Outreach and Missions Committee
GSCC Outreach and Missions Committee Mission Statement
“To coordinate, support and promote the outreach activities of Gentle Shepherd Community Church at a local, national and international level. Outreach activites may support spirtual, emotional, physical or social needs of the community.”
News from the Outreach & Missions Team
Fall is a busy time of year. Our young ones are back to school, activities and programs are starting up, our gardens are put to bed after yielding their summer harvest. This time of year brings renewed enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone for making our summer challenge of providing school supplies and lunch items for the clients of the Greener Village Food Bank a success.
For our October Food Bank Challenge, we are collecting items from their current wish list. Items needed for their food hampers include: canned meat (tuna/chicken); pasta sauce; small boxes of cereal; instant oatmeal; canned pasta and stew; cooking oil; pancake mix and syrup; and dish soap. The Food Bank is also in need of baby items such as diapers (size 4, 5,6) and pull-ups; as well as hygiene items including tooth paste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. Your items can be placed in the the Food Bank box in the foyer of the church. For November and December, our challenge will be to ensure everyone has the ingredients for a filling and delicious Christmas dinner. More details will follow.
Deliya, our sponsored child at Chikumbuso Christian School in Zambia, and Donaldson, our little boy in Haiti, continue to thrive and do well in school. Your assistance in supporting these two children is always welcome!
ISMC (International Student Ministries Canada) has completed a successful year working with international students at our universities. During the 2019/2020 school year, the plan is to continue to grow the ministry here in Fredericton with a shift in focus to team building. This semester, the plan is to establish a core volunteer team of 15-20 volunteers who are open and willing to invest in the lives of international students, for the purpose of sharing the Gospel with the lost and discipling international students who are already believers. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reach out to our close neighbours at our universities. For more information, contact Brittany Bevans at (506) 999-4763 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Seth Bevans at (506) 999-4761 or email@example.com.
Tyler and Christiane Horton and their family are now settled in their new home in the UK as Tyler works toward a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Cambridge while Christiane works with SIM in their UK office. After a busy winter and spring conducting workshops and visiting churches across the country preparing for their ministry through the missions agency SIM (Serving in Missions), the family left for their new temporary home in August. As a sending church, we are given the opportunity to provide spiritual, emotional, family and financial support to the family in their ministry. Their ultimate goal is to serve where, although there are many Christians, there are few pastoral and theological resources.
We also continue to volunteer with the Community Kitchen, serving supper on Thursdays to the homeless and others who need a hot meal. During the past several months, we have been serving a record number of guests, usually over 100 meals each supper. We would love a few more team members!
If you would like more information on any of our initiatives, or are interested in becoming part of the Outreach & Missions Team, you can contact Carol Scott. Stay tuned for information on our Christmas 2019 outreach plans!