Other Mission News
March 27tH, 2019
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But Tonu’s maternity center is old and desperately outdated.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
In the remote northern town of Itogon, Luzon Province, Philippines, locals called Typhoon Mangkhut by its local name “Ompong.” Ironically, “Ompong” means toothless in Indonesian and Mangkhut was anything but that! In Itogon alone, 40 bodies were recovered from a miners’ bunkhouse after the monster storm triggered a landslide that tore down the mountainside. Authorities estimate that the number of dead will rise to triple digits as recovery efforts move forward.
Mangkhut struck the Philippines as a Category 5 storm on Saturday, September 15, but while the storm barreled its way onward toward China, the disaster in the Philippines continued to evolve and leaves in its wake long-term consequences. The northern provinces are the agricultural heartlands of the country. Even before Mangkhut, continuous monsoon rains had saturated the fields leaving nowhere for the water to go. With the coming of the typhoon, crops, just weeks away from being harvested, were lost, endangering the lives of thousands. Authorities estimate that losses will top $53 million.
FAIR will respond to this disaster with your support. Through FAIR’s partner organization, Operation Mobilization (OM), we will be able to provide resources to help the people affected by Mangkhut as they rebuild their lives. OM has a team on the ground assessing the situation and the damage and working on the specifics as to how we can help. We will keep you updated as to the details.
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Thank you for prayerfully consider how the Lord would have you respond to this situation.
Most of us don’t give clothing a thought except, of course, when the closet is too full, styles change too drastically, or our bodies have made adjustments on the plus or minus side and nothing we own fits anymore. But in many corners of the world clothing is much more than a matter of heading to the nearest shopping mall.
Tacloban in Leyte Province in the Philippines was devastated by a typhoon in 2013. The city was flattened. Under the best of circumstances many families in the area face daily challenges to support themselves. Under the worst of circumstances, like a devastating storm, the situation is aggravated to a greater degree. The economics of the area and the residual effects of natural disaster have left many families in great need. Schooling is often unaffordable, and the basics of clothing and shoes unattainable.
Veteran Fellowship missionaries to Japan, Rob and Kathryn Fleming, became involved with the need in Leyte through their children who were attending school in Manila. They made a connection with The Lighthouse, a church-based outreach to the children of the area that provides education, food, and outreach programs for the poor of Tacloban.
The majority of Japanese families usually consist of one child. Used clothing, shoes, and toys are normally thrown away as they are outgrown. The Hand-Me-Downs project became a means by which the Flemings could help Japanese families learn the basics of charity and recycling while providing The Lighthouse with practical help for the poor.
One large box (80 kg) can be shipped from Japan to the Philippines for $100 (CDN). There are currently boxes in storage awaiting the funding for shipping.
FAIR’s goal for this project is $10,000. This will provide a long-term solution for this ministry. We encourage you to get involved. One box would make a perfect project for a Sunday School class or small group. Visit the website at www.fellowship.ca/HandMeDowns for more information and to donate.
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Curtis and Diane
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Hey, what's up guys!
It's Keegan doing our update for May 4th. Today was are final day in Honduras.
We had an early morning to catch our flight to Texas at 12pm. It was bitter sweet leaving; we all wanted to stay and continue to help the kids, Tina and Melody. The things they went through, the pain they went through, we can never imagine. We weren't even in the van on are way to the airport for half an hour when Shawn got a message from the Home telling us how much they missed us!
The whole ride too the airport, we sent voice messages back and forth to each other. We safely got through airport security and were on the plane for around three hours. We arrived at are hotel at about 4:30pm and we then went out to eat at Papas BBQ. Their food there was monstrous such big portions. We then walked around for a couple hours. Shawn, Jay, Sandra, and I split up from the group to go to Walmart to pick up some stuff.
Well there we ran in to a very kind lady that wished us safe travels in God's name. When we got back to the hotel, we played cards for a little while and returned to our rooms where Curtis and Shawn read an email from Melody explaining more about how she felt about what we did at the Home for the kids, as well as for her. We then prayed for the kids Melody, Tina, and the friends we made along the way.
We then prepared for another early morning, to get the flight to Montreal. Over the course of our time in Honduras, I did many video updates that I hope to use to edit into one video to share with everyone. We all miss the kids and I definitely am going to try to get on the next team. I'm definitely going to see them all again. Well I've got to get some sleep now; we missed you all and are glad to be coming home even though we are going to miss the kids.
I hope God lets me go, once again!
See you all Sunday -- Keegan
Our last day at Casa Hogar started with a shopping trip. Tina dropped me off at school with some of the children so I could meet up with the team. The dentist next door spoke English and invited me inside to wait. I told her that we support and were here to help at the children's home and she told me she works at a children's home with her husband in another city.
After meeting up with the team we went to the souvenir shop of friends of our interpreter Nancy then to a local market. From there we made a few stops to pick up electrical and automotive parts for repairs at the home. Shopping for supplies is a very slow process so it was 1 before we got back to the children's home. Some of the children were home by then and clamoring for attention so of course we obliged!
Shawn and Nick went back to town for more needed supplies, Vicki and Madison installed new screens, Doug fixed the screen door to the patio and checked all the plumbing again to make sure all was finished and working, Jay and Keegan rearranged the laundry for the Tia's and then put it back again because it couldn't work with the power supply! So they helped clean up and spent time with the children. I was busy cleaning up our storage area and general gopher. Curtis was busy installing new LED lights and moving the old lights in the kitchen, where I was busy taking pics and selfies with some of the older girls and the Tia's who got Curtis to come down off the ladder to be in the pics with them. Shawn and Nick got back and the guys used the shop vac to suck up bat crap where it was rotting the boards in the ceiling and did what they could to fix and seal it. Would be good to find a way to fix the problem, bat crap is deadly!
We spent some time with the children doing a paint handprints to take back and handing out Barbies and toys that Anne C had sent. The girls and little boys were happy but the middle boys were a little disappointed. Next time we need to send some dinky's and small trucks!
When we had cleaned up our work for the day Curtis called the older kids together. He had felt Gods call that day to share his testimony. They were attentive as he shared his hurt and anger towards God and how God loved him through it and sent people into to his life to help heal him. And how God loves them even when they are angry with Him and they are special to Him and He wants to heal their hurts and be in their lives. Later Curtis shared how one of them came and thanked him for sharing as they also felt angry with God.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the kids. The guys played a lot with them on the soccer field. They get so much use out of it and it's great to see their joy as they play with us!
As the afternoon wore on our hearts became heavier knowing it would soon be time to say goodbye. We all gathered in the living room as we spoke of Gods love to them and they spoke of Gods love to us and we prayed together. We gave out the Bible verse crafts from Open Arms which the children loved and they gave each of us hearts with hearts in them and Bible verses to represent our hearts together in God.
My nickname means grandmother! Which everyone called me! There were many hugs and many tears! It was so hard to leave.
We went directly to Pastor Luis's church where we were again blessed by their love for God and us and heard how they prayed for us ever since they heard we were coming!
After some supper we returned to the camp and packed for our early morning start. There we were blessed to meet Joshua the camp director and his parents who were visiting. They are missionaries in Mali, Africa. A great end to our day!
Thank you for all your prayers for us and the children and the care givers, Melody and Tina.
God has greatly blessed us this week and shown His love for us!
Sandra for the team