Indonesia - Bali Teaching Orthodox Mission Team
"Every member of the community that I interacted with had such zeal and love for the Orthodox faith, and it was such a joy to experience the faith with them each day.” – Lesia, ’19 Indonesia Team leader
BALI, Indonesia – Are you interested in visiting Bali, an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, Hindu temples and coral reefs?
This Mission Team has been invited by His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine of Singapore and South Asia to teach the basics of Orthodoxy in theory and praxis. Theological education is a vital need in this young church as is the witness of the Christian family. The 2021 Indonesia Mission Team has been asked to teach about Church history, Orthodox youth ministry, understanding of Orthodox spirituality, social challenges facing the youth and family along with basic catechism. The Team will also have time for fellowship with the young Orthodox families who are new to the faith. English lessons have also been requested.
Assist the Orthodox Church in Indonesia with its ongoing mission to this island by being part of a family-focused outreach ministry at the St. Thomas House in Singaraja, Bali. Under the care of Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino and his Presbytera, the home has offered children a place to live and scholarships as an outreach of the Orthodox Church of Indonesia. Some of the first graduates are now working; many have embraced Orthodoxy and are members of the Church.
Indonesia is a country with over 230 million people, where only six religions are officially recognized: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism. Bali is a predominantly Hindu region of Indonesia and Christianity accounts for less than 2% of the population. Islam’s strength, influence in numbers, and power allow it to exert itself on the religious, political and social scenes, taking preferential treatment and limiting the activities of other faiths. Indonesia has a growing and diverse economy. Economic improvement was significantly reduced by economic crises in the last decade; recovery and new growth are still hampered. Endemic corruption exists and the need for economic reform still remains.
OCMC continues to support the strategic mission potential of the Metropolis of Singapore and South Asia and the Orthodox Church in Indonesia. Team members will provide support and assistance to the Church’s missionary initiatives which began thirty years ago in this nation where Christianity continues to be a minority faith.
Participants should have a sound understanding of the Orthodox Faith and the ability to teach. English language teachers have also been requested. Families are welcome.
Dates: June 21 – July 3, 2022
Cost: $1,370.00 (+airfare)
Travel – Team Members must fly on the international travel itinerary OCMC will provide to and from the project destination. Team Members are responsible for all air travel: one-way domestic flight to Jacksonville, FL (JAX) Tuesday June 21 (by 4 pm for orientation in St. Augustine, FL) and an international segment from JAX to Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday June 23, returning home on Sunday July 3. Airfares are not included in cost.
Fund raising – Each Team Member is responsible for the participant cost and airfares associated with this Team. Team Members are encouraged to invite others to participate in this effort through prayer and tax-deductible donations. Participant cost includes room and board, local transportation, orientation costs, ministry expenses, excursion and materials.
If you would like to contribute to this Mission Team project - the teaching outreaches in Indonesia - we are grateful for your support. This is optional and it is not included in the participant cost.
Share in a journey of faith… Orthodox Mission Team members are challenged to view the world with God's eyes and seek how He wants to use them to fulfill His plans. This cross-cultural experience, combined with outreach, offers participants a life-changing learning experience. This experience is about people, culture and missions. It is also about prayer, for you and others; it is about God, those you serve, and about yourself, as you serve Him.