Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… We all know 2017 marks a very important anniversary. This autumn, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In light of this, we are seeking to encourage our Fellowship family to participate in a couple of related opportunities. Both highlight the importance of God’s Word in initiating the Reformation and the transformation of lives.
SOWING the SEED Project (May — August 2017)
While the Bible is more accessible than ever before, some people groups have little access to God’s Word. Two main groups are Muslim and Francophone peoples. The Sowing the Seed project aims to provide Bibles for these two people groups in their native tongues, giving them personal access to the living Word of God.
The goal of this project is to raise $60,000 to provide Bibles to four locations:
Of this total, $25,000 will support the Sindhi translation of the New Testament which is being spear-headed by Fellowship International missionary Mark Naylor. These funds will go towards the ongoing translation, printing and distribution of the New Testament in Sindhi.
Ottawa/Gatineau area, Ontario
Through FEB Central church planter, Richard Raya, and the ministry of Jesus Light of the World Arabic Evangelical Church in Ottawa, Bibles will be distributed to some of the 38,000 Arabic-speaking people in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Many of these are Syrian refugee families.
With a poverty rate of 77 %, Haiti is the poorest country in the world. Many cannot afford food, water, shelter or education let alone the funds necessary to purchase a Bible. Through this project $10,000 will be made available to purchase French Bibles for those living in Dondon, Haiti.
Did you know that some pastors in D.R. Congo serve churches that don’t have even one Bible available in their church? This project will provide $10,000 with which to purchase and distribute Bibles in regions of D.R. Congo served by our Fellowship International missionaries.
We hope you and your church will consider a gift toward the Sowing the Seed project. You can learn more and find promotional materials by clicking > HERE.
#TheGreatestBook Bible Engagement Project
I’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to consider joining other Fellowship Baptist Churches from November 5-19, 2017 in our Nation-wide Bible Engagement project.
All resources and promotional materials (video, poster, inserts) needed during this event are available on the Fellowship’s website (HERE). There is a 14-day devotional, age-appropriate lesson plans for small groups or Sundayschool — there are even some sample sermons for the three Sundays between November 5th and 19th. All these resources have been written by brothers and sisters within our Fellowship family.
As you participate in this special event, we encourage you to share your reflections and comments about what God is saying to you over your preferred social media venue, and use the hashtag #TheGreatestBook. Then check out what God is saying to others.
I hope you’ll begin the Reformation celebration on Sunday November 5th and finish with us on the Fellowship Day of Prayer – November 19th.
I look forward to hearing stories of God’s blessing because of these two opportunities.
Have a blessed week,