missions

More Be Credited To Your Account

Dear CBC family,

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Philippians, says, “Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.  Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.  I have received full payment and have more than enough.  I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.  They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (4:15-19).

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On Sunday, June 24th we were privileged to hear from two missionaries, Dr. Amanda McCoy and Jeremy Wideman.  Amanda will be serving a two year term at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya beginning this October; Jeremy is a career missionary with the International Mission Board living in Thailand.  Jeremy, his wife Kathy and their four children have been working with the “You” people of Central Asia for eighteen years.

CBC had supported the Widemans from 2004 until this year and it was a blessing to have Jeremy visit to share God’s Word and work with us.  He did a great job in describing how God speaks his gracious word of welcome (Isaiah 55; “come”) through his Word to all peoples and nations. He thanked us for our many years of partnership and credited us in helping to bring God’s Word to the “You” people.  He shared two stories of “You” people encountering God’s Word through phone apps made possible, in part, by our contributions.

Amanda, our very own Dr. McCoy (“Bones” in Star Trek; fittingly Amanda is an orthopedic surgeon!), is currently raising funds for her mission assignment.  It seems ironic that an orthopedic surgeon should need to raise funds but this is God’s way of sharing the work and the blessing with the entire Body of Christ.  We can share the credit of her ministry too through our financial and prayer partnership. So far Amanda has raised about 22% of her monthly goal of $3700 and 93% of her one time need of $11,000.  Many thanks to those who have joined her support team but there is room for more investors!

Wouldn’t you have loved to be part of the Apostle Paul’s support team?  What a world-wide impact your investment would have had and what a credit would have been made to your account!  The promise of verse 19 that God will meet all the Philippians’ needs is predicated on their generosity. God will meet all their needs because they have been faithful in meeting the needs of others thus fulfilling the law of Christ - the law of love.

While it is too late to get in on the Apostle Paul’s team, it is the perfect moment to join Amanda’s.  This is also a great investment opportunity and not one to be missed! Don’t misunderstand my appeal: it is “not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.”

You can join Amanda’s team by going to: www.wgm.org/missionary/mccoy

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Solid Rock Churches

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Dear CBC family,

 

I was privileged to experience two very different types of solid rock churches on my mission trip to Ethiopia last month.  The first type was the famous rock hewn churches of Lalibela.  These eleven churches, built in the 12 century AD, were literally carved out of solid rock under the leadership of King Lalibela.  He built them in response to a vision he received while visiting Jerusalem. The King envisioned an alternative pilgrimage site for the Christians of Ethiopia because Jerusalem had been conquered by the Muslims and was no longer accessible.  Despite being 900 years old, they are in use to this day and still attract Coptic pilgrims.

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The second type of solid rock church that I experienced was Salvation Rock Church (SRC) in Addis Ababa.  SRC was planted a couple of years ago by Pastor Workneh Tesfaye and is led by his sister, Pastor Mimi.  This church is built very differently but is even more solid than the rock hewn churches of Lalibela!  This church, which owns no building, is built out of people.  Notably, SRC is intentionally located in a majority Muslim section of Addis.  This type of solid rock church is described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:19-21: "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."

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You might have wondered at first how I could have described a new church plant that doesn't even own a building and is stretched financially as more rock solid than the 900 year old rock hewn churches of Lalibela.  But now you know!  Anything founded on Jesus and filled with His eternal Spirit is going to outlast anything built by human hands, even if carved out of solid rock.  I would have enjoyed the satisfaction of taking part in the construction of the rock hewn churches in all their majesty and uniqueness.  But even more do I find satisfaction in taking part in the construction of Salvation Rock Church!

 

I don't know God's plans for the connection between CBC and Solid Rock Church but at this point let me invite all of you to carve out :-) some time to pray for Pastor Workneh, Pastor Mimi, Evangelist Solomon and all the other leaders of SRC as they give themselves to building a church in Ethiopia not out of solid rock but on The Solid Rock!

 

To be continued, 

Pastor Dan

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