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pres. merilynn Andruchow

Missionary Serving at project Mexico



OCMC Missionary Pres. Merilynn Andruchow

As a missionary for the Lord, Pres. Merilynn provides a motherly presence for the boys at the orphanage, and she coordinates the intern program that allows dozens of young adults every summer to volunteer and lead the homebuilding trips. She also works with her husband to grow Orthodoxy in northern Mexico while helping to promote the ministry throughout the United States.

Pres. Merilynn's journey into the mission field began when she was 25 years old. She grew up as a cradle Orthodox Christian in the Greek Orthodox Church and was very involved in the life of the Church but she never had a personal relationship with God. She felt empty, lacking a reason to live. A dear friend suggested that she say the Lord’s Prayer every day…even though they were just words to her. She did it and then her eyes gradually started to open to God’s presence in her life.

The next summer she went on an OCMC mission trip to Ghana, Africa. That September she moved to Brookline, Massachusetts to learn more about Orthodoxy at Holy Cross Theological School and ended up graduating with a Master’s degree in Church service with an emphasis in Youth Ministry. After graduation she worked as a Youth Director for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Houston, TX and later at St. Katherine’s Church in Redondo Beach, California. During that time she also ministered for a year as a hospital chaplain.

In 1997 she married her husband, Fr. Nicholas Andruchow. After serving in a Greek Orthodox parish for 10 years in Northern Arizona, they moved to Tijuana in 2012. There, with their three young children, they all lived with the orphaned boys and Mexican people to spread the Gospel. Fr. Nicholas serves as the Executive Director of Project Mexico and as a family they are committed to bring relief to the suffering of this developing country.

Please consider supporting the work of the Andruchow family and Church in Northern Mexico either through your prayers, your time or your financial gift. And ultimately may your generosity give glory to God working in the world!


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