Mission and Outreach: Missions
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church provides support for a variety of organization devoted to missions.
Saint Mary’s Missions and Outreach Ministry supports Coptic Orphans.
Orphans – Many orphanages in Egypt are filled with children who have families, but their widowed mothers cannot afford to feed them. Coptic Orphans focuses on the children most likely to face the deadly combination of poverty and social injustice, but who have the greatest potential to change their lives and the lives of others. Coptic Orphans makes a covenant, called “Not Alone”, with orphaned families in Egypt to stay with a child until the end of their highest education, as long as they also work hard to make full use of every possible educational opportunity they have.
Transforming generations with Egypt’s fatherless Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organization that has touched the lives of over 55,000 children in Egypt since 1988. “Coptic” means Egyptian Christian, and is the fruit of the indigenous Christian community of Egypt with its ancient way of life that goes all the way back to the first century. Coptic Orphans works in close partnership with local bishops, who also guide in areas of local need and nominates new volunteers.
Coptic Orphans is a registered nonprofit in the United States, Canada, Australia, Egypt, and the United Kingdom.
Four times a year (May, July, September, November), St. Mary’s visits the women’s shelter to:
- Cook and serve dinner
- Lead Bible study
- Play with the children
Time commitment varies, usually about 2 hours.
Stop by the Welcome & Information table after Sunday Liturgy for more information on volunteering.
Why We Love Metro Hope Ministries:
Healing House, the women’s shelter, allows children to live with their mother’s while recovering from addiction so families can heal together. St. Mary’s visits the women’s shelter four times per year. Children are welcome, making this a great volunteer opportunity for families. We usually cook and serve dinner, lead a Bible study with the adults, and keep the children occupied with games and activities.
Metro Hope is unlike any treatment program because it’s a Discipleship Program. It’s where your life turns around because you can see God in it. Lots of freedom too! I’ve placed lots of clients there through my calling to go after those still in the struggle with Lost Sheep Ministries MN. You will be blessed!
Healing House is a residential, Christ centered, drug and alcohol recovery program serving women with their children in the Minneapolis area. Healing House helps up to 20 mothers and 24 children in a 7-12 month program. Unique to Healing House is the process of helping mothers work towards recovery from addiction while accompanied by their children.
The process for change includes Biblical parenting classes, on-site individual, group, and family therapy, a weekly Christian 12-step group, and core classes focused on issues of addiction, codependency, self-worth, healing damaged emotions, Bible studies and more.
Aids provide transportation and on-call medical services in addition to the 24/7 on-site staff who help mothers with appropriate discipline, meal, and bed time routines, as well as age-appropriate activities for their children.
Metro Hope, the men’s shelter, is a residential, Christ centered, drug and alcohol recovery program serving men in the Minneapolis area. These programs are designed to empower residents to break the cycle of addiction and homelessness successfully through spiritual, educational, and emotional stability. Metro Hope is for those who are at the end of their options. Most have exhausted their support systems, lost their homes, and are unable to support themselves or their families. Metro Hope is a restorative recovery ministry providing real help and lasting hope for the entire family in a grace filled environment through Jesus Christ.