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Offline JamesR

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Orthodox Countries & Education?
« on: January 20, 2013, 10:20:47 PM »
Well, my graduation from High-School is about only a year and a half away, and lately I've just been feeling like I'm too lucky. Why do I get to live in a first-world country with really no religious persecution whereas most Orthodox Christians live in backwards parts of the world full of poverty, revolutions and religious persecution? In a sense, I feel like I want to join them--at least for a little while. The thought of perhaps staying in one of these backwards places for a couple years--maybe for college--interests me a bit. Who knows what I could do? I could offer them encouragement, tell them stories about the developed western world, face trials and cry with them, live in the gutter with them, have a spiritual awakening and maybe even meet someone special and take her back to the west with me. Are there any good opportunities or suggestions/ideas you fellows can give me?

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Re: Orthodox Countries & Education?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013, 12:10:28 AM »
Temporary volunteer experience:
Little Lambs-Ukraine, works with Orphans
Peace Corp includes East Europe
YWAM Youth With A Mission, Christian organization that includes Orthodox countries
If you have a heritage in one of those countries, you might look into a Birthright program that lets you volunteer there and helps support your trip.

Long term career work:
Missionary work
Non-profit work
International business development

I don't know much about them, but there are study abroad scholarships and the like.
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Re: Orthodox Countries & Education?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013, 12:29:45 AM »
Is this for real? Because I can only read it in an ironic key
She hears, upon that water without sound,
A voice that cries, “The tomb in Palestine
Is not the porch of spirits lingering.
It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay.”
We live in an old chaos of the sun,
Or old dependency of day and night,
Or island solitude, unsponsored, free,
Of that wide water, inescapable.

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Re: Orthodox Countries & Education?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 12:33:01 AM »
"Little-Lambs"? that sounds very interesting. I could work with orphans--I deal with my two younger siblings all the time.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 12:33:56 AM »
Is this for real? Because I can only read it in an ironic key

This is for real. I want to do something good in my life other than getting a job and living the stereotypical American life while all the other Orthodox Christians struggle.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 12:41:29 AM »
They don't all struggle I imagine. Plus they are the only ones that can help themselves through direct political action . Just like everywhere else.
She hears, upon that water without sound,
A voice that cries, “The tomb in Palestine
Is not the porch of spirits lingering.
It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay.”
We live in an old chaos of the sun,
Or old dependency of day and night,
Or island solitude, unsponsored, free,
Of that wide water, inescapable.

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Re: Orthodox Countries & Education?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013, 01:21:38 AM »
In a sense, I feel like I want to join them--at least for a little while. The thought of perhaps staying in one of these backwards places for a couple years--maybe for college--interests me a bit. Who knows what I could do? I could offer them encouragement, tell them stories about the developed western world, face trials and cry with them, live in the gutter with them, have a spiritual awakening and maybe even meet someone special and take her back to the west with me. Are there any good opportunities or suggestions/ideas you fellows can give me?

Do it after you're done with college, if you must. Otherwise you might blow up your own God given chances at a decent existence, as well as "hers".

Plus, with the materialistic rage everywhere (including/especially in backwards Orthodox countries), being a young American volunteer full of noble intentions might not make you exactly eligible. As for 'stories about the developed western world', the attic is full of them, as a saying goes.     

Never take such major decisions on impulse - 'without counsel' (Prov. 15, 22) from people who matter.