by Andrew Lekos (11/22/2013)
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) will be offering numerous Health Care Mission Team opportunities in 2014 to East Africa.
OCMC is seeking doctors and medical personnel to participate on these teams and minister to the physical and spiritual needs of people in East Africa. While health care has improved over the last two decades, many people do not have access to basic medical care and are reliant on nongovernmental agencies to cover health care gaps in the government system.
By participating on a health care team, team members will help treat various common illnesses found in other parts of the world – malaria, parasites, and other tropical diseases. The Orthodox Church in East Africa has asked for individuals to bring physical relief as an outpouring of Christian love and to offer a living witness of Christ as our Lord and Savior through healing.
Two Health Care Mission Teams to Tanzania (February 3 – February 14 and May 12 – May 23) have been invited to work alongside the staff from the Orthodox Health Clinic (Health Centre Ufufuo) in western Tanzania. This clinic works to offer quality health care to individuals in the greater Bukoba region. The Team will assist with staff training through peer-to-peer time and provide medical consultation and health education to patients. A team to northern Kenya (June 17 – July 1) has been invited to serve in Lokichaar as part of a holistic outreach that includes construction, teaching, and health care.
These teams will offer both tangible and spiritual benefits in places where health care access is limited. For more information on how to apply, please visit our Web site,www.ocmc.org or e-mail us at email@example.com.
OCAMPR exists to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and promote Christian fellowship among healing professionals in medicine, psychology and religion. Members pursue an understanding of the whole person which integrates the basic assumptions of medicine, psychology and religion within the Orthodox Christian faith in educating and serving Church and community.
OCAMPR contributes to the spiritual sustenance and growth of helping and healing professionals who experience their Orthodox Christian faith as the center of their professional life and ministry. Inter-jurisdictional and endorsed by the Episcopal Assembly (formerly SCOBA), OCAMPR is for those who seek to better understand and experience the best relationship between theology and the healing arts and sciences, to better offer their services in the light of Christ’s truth and the Church’s healing wisdom.
Members share a love for Christ and the holistic view of personhood and sacredness inherent in Eastern Orthodoxy as it informs their professional lives and practices in medicine, nursing, mental health, psychology, ethics, theology, parish ministry, parish nursing, prison and community ministry, social services, and military, institutional and community chaplaincy.
NEWS & EVENTS
- Information about our 2013 Conference in Washington DC can be found here.
- On March 30, the Metropolis of San Francisco held their first Retreat for Health Care Professionals of the Bay Area. Read more.
- A statement from the Assembly of Canonical Bishops on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs Wade is now available
- Conference 2012 Materials are now available online: View 2012 OCAMPR Conference Presentations here.