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.”
FALL 2020 NEWS FROM THE OUTREACH AND MISSIONS TEAM
During these days of uncertainty, we must remember that God is always with us. The need to help God’s people does not slow down during a crisis. In fact, the need can be even greater. Although most of us are physically back into church for our Sunday worship service, it is with many precautions. We have suspended our Greener Village monthly Food Bank Challenges. However, donations can be made directly to Greener Village or through Gentle Shepherd, using your weekly offering envelope. We anticipate that this will be the preferred way of donating for the foreseeable future.
The Community Kitchen is open again to volunteers, with significant changes in policy and procedures, hours, and number of volunteers required. Their Student Hunger Program has greatly expanded to provide food to students and their families affected by the Covid 19 crisis. Now that students are back in school, their back pack program is again in place. Check out their Facebook page, website or contact the Community Kitchen to see how you can help. Monetary donations are always needed.
Although the pandemic has not hit Haiti and Zambia as hard as many other areas of the world, food security is a big concern. Our sponsorship of Donalson and Deliya continues and your assistance is always appreciated. Schools in Zambia are opening up. Many of the students at Chikumbuso Christian School, where Deliya is a student, are fragile and vulnerable after months of being at home. Chikumbuso supports 500 students grades K-12, 85 college students, 18 Safe Haven girls, 18 grandmothers, and 26 high school graduates hoping to attend college. Thirty widows and 30 youth are employed at Chikumbuso through micro enterprise.
The Horton family is doing well in Cambridge. Tyler has applied for a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada which, if approved, would cover the remainder of his tuition costs. Christiane continues her work with SIM UK on a program to bring missionaries to the UK to work with churches who are trying to reach international communities. The first missionary has recently arrived from Ethiopia. The children are back in school and are doing well in spite of Covid 19 challenges. We continue to pray for the Horton family.
The Bevans’ family have returned to their home in Montana for a few months with plans to return in January to Fredericton to work with international students through ISMC.
We pray for all who are feeling the effects of Covid 19, that all may feel His presence during this time of uncertainty and as we adjust to our “new normal.”
Yours in Christ,
Your Mission and Outreach Team