Times:9:30 a.m. Sunday School10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Times: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School | 10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Click on the photo to see a recent ABC News story and video Refugee Camp on Lesbos. FEC missionary, Bob Till, is working with GEM co-workers there.
Worship Pastor, Ron Man, traveled to two very different parts of the world this summer. In July he taught for two weeks at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, with students from five countries in the Arab-speaking world.
In August, he spoke at the biennial Theological Education in Africa Conference in Tanzania. There were 541 attendees (pastors, professors, and church workers) from 16 countries, representing 149 churches, 59 denominations, and 31 theological institutions.
Both trips were amazing experiences with precious believers! Full trip reports can be found here.
This was our fourth summer to partner with Pastor Jon Storck and Grace Fellowship Church in Sunnyside, New York. It was an amazing week. First Evan’s team of 13 adults and teens took “Maker Fun Factory” VBS to about 60 kids who live in this internationally diverse neighborhood. It was fun to re-connect with many of the same kids we have grown to love and who have looked forward all year to seeing us. The parents were so appreciative of our coming and loving their children. Please continue to pray that God will take what He started in the lives of these kids and parents, and continue drawing them to Himself. Jon uses the connections that began in our week to reach out to these families. Please pray for Jon and his team as they minister to their community.
The Tlapaneco Pastors, Missionaries, & Leaders Conference was held at the Tlapaneco Christian Center in Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico. Your prayers were felt and much appreciated.
Seth Stevens and Hickman Ewing flew to Mexico City on Sunday, July 23, and drove to Tlapa with the Gaytans on Monday, July 24. Due to the many curves in the mountain roads and countless speed bumps (topes), it took eight hours to travel the 200 miles.
Seth was the main conference speaker, teaching the entire book of Philippians, adding in hermeneutical principles as he went along. Jim Blomstrand, the Bible school music teacher, did a great job translating from English to Spanish. After Seth’s first hour and a half-teaching session, Abel Espinosa (Bible school director and veteran pastor), said, “We like him!”
The pastors, leaders, and missionaries showed a real hunger for learning more about the Lord Jesus and the Word of God. They had their Bibles open, took lots of notes and had meaningful group discussions.
Hickman led the morning devotionals from 1st and 2nd Peter. We had very good opportunities to encourage one another at meal times and outside the formal sessions.
We also met on Wednesday afternoons with the Board of the Tlapaneco Christian Churches (ICT). They gave very encouraging reports on the spread of the Gospel and the planting of new missions throughout the Tlapaneco area. Pray for these brothers as they continue to lead and set direction for the Tlapaneco churches.
We were pleased we could spend some time with Uri and Rachel (Mudder) Martinez, and their precious daughter Brianna. They attended all the conference sessions, and we had some good conversations with them. Brianna is such an outgoing delight!
On Friday, July 28, four students graduated, after successfully completing four years of Bible school. We helped present the diplomas, Hickman was one of the graduation speakers, and Seth prayed the prayer of consecration. Pray for these four as they go out to their places of ministry in churches deep in the mountains.
Thank you so much for your partnership with Ruben and Lety, Rachel and Uri, and the Tlapaneco people.
Blessings, in Christ. Please continue to pray for spiritual fruit among the Tlapanecos. John 15:16
God is at work in Madrid, and it was a blessing to serve Him alongside our partner church in the neighborhood of Vallecas. We worked with members of their church and missionaries Dan and Sue Wicher to host a basketball camp for about 60 kids. Along with basketball skills, we taught Bible verses and freed up the church to engage with parents and other adults in the community. At the end of the week, the church hosted a retreat with some of the kids who had attended the camp. We taught Bible lessons and shared the gospel. Please pray for the church in Vallecas and that God would strengthen the connections they have made both with children and parents.
This year's conference centered on "Thy Kingdom Come" - looking at God's Kingdom in His people today, and His Kingdom yet to come. We were blessed to hear from many of our missionaries and how God is working around the world; building up His church and proclaiming the gospel. We hope that you were encouraged and motivated to get involved by praying, giving, or going on one of the short term trips offered this year.
Check out the photos below to get a glimpse of what the weekend looked like.
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