A Word From Steve Jones
April 7th, 2020
The Lord has been blessing our Fellowship International department this year with some amazing believers from our churches. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to several career and mid-term mission personnel who are currently seeking to build their support team.
If there is any interest in knowing more about any of these choice servants please contact our Fellowship International Director Dave Marttunen HERE. I know he would love to speak with you and your church.
Bechara and Roula Karkafi
Home Church: Greenbelt Baptist (Gloucester, ON)
Field Location: Middle East/North Africa and Canada
Ministry Focus: Disciple making and church planting
among Arabic-speaking/Muslim people.
Missionary Bio: www.fellowship.ca/Karkafi
Nadeem and Jamila Qazi
Home Church: Parkland Fellowship Baptist (Surrey, BC)
Field Location: Pakistan
Ministry Focus: Evangelism and disciple-making movements
through holistic ministry.
Missionary Bio: Contact Fellowship International > HERE
Eric and Valerie Nielsen
Home Church: Maple Avenue (Georgetown, ON)
Field Location: Quebec
Ministry Focus: Disciple-making in partnership with Fellowship
French church planting.
Missionary Bio: www.fellowship.ca/Nielsen
Robby and Gemelle Carlson
Home Church: Richmond Baptist (Richmond, BC)
Field Location: Japan
Ministry Focus: Evangelism and disciple-making through ESL
and Creative Connections
Missionary Bio: www.fellowship.ca/Carlson
Kevin and Micaela Miller
Home Church: Calvary Baptist Church (Edmonton, AB)
Field Location: Pakistan (vision trip planned for spring 2018)
Ministry Focus: Evangelism and developing disciple-making movements.
Missionary Bio: Contact Fellowship International > HERE
Home Church: Emmanuel Baptist (Barrie, ON)
Field Location: Poland
Classification: Mid-termMinistry Focus: University outreach and evangelism as well as mentoring/discipling young women.
Tahlia will work alongside Fellowship International
missionaries, Ben and Krista Taylor.
Missionary Bio: www.fellowship.ca/Knight
DANIEL AND JESSICA FENSKE
Home Church: Cloverdale Baptist (Surrey, BC)
Field Location: Poland
Focus: Children and youth ministry as well as evangelism with the local church. The
Fenskes will be working alongside Fellowship International missionaries, Pierre and Hanna Jutras.
Missionary Bio: www.fellowship.ca/Fenske
CAMILIA (KIM) DORO
Home Church: City Centre Baptist (Mississauga, ON)
Field Location: Lebanon
Ministry Focus: Encouraging and enhancing the ministry of Cedar Home through tutoring and mentoring female residents.
Kim will work alongside Fellowship International missionaries, Karim and Rita Anayssi.
Missionary Bio: Contact Fellowship International > HERE
Home Church: NorthLife Fellowship Baptist Church
(Fort McMurray, AB)
Field Location: Japan
Ministry Focus: Disciple-making through teaching ESL and local church initiatives.
Missionary Bio: Contact Fellowship
International > HERE
I trust knowing people are being sent globally by our local churches encourages you. It warms my heart gives me great joy to encourage you to prayerfully consider partnering with one of these appointed missionaries. Be a blessing to one of them today.
Contact our Fellowship International Director Dave Marttunen > HERE.
There are one million Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon. There are an estimated additional 400,000 unregistered refugees. Of the 1.4 million refugees, 650,000 are children under the age of 17 and only 250,000 are receiving some education. An entire generation is growing up uneducated. A staggering problem.
Recently, I visited our Fellowship International missionaries, Karim and Rita Anayssiand Bechara and Roula Karkafi in Beirut. As part of their ministry in Lebanon, both couples are seeking to care for the future welfare of children in the country in different ways. The Anayssis direct Cedar Home; a girl’s orphanage currently caring for 26 girls mostly from a Muslim background. Previous FAIR appeals have helped to build and outfit new rooms so that more girls could be cared for.
Bechara and Roula Karkafi are serving the church in Lebanon to help mobilize a disciple-making movement which, Lord willing, will begin in the neighbouring MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region. One of their churches, Adonis Baptist Church, is seeking to reach Syrian refugees for Christ. Four years ago they began a school for 15 Syrian refugee children called the Clementia Learning Centre (CLC). Since that first year, the number of students has grown and the school facility is currently at maximum capacity with 60 children. The centre is led by Director Sarah and three other teachers: Micheline, Nadine and Kamil. The purpose of the school is to care for the whole person—physically, emotionally, educationally and spiritually. This is reflected in the name: “Clementia” which means human.
We have an opportunity to partner with the CLC to help double their capacity to 120 Syrian refugee children. I will let our FAIR Director, Dan Shurr, explain the project and the financial goal. As you read, will you prayerfully consider how the Lord would have you respond to this worthy project?
I am thankful that Christians are reaching out to these children through the local church to provide an education for them. They deserve this.
Fellowship International missionaries Bechara and Roula Karkafi have recently been deployed to Lebanon. They have a burden to see Christ’s love brought to needy refugee children through the CLC. The centre provides opportunities for children to attend classes that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Qualified teachers bring excellent education coupled with stories from the Bible that are naturally shared with the students. The CLC wants to reach even more children, but is currently maxed out in space and unable to accept any more.
I am so pleased to announce that through the fall project, Hope for Tomorrow (Lebanon), FAIR has committed to help the CLC double its size and capacity. With the completion of a rooftop facility including classrooms, washrooms, kitchen and group area, the centre will be able to accept 60 more students. The project also seeks to bless the students with school supplies.
We are trusting God to provide $120,000 to expand the Learning Centre and bless the students through the Hope for Tomorrow project.
Will you prayerfully consider a special offering for this project; possibly Thanksgiving or Christmas this year?
Have a blessed week,
For the past two years our Fellowship has had a wonderful partnership with IJM (International Justice Mission). I want to commend this ministry to you. Through this partnership, FAIR’s Winter 2017 appeal Rebuilding Innocence focused on establishing an aftercare program for children rescued from cybersex trafficking in the Philippines. With the support of many generous churches, individuals and businesses, FAIR has received $152,000 [DW1] through this appeal to launch a two year pilot foster care program for these children. I look forward to being able to share stories of the progress and impact of this project with you in the future.
FREEDOM SUNDAY is September 24
I wanted to communicate to you another opportunity to partner with IJM this September. Read the following from Rachel Brouwer of IJM:
“The Bible tells us that God cares deeply about all aspects of spiritual devotion (worship, prayer, fasting) when it engages His people in confronting injustice. Isaiah 58:6 says, ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the ties of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free…’ These words are not just for the people of Israel, but for us today.
Slavery still exists. But God has a plan for it, and it begins with God’s people. Transformation happens when the global church prays and acts. To that end, we invite your local church to join the global movement called FREEDOM SUNDAY. On September 24, join hundreds of faith communities globally as they focus on the reality of slavery in our world and pray for its end. We’ve developed information and prayer resources to help facilitate this time of prayer.”
You can find and download the resources HERE:
Fellowship Pacific Church involved in helping to END Slavery
I recently connected with pastors Mark Clark and Randy Watson of the Village Church, Surrey, BC. This is a recent Fellowship Pacific church plant that has grown to approximately 4,500 people. The church has been working with our partners at IJM in recent years. I learned that they sent a short-term mission team to India to learn more and minister to those caught in slavery. The close partnership between IJM and Village Church is led by pastor Randy who serves as the missions director:
“Village Church desires to see justice and empowerment advanced in our community and around the world. This spring a team from Village Church arrived in India to see the work of one of our partners that focuses on rescuing and restoring people trapped in slavery.
“During our time in India we met with over 20 rescued survivors of slavery and heard their stories of trauma, loss, and redemption. All of these individuals had completed a two year restoration program and were being equipped to return home to spread awareness in their own communities.
“I sat and listened to the story of a young woman who ended up enslaved because she borrowed money to pay for her husband’s funeral. He suddenly passed away, and she wanted to provide a funeral that would honour his life. The lender enslaved her and her two young daughters were left with another family in her community. Seven years later she was rescued and reunited with her daughters. Her vulnerability and bravery to share her experience was incredible and it made tangible the redemptive work of Jesus in her life.
“One of the organization directors said, ‘We have been able to see lives transformed, our lives have been touched, and we have been transformed too.’
“It was a privilege to be able to meet these individuals and the team that have spent their lives rescuing and serving those caught in this horrific situation. I believe that the church should be known to run to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
“When we were speaking with the executive director of the office she said, ‘Church is our hope for ending slavery, be it in India or the other parts of the globe. If church is not involved we are not going to eradicate slavery at all.’
“This statement is a commission to us all, that we as the church must rise to the challenge of being aware of, and involved in the injustices in our community and around the world and work together to bring them to an end.”
What can your church do on FREEDOM SUNDAY?
Have a blessed week
Start praying for your Pastor and church leaders
September is here but October is coming. In the midst of the busyness of starting up all the ministries, don’t forget to share your appreciation for your pastor in October. Start by praying for your pastor.
The famed leadership guru, Peter Drucker, has said, “Not taking into account the U.S. President’s job, the most difficult jobs to be in today in North America is:
Admittedly, I was surprised reading that quote but, I’m assuming this leadership guru to corporate North Americans knows the landscape well. Knowing the terrain as well as Drucker does, gives this statement weight. Bill Hybels, pastor of one of the largest churches in North America said, “Most lay people have no idea how difficult it is to run a church.” Hybels believes the church is the most leadership-intensive enterprise in society. The work of the church is building and redeeming lives; which is an intangible process. You never know when you’ve actually accomplished doing this work. The workers are all VOLUNTEERS who can simply leave when disciplined or called to commitment. Even when recruiting workers, the church leader cannot offer monetary incentives or benefits. The best he can do is promise them work without pay, time away from their families and IF, things go according to Scripture, they will know suffering as part of their reward. Now there’s a benefit/reward package. At times pastors feel alone in the midst of the spiritual battle. They need our prayers.
Moses needed Prayer
Moses was one of the greatest spiritual leaders who ever lived. He spoke to God face to face (Ex. 33:11). Yet, STILL, HE COULD NOT DO IT ALONE!! He, too, needed support and encouragement for the enormous responsibility that was his. Aaron and Hur recognized his need and helped him. Many in our churches need to recognize the need and come alongside their pastor and pray fervently for him. Ministry is not a one-man-show, but a team effort. Many in our churches need to start partnering with their pastor, especially in PRAYER. For the sake of your pastor’s spiritual/emotional health and the sake of the church’s well-being, pray.
In Peter Wagner’s book, Prayer Shield, he writes: “I’m personally convinced that the following statement is true: ‘The most under-utilized source of spiritual power in our churches today is intercession for our Christian leaders.’”
Preachers need Prayer
Dr. Wilbur Chapman often told of his experience when he went to Philadelphia to become a pastor of Wanamaker’s church. After his first sermon, an old gentleman met him in front of the pulpit and said, “You are pretty young to be pastor of this great church. We have always had older pastors. I am afraid you won’t succeed. But you preach the Gospel and I’m going to help you all I can.”
Dr. Chapman looked at him and said to himself, “Here’s a crank.”
But the old gentleman continued, “I am going to pray for you that you may have the Holy Spirit’s power upon you and two others have covenanted to join with me.”
Then Dr. Chapman related the outcome. “I did not feel so bad when I learned that he was going to pray for me. The three became 10, the 10 became 20, and the 20 became 50, and the 50 became 200 who met before every service to pray that the Holy Spirit might come upon me. In another room the 18 elders knelt so close around me to pray for me that I could put out my hand and touch them on all sides. I always went into my pulpit feeling that I would have the anointing in answer to the prayers of the 219 men. It was easy to preach; a real joy. Anybody could preach with such conditions. And what was the result? We received 1,100 into our church by conversion in three years, 600 of which were men. It was the fruit of the Holy Spirit in answer to the prayers of those men. I do not see how the average pastor, under average circumstances preaches at all. Church members have much more to do than go to church as curious, idle spectators, to be amused and entertained. It is their business to pray mightily that the Holy Ghost will clothe the preacher with power and make his words like dynamite.”
What an incredible impact a church can make when it’s people pray! Have you ever thought of the potential for your church if you committed to pray for your pastor and church often? Imagine what would be accomplished. How many lost people saved — and saved people transformed? How many pastors would remain in ministry and not flare out, drop out or burn out? Think about it. Better yet, pray about it.
Pastors need Prayer: October is “Pastor’s appreciation month”
In four weeks we all have an opportunity to share our appreciation for our shepherds. Hopefully we do this all year round. However, can I encourage you to start thinking and praying what you might do for your pastor(s) during the month of October? Start praying about it today. Bless you.
Have a blessed week!