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We are looking forward to welcoming J and A back to Saskatoon after their first term overseas. They will return on Feb 7 for a few months and look forward to reconnecting with families, small groups and individuals again. They are so thankful for the prayers, finances, encouragement and even team, pictured above, that FGCC sent to visit them this Fall. Watch for more info on times they will be sharing with us in March, and plan to have them in your home to hear more personally about how life has been for their young family these past few years.
Needed Feb- May: Car seat to use for 3 year old and booster seat for 6 year old.
1-2 couches or chairs , single mattresses for kids, table and chairs to help furnish house they will be in for 4 months. Contact Maryanne or office.
Liana Penner lives and works in Trujillo, Peru. She first went to Peru 17 years ago as a teacher and later was sent out through MB Mission and FGCC to support the ministry of an MB Church in the city, while continuing to give leadership in the English Dept of a local school.
Watch the video below to learn more about the life Liana loves in Peru.
Liana is hoping to build up her financial and prayer support team before she returns to Peru in the Spring. Every 3 years or so MBM asks their long term workers to return to their sending churches and the offices in Abbotsford to reconnect and share what God is doing in the places they minister. We want to invite you to consider investing some time in welcoming Liana to your home, your small group, or out for coffee, or perhaps you want to share an event in the city together. If you know Liana, why not invite some of your friends for coffee to meet her as well! Be creative, be inviting and spend time learning how you can pray for and support the ministry that is happening in the church and community Liana is a part of in Peru. She would love to get to know you and what the Lord is doing through your life as well. This is some of the mutual encouragement that can happen as we share our lives together as in Romans 1:12 . ” When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”
To contact Liana email Maryanne@forestgrovecc.com or call the office for her number.
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.