Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…Our Fellowship family is currently raising funds for our 2013 annual project, “Back to the Future”. We’re focusing on five ministry opportunities in five countries. Our goal is $300,000 and as of May 15th we had raised $132,733. Thank you for giving. You can still give to “Back to the Future” or host a special Sunday offering at your church. Brochures and a video are available for promotion (CLICK HERE for more information on Project 2013).
Update on four church plants in Indonesia
Our 2011 annual project, “Kick Start”, included church plants in Indonesia along with eleven other church plants across Canada. Recently, our Fellowship International Director, Dan Baetz, visited our missionaries, Edwin and Helmi Karwur in Manado, Indonesia and visited three of four church plants which were established by 2011 Kick Start funds. Here is a brief update from Dan:
Church Plant # 1 – Led by a sharp young pastor, this church met in cramped quarters and listened intently to the message of the Word. Then we went to see the land, purchased with Kick Start funds, strategically located in an area that is soon to be developed. The church is committed to paying for the building.
Church # 2 - I found an enthusiastic band of believers who met in a crowded house with half of the folks inside and half outside. The pastor was profusely grateful that we came and for the financial assistance from our donors. He led us to the newly purchased land located beside a brand new market. The surrounding land has been gobbled up by the majority religion—making this soon to be church building a ‘beacon of light’.
Church # 3 – Situated in a newly designated capital city with no gospel witness, the government refused a permit for a church building. Undaunted, the church built a house for the pastor to live and hold meetings. The pastor tutors at the local high school and participates in sports to connect to the community.
Church # 4 - This plant is nine hours away and so the unusually gifted young church planting pastor and his wife came to meet me. They have a strong vision and energy to reach their community for Christ, in spite of the hostility towards the gospel expressed to them.
Visiting these church plants meant navigating roads severely damaged by landslides – but, each church’s profound gratitude made the trips very worthwhile! On behalf of our Indonesian planting pastors and their churches, a hearty ‘thank you’ to the Fellowship!
Thank you for participating in our Fellowship annual projects. They make a huge difference. Take a peek at the brochure attached which describes five international opportunities in our 2013 “Back to the Future” project. Thank you for your partnership and your generous gifts.
Have a blessed week,