NEWS ON JUANITA

May 26, 2019 — Jesse Brandow


Beloved friends in Christ, Juanita, taking census results in a small village as part of a public health practicum at her university I am writing to share some unexpected news on Juanita Pascual, who has been studying in medical school in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, for the past two and a half years. Many of you have been inspired by Juanita’s desire to serve as an indigenous medical doctor among...

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VISION TEAM BRINGS SIGHT TO CLINIC

Mar 22, 2019 — Father John Chakos


Of the many miracles that Jesus performed, surely the healing of the man born blind ranks among the greatest. According to St. John Chrysostom’s interpretation, the man’s eyes were literally created with mud moistened by Jesus’s saliva and opened by washing them in the Pool of Siloam. While modern medicine cannot replicate such marvels, it […]

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SPECIAL UPDATE FROM MISSIONARY JESSE BRANDOW

Mar 11, 2019 — Jesse Brandow


Dear friends in Christ, I have exciting news to share!  Normally I focus my updates on general news from Guatemala, but this time I want to share something special from my own life. Over the past months, I have asked you to pray for my guidance in questions of marriage. That request is rather personal, but I have felt so much love and support from all of you that I wanted to share what was...

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VIDEO PRESENTATION: "THE STORY OF GUATEMALAN ORTHODOXY"

Mar 8, 2019 — Jesse Brandow


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...

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GUATEMALAN PRIEST

Dec 13, 2018 — Father John Chakos


     What’s it like to be an itinerant priest in Guatemalan, visiting your many parishes on a bi-monthly basis? With so much to do and so little time for hearing confessions, performing weddings and baptisms and celebrating the Divine Liturgy, there is both a sense of “great joy and great sorrow,” to quote that […]

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WITH THE FAITH OF ANGELS A CHURCH IS BUILT

Apr 29, 2018 — Father John Chakos


Solomon, I have outdone thee,” were the words spoken by Justinian the Great in the 6th century as he beheld the awe-inspiring beauty of his newly rebuilt cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God- St. Sophia in Constantinople. Since that time, Orthodox Christian churches have endeavored to replicate elements of that same classical design. Usually […]

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