Other Mission News
February 4th, 2019
In the late 1950s a medical program began to take shape in Pakistan under the banner of what is now WorldVenture. Fellowship International began to contribute to that ministry when Hannah Pollock (nee Leutbecher) arrived at Shikarpur Christian Hospital’s current location in the mid-60s. The symbiotic relationship between Fellowship International, WorldVenture, and other missions is so close that to visit missionaries from one mission is to visit them all. They are one family, known as Indus Christian Fellowship (ICF), dedicated to the spread of the Gospel in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Shikarpur Christian Hospital (SCH) is part of the ICF’s outreach into Shikarpur and the surrounding community. The hospital was founded because of the huge need to help the most ignored and vulnerable of Pakistani society: women and children. SCH has become a highly regarded and vital part of the local community. Though the physical is important, there is much more involved here as the Gospel is shared with patients and their families in a variety of ways.
Over decades the churches of the Fellowship have demonstrated faithful commitment in their support of Fellowship missionaries, their ministries, and projects in Pakistan. Many of these have been directly related to Shikarpur Christian Hospital.
One of the many types of physical contributions SCH makes is in the provision of safe caesarian sections to women from low-income families who find themselves in emergency or high-risk situations. This invaluable surgery allows the baby to be delivered in a safe, hospital environment with highly trained professionals where there is less likelihood of complications arising due to the often antiquated surgical techniques and inadequate medical care common in the third world. Private hospitals in the area charge $250-$600 for this surgery. FAIR subsidizes the procedure allowing SCH to offer it for $250-$275 for more affluent patients. The cost to lower income patients is based on a sliding scale. Some do not have the means to pay anything for the service. Depending on the need, FAIR covers most, if not all, of the total cost of $500 per surgery.
The focus of the Special Delivery appeal is to raise funds for these life-saving and life-giving procedures.
For more information, and to donate, visit the website
On behalf of FAIR, thank you for your prayerful consideration of this appeal. We are grateful to the Lord for your support as it benefits the mothers and babies of the Sindh.
Today we spent the morning putting new glass in the broken windows, we cut plywood to put under the new mattresses, installed the volleyball net finished the mural and of course played with the kids.
After lunch we went shopping and sightseeing downtown then returned to say our goodbyes! We all gathered together in the living room and the kids performed a couple songs, Tina thanked us and so did some of the kids. They gave us all gifts and a card and gift for our church families. Its an emotional time for everyone! Lots of hugs and tears!
It was a very successful trip in so many ways! We all went out for supper with Melody, Geoff and Betuel.
Early morning tomorrow, heading home!
We finally got a picture of everyone together tonight! The only way we could've done this before was if we all gathered around the "Throne" but all the bathrooms were to small for 14 people!
We were doing a little estimating based on noise and we figured Siguatepeque has 100,000 people, 200,000 dogs and 500,000 roosters! Haha!
Thanks for praying for us!
HONDURAS TEAM December 2018
WALL MURAL by Steve Jones
PinPong Table In Use!
Sickness hit 11 of 14 but we all made it thru as of tonight. Tomorrow we should be a full team again. Thanks for your prayers!
We got some maintenance items looked after today and recognized a few more so we ordered some more supplies for tomorrow. The St Thomas church also ordered 12 new mattresses to be delivered tomorrow.
We spent most of our day hanging out with the kids, helping with chores and talking, singing, praying and playing. It was nice. Steve spent his whole day painting the mural and he figures 2 more hours should finish it. I will get a picture tomorrow.
We had really good group discussion tonight about the future and how things should or could work with multiple church involvement. We are praying for 250 more child sponsors across Canada!
Also one of the couples with us came with an interest in becoming the extra helpers that we have been praying for. We feel they will be an awesome fit for the home. Funny thing ( small world) the man is Josh Carter's cousin!
Pray for wisdom for Norm Neilson and the Fellowship to take the information from our discussions and formulate the plan God has for the future of Casa Hogar! Thank God for allowing our church to play such a big part in His plans!
Thank you for being a church that prays and cares for others!
Bad day! 6 out of 14 of us are sick and some violently. Chills, fevers, body ache, throw up and diarrhea. We are getting thru it but it nocks the good out of you! Please pray for health and speedy recoveries!
We got the volleyball net posts cemented in place, ping pong table put together, doll house built and Steve Jones got started on painting a huge wall mural.
We had an awesome ping pong tournament with the kids! They are good, even some of the younger boys. Of coarse we played a few games of soccer as well.
We spent the whole day and evening at the home hanging out. We had supper together and a bonfire and toasted marshmallows. Lots of love poured out and lots of love recieved.
Straight to bed we went, nothing left in anybody's tank!
Please pray for health and strength for us!
Good day church family,
Today we had church with the kids at the home. We had a puppet show by David and a craft for the younger kids and pastor Tim from our team shared about the unconditional love of our heavenly Father with the older ones. It was a beautiful day so we had church outside.
After church we passed out the Christmas stockings! The kids were so excited about them. We told them how much you all loved them and how you all wished you could be their to hand them out. They all felt very special and loved!
The boys had fires going within 15 minutes of getting their magnifying glasses! I thought it was great and sat down to join in when Melody came over and gave us a scolding! I started to tell her to leave us alone that we are boys and we want to burn some stuff but I quickly lost the argument to her logic (mothers, they just worry about everything)! We got some pictures and video.
In the afternoon we went on the coffee farm tour at Omar's. The team really enjoyed it.
We finished the day with a 2 1/2 hour prayer and share time as a team.
God has made it very clear to the St Thomas church that they are to support the home. So we have an answer to our prayers, more help!
Pray for opportunities for our team to speak about salvation to the kids. The combination of the promise of Romans 8:28 and the relationships we have built make it perfect timing.
video below will need to download - Be Patient !
It was another beautiful day here! Our day started with an 8 o'clock breakfast and then a time of discussion and prayer. We are all going to share some of our stories and reasons for wanting to be involved in this mission as we gather over the next week. Today Buck, Alisha and I shared how our church is involved and what it means to us. It was very well received by the group as there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Steve Jones led the devotion time focusing on what words describe missions, (servant, team, hard work, humble, glorious, primary)teaching from Luke 5; 4-10.
The kids were so excited when we arrived today. I was driving one of the vans and I rolled my window down and high fived them as they jumped up and down hollering "big mama, big mama" as we drove in the driveway! They were excited to see the Canadiens! It's a great feeling!
With such a big team and no major projects the kids got lots of love and attention. It was awesome to see and be a part of.
The Drumhellor church brought a volleyball net with them and purchased a pingpong table here. We dug some holes for the posts for the net but didn't get them in yet because we needed concrete and a drill bit. Hopefully Monday the net will be up and we can beat the kids in a game of volleyball because we don't stand a chance at beating them at soccer!
Geoff and Melody had us all over to their house for Geoff's famous barbecue! It was absolutely delicious! Steak, ribs, potatoes, beans, beets salad and homemade pickles, yum!
What a nice home they have! Geoff is so good for Melody!
Pray for Tina she doesn't have the support Melody does and she is in a bad way! She is totally exhausted and overwhelmed. Pray for direction, for hope and joy for her.
The team has come together like brothers and sisters of The king should! Thanks for your prayers!
Shawn ( photos below )
Hi everyone, December 1st, 2018 (received)
Our flight went very well today. Our two drivers and Melo and Geoff picked us up at the airport. It was a very warm welcome. It was 89 degrees in San Pedro Sula today! We stopped at the roadside fruit market for some fresh bananas, pineapple and coconut water, really tasty! Then we stopped at the lake for a late lunch of deep fried tilapia and plantain chips. It was delicious even with the head still on it! Melody was really wanting to take us for fish so I am glad we could do it. It was a beautiful day at the lake.
We arrived at Cerro at 6 pm and got settled in to our rooms. We had a late supper and then had our first meeting as a team! Norman shared right from his heart with the team about our goals this week and about encouraging the kids and Melo and Tina while we are here. I shared a devotional and then we spent some time together in prayer.
After prayer we all helped pack the stockings. They look amazing! The kids will be ecstatic! Thank you everyone! Alisha was quite emotional!
We are having another team meeting in the morning and then heading to the camp to spend the day with the kids!
I want to say it seems these people have been hand picked by God for this trip. Very pleased with who God chose to come.
Please pray that we listen as a team to what God has to say!
Here in North America we take the safe delivery of babies for granted. Blessed with modern facilities, abundant technology, and trained professionals at our disposal, we make well-supported assumptions when it comes to pregnancy.
But if you are a mother-to-be in sub-Saharan Africa, you assume nothing. Over 300,000 women die during childbirth every year – from preventable causes.
Tonu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a Fellowship connection. In the 1930s, missionaries from congregations in Stratford, ON and Hamilton, ON who would later become Fellowship churches, established a mission station in Tonu that continues to share the Good News of Christ throughout the region to this present day. Part of their early efforts at building a platform for the Gospel was a modest medical clinic that has been providing services to the region, particularly to pregnant Congolese women.
But Tonu’s maternity center is old and desperately outdated. We encourage you to go online and view the video at www.fellowship.ca/laboursrefuge to understand the urgent need behind FAIR’s Fall project, Labour’s Refuge.
FAIR is committed to providing a modern, safe, and adequately-equipped birthing centre in Tonu. Once built, the new clinic will be properly equipped and include a solar panel, incinerator, outdoor kitchen, and washrooms. A team is scheduled to be sent to the D.R. Congo in June 2019 to work alongside the Congolese in carrying out the construction. A project manager is in place and Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming will serve as liaisons between FAIR and the committee in the Congo tasked with overseeing the project.
FAIR’s goal is to raise $120,000 to fund the construction of the birthing centre. We are always grateful to the Lord for the support of His people and do not take it for granted. Thank you for the support already received for this project. We appreciate that many demands are made on your financial resources. But Labour’s Refuge still has a long way to go before the dream of safe childbirth in Tonu becomes a reality and we need your help.
Would you carefully and prayerfully consider supporting Labour’s Refuge? Christmas is coming. One of the innovative tools you can use to encourage your church families to give during December is by using FAIR’s Advent CalendarExtending Love at Christmas which you can receive email@example.com. Even the youngest children can learn the importance of sharing through this simple plan. What better time to help save a child’s life than when we consider the precious gift of the Christ Child who was born under precarious conditions like those under which many Congolese children are born today.
We thank you.
In His name,
The IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance) World Health organization has identified sub-Saharan Africa as one of the most dangerous places for pregnant women to give birth. Over 300,000 women die during childbirth each year, mainly from preventable conditions. Newborns and young children are also extremely vulnerable. More than 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases.
To help combat this crisis, the IMA is leading an international initiative to build hundreds of medical clinics with maternity wards across the D.R. Congo. The financial commitment made by the IMA World Health to establish these clinics has been met. However, FAIR has been given access to their building plans and valuable logistical support in order to build a clinic in the Congolese village of Tonu, located 800 kilometers from Kinshasa. The present clinic operates without power or running water, and the birthing facility is a small mud hut with old, well used, and very outdated equipment.
The Fellowship’s connection to Tonu goes back many decades when congregations that are now member churches sent missionaries to the Congo to evangelize and plant churches. As part of the missionaries’ efforts, the medical clinic and mission station at Tonu was established. Though the original missionaries left due to conflict in the 1960s, Tonu continues to this day as a Congolese-run regional center that reaches out to many villages in the area. Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming have been engaged in missions training for Congolese pastors in Tonu for several years. Their contact with descendants of the original missionaries who pioneered the work at this centre highlighted the need at the clinic.
In June of 2019, FAIR is hoping to send a small Canadian work team to Tonu to work alongside a Congolese team to build the birthing center, to furnish it, and to provide a solar panel, incinerator, outdoor kitchen, and washrooms.
You can help. The project goal for the birthing center is $120,000. Please read the attached information, visit the website, watch the video, and consider how you can have an impact that will result in safer deliveries and saved lives. Consider making Labour’s Refuge a priority in your giving plan as you give thanks in October and enjoy time with family and meditate on the gift of the Christ child as 2018 draws to a close.
In His name,
On September 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, followed by a six meter high tsunami struck Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The death toll has surpassed 1,400 as the search continues for survivors. More than 2,500 have been injured. This has been the deadliest earthquake in the world thus far this year, and the worst to hit Indonesia since 2006. Most of the confirmed deaths are in the city of Palu, 1,500 kilometres northeast of Jakarta. The city is located at the end of a narrow bay which caused the force of the tsunami to be especially intense as it came ashore. The death toll could be even greater than expected as Palu was preparing for a beach festival when the catastrophic event took place. Tourists, and festival participants not normally in the area, were on the beach at the time. Hotels, hospitals, and malls collapsed and it is estimated that more than a thousand homes were destroyed in Palu alone. Roads are often impassable and communications are down making access to the area difficult.
Five days after the earthquake and tsunami, and probably triggered by the quake, Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi erupted. Planes have been warned away from the area because of the ash clouds, including those involved in relief efforts. This has further hampered the ability of government and relief agencies to get help to the area.
For Fellowship Baptists this region of Indonesia is significant in another way. Fellowship International missionaries, Edwin and Helmi Karwur, have been engaged in ministry in Sulawesi for several years, working along with students from the seminary in Manado where Edwin teaches. The church association of which the seminary is a part has three pastors in the affected area. All have reported themselves, and their churches, as safe, but there is a lack of food, clean water, and security in the area. There are others, however, connected with the seminary and with the Karwurs, who were in hospitals and hotels that collapsed and who have not yet been heard from. For these we solicit your prayers.
Students and staff at the seminary are already raising funds to help and a relief plan is being developed. After immediate relief has been delivered, rebuilding will take time. FAIR, through the engagement of our churches across Canada, is committed to assist with the efforts to come alongside those effected by this disaster. Edwin and Helmi Karwur will supervise the implementation of the relief plan and the distribution of funds through the seminary.
If you can help, please go to the website at >
Thank you from FAIR.
Sincerely in Christ,