Growing Needs Lead to Changes

Our Lead Elder, John Sprecher, is excited to announce some major changes in the support structure of the Fellowship and the way in which ministers and churches will be served. The changes are the result of extended discussions over several years on how FCA member churches and ministers can be more effective in shared ministries and can collaborate better—both nationally and internationally.

When the Fellowship was incorporated in 1999 an individual Fellowship Coordinator (now called Lead Elder) was tasked with connecting the regions as well as the nations. Over time it became apparent that all the tasks connected with that assignment was beyond what a single individual could accomplish. As a result, the business meeting in April, 2021, elected to divide the work into three categories, resulting in two new positions being created. All three part-time positions will operate with more tightly focused job descriptions.

Sprecher is pleased that former FCA board president, Sam Snyder, has accepted the ¼-time position as Missions Coordinator.

Sam Snyder, Missions Coordinator

Sam brings a wealth of experience to the new role, having been raised in Mexico by missionary parents and serving as a church planter in the US. As Missions Coordinator, he will focus on:

  • Coordinating efforts of our regional missions board representatives;
  • Connecting with missionaries in the field or on furlough;
  • Consulting with and advising church mission boards;
  • Assisting new missionaries preparing to go to the field; and
  • Relating to our international Partners and Affiliates from other lands.

Meanwhile, Sprecher is happy to introduce Dave Bechtold as FCA Ministry Coordinator with a focus on ministry needs and resources for U.S. churches and pastors.

Dave Bechtold, Ministry Coordinator

Former Family Life Pastor at City Church in Madison, Wisconsin, Dave has been a core part of the Wisconsin Connections. As a facilitator and leader of multiple ministries, he brings significant gifts and heart to this ¼-time position. His assignments include:

  • Relating to regional representatives assigned to address ministry needs;
  • Encouraging best practices in regional and national meetings;
  • Being available to consult with pastors and churches;
  • Helping pastors and churches in any way possible; and
  • Enhancing Fellowship connections, communicating about God’s work.

Fervent Faith in Turbulent Times

Some are perceiving it, others are not, but everyone is experiencing it. We are living in days of darkness when evil is reigning.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1 ESV).

We are seeing our government and other entities being overtaken by spiritual forces of evil. We are accepting the marching orders of radicals, the breakdown and overturning of social and sexual mores, and the abandonment of basic law and order. Our religious liberty is being threatened while lies, deceit, and hypocrisy go unpunished. The fear of God, our Creator, has been subordinated to the fear of man, merely part of creation. Of special concern is the apostasy, the falling away of believers.

Although the wicked continue to conspire and plot evil, the time is coming when God will suddenly shoot his arrow of judgment and bring the wicked down. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Until then we must now, more than ever, stand up and contend for the truth (Jude 3). We need to be bold and courageous, unwilling to compromise, and unmoving in faith. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).

These days are calling us to have an unwavering faith and to be a bright light. We are set apart by God and for God. We trust in the name of our Lord! Having that kind of trust means that we have a confidence to stand firm based on the character and reputation of God himself. Our relationship with God is built on his character and his reputation. And because of that relationship, we have every reason to be encouraged during these times of testing and tribulation.

God is faithfully moving according to his plan and his purpose for glory. We are obliged to continue to shine brightly in our faith and for the truth knowing who God is, whom we belong to, and why we are here. True believers are not to be entangled with the world and these evil spirits. We are called by God to be separate and stand out and up for the truth, clean, pure, and undefiled.

We must remain in the Word to know the Word to live the Word and to share the Word. Whether it be from the pulpits or in the streets, we believers must stop telling stories to connect only on an emotional level with people. Rather, we must be letting God’s word speak for itself, allowing the Holy Spirit to convict the heart and change the spirit and person.

I personally believe we’ve become people so sensitive we’re afraid to speak the truth for fear of causing others to feel offended. I’ll let you in on a secret, truth offends us all. Don’t be afraid of it!

This is the hour to stand fervently proclaiming the truth to a nation and a culture adamantly rejecting the truth, but needing it so desperately more. This is not a time to retreat, but to stand up for truth moving forward and advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Messiah! “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16 NIV).

Thomas Yerman is an FCA pastor ministering at Living Hope Church in Elk Grove Village.

Love in Action

Find a need. Fill a need.

That’s what FCA minister, Dr. Mona Davies and her husband, Bob, have been doing—meeting the needs of thousands of children with one or both parents incarcerated. Twenty years ago, the Davies founded Community Outreach Ministry (COM) in Riverside County, California, to offer year-round programs and services to at-risk children. Their goal? To give them “a second chance to be winners and champions.”

Compelled by God’s love and compassion, the Davies have since sponsored numerous events and workshops to impact the social and economic challenges faced by families affected by parental incarceration. On April 3 this year, the day before Easter, their “Spring Into Easter” event will provide science kits for children so they can assemble robots. It’s another in a series of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Mentor Protégé Workshops.

As advocates for children— “voices for the voiceless children” left behind by incarcerated parents—the Davies believe children must be reached at an early age if their ministry is to be most effective. They also believe that strategic intervention, prevention, and outreach is essential, which is why they strive to mentor children through a host of activities. Over the years, they have seen encouraging results as lives have been touched by God’s grace and hope. Many children who have participated in COM’s programs and events have become first generation high school and college graduates and, perhaps most importantly, skilled with a second chance to be successful in solving real world problems in education and vocation technology.

Want more information? Visit www.communityoutreachministry.org. Want to help purchase the science kits? Text: DONATE CHAMPIONS to: 609-212-0627.

From left, Bob and Mona Davies with "Give Back Scholars" Jacori Neal, Clarissa Fears, Jaelin Neal.
On the right are partners, Janice and Larry Bradfield with "Beyond and Give Back."

 

FCA Members Part of Worldwide Event

Dr. Munir Kakish, long-term FCA missionary from Living Hope Church (Elk Grove Village, IL) will lead the communion service from Israel on Good Friday (April 2, 2021) for One Body One Blood. Believers from around the world will unite to commemorate the greatest gift of all time and the only hope for mankind—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The one-hour event will be broadcast on YouTube at 4:00 PM, April 2 (Israel time) and will include worship, testimonies, the Word, and sharing the elements of the Lord’s Table together. Besides leading participants in taking the elements of the Lord’s Table, Kakish will speak about the significance of communion.

One Body One Blood aims to gather a million believers together online, Christians from every nation, so they can experience communion together and be inspired to acts of service that will lead people to Christ. Several individuals from Bethel Assembly, an FCA church in Fosston, Minnesota, have been working diligently to spread the word about this unique event. More information and free registration are available at https://onebody-oneblood.org/ .

Pastor/Missionary Munir Kakish

Munir Kakish was born in Jordan in 1947. When his father died, his family faced great financial hardships and was forced to place him in a Christian boys’ home in Ramallah, West Bank. At age 10, he dedicated his life to Christ. Even as a young boy, Munir felt called into the ministry, so after high school he made his way to America where he finished a BRE in Christian Education, B.A. in communications, a Master’s degree from Wheaton, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry Degree.

Along with his wife, Sharon, Munir has served the Lord in the Holy Land since 1978. Beside founding a home for needy children in Ramallah, they have worked diligently helping children and sharing the news of Jesus Christ. Munir simultaneously serves as pastor of two churches—one in Ramallah and the other in Ramla, Israel. For 13 years he has served as President of the Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land and as vice-president of the coalition between the Jordanian, Palestinian, and Arab Evangelical Churches in Galilee.

Another event speaker will be Dr. Ramesh Richard, founder and president of RREACH, as well as a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, to be a global spokesman for the Lord Jesus Christ. Ramesh travels the world clarifying the message of the Bible through lectures and preaching with audiences ranging from non-Christian intellectuals in university settings to poor pastors in rural areas. He founded TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) to champion non-formal pastoral training worldwide. In 2016, he convened the first Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Unstoppable Conference : Chicago 2021

Hosted by Christian Hills Church in Orland Hills, Illinois

With chaos and confusion along with a pandemic and politics taking center stage these days, here is an leadership enriching event designed just for you—and just for now!

In a world that wants to suppress God’s truth and even restrain God’s Kingdom, Unstoppable 2021 intends to equip believers to unleash the Kingdom of God. This conference is for those who believe God cannot (and will not) be put into a box. It’s for those who believe God’s glory will cover the whole earth. It’s for those who want to see God’s love for all people and his saving grace reach the entire world.

You can attend in-personor you can attend with an “Online Only” Pass—your choice. Registration information for the February 11 to 14 conference—along with the schedule of speakers and other details—can be found by clicking HERE. The early registration discount ends February 10 and seating for the Saturday Leadership Breakfast is limited, so make plans now and book early. To reserve hotel rooms at the conveniently located Quality Inn & Suites, click HERE.

Robby Dawkins, is one of the conference speakers. With Angie, his wife of over 25 years, they have 6 sons. Robby served as a youth pastor for 12 years for churches between 50 to 14,000 members before he and Angie planted a Vineyard church in the downtown area of Aurora, Illinois (Chicago area) in 1996. Seventy percent of their church came to Christ at the church—60 percent of that through “Power” encounters (Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance or ministry of God’s manifest presence). The mayor of Aurora along with its chief of police bestowed upon Robby and the Church an acknowledgment that he and the church made a significant difference in Aurora’s crime rate reduction.

Other featured speakers for the conference include Putty Putman and Ed Loughran. Putty came to ministry through a remarkable journey—from a Ph.D. in physics working in theoretical quantum mechanics (more specifically, if you really want to know, particle physics) to the moment when God, as Putty puts it, “snuck up” on him and introduced him to the Holy Spirit in a radical and unexpected encounter. For his part, Ed, raised in a traditional Irish Catholic family, spent more than 10 years as an attorney before God led him to start a group with his wife, Molly, in their Lockport, Illinois home. That group has since grown to become Legacy Vineyard Church in Joliet. Both Putty and Ed challenge and inspire people to discover what more God can do in their lives.