In this Contact, the Mission Committee would like to share with you what we have been doing this year and also what we are planning for the rest of the year and in the future. As you know, EFC Oroville supports ten missionary families that serve not only locally, but worldwide. The committee keeps in touch with these families to know their needs are and to be able to share them with the congregation. The two that serve here in Oroville with ARM (a jail ministry) are Ian Carlisle and Linda Reed. Both are members of our congregation. If you are new to our church, we hope that you will get acquainted with them and their ministry. Joel Cook, is the AWANA missionary to Northern California and Southern Oregon. He was able to come share with us in the morning service not long ago.
Carol Johnson, who lives on the west coast, serves Global Fingerprints in the Philippines. Gus Peters is also a Global Fingerprints missionary in Kolkata, India. Global Fingerprints is the child sponsorship program of EFCA. Nov. 7, will be Orphan Sunday and Amy White will be presenting the needs for more child sponsors to help feed, educate and share Jesus with children all over the world.
Richard Nakamura is with SEND International. In works in the Seattle area to bring Christ to the Japanese communities there. Emily Hochstetler works to share what is going on with the many ministries of EFCA in the Congo. The Tabiendos are church planters with EFCA in Spain. The Shickleys work to support missionaries in Asia and they live in Thailand. The Wiesners are missionaries with Rocklin Global and work as educators in Malaysia.
Most of these missionaries have been featured on monthly prayer cards. We hope this has been a valuable tool to use when praying for those we support. Prayer cards and more information about the missionaries can be found in the foyer in the missions’ area. Plus, there are wonderful mission related books to take home to read.
As well as prayer cards, we have had local ministries and missionaries share this year in our morning services. In addition to local ministries, Andrea Bamford was able to share about her mission trip to Ireland on Sept. 10. And on Oct. 31, the Warwicks joined us in the morning service and the 11am Discipleship Hour. Our church helped support them during their years with EFCA. This was our opportunity to say good bye to them.
The beginning of November every year is a time to think about and pray for the persecuted church worldwide. As part of the emphasis the mission committee is inviting everyone to come see the film, The Insanity of God. We will be showing it Nov.12, at 6pm. Child care will be provided, plus snacks. This movie is the true story of missionaries, Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question – IS JESUS WORTH IT?
We are in the beginning stage of planning for a mission conference for the spring of 2023. The last conference was in 2017. We are thinking it is time to have another one. We will have workshops as well as conference speakers. Meeting with missionaries and finding out what is going on in the mission field is always a joyous learning experience.
And lastly, our committee needs more members. If you would like to serve the Lord in this way, please let us know. You can contact any current member, Linda Moore, Amy White, Carol Hensel, or Mike Ferretti.