Dear Family in Christ,
May God direct us on His path always!
The general consensus at this summer’s 14th All American Council in Toronto was that now is both the time and the season for action in all spiritual aspects, especially in outreach to others – work which makes others aware of the One, Holy, Apostolic Church of Christ our Lord!
My family of five attended the council this year. We drove approximately 5,000 miles round trip just to be there. It was worth every mile! We returned home with a renewed sense that now is the moment we have been waiting for – to expand the ministry we’ve already been doing, to the Glory of God and with His help.
Father Antonio, my dad, is from the
While driving home from Toronto this summer, Analucia, my older sister, my mom and I – for we had a very long van ride to talk about such things – started enthusiastically planning, taking notes, making logo sketches and plans for a new outreach organization which touches many aspects of service and ministry. We decided to call it ORB: Orthodox Rio Bridges. In Spanish, that would be PRO: Puente del Rio Ortodoxo. So, we’re now “PRO-ORB”! PRO-ORB is a bridge for various outreach programs and activities between
At present, my family lives in the South Texas Tropics. This area is called, “The Rio Grande Valley” and it’s right on the river border with
My mother, Matushka Elizabeth, is a youth coordinator for our challengingly vast and spread out Deanery. Our Deanery contains all of
For starters, we are planning a Winter Youth/Young Adults Retreat here in cooperation with PRO-ORB. The winter retreat will be for up to 14 teens (age 14 and older) and young adults, plus some adult chaperones. Younger youth are welcomed, too – but must attend with parents and be under their supervision. We encourage participants to collect and bring items to share with families and children who participate in
We have also begun collecting icons and liturgical supplies to share with various mission Churches in
In addition, we have applied to be an “official” OCF “Real Break” site in the spring. But, whether the “official” part happens or not, we’ll be here – doing various service projects – and hope that other Orthodox College Students and Young Adults will join us for a real borderland service adventure in the spring!
We welcome long or short term missionary or seminary interns who would like the experience of serving in a bi-lingual border Parish and helping with its various outreach ministries. Of course, you’d have to put up with us! J We like company and will surely do our best to provide some memorable adventures.
We look forward to seeing you at any of our upcoming events. Our new website is at: www.stgeorgepantry.org See most especially the “Rio Bridges” section!
If you have questions, comments or need further information, call us at: 956-781-2388 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your sister in Christ,