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Being a Church that SENDS!

Airport farewell!

Airport farewell!

Today Heidi and Logan Foth are returning from a year of teaching English in Japan with MB Mission. Last summer at this time we sent the Foth’s off with prayer, encouragement and financial support.

Heidi and Logan have been a support to the small MB Church in Osaka through their presence as well as their English classes offered in partnership with the church.  They have built many, many friendships and were well loved!  Thank you for being a church that invests in the lives of not only our young adults who are answering God’s invitation to join Him in taking the Gospel to the least reached areas of the world, but also for investing in our long term missionaries who are committed to serving in different areas of the world…as an extension of the ministry of FGCC.

Please keep Heidi and Logan in your prayers as it is not an easy thing to transition back into a different culture again, and start new. Invite them for supper or coffee and take time to listen and learn from their experiences this past year as they spent time in Japan!  They will want to catch up with you as well! For more see  http://loganandheidifoth.blogspot.jp/2015/06/june-blog-update.html

MORE SENDING NEEDED!!

Curtis S, Marley, Curtis B

Curtis S, Marley, Curtis B

 

In Sept we are again sending out some of our young adults who have been invited to serve cross culturally in partnership with MB Mission long term workers through TREK Central Canada! Pray about how God might be wanting you to get involved in sending! They need a team of prayer and financial supporters in order to go.  See link above to give or talk to them to learn more!

Curtis Strauss and Curtis Bergen will be going to Panama to work with our partners there from Nov- May.  They will be serving in many capacities among the Wounaan and Embera, using their Engineering and Agricultural Business Degrees.  We are excited to see how God continues to develop our partnership in Panama through these guys!

Marley Berge has been invited to join a team of International workers in Central Asia, in a country with less than 1% Christians.  She will be sent out with 2 other young women to support the work of 3 young families who are committed to long term service in this country.  Marley hopes to support the families and their ministry by potentially teaching English, being involved in the local University, elementary school and tourist business they operate.

All three of these young adults will join with others in Winnipeg/Gretna area for Sept and Oct to prepare for their ministry assignments before leaving in early Nov.  Thanks for your prayers and support for them as they GO! 

Join them for a TREK dessert and illusions show on Thurs Aug 13th at 7 pm FGCC lounge to learn more! ( By donation ).

A Day in Ezequiel’s Community

Looking back on our time in Panama, I, Janelle, am so grateful to the Lord for allowing me to return to a place I love so much, with such a great team of young adults, supported by such a generous and encouraging church.

There are many things that impacted me during this time, and many things that I am thankful the Lord let me be a part of!

Our team spent a lot of time working alongside the young adults of the Wounaan churches in and near Chepo and Panama City. This was so exciting, seeing the young adults rise up in their churches and want to reach out to their peers and community, to see God glorified!

One of the days, we planned an outreach to an area called Mananitas. It is an area that doesn’t  have a church in it, but is home to our good friend Ezequiel. I had the privilege of being on our Forest Grove Panama team with Ezequiel in 2014, where I heard and saw His heart for missions and reaching his people with the gospel. As someone who is thinking about long term missions myself someday, and wondering what God might have for me in the future, it was so cool to meet someone who comes from such a different place than I do, and yet is processing a similar call to mission.

Ezequiel

Ezequiel

Last year we spent time in the community of Plataneres with Ezequiel, but this year we were able to do ministry in his very own community, under his leadership! We met his family and spent time in his home. It was inspiring to see the way that Ezequiel put himself and his faith out there for all people to see, and how much he wanted all people, including those in his very neighborhood, to know the Lord. It gave me excitement for the fall when I will go to university and have opportunities to reach out to others here in Saskatoon, and also caused me to pray to the Lord asking for more boldness and courage like Ezequiel in stepping out and sharing with others.

The day was so much fun! We made new friends, played a lot of soccer, made tons of raspados (snow cones), did dramas, and heard the gospel message shared by our Wounaan friends! It even ended with a torrential downpour – in typical Panama style.

Soccer & Snowcones!

Soccer & Snowcones!

It is my prayer that the Lord continues to work in Ezequiel’s community, that He would stir up people’s hearts to respond to the truth they heard that day in the dirty, muddy soccer field. It is also my prayer that as I adjust to life as a university student, that I would see the Lord working in the same way here at home, and that He would fill me with such love for people that I would speak and act His truth out to them in boldness.
– Janelle Iwabuchi  

Janelle preparing for Panama

Janelle preparing for Panama

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. “
Eph. 1:3