30 years of Orthodox Missionary Ministry

From the Diocese of Nairobi, Kenya, a report on 3 decades of Orthodox missionary ministry in Kenya My dear brothers, Rejoice in the Lord! I am particularly happy and moved to be in touch with you from the missionary Diocese of Kenya, which is located in the eastern part of the African Continent. With God’s help, I have completed 30 years in Africa, 20 of which as a humble worker of the mysteries of God’s Grace, although I first set my foot on the African land in 1977. Milestones which have marked the biggest part of my earthly life. Holy Churches Like every year, this year there have been consecrations of new churches. His Grace, since … [Read more...]

A Life Changed By Icons

by Vasily Tomachinsky —Please tell us about your background and your journey to the Orthodox Church. My name is Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, and this is my background. I was raised in a Protestant Southern Baptist family. We were in the military; my father was in the U.S. Air Force. I have four brothers, a family of five boys, and we moved all over the world. We lived most our lives in America and then in Germany, where I was as a teenager. No matter where my parents moved, they always found a Southern Baptist church, including in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and Germany, where our German pastor was Southern Baptist! I … [Read more...]

Missionary Logic: Too Little, Too Late

by Fr. Barnabas Powell “Jack” was a missionary to Ethiopia providing free education, but his subtler task was to convert the locals from the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church to his modern form of American Christianity. There was just one problem. He found himself drawn to the beauty of the faith that the apostles brought to his mission field two millennia ag The last straw in his growing realization that he was on the wrong side of proselytizing came through an incident involving another missionary. Jack’s group runs summer camps for children whose parents can’t afford school, but there’s a hidden cost to this gift. At camp, … [Read more...]

An Evangelical Missionary Smitten With Orthodoxy

by Fr. David Hudson Not long after I arrived in Romania as an evangelical missionary in 1993, an Evangelical pastor with whom I was working said to me, "You think you came to Romania to do something for God, but perhaps He wants to do something for you". It was true that I was on a pilgrimage that had started when I was a child with an unusual thirst for spiritual things, but I really did not expect my searching to come to an end in Romania. I was raised in the conservative Wesleyan movement, and baptized at the age of 8. Even as a child I was willing to stand alone for my religious convictions, and I strove to live a consistent … [Read more...]