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
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
Another Christmas season has passed and we look forward to the new year with anticipation and the knowledge that our Lord has great plans for us. Although we are a small congregation, we had three successful Christmas outreach activities in 2017. We fulfilled the wishes of twenty children from Greener Village’s Tenth Annual Angel Tree Campaign. A total of 2626 wishes were fulfilled this year, up almost 500 from last year. We participated in the Salvation Army Kettle Drive on two full days at the Regent Mall. We also provided much needed items for the Greener Village’s Christmas food boxes.
We are mid-way through our January-February Food Bank Challenge of providing ingredients for a warming pasta meal. Thank you for you support so far!
We will once again be teaming with the Gentle Shepherd’s Women’s Group to put together soup packs for the clients of Greener Village (Fredericton Food Bank). Our challenge for March and April will be to supply items for these soup packs. The following is a list of the items needed: green or red lentils; barley; brown rice; green or yellow split peas; dried beans; canned navy or kidney beans; chicken or beef broth, either in cans or boxes; bouillon cubes or packets; small pasta such as elbow macaroni or bowtie. Later in the spring, you are invited to join the Gentle Shepherd Women’s Group to prepare the soup packs.
Our sponsored child at Chikumbuso Christian School in Zambia, Rajab, has completed his schooling there. We now provide assistance to Deliya and her family. Deliya was born on March 8, 2008, in a family of six, three in school and three who left school. One thing she loves about Chikumbuso is learning and playing, She loves dolls. When she is grown up she would love to be a teacher. Her mother sells fruits at the market .They live in a two-roomed house. 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 recently received the 2017 Annual Progress Report for Donalson, the little boy in Cobocol, Haiti, sponsored by our Sunday School with assistance from the congregation. Donalson is eight years old and in grade two. This year, he and his family participated in clean water education. His favorite thing to learn is “drawing” and his question for us is “When do you get up?” Donalson wakes up at 6 a.m.! His Report is available in the vestibule. Your assistance in supporting these two children is always welcome!
Gentle Shepherd is hoping to partner with International Student Ministries Canada, the Vision of which is “to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.” Several months ago, Seth and Brittany Bevans and their young family were led to Fredericton and to our church to establish this ministry with the international students attending our universities. We hope to host on-going activities for the students, provide a place for volunteer meetings, and we hope some of our families will open their homes to students for special events such as Christmas, Easter, birthdays, etc. An ISMC volunteer introductory meeting open to Christians in the community is planned for February 25 at Gentle Shepherd. We hope that you will attend. If you would like further information on how you can be part of this ministry, speak with either Seth or Brittany. 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 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.