01 Sep Mission of the Month
SEPTEMBER 2017 ♦ BETH-EL FARMWORKER MINISTRY
Migrant farmworkers are the poorest of the working poor. Some remain in one location year round, while others follow the crops. Beth-El Farmworker Ministry began in 1976 when a small group of Cumberland Presbyterians rented a tiny house in Ruskin, Florida and began holding Spanish-language church services for migrant farmworkers. When the families came to worship, their many other needs were obvious: they were usually hungry, often cold in winter, some slept in cars or trucks, many could neither read nor write, and most lived in fear of deportation. In its effort to meet some of those needs, Beth-El grew.
Now legally a nonprofit corporation, Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc. has a 27-acre site on U.S. Highway 301 about 20 miles south of Tampa. The Ministry serves the nearby rural population. To learn more about Beth-El go to www.beth-el.org.
To donate to the Mission of the Month, please GIVE online, use the envelope in the pew on Sunday or send your donation to the church.
AUGUST 2017 ♦ GLOBAL SERVICE NETWORK
This is the reality for 3,000 unreached and unengaged people groups. That’s millions of people who have never heard the name of Jesus.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)
This is the burden on our heart–and the prayer for our mission. There’s such a huge need for the hope of the gospel in our world. And for the laborers who will share it with people who have never heard. That’s why we’re excited about partnering with Roser Church this month as your gifts will help us train and equip those eager recruits for focused outreach–and to send them to strategic assignments to reach the unreached overseas.
In addition to our global impact, we also seek to have a local impact as we train and equip college students in the Sarasota/Bradenton area to be missionaries to their campus and to the world. Your support and prayers will enable us to expand the reach of the gospel and take the Light of God’s Word to these students who we’re training to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Thank you for your partnership in our ministry. Until the whole world hears, Jonathan & Robynn
Read more about Global Serve International here: globalservicenetwork.org
JULY 2017 ♦ WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS
The Bible is one of the oldest and most popular books of all time. But is it just a book, or is it much more? We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us — something that everyone should be able to understand in their own language. But more than 1,600 languages* around the world are still waiting for a translation project to begin. When people finally get the Bible in their own language, lives often change in amazing ways. People are transformed as they are led to Jesus Christ and a right relationship with God. That’s why Wycliffe Bible Translators exists — to help these remaining languages get the Bible for themselves. And we won’t stop until all people have God’s Word in a language they understand.
The Worldwide Status of Bible Translation (2017):
- More than 1,400 languages have access to the New Testament and some portions of Scripture in their language.
- More than 600 languages have the complete translated Bible.
- About 7,000 languages are known to be in use today.
- Up to 160 million people need Bible translation to begin in their language.
- Approximately 2,400 languages across 165 countries have active translation and linguistic development work happening right now.
- More than 1,600 languages* still need a Bible translation project to begin.
*Does not include sign languages
Read more about Wycliffe Bible Translators here: www.wycliffe.org
JUNE 2017 ♦ AGAPE FLIGHTS
Come and hear more about this Mission from Abby Duncan, Communications Manager during the MISSION MOMENT on SUNDAY, JUNE 18 at 8:30 AM in the Chapel or 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary.
Our VISION is a world where missionaries never lack resources to share the unconditional love of Christ. Our MISSION is to provide excellent aviation service delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners serving Christ, carrying hope to the nations of the Caribbean. Our PURPOSE is scripturally aligned with our mission statement where in 2 Corinthians 9:12, the apostle Paul gives us a clear picture of God’s desire for us to “supply the needs of the saints.” For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. With that mandate, we are committed to supporting our missionaries, their families and their unique missions. Nearly 20 million people live in the areas regularly reached by Agape’s flights to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. As Agape expands into Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, this number will increase to more than 30 million people. The critical supplies transported to more than 350 missionaries, their families and their missions are used to change lives, one person at a time. Each year, Agape Flights touches the lives of millions through its affiliated missionaries who provide clean water, community health, education, evangelism, medical services, micro-enterprise, orphan care and vocational training. Read more about Agape Flights here: www.agapeflights.com
MAY 2017 ♦ HOPE CHILDREN’S HOME
Founded in 1968, Hope Children’s Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age. Most of these children have been discarded, abused, unwanted, or orphaned although some of the children have simply come out of a situation where a parent just needed help. The purpose at Hope Children’s Home is to share Christ with the children and mold them into Biblically and Academically educated members of society. The home is located in northwest Tampa, Florida on 55 beautifully wooded acres of land. The campus consists of dormitories for the boys and girls that can house a total of 80 children as well as beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. cottages that care for the younger children, allowing siblings to live together. The children live in a family atmosphere with house parents who are with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to give guidance and encouragement. Hope Children’s Home receives no State or Federal funding and is entirely supported by churches, private individuals, clubs, and organizations. The faith that they exercise each and every day for their needs is a faith that is passed on to the children as they see God’s faithful hand of provision. Read more about Hope Children’s Home here: www.hopechildrenshome.org
APRIL 2017 ♦ FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCH
The Youth Ranch is set on 65 naturally beautiful acres. The buildings and facilities available to the youth in residence include: a community center, two cottages, administration building, maintenance/vocational building, livestock pavilion and a high ropes course. Currently the capacity is for 20 boys and girls. The Bradenton/Sarasota campus also offers a Summer Day Camp. Boys and girls ages 5-15 experience many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming and many other recreational activities allow them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, they can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment. The camp provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters to form positive, healthy relationships.
MARCH 2017 ♦ LOVING HANDS MINISTRIES
Loving Hands Ministries is a two-year minimum Christ-centered residential discipleship program designed to rehabilitate men who have life-controlling problems. It is one of the very few help programs that still requires no money or fees. Loving Hands is a trans-denominational, not for profit organization that works in harmony with Pastors, Churches and other Rehabilitation Ministries. It is considered by the courts and legal community as an excellent alternative to a jail or prison sentence. (After a thorough application and interview process, some residents are voluntary court ordered to complete the residential program.) The men learn to change their habits and lifestyles by renewing their mind with God’s word while living in a disciplined, loving, family atmosphere. This is accomplished by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Before attempting to re-enter a man into society, Loving Hands also offers him educational and vocational training opportunities when possible. More than 75% of our graduates are leading successful, drug free, Christian lives, and are law-abiding productive citizens.
FEBRUARY 2017 ♦ SAMARITAN’S PURSE
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done its utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering.
JANUARY 2017 ♦ HOPE SEEDS
Hope Seeds is a Christian charitable organization that provides seeds and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the World. This mission empowers the hungry to grow nutritious food which helps heal broken families and communities. By supporting this mission with your donations you have the opportunity to not only share seed for gardens but also share seed for the Gospel. The seed is packaged in small zip-lock packets of ten varieties and species chosen for the climate and culture of the nation they are being sent to free of charge. Plant A Seed! Feed A Soul!