Plant. Water. Grow.

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“After preaching the Good news in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned again to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that they must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations. Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church…upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported about their trip, telling all that God had done and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.” (Acts 14:21-27)

What a fabulous EFCC conference at Sun Peaks!  I was so encouraged by the spirit of our discussions, the great worship, and the growing desire for God to intervene among us (and the belief that He will do it!).  We were blessed by our speakers who in morning devotionals and evening plenary sessions challenged us to Plant, Water and Grow.  I really am trusting that we will see a regeneration – a rebirth in our movement; that we will dig in for a supernatural 2020 harvest!

On the closing night I shared from the passage above.  God has impressed upon my heart the need for our EFCC family to do three key things – if indeed we desire to see our association participate in and even lead a gospel movement that will change the world by 2020.  These are: Scatter Seed!  Multiply Leaders!  Celebrate Harvest!

After almost dying at the hands of angry mobs in Lystra, Paul and Barnabas head on to Derbe and – do exactly what got them in trouble before – preach the Good News.  These guys were nuts!  They really were sold out completely to the God of mercy who had saved them (check out Paul’s view of his own sin and God’s mercy in I Timothy 1:12-17)!  Like Paul and Barnabas let’s recommit ourselves to the God of mercy and scatter seed!  But it doesn’t end there – Paul and Barnabas intentionally left an army of leaders behind them!  It seems to me that they chose them, gave advice, strengthened them at times, but then got out of their way!  I would love to see us get serious about laying hands on our best people – young and old – challenging and apprenticing them to be this generation of missionaries in Canada and around the world.  Let’s multiply leaders!  And lastly, they returned home to the church family that sent them – and told stories of how God supernaturally opened doors of faith!  They celebrated God’s intervention – they encouraged believers by reminding them that though our call will lead us through hardships and suffering – God is still in control and still transforms lives!  As an EFCC family it is high time that we share with each other how God is intervening in our mission work!  So please send us stories and we will post them on the website – so we can all celebrate harvest! (You can use any of our contact methods to do it!)

May God transform us, our movement, our nation and world – and over the next 10 years let’s scatter seed, multiply leaders and celebrate harvest!

Serving with you,

Bill

Another Short-Term Team’s Presentation (Video)

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This is a video of a team at work in Mexico. There isn’t any narration — it’s just ministry and relationships in action. And a rockin’ soundtrack. :-)

Enjoy!

A Team Blog From Hungary

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This is pretty cool! Shaun and Sondi serving in Hungary recently hosted one short-term team. That’s not that unusual for them. What the team did is though. They kept an online journal (a blog) of their entire experience. You get a play-by-play of all the things that they saw and did, and they’ve also provided some great pictures of their group.

Visit it by clicking here (then scroll down and click ‘newer post’ to go through it day-by-day).

It would be great if every team did this, but of course that’s just one person’s opinion. :-)

The 2nd Chinese Pulse

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This is to include the Chinese brothers and sisters in our congregations here and around the world in the news and celebrations of what God is doing in and through the EFCC. Please share it broadly with anyone you think would be interested (and who can read Chinese)!

The D.O.L.L.S. Project

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MEMO Cuba, a Compassion Ministry of the EFCCM, has landed on a new way to show and share love. D.O.L.L.S. (Dolls Offering Lots of Love) is about sewing groups in Canada getting together to offer their time and ability to create handmade dolls that are given to children who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or who have some other serious disability.

Grace Church Fellowship Hall is hosting a sewing meet-up in Thunder Bay on September 25th, 2010. The day is planned this way:
Morning sewing begins at 9:30am
Lunch (soup and sandwiches) is served at 11:30am
Afternoon Sewing is from 1:30 to 3:30pm

You can be involved even if you can’t sew. You may want to sponsor a D.O.L.L. for $20 (the estimated cost of handling and shipping these bundles of love to Cuba).

The DOLLS project isn’t only about giving a tangible symbol of love to one child at a time. It’s also a connection point with families. From the relationships created, families catch a glimpse of the people in Canada that care, and pray for, those who are hurting many miles away.

To get involved, contact Grace EFC directly: gefc@tbaytel.net.