How can you support that you are a Christian, while there are no orthodox missionaries in remote places? Can you see how many Protestant and Catholic missionaries there are? Also, do you see how many Protestants and Catholics there are in Africa for example? Why Orthodox don't do missionary work? Thank you.
The Orthodox Church has been active in missions since it’s beginning. Two factors, however, greatly thwarted the Church’s missionary efforts in recent centuries:
1) the Turkish occupation of the Balkans, lasting four centuries
2) Orthodox Christians were persecuted until recently from the severe communist rule in many Orthodox countries.
Between these two events, the ability of the Orthodox Church to do missionary work was repressed at a time when the churches of the West (namely Catholics and Protestants, as you mentioned in your message) were free to expand.
However, since the persecution of the Orthodox Church stopped, Orthodoxy is spreading everywhere in the world, in every remote place day after day. It’s a true miracle!
So, plese don’t rush to judge the Orthodox Church for the little missionary work in recent years in comparison with western Christians, because the Orthodox Church has suffered greatly until recently from persecutions while Western Christianity was free to expand, so it was very difficult to do missionary work while she was persecuted for centuries until recently. It’s very easy to judge someone without knowing the facts.
And, to close my reply, yes, I am not simply “support” that I am a Christian, because I am a Christian, an Orthodox Christian and I feel blessed that my faith has survived through all these persecutions, through the blood of millions of Martyrs.
God bless you.
jamesfromta said: People forget that before the persecutions that the Orthodox Church had great missions; St. Cyril & St. Methodius who created a language for people to help them understand the faith being one example.
jessicabeth said: I am sorry, but this upsets me. Orthodox are the greatest missionaries, all you have to do is look at history - St Andrew to Greece, St Thomas to India, St Paul to Antioch and many more, St. Mark to Egypt - and that is just in the first century.
stubbornly-euphoric said: IOCC is huge and does great work. -International Orthodox Christian Charities. A big difference between this organization and other churches I have seen is that IOCC helps people in need but does not force Orthodoxy on them. One of the best teachings I have gotten from being Orthodox is to be humble about it. Just because the Orthodox aren’t loud about how much charity work they do doesn’t mean they don’t do it.
kormosendre said: Another thing: How did Orthodoxy reach the United States or Korea, if not by missionaries? What about cross-cultural missionaries, such as Fr. Daniil Sisoev, who was murdered a few years ago? And why would anyone without missionaries be not Christian
orthodoxbrit said: There are orthodox missionaries all over Africa. The has recently been a Greek bishop ordained in Botswana and loads in Kenya, also missions all over central American native communities.
forgivemeasinner said: Also, check out OCMC.
inconceivables said: Our small diocese does missionary work in Uganda and Guatemala…
milatumbles said: Go to: ocmc.org/program… It lists missionary opportunities for 2012.