The members of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL, recently hosted a banquet focused on the Orthodox mission in Guatemala, which is under the omophorion of His Eminence Athenagoras of Mexico. This banquet was organized by Mission Team Chicago in support of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and the missionaries working in Guatemala. I was invited to give the keynote presentation, which was called “One in Christ: the Story of Guatemalan Orthodoxy.” Over 300 people came, and it was such a blessing for me to be present with so many people who are answering their Christian calling to support and participate in mission work. As Christ commands, we all must “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28).
The event was recorded and is available online. You can watch my presentation on Youtube, or view it below in this video player:
Please continue to pray for all of us who work in the mission field, offering special prayers for our hierarch His Eminence Athenagoras (pictured below) who cares for an extensive metropolis that includes Mexico and Guatemala, all of Central America and the Caribbean, as well as Colombia and Venezuela. Please also pray for our vicar, Archimandrite Fr. Evangelios (pictured below after His Eminence Athenagoras), and the other Guatemalan clergy: Fr. Mihail Castellanos, Fr. Alexios Sosa, Fr. Daniel Muxtay, and Fr. Blas Lorenzana. Thank you for your love and support for Orthodoxy in Guatemala and Latin America!