Lizzie Hrycyniak – Kenosha News Article

Lizzie Hrycyniak, a young woman who is a parishioner at St. Nicholas Church in Kenosha has embarked on her missionary trip with The World Race. She was featured in an article for Cosmopolitan magazine (Orthodox Life Wisconsin link here) and on September 24 was featured in the Religion section of The Kenosha News. (Article by Karen Mahoney.)

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” — Mark 16:15

Lizzie Hrycyniak tries to live up to that verse.

She’s on the first leg of a nine-month journey in her life proclaiming and working for God in lands far, far away.

The 2016 Indian Trail High School graduate decided to take a gap year before attending college. She joined The World Race, a nine-month mission trip taking her to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Nepal and the Philippines. While on her mission she will spend time helping, teaching and preaching God’s love among diverse people.

She recently left Kenosha to spend months living out of a backpack and facing whatever challenges come her way.

It is long. It is far away. It is expensive, and it will be tough.

And she says she’s happier than she has ever been.

Sharing their faith

Hrycyniak, a light-hearted 18-year-old, is the only Orthodox Christian in a squad of 43 young men and women who joined The World Race: Gap Year, part of Adventures in Missions, an interdenominational organization.

“I love teaching my teammates about my faith while I can learn about theirs,” she said in an interview via Messenger from a McDonald’s in Costa Rica.

Hrycyniak’s father is the Rev. Stephen Hrycyniak, pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Click to read the full article.

Lizzie’s official World Race site (including fundraising) can be found here:


Lizzie Hrycyniak – Cosmopolitan feature & World Race

Lizzie Hrycyniak, a young parishioner at St. Nicholas Church in Kenosha, was just profiled in a feature of Cosmopolitan magazine highlighting the plans of ten high school students not planning on going to college immediately after high school graduation. The article can be found here: 10 Recent High School Grads on Why They Decided Not to Go to College. (She’s #8 on the list.)

Miss Hrycyniak is preparing to spend the next nine months with a Christian mission team with a program called The World Race. To find out more, or to help her endeavor, her World Race page can be found here:

IOCC’s 2nd Annual “Tailgate & Celebrate” Event

24 January 2015
Annunciation Cultural Center
9400 W. Congress St.
Milwaukee, WI 53225
$25 adult/$10 children 12 and under

Update: See below for additional information about the Teen Workshop immediately preceding (5pm) this event!

The IOCC Metropolitan Committee of Milwaukee invites you to join them at the Second Annual “Tailgate & Celebrate” Event to benefit International Orthodox Christian Charities.

Come for a family friendly evening and wear your favorite team jersey, enjoy brats and brews, and support a worthwhile cause!

To register, please visit the IOCC event registration page.


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IOCC Teen Pathways Workshop

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in another country? Can you imagine learning in a one room school? Or standing in a long line to receive a small portion of food? And receiving no seconds?

This great opportunity will bring our teens together and provide them with a space to meet fellow Orthodox teens and learn about service and missions – with a twist of fun of course!

At this year’s Milwaukee IOCC Tailgate & Celebrate Event, we will be hosting a Teen Workshop on experiencing life in another country, learning about ways to help those in need and the overall purpose of IOCC.

Afterwards, they will be given the opportunity to volunteer at the event for community service hours.

This workshop is free to attend, but must be registered for prior to the event. Online Registration Form

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