis de México, Venezuela, Centro América y el Caribe — is quite busy in the Lord’s work as a look at this new You Tube video demonstrates. Included are a number of parishes and monasteries in Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras and Guatemala: For those wanting to practice their Spanish, take a look at this Spanish Orthodox prayer book or listen to recordings of Orthodox liturgical services in Spanish (at this page, just click on the icon of the service: such as “Partituras de Divina Liturgia” or … [Read more...]

Two Quechua Women from Bolivia Accept Orthodox Baptism

Here is a story of the good work of the martyred priest, Fr. Daniil Sysoyev. Immediately following Christmas services, in one of the Orthodox churches in the southern districts of Moscow, two women of the Quechua people of South America accepted Orthodox baptism. “We talked with them about the faith, and they read the Creed of the Orthodox Church in Spanish, which I downloaded for them from the Internet”, said Fr Daniil Sysoyev, the rector of the parish of St Thomas the Apostle in Kantemirov, in an interview with our Interfax-Religion correspondent, describing how he served the Sacrament of Baptism for these … [Read more...]

Renowned Protestant Pastor Converts His Community to Orthodoxy

Irkutsk, 5 April 2010, Interfax – Pastor Igor Zyryanov from the Irkutsk Region, after 18 years of working at Protestant meetings and two years of pastoral missionary work, converted to Orthodoxy together with his family and community. “It wasn’t easy for us, but now and in the future we will further study and follow the Lord on the Orthodox thousand-year path. But the most important is that now we enjoy plenitude as I was searching for 18 years and couldn’t find, was drinking but couldn’t quench my thirst, was eating but couldn’t satisfy hunger,” Zyryanov writes in his article “The Lord Took Me Home!” published at the Irkutsk … [Read more...]