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
Winter 2019

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

The rush of the Christmas season has come and gone and we look forward to 2019 knowing that our Father is continually with us and has great plans for us.  This past Christmas we fulfilled the wishes of twenty children from Greener Village’s client list  through their Angel Tree campaign.  A total of 2500 wishes were fulfilled this year.  We participated in the Salvation Army Kettle Drive on two full days at the Regent Mall.  We also provided grocery items for the Greener Village’s Christmas food boxes.

We are mid-way through our January-February Food Bank Challenge of providing much needed hygiene items for clients of Greener Village.  Suggested items include soap, shampoo, tooth paste and tooth brushes.  Also needed are jars of baby food.  As usual, any donations can be left in the box in the foyer of the church.

Deliya, our sponsored child at Chikumbuso Christian School in Zambia, continues to thrive.  Through our sponsorship, Deliya’s family is  provided food on a monthly basis and Deliya receives an education.  For more information on the activities of Chikumbuso, check out their website www.chikumbuso.com.

We are also sponsors to Donalson, the little boy in Cobocol, Haiti. Donalson is nine years old and is doing well in primary school.  His favorite subject is writing and he loves playing ball.  Your assistance in supporting these two children is always welcome!

Gentle Shepherd, together with other churches in the area, is partnering with International Student Ministries Canada, the Vision of which is “to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.” Twice a month, FOCUS dinners are held at our church for students to meet and interact with Christians in the area.  There is also an opportunity for bible study.  Several from GSCC assist with food preparation and join with the students for an evening of fellowship.  ISMC also holds other activities with the students, including helping with groceries, transportation and shopping, games nights, and bible studies.  There is also the opportunity to invite students into your home to share a meal, in particular during special occassions such as Christmas, Easter and birthdays.  There has been a tremendous response from students.  If you would like further information on how you can be part of  this ministry, speak with either Seth or Brittany Bevans.  Also, check out their Facebook page, ISMC Fredericton.  This is an exciting opportunity for us to reach out to our close neighbours at our universities.

We are excited about having become a sending church for Tyler and Christiane Horton and their family  as they move forward in their ministry through the missions agency SIM (Serving in Missions), the agency through which Christiane previously served for several years in South Sudan.  As a sending church, we are given the opportunity to provide spiritual, emotional, family and financial support to the family in their upcoming ministry.  Their plan is to be in the UK for a period of time beginning in the fall of this year as Tyler works toward a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Cambridge while Christiane works with SIM in their UK office. Their ultimate goal is to serve where, although there are many Christians, there are few pastoral and theological resources. Tyler and Christiane are currently conducting their workshops on the Global Church in several churches and visiting churches during their Sunday services to speak on their upcoming ministry.

We also continue to volunteer with the Community Kitchen, serving supper on Thursdays to the homeless and others who need a hot meal. 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.