Join the Orthodox Youth Mission Team

Calling All High School Students and Youth Leaders:

Are you ready to put your Faith to work?!

Join the Orthodox Youth Mission Team

As part of an Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) you will have the opportunity to go on a week-long mission trip this summer to Appalachia, making Christ present by serving people in need and living in community with other Orthodox youth.

Who are we? The Orthodox Youth Mission Team is a pan Orthodox group of high school students and adult leaders, led by Fr. Luke Mihaly of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT. For the last 7 years we have been participating in youth mission work. We have taken part in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and most recently completed a short term OCMC mission trip to Napaskiak, Alaska.

When is the trip? July 7-15, 2018 serving with the Appalachian Service Project ( ASP is “a relational ministry with carpentry on the side.” Crews of teens and adult leaders will work on one family’s home to make it “warmer, safer and drier.” The mission team stays at a school or community center, living together and participating in devotional and team building activities.

How do we get there? Typically we rent 15 passenger vans to travel down to Appalachia. On the way we visit an Orthodox parish for liturgy and fellowship. We do the same on the way home and usually end our trip with a night at Hershey Park.

Who can join? High school youth who are currently in 8th grade or older (will be 14 by Aug. 1st 2018) and adult leaders (ages 25 and up). We are looking for parishes that would like to form their own crew to participate with us. We will directly with leaders and provide all the necessary training materials and information for your crew.

What’s the commitment: Training sessions begin in January 2018. Team members meets about once a month, including 2 full day sessions for safety and tool training and a construction work day. Team members are expected to attend all meetings and to help with the fundraising for the trip.

How much will it cost me? $300 per teen. Adult leaders give their time and are not asked to pay. Scholarships are available—OYMT will not turn away any teen who cannot afford the fee.

How do I find out more? Contact Fr. Luke Mihaly at or team coordinator, Susan Sulich at for more information. You can also visit our website and our Facebook page: @OYMT1.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing this youth mission opportunity!

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