First Orthodox Services Ever in Kumgangsan, North Korea

Bishop Innokenty of Ussuri, a vicar of the Vladivostok diocese, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from October 9 through 16 at the invitation of the DPRK Orthodox Committee and the Orthodox parish in Pyongyang. The visit was timed to the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the DPRK. […]

Monastery in Union Bridge is a Sanctuary for Young and Old Alike

by Lindsay Powers The Sacred Monastery of Saint Nina, Abbess Aemiliane said, is set up in a way that allows the sisters to be at the ready to serve others — a lifestyle that mirrors the ways of angels. “Angels look at God and are happy and they chant praises. But if they have a […]

The Orthodox Mission in Kenya

Orthodoxy is alive and well on the African continent. Enjoy this short video and listen to the beautiful liturgy. Happy moments to celebrate the consecration of the second Bishop in Kenya. The Orthodox Church of Kenya has always had one Bishop (at a time) since its inception in 1946. But things have change. Today there […]

Church Charity to Feed 1,000 Poor Families for 10 Months

Because charity and evangelism go hand in hand. The Apostoli charity run by the Church of Greece has announced it will provide food to 1,000 low-income families with small children for 10 continuous months. The initiative is being undertaken as part of the Give for Greece program, launched by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) […]

From Gabon to the Congolese Jungle

Mission Update by Bishop Panteleimon of Brazzaville and Gabon In early February, by God’s grace we paid one more visit to Libreville, the capital of Gabon, which is the second country under the spiritual jurisdiction of our Holy Diocese. This pastoral journey started on February 2nd, when we met with the Orthodox flock of the […]

Faith on the Rise in Nepal

If I asked you to name the places where Christianity is growing the fastest, you, being a well-informed BreakPoint listener, would probably respond “Africa” and/or “China.” And you’d be correct. The explosion of Christianity south of the Sahara is so great that a colleague of mine is surprised whenever he meets a West African immigrant […]

New Orthodox Church Opened in Chechnya

On Sunday the solemn opening of the Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ in Chechnya was held in Naurskaya village of the Chechen Republic, reports ????.ru. Bishop Varlaam of Makhachkala and Grozny, heads of the republic’s executive bodies, leaders of the Naursky district, and diocesan representatives were to take part in the opening ceremony. […]

Missionary Madness Strikes in Vanua Levu

When missionary madness strikes, the Orthodox Church responds. The course of events, according to the popular saying, in fact, divine providence, led our paces to beautiful Savu-Savu in Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji. This visit was originally scheduled for next month. However, a sudden big trial of our Orthodox brother Pantelis Baravilala […]

Starting a Mission and Building a Parish

by Fr. John Whiteford This article from Fr. John is excellent. It is focused on suburban and urban American environments. While it may look basic, don’t be deceived. Starting and growing a mission may seem easy, but it isn’t easy to do well, and an innumerable number of factors can make it immeasurably more difficult. Fr. John knows […]

Growing the Lancaster Orthodox Mission

by Diane M. Bitting When Kim Krawizcki joined Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church four years ago, the first question people asked her was, “Why are you joining the Greek church?” Krawizcki, whose ethnic background is Ukrainian, was raised Roman Catholic and later tried different denominations. Then, being “unhappy spiritually,” she looked deeper into Orthodoxy and was […]