"Then saith He unto His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:37-38)
Saint Philip the Evangelist
Not to be confused with Philip the Apostle, Philip the Evangelist was one of the seven deacons, chosen by the disciples, that were "of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom," to care for the poor and widows during the daily distributions. Philip is the only person in scriptures to receive the name "the Evangelist," (Acts 21) evident from his work in The Book of Acts. Philip had four daughters that prophesized, and did host St. Paul at his home.
During his ministry in Samaria, where he preached Christ to the multitudes, he cast out unclean spirits and healed the paralyzed and lame. An angel of the Lord appeared to Philip telling him to go to Gaza from Jerusalem, which is all desert. During his journey he came across "a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury." The man was returning in his chariot from worshipping in Jerusalem and was reading the scripture of Isaiah without guidance. Philip becomes moved by the Holy Spirit to approach the man in the chariot and preach Jesus to him. Afterwards, the Ethiopian is moved to be baptized and requests that Philip do so at some water down the road.
Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down to the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:37-40)
Our mission as Christians is to seek those who are lost and to strengthen the faith of those who know Christ.
About our Group
In July of 1999 in Atlanta, after the introductory of the Southern Diocese Evangelism Convention, a group of the youth came together to organize a service of evangelism. The original purpose of the group was to study the Book of Acts and apply the teachings of St. Peter and St. Paul in different services. We have since created many pamphlets to familiarize people with Orthodoxy, served at many venues in the name of our Lord, representing the Orthodox Church, and held church Open Houses, welcoming those who want to learn more about Christ and the Orthodox Church.