MEMO Packing Day (Updated)

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Just a last minute reminder to those of you who live in Thunder Bay area that tomorrow (Thursday May 22nd), beginning at 9am we will be packing our 55th container, this one headed to El Salvador.

There will be a ceremony in which the keys of the ambulance will be handed over to Eduardo (an EFCCM missionary). It will also be dedicated it to the benefit of those using it in El Salvador, and then put into the container.

This container itself has been bought by MEMO and will remain at the Shalom Clinic as a much needed warehouse.

We are also shipping a lot of shelving, digital X-ray machine and needed tools.

If you’re not in the area, please remember to pray for the packers, and the whole process of shipping this container on its long journey.

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Here is a quick summary of the packing, which was another great success!

The container is now filled with:

  • 1,000 lbs of modular metal shelving
  • 5 palettes containing the components of the digital X-ray machine
  • a palette of computers
  • bicycles
  • furnishings (eg a ping pong table)

The bottom of that list is to benefit Cecilia Huezo’s Christian Community Centre in the remote hills of El Salvador.

It should arrive in Tuxecuangos the later part of June.
We hope Eduardo will be on hand to unpack it as he was integral to the packing.

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Highlights from Equip for Harvest (E4H) Vancouver 2014

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What is the Equip for Harvest training experience?

Equip for Harvest is the new Church Planting Boot Camp training hosted by the EFCC. It is divided into three parts. Part one is a Saturday only training for church planters and church planting teams, pastors, existing church boards or leadership teams, students and leaders. The training focuses on (Re)Visioning the Church or helping church plants and existing churches sharpen their focus on vision and the DNA of the church. At the most recent E4H in the Vancouver area, the Saturday attendance was 45 church planters, pastors and church leaders.

On Sunday, those who sign up for the full five-day E4H training experience are encouraged to immerse themselves in a visit to a local church plant and report back their experiences at a “campfire” discussion on Sunday evening. This provided all with a look at a new church through the eyes of a first-time visitor. It was a highlight of E4H for many of the participants. They observed and discussed first impressions, church planting principles in operation, the mission, values and vision of the new churches, and what would determine a second visit. One of the new churches visited had just launched Sunday worship services 6 months earlier and is now averaging over 300 in two worship services in the heart of Vancouver. The E4H people who anonymously visited that church were treated to an expository sermon from Revelation 1 about the mission, values and vision of that church. It clearly has a heart and vision for the city.

e4hpic2Monday through Wednesday at E4H offered the participants specific training in church planting which included much classroom interaction and group work on how to plant a church, the stages of growth in a new church and next steps. The focus was on applying church planting and church health principles to the unique ministry settings of the participants. Between 20 and 25 people attended the five-day E4H.

How did God show up at E4H in Vancouver?

Answered prayer was evident in this training experience. And, so was the beauty of God’s Kingdom. One participant was a recent graduate of Trinity Western University who is from Mainland China. He plans to return to China in a few years and plant churches as a bi-vocational businessman-church planter. He came because he was ministered to by our Mandarin-speaking Grace EFC in Richmond, BC. This is a recent church plant led by Pastor Stephen Leung that is reaching out to Chinese students at TWU while being planted in the Richmond Market. One third of the E4H participants were young Asians including Chinese and Filipinos.

Churches and church plants outside our EFCC family were also represented at E4H. There were seven Anglicans from the new evangelical Anglican Network in the States. One of the Anglicans was a new church planter who is being ordained soon and will begin his church planting ministry right after that.

For Jason and Amy Easterbrook from Crows Nest Pass in Alberta, this was their second training. This time they came to help get their next step questions answered and to be spiritually encouraged and renewed for the harvest ministry of church planting. Some leaders from the English Ministry in one of our Chinese churches came and were blessed and encouraged to revision their ministry to reach second-generation youth and young adults. By Wednesday, they had a “new sense of urgency” and desire to follow Jesus into his harvest fields.

When can you go and catch the spirit of church health and multiplication?

Come to E4H Winnipeg on November 15-19th and catch the spirit to (Re)Vision Your Church. Church planters, pastors, church leadership teams and district leadership are invited to come. Registration will begin through our EFCC web site sometime in June. Lead trainers will include Ray Chang, Chris Yu, Al Thiessen and Charlie Worley.

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Plans are also underway to host E4H next year in the facilities of Mercy City Church, our new church plant lead by Chris Yu in Toronto.

E4H is available for Seminary credit at ACTS and Providence Seminary.

Intervening in Desperation

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Zimbabwe is in and out of the news as a desperate country. This documentary shares some of the realities behind the headlines.

If you would like to participate in what the Zimbabwe Gecko Society is accomplishing in desperate communities, there are many, many ways. Contact Susan through the ministry’s website for more information:
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If you would like to donate directly to this ministry, select “Janetti, Frank and Susan” in the dropdown list provided on this page.
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As a fundraising effort, the Society is putting on their annual garage sale later this month:

Saturday May 24th, 2014
8:00am-2:00pm
White Rock Baptist Church
1657 140th Street, Surrey BC

If you can make, they’d love to see you there!

Reflecting on Rwanda

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This update comes from Eddie and Bonita serving in Rwanda, Africa. The country recently marked 20 years since the terrible genocide rocked that nation, and the whole world. Eddie was recently interviewed on TV about his perspective — that clip is linked to at the end of this post.

Construction in progress

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We have a good start on construction of the new CentrePEACE church outside Kigali, Rwanda. People are coming to Christ, believers are growing in their faith, choirs are singing, and young ministers are learning to preach the Word. All are eagerly anticipating the switch to a church with walls and a roof.

Three walls are built, only one more to go before we raise the roof!

Many of our church people, including a large number of women, have been hired to help with construction on tasks that don’t require special skills. This provides much needed income.

Click here to see Eddie’s TV interview about his work with interPEACE. (The link will take you to site that is external, and unaffiliated with the EFCCM.)