Hope Expeditions, which works with FCA churches to send short-term teams to assist FCA missionaries with various projects, recently announced a reasonably priced trip this August that promises tremendous impact.
“We’re hoping for a larger, multi-church team of people who can do manual labor and youth ministry for this trip,” says Chris DeLaughter, director of Hope Expeditions.
Plans call for a team to work with Pastor Drew Brattrud at Riverside Christian Assembly in California, for a few days doing youth ministry before then heading to Tijuana, Mexico, to work with a La Fuente church for a few more days. The church has a reputation for exciting and innovative youth outreach—like using sporting activities such as karate or dodge ball to attract an audience.
DeLaughter says, “If you have a heart for young people, feel confident teaching the
Word of God and are ready to serve, this is a trip for you!” He encourages people to take time to pray to see if God would lead them to be part of this adventure. More information is available by checking out the Hope Expeditions website.
Marty McLean, with a long family legacy of ministry to the First Nations, was recently licensed by the FCA in Canada.
On Sunday morning of May 7, 2017, a powerful service took place in which the Maranatha Congregation from Niverville, Manitoba, in co-operation with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies in Canada, licensed and commissioned First Nations leader, Marty McLean.
Marty is a dynamic “next generation” leader with a great legacy of parents and grandparents who were spiritual pioneers in preparing the way for what God is now doing in the present generation.
Marty’s wife, Rose Thunder McLean, has her own ministry legacy as well. She is the daughter of well-known native evangelist and singer, Lott Thunder. Rose is also known for her own ministry in song, having already produced eight albums of gospel music.
Forty years ago, Marty’s parents, Robert and Beverly McLean from Fairford, Manitoba, experienced a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their community when Beverly received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. That event ignited a prayer meeting in their home and congregation, which continued around the clock non-stop for some three years. Robert, having planted around 30 congregations in northern Manitoba, has long held a vision to see strong spiritual leaders raised up in communities where spiritual darkness has caused high rates of suicide, incarceration, and substance abuse.
Marty’s father-in-law, Lott Thunder, draws many hundreds of First Nations people from all over northern Manitoba and Ontario to his camp meetings at the Winnipeg Convention Centre every year on Easter and Thanksgiving week-ends. Lott was also a keynote speaker at the Canadian National Convention of the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies in October of 2012 in Winnipeg.
In this generation, God is using Marty and Rose McLean to organize Encounter week-ends in First Nations communities, which are attended by all ages. It is among the youth, however, where the impact has been most dramatic. The younger members of the First Nations are rising up as never before! Lives are being transformed, and there is a sense that much more is soon to follow. Both Marty’s and Rose’s parents are blessing them to go further in their ministry call.
In 1975 Billy Graham described the First Nations of North America as a “sleeping giant” which, when awakened, would greatly impact this continent and, indeed, the world. People now feel this “sleeping giant” is beginning to awake as the light of the gospel shines brighter in places where darkness has been the greatest. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).
During the commissioning service, Lott Thunder read 1 Corinthians 2:9: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (NKJV). What has God prepared for the First Nations? It’s a question many in Canada await with eager anticipation to see answered
Reported by Roger Armbruster, pastor Maranatha (Niverville, Manitoba)
News from around the Fellowship and the world is now available as a newsletter for churches to download and print for their own congregational use. The first installment is available by clicking here: SPRING 2017.
A printable bulletin insert* may sound a bit like “back to the future.” Some years ago an FCA newsletter was mailed to churches, but printing and postage costs became prohibitive. This new version bypasses those expenses by sending the finished product via email or Internet link.
This is another layer of resources intended to help churches and people in the FCA connect with each other—a layer that goes beyond the FCA presence on the Internet and social media. The big idea is to raise the awareness of congregations—not just ministers—so church members can see they are part of something larger than their local congregation.
The hope is that news of events, stories of faith, and biblical perspectives of FCA leaders will help people see the unique DNA of our Fellowship. So download, print, and distribute! Let it inspire your church!
And send your own news and photos to email@example.com. The Fellowship needs to hear what is happening where you are.
____________________________________ *The bulletin insert is delivered in a PDF format with two pages (5½ x 8½) to print on letter sized paper. (Print both sides and cut in half for 2-sided inserts.) Best if printed in color but also usable as black-and-white inserts.
Even independent, autonomous local congregations (like those of the FCA) can work together to accomplish great things—when they share the same passion and calling.
Tony Simon, who serves as a missions representative on the US FCA Board, challenged pastors attending the US convention in April, to bring their churches together in a collaborative effort to start new churches and reach more people for Christ.
“I believe we can more than double what we did last year for church planting,” he said. Simon is hoping to see more churches join together on June 4 (Pentecost Sunday) to collectively raise $50,000 for the effort. He acknowledged that some churches may prefer to receive a designated offering for planting FCA churches on a different Sunday, “and that’s okay,” he said.
Materials are available to help pastors share the vision with their congregations, including this 90-second video. Additional resources are available by clicking here and filling out the form.
Ministering to children and families of prisoners can be hard. Just ask FCA ministers, Bob and Mona Davies who are founders of the Community Outreach Center in Wildomar, California.
The Davies have, however, found unique ways to reach those families. Recently they joined forces with Builders of Faith Ministries to invite children of incarcerated parents to an Easter celebration.
Their strategic partnerships go even further. Area banks, for instance, assist with “gaming” workshops for children to teach financial literacy. Also, middle school students from a neighboring school showed off their high-tech robots before an eager, young audience. Seeing robots respond to voice commands—moving, talking, even dancing—the younger children enthusiastically joined in building their own robots.
Beyond the fun and candy, however, the Davies show the love and compassion of Christ. The resurrection story was presented to the children and their adult caregivers, offering hope to so many stuck in hopeless situations.
Part of Community Outreach Ministry’s mission is to educate and inform caregivers about resources available to them. The Davies, who founded the ministry nearly 20 years ago use a model written by Mona, Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration. Although some incarcerated parents are already receiving support services outlined in the ministry’s model, caregivers can sometimes slip through the cracks. So the Davies work to minimize the impact on everyone—children, extended families, and caregivers—resulting when a mother or father is imprisoned.