Η θαυμαστή μεταστροφή της Ελένης από την Σρι Λάνκα, από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

Η θαυμαστή μεταστροφή της Ελένης από την Σρι Λάνκα,

από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

Στήν Ι. Μονή Αγίας Μαρίνης και Αγίων Ραφαήλ, Νικολάου και Ειρήνης στην Κωμόπολι Ξυλοτύμπου της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Κιτίου στην Κύπρο γνώρισα και την Ελένη πού κατάγεται από την Σρί Λάνκα, δηλαδή την Κεϋλάνη.

H Ελένη, Βουδίστρια στο θρήσκευμα, πήγε στην Κύπρο για να γηροκομήσει μία γιαγιά, και ήσπάσθη τον Ορθόδοξο Χριστιανισμό διότι βίωσε το έξης υπερφυσικό και θαυμαστό γεγονός:

Την Μεγάλη Πέμπτη συνόδευσε την γιαγιά στην Ακολουθία των Παθών, όπου εκεί είδε να επαναλαμβάνεται εμπρός της ή Σταύρωση του Κυρίου. Δηλαδή είδε ζωντανά όσα διαδραματίσθηκαν πάνω στον Γολγοθά την ώρα πού σταύρωσαν οι Εβραίοι τον Κύριο.

H Ελένη δεν γνώριζε τίποτε από τον Χριστιανισμό και όταν είδε αυτό το θέαμα, λυπήθηκε αφ’ ενός και απορούσε αφ’ έτερου γιατί εκείνοι οι κακοί άνθρωποι κτυπούσαν, χλεύαζαν και τελικά σταύρωσαν Αυτόν τον Άνθρωπο. Έμεινε άφωνη και δάκρυα πόνου κύλισαν από τα μάτια της. Λίγο αργότερα, όταν επέστρεψαν στο σπίτι, συγκλονισμένη από το θέαμα, μίλησε, και ρώτησε την γιαγιά να της εξήγηση για όλα εκείνα πού είδε αυτή ζωντανά.

H γιαγιά βέβαια της είπε τα πρέποντα και ως εκ τούτου ή Ελένη –πού το όνομα της ήταν άλλο– αφού είδε τον Ίδιο τον Χριστό εμπρός της και μάλιστα την στιγμή πού τον σταύρωναν απαρνήθηκε τον Βουδισμό. Τηλεφώνησε στην μητέρα της και εκείνη της είπε ότι αν γίνει Χριστιανή δεν θα την δεχθούν ποτέ στο πατρικό της σπίτι. Φυσικά η απειλή της μητέρας της δεν φόβισε την Ελένη και τοιουτοτρόπως βαπτίσθηκε και ζει Χριστιανικά στην Κύπρο, μακριά από την μητέρα της και την πατρίδα της.

Από το βιβλίο: Κ. Τριανταφύλλου, Ετών Πεντήκοντα – Αιτών 50 Ψαλμό, εκδ. Μικρά Ζύμη, Θέρμον Αιτωλία

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Fr. Maximus Regiz Urbanowicz, USA: The Incredible Story of a Renowned Orthodox Missionary – The Missionary of Sri Lanka & other 40+ Nations

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Fr. Maximus Regiz Urbanowicz, USA

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Mission: Gospel To All Nations
Founder: Fr. Maximus Urbanowicz
Address: PO Box 4205
Tequesta, FL 33469
Phone: (561)880-0515
E-Mail: info@gtan.org
Denomination: Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Home Church: St. James Orthodox
The Apostle Church,
Port St. Lucie, FL
Established: January 2000
Countries Served: 40 +
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Fr. Maximus Regiz Urbanowicz:

The Incredible Story of a Renowned Orthodox Missionary…

The Missionary of Sri Lanka & other 38 Nations

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Baptized Roman Catholic, later becoming an Episcopal priest and missionary (In the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church), and three years ago having been received with his family into the Holy Orthodox Church, he is a zealous Orthodox missionary and evangelist.

Maximus has been involved in various church ministries including Foundation Park –a ministry for the poor, Strike force –strength ministry for teens, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes . He served three years as head counselor at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge , a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for teenagers. In addition, as part of his Masters degree at Regent University, he spent three dynamic summers ministering in Germany, the United Kingdom and Africa in connection with the evangelistic ministry of Christ for all Nations. After graduation in 1990, Maximus was invited to join the ministry of “Christ for all Nations,” (CfaN) as an associate evangelist. He moved to Kenya, East Africa, and eventually lived, traveled and ministered in nineteen African nations and eventually led evangelization efforts in various parts of the world including India, Philippines, Russia, and Madagascar.

In 1997, Maximus became part of the “Minus to Plus” evangelistic project in North America – a ministry of CfaN dedicated to placing an evangelistic booklet about the cross of Christ into every home in North America. He became Executive Director of the multi–million dollar project as well as Executive Director of the U.S. branch of the Christ for all Nations ministry, placing 10 million booklets into homes across North America, meeting and working with the top evangelical church leaders across North America.

After working with thousands of churches from various denominational backgrounds in the international evangelistic campaigns, Maximus eventually grew in his convictions about sacramental and liturgical traditions as he studied church history. The most helpful materials were the teachings and traditions of the Orthodox Church.

As a first step, Maximus took sacred vows as a deacon and later a priest in the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Over time, as a result of his extensive ministry in Eastern Europe , it became increasingly clear that God was calling him and his family to become members of the Orthodox Church. Since then, Maximus, his wife Susanne, and four children have been received into the Orthodox Church in America and are active members of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Today, Maximus is the president and founder of the evangelistic mission “Gospel to all Nations” (GTAN) – an evangelistic ministry in the process of fully coming under the auspices of the Orthodox Church. GTAN is grounded in the historic faith and church of the past, but striving into the future to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It fosters unity and cooperation between various church denominations while witnessing the richness and fullness of the apostolic faith of the Fathers, and is an equipping force for the saints in regards to evangelism and missions. Lastly, it hosts Gospel campaigns to non–Christians: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and general un–evangelized people and has a particular interest in reaching the least evangelized nations of the world.

Maximus has preached Gospel campaigns in 39 nations, face to face with millions of people. Meetings have ranged from five people, to five hundred thousand people in a single service, as in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Noteworthy, is the fact that multitudes of people from the Muslim faith have converted to Christianity in both North Africa and Central Asia as a result of these numerous campaigns, held from Mali to Kyrgyzstan.

Over the past few years, the ministry has hosted campaigns and conferences in various cities in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Armenia, Pakistan and Cuba. One unique outreach was in historic Armenia, in the city of Sevan , where from a population of approximately 10,000 people, up to 7,000 people attended the largest service. In the evenings, multitudes of people, including all the local prostitutes , responded to Maximus’ words for repentance and church attendance, while during the day, a conference was hosted with up to six hundred people from local churches – attending daily teaching and discipleship.

In September 2006, Maximus completed an extremely fruitful mission trip to Sakhalin Island, preaching in churches, public meetings, orphanages, monasteries, by radio, TV, and newspaper interviews, working together with Bishop Danyyl of Sakhalin and also Archbishop Mark in the city of Khabarovsk, mainland Russia. Between the 24th of September and 2nd of October he did evangelistic work with Archbishop John, the bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in charge of missions and evangelism, and is teaching in their seminary and preaching in the city of Belgorod, Russia.

His website, The Gospel To All Nations, can be found by clicking this link.