Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…I just got back from our annual Missions Institute. Each July we gather all our Fellowship International missionaries who are on home assignment together for five days of refreshment, focusing, revisioning, discussion related to best practices, and fun!
We met at Muskoka Bible Centre near Huntsville, ON this year and had a great time of fellowship. This was my second Missions Institute in my new role as President. Both occasions have been a delight as I see the significant caliber of godly people we have serving our 500 plus churches overseas. We directly care for 65 missionariesand the families serving in 17 countries. However, I know we have many more “Fellowship folks” serving in dozens of other faith-mission agencies. It has been a joy for me to hear from some of you as you respond to my Monday emails. It is always great to hear what God is doing around the world. Thanks for contacting me.
At or recent Missions Institute we heard from many of our missions personnel. We worshipped together, discussed our future Fellowship International Vision Strategic plan, were challenged in workshops, played silly games, laughed together and prayed for one another.
We also introduced our newest Fellowship International appointees to the Fellowship family at MBC. I would like to introduce your newest Fellowship missionaries who are seeking support from churches and donors to get to the field as soon as possible. Please start praying for them and begin introducing them to your church family and friends.
Karim and Rita Anayssi (Willowdale Baptist, Toronto) are going to Lebanon to serve as executive Director of Cedar Home Orphanage for girls. They are originally from Lebanonand know the language/culture. Their two girls, Neomi and Naya, will enjoy 14 other sisters. Karim envisions a home for over 50 girls along with other spiritual and humanitarian projects. A great place for a future short term missions trip for your church.
Luc and Denise Tétreault (Orleans, ON) are going to Pakistan where Luc will be theDirector of the Shikarpur Christian Hospital. They are the first missionaries going out supported under the umbrella of FAIR, our Fellowship humanitarian and relief work. Luc has worked for 30 years in the healthcare sector in Ottawa in forensic medicine (aka “CSI”) and executive administration. We need them at Shikarpur… like yesterday!
Raj and Kim Vannadil (Parkland Baptist, Surrey, BC) are going to southern India to be involved in leadership development through our Fellowship’s LeadersFor Ministry. Raj knows the language and both are familiar with the culture. We already have severalLeadersFor co-horts meeting in northern India, served by Fellowship International missionaries, Jack and Lorraine Chen. Raj and Kim will establish other LeadersFor co-horts in the south. We are looking for Fellowship pastors who want to come to India for very brief assignments to train pastors.
Ken and Cathy Yinger (Knollwood Baptist, London ON) are going to a region in Spain called “Extrema-Dura” or “Extremely Hard”. There is virtually no gospel witness in this region of Spain. The Yingers spent 17 years in Chile, know the language and are familiar with the culture. God has placed a vision to plant churches throughout this spiritually-needy land. As Ken told me: "They are looking for Lydias, Apollos and Philippian jailers to join them”. I’ll explain what that means in a future Monday email.
Our newest Fellowship International missionary appointee is Jenny Casselman (North Park Community Church, London, ON) who is finishing up theological studies and then going to Pakistan to be involved in discipleshipministry especially among the women who frequent the Shikarpur Christian Hospital. Pray for Jenny as she steps out in faith.
I’ve been a Fellowship pastor for almost three decades. It has been quite a few years since we have had this many newly appointed missionaries, obeying the Lord’s call for international service. We are excited and I trust this excites you too.
My hope and prayer is that I have only whetted your appetite to find out more. We are looking for prayer and financial support partners for these fine brothers and sisters in Christ. We are looking for Fellowship churcheswho desire to collaborate with these missionaries on the field to help facilitate the God-given dreams or our churches and supporters.
If interested, pray about it, and contact me soon!
Have a blessed week. Steve Jones