Hello from Oklahoma my Orthodox friend! ☦ 🙂
Listen, I have 1 real quick question…
My name is Derek (or Zacchaeus in the Church) and this is a pic, taken just a couple of days ago, of me with my dad.
18 months ago my family was given the opportunity to help to launch an Orthodox mission parish (Saint Nino) in our hometown of Stillwater Oklahoma.
Good news! It has been a fantastic success!
I gotta tell you that, without a doubt, the past 18 months has been the most spiritually transformative period of our lives.
If you ever have a chance to help start a mission..GO FOR IT…JUMP at the chance!
You will be exhausted and energized, exasperated and encouraged, enlivened 😀and depressed😭…sometimes in the same day!…but always blessed beyond measure!
Listen, our scrappy little mission church survives (and thrives!) on the tiny little small amount of just $450 per month….
seriously…like a grand total of four hundred and fifty U.S. bucks (and prayer and hope and sweat) runs the whole “operation”. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Because our expenses are so low, we can keep the mission going forever, giving us plenty of time to grow naturally. But this “model” of mission work has also forced us to really look outward to our community and get busy evangelizing.
We don’t have our own building, (twice per month we meet in a historic 100 year old one-room school house)…
…AND our wonderful priest (he really is a gem!) drives 2 hours to serve us AND he has another parish as well, BUT BUT BUT……
….despite our many limitations, in the past 18 months, we have had multiple Baptisms ❤ (plus 2 more adult baptisms are already scheduled for early 2018)
AND a beautiful Wedding,❤
AND were blessed to host the Kursk Root Icon,❤ The event was quite well attended, with 41 non-St Nino visitors from our community coming and going during the course of the evening.
AND we received the Holy Fire from Jerusalem,❤
AND we have tried to do all things with excellence, including operating an informative and helpful website, which this last year had 44,519 visitors.
…AND AND AND we have grown from our original 12 members to 31 attending….⬆️⬆️⬆️
Phew!!! We have been hustling! And God has been gracious to bless our meager efforts.
Forgive my blabbing on and on. Let me get to the point. Here’s my question. Would you help us hustle a little harder???
…If you are inclined, take a couple of seconds, right now, and make a very small donation to Saint Nino….maybe a one time $5 dollar gift (or perhaps you would be willing to give $2 a month),*** we are not looking for any big donations.
We stretch every penny and make ’em all count…AND the Lord seems to multiply whatever we have.
We want to hustle a little harder and make the medicine of immortality available to even more people in our community.
Anything you can do would help greatly 🙂
It’s super easy to donate…just click the donate button below⤵⤵
If you have any questions or if you would like to contribute in some other way, please don’t hesitate to give me a call directly, or text me, or email me. I would love to hear from you 🙂
Here is my contact info:
With much gratefulness,
call or text me at (405) 698-1993
email me at StillwaterOrthodox@
Here’s a few photo’s of our determined and feisty little parish…