Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…It’s official—summer started a few days ago. Dust off the Barbeque and see if you still fit into those swimming shorts.
Some of you may be preparing for a short term missions trip during the summer months. Our Fellowship International department seeks to support our churches in their short term mission dreams and initiatives. Our STM Connexion Coordinator, Chris Middleton, is kept busy connecting with many in our churches who desire help in preparing for a short term missions experience. These can range from one week to two years.
GAP Team Columbia
Students from Heritage College’s Global Adventures Certificate program traveled to Colombia May 7th – June 17th and had a marvelous time. Chris recently told us that during their time in Colombia, the team partnered with Fellowship International associate missionaries, Diego and Claudia Cardona, and the El Redil churches of Medellin to do outreach in the cities of Tolu, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Llano Grande, La Mota, Envigado and Medellin. In these various cities the team of eight students, and their student leader, and team leaders Phil Webb, Diego and Chris reached out to children, youth and young adults. One of the key experiences for the team was organizing and providing the teaching for two outreach retreats where students were challenged to find their identity in Christ, as He is the only way for us to find acceptance, love, forgiveness, freedom and new life.
Creative Arts Outreach Team
Creative Arts Outreach team recently was in France working with our own Fellowship International missionaries in the Paris area.
Chris writes… “The team spent May 6 to 30 partnering with local fellowships in six different cities across the country to creatively connect with people and share the Gospel. During the eight different outreach concerts that the team put on what surprised them most was the state of spiritual darkness in the country. Some team members had previously ministered in places like Kazakhstan and Turkey with Fellowship International Creative Arts teams but said they felt the ground was even harder in France. Despite that, the team and churches they partnered with met new people and engaged in spiritually significant conversations at each of the concerts they put on. Pastors and church members expressed their appreciation for the team and the fruit that these events produced. In the town of Esbly a man met with the pastor of the fellowship there twice in the same day to talk as he had been struck by the lyrics and what had been shared at the team’s concert the night before.
Two JBEQ (Jeunesse Baptiste Évangélique du Québec) teams are going to minister in Paris and Southern France this summer (June 30th - July 22nd). They will be using creative arts to sow gospel seeds working with our Fellowship International missionaries and partner churches. Please be praying for these JBEQ teams throughout July.
Pray for all of these team members as they return from their experiences and continue to process what they learned during their time away and as they continue to follow the Lord’s leading in their lives. Pray, too, for those who were ministered to during the summer. Pray that as follow up is done that lives will be impacted for eternity as a result of those who answered the call of God on their lives.
In a recent Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) study, “Hemorrhaging Faith”, it was discovered that 71% people in their twenties who attend evangelical churches indicated that their key spiritual formation occurred while attending summer camp or a short term mission’s trip. These opportunities are transformational in the lives of children, teens and young adults. Let’s encourage involvement in them through our church ministries.
Have a Blessed week,
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7