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.”
WINTER 2020 NEWS FROM THE OUTREACH AND MISSIONS TEAM
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24, 25 NIV
Another year is upon us! 2019 has passed by so quickly, and there is no doubt that God is with us on our journey. You have shown tremendous generosity and love towards each other and more importantly towards our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Let us pray that in 2020 we will continue to let God be our guide as we reach out with love towards all His people.
We will be continuing with our monthly challenges throughout 2020.
During the month of January, we will be collecting items from the Food Bank’s Current Wish List. This includes: 1 liter juice, canned meats (tuna, chicken), pasta sauce, canned pasta/stew, pudding cups/fruit cups, dried legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas), cooking oil, pancake mix/syrup, and dish soap. The Food Bank is also in need of baby items such as Pull Ups and formula – Similac (blue can), Goodstart, and Enfamil.
During February, we will be collecting items for the Fredericton Community Kitchen/Student Hunger Program and in March from the Greener Village/Food Bank current wish list. More details on specific needs will follow.
Greener Village sends you a sincere thank you for your many donations towards their Christmas hampers. As well, they have extended their appreciation for your generosity during their Christmas Angel program.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive. On Friday, November 29, and Monday, December 2, several volunteers from Gentle Shepherd were at the Kettle station at Sobeys on Prospect Street.
As you are aware, with your generous assistance the Outreach and Missions Team has been sponsoring a little girl named Deliya Kasongo at Chikumbuso Christian School in Zambia. 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 celebrated his eleventh birthday in December and is doing well in primary school. His favorite subject is writing and he loves playing ball. With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Cobocol has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals and is nearing self-sufficiency. The community is working together to tackle new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. The Cobocol community is located high in Haiti’s Central Plateau, north of the departmental capital of Hinche. The region’s exposed soil is heavily eroded, and the whole area susceptible to landslides and flash flooding. Water is in scarce supply. There are few industries or other means of survival here, so families live off of subsistence agriculture growing corn, peas, and bananas, or raising small animals. A few earn income from petty trade in agricultural products and food brought in from other areas. Life is hard for families and children.
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 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 email@example.com or Seth Bevans at (506) 999-4761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The three children have adapted to a new school system and are making new friends. The family celebrated their first British Christmas with new friends who provided them with a tree and decorations. The family is a much-loved part of our congregation, with Tyler continuing to provide occasional Children’s ministry on Sunday morning. 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. The Horton family would love to hear from their family at Gentle Shepherd!
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.
If you would like to be part of the Outreach and Missions Team, you can contact Carol Scott.
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