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This Fall we have several of our International workers here on home assignment. Let’s welcome them back “home” well. See events below!
Karen Block: Karen has been an International worker in Thailand for over 25 years. Karen has served in various roles throughout her time there from teaching and mentoring Linguistics students at a University to doing member care for workers in 5 countries surrounding Thailand. Karen is in Saskatoon now until Sept 20 and all of Nov, Dec.
Alan & Colleen Foster: The Foster family has served with MB Mission in Panama for the past 3 years on a team with Einer and Girlesa Zuluaga. We support this family as a part of our 12 year Panama Partnership. Alan uses his engineering background to work with Wounaan communities in bringing potable water and other development projects. Colleen has a passion for children and families. We enjoyed a great time with this family in Saskatoon from Sept 17-30
Barbara Block will also be here in Dec. on a break from her teaching in India.
So, what is home assignment, MINA, or furlough you ask? Most long term workers are required by their organizations to return to their sending churches every 3-4 years for a chunk of time. It could be anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on different circumstances. The purpose of these times back “home” for the workers is to connect again with their individual supporters and churches,and family. They usually visit their organization offices as well to take connect and stay updated. Home assignments are not holidays for them! Sure, they may have some times of rest and refreshing in the midst of their travelling to visit anywhere from 3-12 churches across 1-5 provinces or states, but most people find they are quite busy during their time in Canada.
How can you connect with one of long term workers?
*Come out to an event where they are sharing
*Invite them to join you for supper with another family or couple
*Go out for coffee or a walk along our beautiful river, take them skating, to the Western *Development Museum or some place new in Saskatoon since they were home last
*Invite them to join you at your kids soccer game
*Have them join your small group study for a week
*Be creative and build relationships that will be a mutual blessing
Events to take note of this Fall
Women’s Creative Prayer Class with Karen Block – Nov. 2,9,16,23 Karen will lead the group in times of attentive prayer using mixed media to express response to God. Limited to 12. Cost 10$. Sign up through office. Few spots still open!
Thai Cooking: Karen is also offering to cook an authentic Thai meal for you and a few other couples you might invite to your home. You supply the groceries, she supplies the recipes and cooks the yummy food! Great way to enjoy some good food, company and get to know one another! You might even learn a few secrets to Thai food prep along the way. Contact Maryanne@forestgrovecc.com for more info.
We have a great way that you can help serve some of our International Workers in the coming year.
When our International workers return to Canada to meet with churches and supporters they need a reliable vehicle to use for several weeks to months. Do you have a car to lend or donate from Aug- Dec and possibly Feb-May?
Please contact Pastor Maryanne if you are able to help out in this way.
PANAMA: May 18-30
*****Panama BBQ Fundraiser is happening May 1 right after the service! Come join us for a burger and leave a donation for our Panama team!*****
In just a few weeks our team will be heading down to Panama to help with the construction of the Foster’s new house! The Foster’s are building a home in Yaviza, beside Einer & Girlesa’s in the camp. We are excited to reconnect with our friends and partners in Panama. On the ground in Yaviza, our team will be working alongside a group from the Wounaan church, and an individual from Arnold MB church in Abbotsford.
We want to invite you to join our team through prayer, encouragement or a financial gift. Each team member contributes personally and will help with fundraisers, but we also need support form individuals. As a team we hope to raise $8,800 to cover travel expenses, as well as raise an additional $7000 toward construction of the Foster’s new house. We raise funds as a team and if more funds than needed com win they will be used for similar mission projects in the future. Thank you for your generous support to makes this partnership possible!
Cheques should be made out to FGCC and tax-deductible receipts will be given for donations. Funds should be marked for ‘Panama Missions Team’ and can be given to team members or sent to the church at
502 Webster Street, Saskatoon, S7N 3P9
To read our team letter, click here: FGCC Panama Letter.