Circling the Airport

by Dylan and Margaret Jenkins 1996-1997: Unwitting Passengers Our journey to Orthodox Christianity began just prior to our marriage in June 1996 upon meeting Meg's sister's new boyfriend, John Oliver.  John had a transformative experience at the Valaam Monastery two years earlier (documented in his book Touching Heaven) and had recently converted to Orthodoxy.  John was faithfully and diligently working out his new faith in America and was contemplating pursuing the priesthood.  We immediately clicked, and spent several late nights discussing many subjects, including the Church.  The evening before we departed, John and I locked horns … [Read more...]

My Search for the Truth: Part 17

by Tamara Schmerse This is the final installment of Tamara's delightful story about her journey to the Orthodox faith and it is absolutely captivating. We published it in it’s entirety as a series from her blog, My Search For The Truth. Judging from the responses from you, the readers, it has been well received. Thank you for your patience in awaiting the full story. Journey To Orthodoxy appreciates what it takes to put one's story down for others to read it. It is powerful, valuable and irreplaceable for anyone looking themselves at Orthodoxy as the only undiluted, unpolluted, pure form of Apostolic Christianity which exists. These things … [Read more...]

My Search For The Truth (And Subsequent Finding Of It): Pt 1

by Tamara Schmerse Part 1 of 17 This delightful story of Tamara's journey is captivating. I've decided to publish it in it's entirety as a series from her blog, My Search For The Truth. Enjoy this excellent journey, and thank you, Tamara, for allowing us to republish it! My Search For The Truth (And Subsequent Finding Of It) Foreword The following is an attempt to explain the thought processes behind the decisions I have made in my search for religious Truth. I am not trying to make scientific arguments, accuse anyone of anything, or label any person, organisation or belief as wrong. I am only recounting the experiences I had and … [Read more...]

My Road To Eastern Orthodoxy

by Nikolai Venter I had been born into a well-known Protestant Sabbatarian sect. My grand father had been one of that Church’s foremost Evangelists of the early twentieth century in South Africa, and my father was a Pastor, Church Administrator, Editor, and Translator for them in Cape Town, South Africa. I attended church owned schools, and all my friends were in that church. I lived in a narrow world, and we were warned not to associate with people “in the world”; because that would corrupt us and we would fall away from Jesus, and be “lost”. In 1998, the Internet entered my life, and my world perspective was radically … [Read more...]