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16 November 2007

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susan bournelis

Our oldest daughter worked for Project Mexico for two years. She met and married her husband (also a volunteer) while there.
She loved being a part of that great outreach.
I went down on her first trip as a chaperone. It was a great experience for me, as well as all the kids! We also built a house, at beans and rice for three meals a day, lived in a tent, and had no coffee for a week!!
Despite all that, we all left much better people.

Stavros

Susan,

Bravo to you and your daughter. Living an Orthodox life is so much more than attending church every Sunday and putting a buck in the tray. There are many opportunities to serve in our own communities where we can serve as an example to others. OCMC provides ample opportunities to participate on short-term and long term missions. There are also other ways to support the efforts of missionaries through the canister program by placing a canister to collect money in a place of business. Parishes can raise a mer $600 dollars a year that can support an indigenous Orthodox priest in a poverty stricken country like Cameroon for an entire year.

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