As Mission Pastor at FGCC I have the honour of walking alongside people who are discerning a desire to serve God in global mission.  I love this part of my role and am personally encouraged and challenged by the faith and the risk taking obedience to God’s invitation in their lives. It also reminds me that God is calling each of us to take a risk and walk in faith as we pray and send others to the nations. It’s exciting to pray to the Lord of the Harvest and see Him call out those he wants to send into the places that are ready for harvest.  Matthew 9:38  Let’s be asking Him how He is also inviting us to take up our role in sending!

Heather Ens, attends Attridge and has served on our Mission Mobilization team for the past several years.  She has a passion for our long term workers and has connected with many of them here in Saskatoon and in Thailand and Panama on short term teams we have sent out.  God has invited Heather to explore mission and discipleship through the MB Mission TREK program from May to Feb of this year.  She will be serving alongside long term workers in Germany ,where the church there is learning how they  are to love the many Syrian refugees who have been coming into the country. In the past 2 years alone Germany has received over one million refugees!  This has put much strain on the country, but has also given the church an amazing opportunity to love their neighbours who have been displaced.  Heather Ens Trek (digital)

Heather

Lavern Pratt, from the Broadway Gathering served in Panama as a young woman and mother for over 6 years, almost 30 years ago! Now God has invited her to serve again in Panama and explore how he may be calling her into global mission again in this new season of life.  Lavern will also be in the TREK program- starting with 2 months of discipleship in Winnipeg with other participants starting in May.  Pray for Lavern as she joins our partnership with Zuluaga’s and Foster’s in the jungles of Panama from July to Feb. 

Lavern

To support them go to mbmission.org/donate/stm-participants and choose TREK Central Canada and then Heather or Lavern’s name from drop down list.

Contact Maryanne for more info on other giving options if needed.
Thanks for loving the nations!

 

Russ and Marjorie Speiser, long term workers who work in the south of France will be here April 2 -14th to reconnect with us and meet those of you who are new to Forest Grove.  Russ and Marjorie will be speaking at The Broadway Gathering on Sunday April 9th at 10:30 am.

Cal and Darla Boese, and their 3 kids will be joining Speiser’s this June on an outreach to France.  They attend the Broadway Gathering.  Learn more about their trip here France Support Letter_2017 Final

Russ and Marjorie

 

 

 

On Sunday Feb 26 we have the privilege of hearing newcomer Issa share his story of  life in Syria and the joys and challenges of  settling in Canada . Issa’s family was sponsored by FGCC this past year, and they have had a resettlement team supporting them with the transition to life in Canada from the Attridge congregation.

We look forward to listening and taking the posture of learners as we spend time with Issa and his family this Sunday at 9:30 am  in the Lounge. All are welcome.

Attridge Syrian Resettlement team and family

Attridge Syrian Resettlement team and family

               “The financial gift gave us encouragement that God was with us ”
Trever Godard, LTM in Mexico.

Living in Community at MTC Training Program

Living in Community at MTC Training Program

The challenges are many and often overwhelming for a person or  family to go through all the hoops to get to the mission field, and one of those difficult hurdles can be finances. To have  support from  this new  Mobilization Fund at Forest Grove will be a great help and encouragement to missionary candidates.

Just a few years ago, the Matthew Training Center in Guadalajara, Mexico discerned the need to purchase a property for their various training programs, and launched a fund raising campaign, at which time Forest Grove gave a very generous gift from the Baerg legacy fund , which blessed us tremendously and gave us encouragement that God was with us and that it would be possible to raise the sufficient funds necessary for this vision. At the time I had doubts that we would be able to do this, but their timely donation raised my faith to believe that God was going to bless us richly. Also, receiving a larger donation from a church fund is inspiring because it comes from many people working together.

To have a Mobilization Fund for missionary candidates who are in the beginning stages of discerning their call, or acquiring the necessary training, or making vision trips to the proposed country of service, will be a great bonus to their support fund, and also to their soul that many people are partnering with them through giving to this fund.

I encourage you to faithfully and generously support this fund to help the missionaries, and extend God’s Kingdom throughout the world as we all work together in different ways.

Trever Godard
Director, Matthew Training Center, Guadalajara, Mexico

To give to the Mission Mobilization Fund you can go online or give on any Sunday in Feb, marking your gift for Mission Fund. If you want more info talk to Pastor Maryanne. Thanks for helping to mobilize those who are ready to GO, your role of prayer and financial support are an integral part of making disciples in all nations!

A Sending Church is a local community of Christ-followers who have made a covenant together to be prayerful, deliberate, and proactive in developing, commissioning, and sending their own members both locally and globally, often in partnership with other churches or agencies, and continuing to encourage, support, and advocate for them while making disciples cross-culturally.” ( taken from The Sending Church Defined,Upstream Collective)

Sending prayer for Heidi and Logan

Sending prayer for Heidi and Logan to Japan for one year

Emma was a missionary for 32 years in India. When she returned to Canada she married Rueben Baerg, a widowed teacher and pastor. Together, in these later years of their lives they continued to share a love for the Lord and his word, for discipleship and mission. Their legacy reached from the River in Saskatoon to the ends of the earth in India; and their legacy continues to reach around the world impacting many. Rueben and Emma Baerg left a generous  gift from their estate in 2010 to Forest Grove Community Church which has been used to mobilize missions through short term partnerships and sending, over the past several years, and will be completed in 2017.

Emma Baerg- served 32 years in India

Emma Baerg- served 32 years in India

The Baerg fund was used to mobilize and multiply disciples in mission through a large donation to the Matthew Training Centre Property in Mexico where Trever and Joan Godard serve ( FGCC affirmed missionaries). Trever wrotethis gift blessed us tremendously and gave us encouragement that God was with us and that it would be possible to raise the sufficient funds necessary for this vision. At the time I had doubts that we would be able to do this, but the timely donation raised my faith to believe that God was going to bless us richly.”
The Baerg fund has also helped send out many young adults and families discerning a call to long term missions through programs such as TREK, or ACTION or through MTC in Mexico. As a church this fund has helped us pursue different partnerships with our long term missionaries sending vision and prayer teams to Thailand, France and Asia.

MTC Student Dorms and Courtyard

MTC Student Dorms and Courtyard

The goal of this new Mission Mobilization fund is to continue to support the development and sending of new missionaries from Forest Grove Community Church. Through our unified budget we are thankful for the support we commit to 19 affirmed long term missionaries every year. We want to have vision to send out more workers in the coming years as the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few ( Luke 10:2) The journey of discerning and preparing to be a long term worker has many stages. There are several young men and women in our church discerning God’s call to mission that our missions team is already walking alongside. We want to be a church with a vision to support the development of those who are willing to go out to the least reached in our cities and around the world. We believe in short term mission partnerships and experiences that lead to long term mission.
The fund will also help with one time needs that arise with our long term missionaries, and sending teams to encourage them.

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Sending 3 short term workers to serve with our long term workers in Panama and Central Asia 2015/16

Would you consider a gift to this mobilization fund so we can continue to be a church that is prayerful, deliberate and proactive in developing, and sending our own members locally and globally? Gifts will be received on the Missions Festival weekend and throughout February to begin this fund (marked for Mission Project) Thank you for your generosity and the impact your gift will have in the Nations!

If you have any questions or want to see the guidelines we have in place for using this fund please contact Pastor Maryanne, Brian Heagy, Lloyd Postnikoff, Tori Braun, Jan Stirling, Heather Ens or Carey Schindel. ( The FGCC Mission Mobilization team)

Join us this weekend at our annual Missions Festival as we LEARN what it means to understand the Islam faith and love our newcomer neighbours who live in our city. Seminar on Saturday at Attridge with Dr. T.V. Thomas. (registration required by Friday noon thru office)

Dr. Thomas will also be sharing at both locations on Sunday am during our worship services as well as during LIFEtime at 9:30 am at Attridge.

Come out Sunday night at 6:30 pm to PRAY , worship and hear a testimony from a Muslim man who met Jesus through a vision . North Site location in Silverwood on Goerzen St.

Our prayer throughout the planning of this weekend is that you would LEARN, PRAY and then ENGAGE with those that God has moved into our neighbourhoods from least reached nations around the world. Let’s respond with gospel compassion.  NOW IS THE TIME. 

Watch Ali’s story  of coming from Islam to Christ.

Prayer and Encouragement Team Visit

Prayer and Encouragement Team Visit

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.

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.