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A Few Suggestions Regarding “One Aspect” of the Job Description/Responsibilities of Church Mission Committee/Council Members

Dear Mission Pastors and Church Mission Council Members,

Hello friends. Thank you for your concern for missions and worldwide out reach of the Gospel. May our Lord be praised!

We meet with mission committees worldwide as they ask for help and advice to be effective as a committee.

Over the years we have worked much with them, since the world missions scene is constantly changing and responsibilities of committees expand.

I have written the following simple challenge to committee members to help them understand the importance of their job before accepting a position on a committee.

It may be a little outdated but would you mind commenting on it and add what is needed so I can share with others? Would it also be possible to send me your committee guidelines?

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Suggestions Regarding “One Aspect” of the Job Description/Responsibilities of Church Mission Committee/Council Members:

It is a joy to meet, fellowship, plan and advise mission committees worldwide. Usually members are dedicated men and women of God who serve as volunteers to advance the Gospel to the nations.

It is discouraging sometimes, however, for missionaries on furlough/home assignment to meet with the mission committees of supporting churches and discover the members know little or nothing of the missionaries’ calling, history, life, family or ministry.

The missionaries are asked questions such as, “Where do you serve?” “Do you have children?” “How many?” “How long has our church supported you?” etc.

A missions committee should require certain things of their missionaries such as doctrinal integrity, regular communications, etc.

Equally important for the church leadership and elders is to have simple but important guidelines for each member serving on the missions committee.

As a start here are some vitally important responsibilities:

1. The know the testimony and history of each church-supported missionary.
2. To receive and read the regular prayer and ministry communication newsletters from each missionary.
3. To be familiar and current with the family (each child) of the missionary.
4. To commit to praying for each missionary.
5. To write the missionary regularly (every three months or so).
6. The committee should meet at least every other month to review the ministry of each missionary and to pray, plan, and make decisions for the advancement of world missions.

These are “simple suggestions” for churches and can be adjusted as needed.

Pastors’ Conference with Dr. Joe Lum

Pastor Joe teaching at a Pastors' Conference

Pastor Joe teaching at a Pastors’ Conference

 CHRISTIAN GROWTH MINISTRIES, INC

&  GROW INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES

Conference

with Dr. Joe Lum

 

 

Christian Growth Ministries and Grow International Ministries sponsored a one-day conference, “A Challenge for Ministerial Integrity,” on June 20, 2014 at The Bible League Office in Quezon City. The resource speaker of the conference was Dr. Joseph “Joe” Lum on the following topics:  The History of Pentecostal & Prosperity Gospel Movements; Teachings of the Health, Wealth & Prosperity Gospel Movement; Helping One Another: Biblical Counseling Foundations and How People Change. Dr. Lum was also joined by Mr. Robert Nichols of Grow International Ministries.

In attendance were 99 delegates from all around Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Rizal, Bulacan and as far as Batangas City. For the topic, “Teachings of the Health, Wealth & Prosperity Movement,” Dr Joe Lum showed clips of well-known authors and speakers such as Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Paula White, David Yonggi Cho, Joseph Prince, Fredrick Price, Creflo Dollar and John Avanzini. He quoted their famous teachings and compared them to the Word of God. Dr. Lum also showed a video clip of a case study on “Arranged Marriage in India” and asked the participants for their opinions. In addition, he showed video clips of John Piper and John MacArthur’s messages and teachings.

During every session, Dr. Lum gave the participants a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts on the topic. He answered their questions and helped with further clarification.

During the afternoon session, the CGM Video Presentation was shown to introduce CGM ministries to the delegates.  Mr. Robby Nichols led an ice breaker and gave rewards to those who were able to answer the surprise questions. He also introduced the work of Grow International Ministries where he is presently involved.

Before the conference concluded, Ms. Rosely Fornoles, Executive Director of CGM, and Mr. Robby Nichols presented a plaque of appreciation to the speaker. Ms. Fornoles also gave some small appreciation gifts to Dr. Joe Lum.  Lito de Guzman gave awards to the delegates who arrived earliest and the delegates who traveled the farthest.

The following books courtesy of the speaker Dr. Joe Lum were distributed to the delegates after the seminar:  Essential Truths of the Christian Faith; Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology, Preaching the Cross; The Supremacy of God in Preaching; The Case For Faith etc… and a Video CD of the Strange Fire Conference by John MacArthur.

Prepared by:

Josephine F. Recare, CGM Literature Team Member

June 24, 2014                                          .

Mission to the Philippines: An Overseas Journey of Grace

View of Manila from Smokey Mt. -- man-made from garbage

View of Manila from Smokey Mt. — man-made from garbage

Crying for a Catholic Church by Amanda Chang, Living Hope Bible Church

June 30, 2014

Today we got to see and experience so many different ministries here in Manila, and it was a blessing to witness the examples of many men and women who sacrificed careers and livelihoods to serve God here.

First of all, we visited Shalom Christian Birthing Home in Antipolo, an area slightly outside metro Manila. Before the clinic was built, Mavis Orton, a retired nurse from England, allowed hundreds of babies to be born inside her living room. These mothers gave birth on dirt floors with the help of witch doctors or their neighbors and didn’t know how to properly care for themselves or their newborns. Many of these new mothers had no access to running water or sanitation and lived on a poor diet with little access to medical facilities. Few finished high school, and some were even as young as 12 years old. Only 25% of deliveries among the poor were assisted by skilled birth attendants. Because of Mavis’ generousity and willingness to serve, a beautiful new facility was built a few years ago.

The nurses there deliver about 130 babies each month, and 400 mothers receive critical prenatal care each week. Other than delivering the baby and post-delivery care, they are also involved with evangelism and discipleship for the mothers and fathers, and training the parents in basic hygiene. It really is a fantastic ministry, and it was neat to get a tour of the two-storied building and learn about its fascinating history. God is doing so many things here, and it’s neat to see the different ways in which Christians are serving Him here.

We also visited a kids’ home for boys who lived on the streets and now want to learn and study the Word of God seriously. There were seven boys living there when we visited, and you really could not tell that they used to sniff glue, steal food, and live in gangs. These were some clean, polite young men that welcomed us and listened patiently as some of us shared our testimonies and the Gospel. In order for them to be accepted into the home, they have to have a desire to know God and study the Bible. During their stay, they attend school and spend hours each day studying the Word, having devotions, attending chapel, and maturing as Christians.

Rafael Sisson was the head of the kids’ home, and he had an amazing story. He grew up in the States and was in the military for a while. Then he wanted to minister to the street kids in Manila, but no matter what he did, the kids made fun of him and refused to open up or listen to what he had to say. One boy (I’ll call him Jose) taunted him saying “Who is Christ? He’s dead, isn’t He? Where is your Jesus Christ now?” One day, a gang of rough young men whom Rafael had been trying to minister to invited him to an alleyway, where they opened up a bag of garbage filled with leftover chicken bones. They were about to dive in, when the gang leader Jose stopped everyone and allowed Rafael first pick of the trash as guest. Rafael hesitated. The garbage was slimy and gross. Was he really about to eat this trash for God? But when he gnawed on the leftover bones, when he overcame his revulsion and loved the teens enough to pick up that chicken bone, the boys began to open up and tell him their stories. Later, Jose said, “We saw Jesus that night.” After that, the boys began to open up and want to know about Christ. Because Rafael chose to love the boys by eating that garbage, because he was willing to live like the teens he ministered to, he was able to reach out to and share the Gospel with many of them.

While both of these ministries were neat to see, what touched me most was actually a Catholic cathedral in Antipolo. How can I describe the dozens of people, praying to a statue of Mary, bowing before it, kissing her wooden hand, crying as if she could see and hear and answer their prayers when all she was a statue of wood?

Seeing these people, these men and women and children put their faith in an idol, in a carving was just utterly heartbreaking. The tears came as I watched them kneel, their faces so sincere, pleading to God internally. These people were so close, yet so far from the truth. Trapped in this system of good works, constantly being told they have to do more, give more, pray more to get into heaven. When in reality, they can have free access to God Himself because of what Christ has done for us. Not because of what we have done or who we are, not because we can do any good in ourselves because we can’t, but because of Jesus and His perfect life, we can be seen as perfect in God’s eyes. Salvation is a free gift. It’s all free.

That was what hit me the most. That all these people we’ve ministered to, who’ve proclaimed to be Catholic, end up in a place like that, in a cycle like that. And that was more difficult to me than all the poverty I’ve seen on this trip. That people are so lost and blinded to the truth and are working so hard and trying to be good, when really they can’t. Only Christ can. And it breaks my heart to see men and women thinking they’re on their way to heaven, when they’re really headed to hell.

But I mean, that’s why we’re here. That’s why the pastors are here and the Shalom Birthing Clinic and Rafael’s kids’ home. It’s because of Christ and of His goodness that there is hope, that we don’t have to be stuck in such a vicious cycle, but that we have Jesus’ righteousness covering our sins. Isn’t that such a wonderful story? Such a beautiful gift that we have, and we have the opportunity to share what God has done with others!

Tomorrow, we’re heading back to the Smokey Mountain area to a hospital and a school there. It’ll be our last day of ministry. Man, time has passed by way too quickly here, and it’s been a whirlwind of learning, of growing, of seeing what God is doing here. And He’s doing an awful lot.

People's Homes

People’s Homes

Stories by Ed Landry

Things that Bother Me…

During a trip to Latin America where we minister, I spent time in the Epistles of Paul.  Paul dealt with certain things in the church that concerned (bothered) him, and he expressed these concerns through the Holy Spirit in his long letters to the churches.

 I began to ponder things that have bothered me . . .

Over the years, I have had a tendency to idolize and put leaders on pedestals, especially missionaries.  I have looked up to these men and women who “gave up all” to serve the Lord Jesus no matter the cost.

As I have gotten older, I see and hear these same missionaries saying and doing things that seem to be of the same belief system with the desires and lifestyles of the world instead of a desire and passion to reach the world with the gospel!

In reading their letters, articles, and listening to these heroes of mine, their emphasis seems to have changed.  The discussions are of longing for retirement, an ownership of a house in their homeland, spending more on hobbies in a week than pastors make in Africa and Asia in a year, spending more time on buying or selling to make a few bucks on the side than time in ministry, and continual complaint of lack of funds. 

It has also been discouraging to see missionaries make their calling of God subservient to their children and grandchildren, as well as evangelical, Bible-believing missionaries, flaunt an ostentatious lifestyle.  It is one thing to have money, but flaunting it on expensive dogs, cars, clothing, and jewelry!

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