Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit has a long history of supporting Orthodox missions, dating back to the late 1990s when one of our parishioners (now an Orthodox nun), began making annual mission trips to volunteer at the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orthodox Orphanage in Guatemala. Eventually, Fr Steven and Presvytera and various parishioners began joining her on these journeys, and to this day we continue to help support the parent monastery, the Orthodox Lavra Mambré, and the new orphanage, the San Miguel House, and enjoy a close and warm relationship with Madré Innes and the Sisterhood and children.
In this section you can learn about the various international missions we contribute towards, and even help towards their support yourself:
IOCC CELEBRATES 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Dear Parish Faithful,
One of the most effective charitable institutions in operation today, anywhere in the world, is the IOCC - International Orthodox Christian Charity. As a parish we have made regular generous donations to its ongoing activity. Below is a summary of the past year's many accomplishments. As written below, this is about "spreading Christ's love."
On Sunday, September 19, we welcomed Orthodox Christian missionaries Dr. Jeffrey and Caryn Macdonald to Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. Our parish has been helping support their missionary work for some years now. Dr Jeffrey gave a post-Liturgy talk on the status of their work in Albania, where they and have been living and working as long-term missionaries for eight years.
Jeffrey and Caryn Macdonald live in the village of Shen Vlash in Albania as long-term missionaries. They are both teaching at the Resurrection Orthodox Theological Academy in Shen Vlash, near Durres. The theological academy was established in 1992 to train Albanian clergy and church workers to help restore Church life after the period of communist persecution.
Dr. Macdonald previously taught for many years at St. Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak helping to prepare Native Alaskans to serve in the Church in Alaska. Dr. Macdonald studied at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, following an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and Archaeology at Wheaton College, in Illinois. He later completed a doctoral degree in Early Christian Studies at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.
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We've received a very positive update and newsletter from Peter and Sharon Georges of the St Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund, in which they share how ten of their top students have excelled in their university prep testing and placement.
Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit has helped support the St Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund over the years as part of our commitment to international Orthodox ministries. You can learn more about their work and how you can contribute directly to their work on our special page.