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Orthodox Mission Work in Eastern Carolina

by Anastasios Hudson on March 30th, 2011

Our first mission plant in the region is Nativity of the Holy Theotokos, a Greek Orthodox Church in Greenville, North Carolina.  Currently, the mission is growing steadily and we hope to attain full parish status in a few years.  Members and regular visitors come from all over Eastern Carolina to attend worship: Greenville, Blounts Creek, Washington, New Bern, Kinston, Belhaven, etc.  Some drive 70 miles each way every week in order to participate!

We hope that just as Nativity of the Holy Theotokos was planted with help from members of St. Mark the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Raleigh, our parish will one day soon be able to branch out through its diverse members and plant missions in other areas of Eastern Carolina in order to further the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and spread knowledge of His Holy Church, the Orthodox Christian Church.

We are painfully aware of the lack of an Orthodox Christian presence in Rocky Mount, Wilson, Goldsboro, and other parts of our state. While we are small, God has already accomplished so much through us; we have faith that as interested parties arise in these other areas, they will be called to join us in our work, initially making the sacrifice of driving to Greenville as often as possible, and then one day working with us to open a mission in their area.

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