International EFC in Alberta

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The International Free Church in Red Deer is getting ready to celebrate the installation of Pastor Iran, who has come from Cuba (above pic is from his appearance at last year’s Conference). This has been a longer, more complicated journey than was anticipated at the outset. Iran’s wife and young son are still in Cuba, waiting for permission for the child to leave. It must be challenging to begin ministry without having your whole family together. Join us in praying for resolution there, so that they will be able to reunite soon.

The International Free Church will be in English and Spanish to reach out to the growing Spanish population in this central Alberta city.

If you live within driving distance, you are invited to be a part of a great celebration evening. Please plan to join us on Sunday, September 27 at 6:00pm. The church meets in a rented facility:
Church Of The Nazarene.

Missions Gala Night in Langley

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Recently several of us from Home Office accepted an invitation to Langley EFC’s 2009 Faith Promise Gala evening. This is the night that the church tells the story of its mission involvement around the world. It was very well attended, and the passion level was high!

All of the pews were removed from the sanctuary(!), turning it into a commodious banquet hall. At each table there was a person chosen to represent the church’s international ministry. During dessert, they were given 5 minutes to speak, and then they were rotated to two more tables for 5-minute sessions.

When that part of the evening was over, Crystal took to the stage. She heads up Worship Ministries at Abbostford EFC. What a voice! And what a passion!

Finally Pastor Darren got up to address the assembly, and to inspire people to get involved with missions. One of the church’s most important sentiments is “We don’t give where we don’t go.” That’s an important statement. Serving personally, and building connections with ministry are far more important than giving money.

Faith promise has revolutionised the church’s giving. People give strategically and consistently — in some cases even if they’ve moved away! I’m going to work on having someone from Langley EFC explain more about it on this blog. There’s a chance it could work for your church too!