The last several years, we have been following the growing ministry of Eternal Anchor in Baja. This ministry is near and dear to our hearts, as most of those featured in our missions section are, because of family connections with folks who attend our local church.
It seemed like it was time to create Eternal Anchor a spot of their own on our web page. They are faithful in sending out emails with their very encouraging and well-done blog posts.
Please go to the Eternal Anchor page in our Missions section, click on the link for the Eternal Anchor website and take some time to see what an incredible and fast-growing work is being done through this ministry! God bless all of those who have a heart and passion to work with these children and their families – to demonstrate God’s love in a real and lasting way.
On October 16, our church family was blessed with a visit from Garrett and Jessica Boyer, one of the missionary families we support as a church body. Garrett and Jessica and their two cute children are home on furlough from their mission ministry with YWAM in Taiwan.
Among the prayer requests – and reports of ministries taking place – were a desire to meet goals of 500 discipled, 50 church contacts, and 50 sent out into ministry in neighboring countries. Teams are being dispatched to Yilan, Zhanghua, and Taidong within Taiwan, as well.
The Titus Project is a Bible school that teaches about the Bible and sends students into the communities for a three-month “practicum.”
What is fondly referred to as the “Gangster Ministry” is a program that works with at-risk youth, many of whom have little or no family support. We were especially excited to hear that a young man named Wei Wei, whom we have been keeping in prayer for some time, will be attending college! Continue to keep him in your prayers that he will stay on the straight path.
The Coffee Bar ministry, which is reminiscent of the very first American “mission” effort in San Francisco – a coffee house – brings people in from the streets to learn English and to provide opportunities to talk about Jesus Christ as the answer to life’s problems.
Garrett and Jessica believe that God is calling them into ministry with couples and families, and the training they need with YWAM is in New Zealand beginning in January. Financial support for this next step is needed, as well as additional monthly support funding. Their goal following the family ministry training is to set up a new ministry in Taiwan.
You can listen to Garrett’s entire report in the Listen to Sermons tab here on our website.
The mission statement of the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA) is “Reaching out to our community and world with the ‘Evangel’—the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God!” Early on in the development of the Chewelah EF church, the membership voted to faithfully devote a minimum “tithe” from the general giving to go toward missions.
Over the years, those missions have grown from one couple to seven couples and families – serving everywhere from Colville to Tai Pei. Not everyone who attends church regularly in our local body of Christ has met – or even knows about – these Kingdom servants and their ministries. So, now is your opportunity to focus on missions – and missionaries – and ministries!
Although the main event is Saturday, May 21 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), the 1st Annual Missions Conference at Chewelah Evangelical Free Church will begin with a fun “meet and greet” on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Throughout the conference, besides meeting some of the missionaries we support, there will be music and prayer and fellowship – and food. There will be an informational table for all seven missions this church supports; and we will have a special speaker, Rachael Balia, coordinator both for GlobalFingerprints Congo and for Elikya Center, a training center for older orphans, widows, unwed moms and the disabled. You can read more about her ministry endeavors at http://globalfingerprints.blogs.efca.org/author/rachel-martin/ .
Special music will include our local children’s choir and instrumental solos. There will be singing and numerous testimonies of missionaries (both current and past) – and you will not want to miss the children’s puppet show during the Saturday morning session! The conference will conclude during the Sunday morning church service (church starts at 10:30), with the children’s choir and highlights.
Because seating is limited, the conference organizers are asking people to register. You can sign up in the foyer on any Sunday, or call the church phone at 509.935.7770. If you are not a CEFC “regular,” but are interested in becoming a missionary or adding your financial or prayer support to one of the seven missions that will be represented, you are welcome to register. Each and every one of these missions is in need of additional financial and prayer warriors!
See you there!
Please put Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 on your planner for the CEFC Missions Conference.
Friday evening will be a “Meet and Greet” session beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be singing and special music, along with introductions of missionaries, prayer, and a chalk drawing by Ginger Work. Snacks and fellowship will finish up the evening from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Saturday session will begin with attendees arriving at 8:30 a.m. and the opening music beginning at 9:00 a.m. The morning session will include missionary testimonies, special music, special presentations and door prizes.
The afternoon session will resume at 1:30 p.m. with presentations on missionaries, special music, a special speaker, and a call to action. There will be singing and fellowship to end the conference.
All are welcome to attend our Sunday morning worship at 11:30 a.m.!
Chewelah Evangelical Free Church Ladies’ Quilts
The Ladies’ Crafts Group’s quilt ministry continues with the delivery of six baby quilts to the Hands Across Nations (HANs) mission in Uganda (a special outreach this year), and four lap quilts to St Joseph’s Long Term Care in Chewelah. The crafts group has already started making bandages, etc. for Tandala Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That large tote package will be sent out this Spring.
A special thanks to all of these ladies who volunteered their talents to make fun items for the Ladybug Boutique sales this year. God bless them, every one!
On July 25th, a community outreach BBQ took place at Sunny Acres in Chewelah. Umpteen hotdogs and hamburgers were served, along with delicious salads and cold beverages. An uproarious time was had by all, singing songs to the “sweet piano,” and the E-Free folks were invited to come and do it again … and they did.
The 2nd Sunny Acres outreach took place Friday, September 12 with a dessert theme. Thanking God for all of the wonderful volunteers for both of these events!
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, and to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3
The missions committee has once again organized a community outreach project to help single mothers, elderly persons, and others in financial need by setting up opportunities to get free oil and filter changes on a limited basis.
Participating businesses are Randy’s Auto Service, NAPA Auto Parts, Fullmer’s Garage, and Blue Creek Auto. This opportunity is available between October 1st and December 15, 2014. Coupons will be issued for service; if you are interested call 935-6406 or 935-7003. Randy’s Auto Service, if selected, is the only business that will provide the oil and filter.
If you are interested in financially contributing to this outreach ministry, call one of the numbers listed above to make a contribution.