December 2010 NEXUS Page 1 NEXUS Newsletter December 2010 David Horita GRACE LIKE RAIN Regional Director firstname.lastname@example.org If grace is like rain, then there should be a lot of it. I awoke in the middle of last night to a loud, pounding, rushing, drum‐ ming sound that was a vast amount of water being poured out of the skies onto our house. It was as if God had decided the reservoirs of heaven were overfull, and needed to empty them on me. In my semi‐conscious, sleep‐deprived state I What’s Inside chose to believe it was because I had just Around Fellowship Pacific 3 won the World Series and my team was celebrating by pouring a huge jug of Ga‐ Church Accelerators: torade over my head. On the other hand, Women’s Ministry 4 it could have just been that God was Stewardship Ministries 4‐5 Youth Ministries 6‐7 sending a message that I was too full of myself or “all wet.” Either way, there was Fellowship International 7 a lot of rain! Church Reproduction: Church Planting 8‐9 Grace is something that we talk about, Ethnic Ministries 10‐11 preach about, and sing about on a regu‐ Leadership Development: NW Baptist Seminary 12‐13 lar basis. We love the old hymns like “Amazing Grace” and equally enjoy the Community Impact: more contemporary songs such as New Hope Community 14 Baptist Housing 15 “Grace Like Rain.” Singing these “grace” songs has an inherent restorative ele‐ ment such that the very act of musical Out of his fullness we have all received grace in worship tends to fill us anew with a joy‐ place of grace already given. John 1:16 NIV Cont’d on Page 2 Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches Pacific #201‐26620 56th Avenue, Langley, BC V4W 3X5 Phone 604.607.1192, Fax 604.607.1193 email@example.com www.bcfellowship.ca Page 2 NEXUS December 2010 GRACE LIKE RAIN—CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 ous awareness of the gift of God. Every to all who attended the service. Yet he Christmas season reminds us of the inex‐ will struggle for months or years wonder‐ pressible blessing ing why his father was unwilling to ac‐ “My hope and of the birth of cept grace from his family when he most prayer for each of our Fellowship Jesus Christ and needed it. Pacific churches is the grace that has After going home from the funeral I was that your 2010 been showered on celebration of watching the Vancouver news, which each of us. My Jesus would be rehearsed the events surrounding a gang expressed through hope and prayer assault in which ten people were shot unreserved sharing for each of our during the past weekend. They men‐ of this same grace Fellowship Pacific to others.” tioned that the police believe this gang‐ churches is that land attack was a retaliatory action due your 2010 celebra‐ to a murder at Metrotown in October. As tion of Jesus would be expressed through you read these items in the newspaper unreserved sharing of this same grace to or watch them on the news, likely your others. responses are similar to mine. You won‐ Unfortunately, we are all too aware of der why people cannot look beyond their the reality of the world around us ‐‐ immediate desire for revenge, or power, where there is a drought of grace. Yes‐ or prominence. You wonder whether terday I spent the afternoon at the fu‐ grace, forgiveness and love will ever neral of the father of a friend of mine. triumph in these sorts of situations. This friend has been my assistant coach At a different level, I ponder exactly the in baseball for over a decade, and we same thing about the church of Jesus have become quite close. For years, his Christ. There are times when the grace of father has attended our games because God is no more evident than it is on the of his love of baseball and to support his streets of Vancouver. This shortage of grandson who plays on our team. Al‐ grace is found in unresolved conflict and though the funeral was termed a hearts unwilling to soften. Similarly, “celebration of life” the underlying harsh there are people in our churches who reality was that the father had taken his feel the same kind of despair or hope‐ own life. As a very internal and private lessness as must have been in the life of man, the father had not shared any of his my friend’s father. It is impossible to struggles with any of his family and they hear the stories of people without recog‐ were in considerable shock and pain. My nizing that a liberal sprinkling of the friend tastefully provided a eulogy that grace of Jesus is still desperately needed. expressed the love of God for every indi‐ vidual there. He was gracious and caring Cont’d on next page December 2010 NEXUS Page 3 GRACE LIKE RAIN—CONT’D Let me encourage you in three directions gant grace to the people in the church this Christmas season, based on one around you. I am aware that few of them overarching truth. The truth is this: Our are as perfect as we would like them to Lord and Saviour was born full of grace be! I am even aware that some people and truth. If the grace of God is like rain, can be downright difficult to get along then we are all soaking wet. The apostle with. Nevertheless, there should be no‐ John tells us that He did not come to where on our planet where grace flows condemn the world, but to save it. Jesus more freely than in our churches. Third, poured himself out for us with unde‐ as local churches, based on the biblically served favour. With grace. stated reality of Jesus’ grace and truth, let your experience of grace flow freely Therefore, this Christmas celebrate the to the community around you. Let the gift you have been given. With unre‐ love of God as expressed through the served joy and righteous pleasure, revel Messiah’s birth become our motivation in the Amazing Grace you have received. for transforming the hopelessness and Second, broadcast your joy in extrava‐ pain of our society. AROUND FELLOWSHIP PACIFIC CHURCH UPDATES Pastor Changes (since last edition of Nexus) Kevin Dirks—resigned from Salt Spring Island Scott McArthur (Tammy)—new Senior Pastor at Newton Will Moffatt—resigned from Rolla Mark Myles (Keely)—Church Planters, Converge Church, Campbell River Chris Synesael (Keelee)—will be resigning as Youth Ministry Director at Saanich at the end of January. Chris and Keelee will be planting a church in the Victoria area Ministry Centre Changes Rob Schweyer—New Director of Youth Ministries (part‐time). Rob will con‐ tinue to work part‐time for Maple Ridge Baptist overseeing Youth Ministries CONVENTION 2011 April 27—Ministry Workers Retreat (location TBD) April 28‐30—Convention at Maple Ridge Baptist Page 4 NEXUS December 2010 church accelerators Helping churches become effective in achieving their mission Grace....The push, pull stretch Krista Penner Director, Women’s Ministry event where one size fits all! firstname.lastname@example.org When you and I extend grace, it stretches us, it pushes us, and it causes us to actually be useful in an eternal sort The extension of Grace is sometimes a of way. Extending Grace is not op‐ forgotten manner in my “hurry up and tional….an extra shot of espresso is op‐ get it done” life. I don’t know about you, tional and so are the cute red boots! but this time of year finds me over ex‐ Eating three shortbread cookies and a tended in so many directions that I liter‐ Purdy’s Truffle is a choice that leaves no ally feel like a rubber band that is about one better or worse…(only your hips will to snap. On any given weekday morning, suffer) but extending Grace is radical and at say….10:37am…. I have nothing left to life changing for you and the person extend and so I order a latte and plow receiving it and it is not optional if you ahead hoping that I will not leave any are indeed wanting Jesus to be seen in permanent emotional damage in my you! wake. His Grace is the right size for every situa‐ As a Christian woman I am supposed to tion and every person....it stretches to fit be the first to stretch Grace to fit every perfectly…even after you eat that mint situation and yet the fast paced world I chocolate cheesecake! live in encourages me to add just one more thing to my list and Grace gets May your Christmas be filled with His shoved to the bottom of the page. extension of Grace. Doug Fordham THE GRACE OF PASSING IT ON Director, Stewardship Ministries email@example.com It’s hard for us to read Scripture or con‐ of excitement for some and depression template the character of God for very for others, we can’t help but get caught long without being constantly reminded up with all the conversations about of the close relationship between grace (shopping and) giving gifts to our families and giving. Both these things—giving and and friends. grace—are rooted in the very heart of But every now and then when we catch God. ourselves in this mood, we’re stopped More than any other time of year Christ‐ short in the realization that it all started mas is the season when we’re thinking with the “Gift” from God. That gift is the about giving. (Well, maybe we’re think‐ gift of his Son, Jesus. That was the dem‐ ing a little bit about receiving too. onstration of his grace—straight from his Maybe.) In the midst of all the commer‐ heart to ours. Free. Undeserved. Not cialization of the season that is a source Cont’d on next page December 2010 NEXUS Page 5 church accelerators Helping churches become effective in achieving their mission THE GRACE OF PASSING IT ON….CONT’D because he had to, but because he * Giving does not depend on how much wanted to. you have to give [2 Corinthians 8:12] * Giving is one of God’s tools for blessing God’s grace, then, is all about giving. So if others [2 Corinthians 9:10‐12] God wants us to become like him—and he does (see 2 Peter 3:11)—then we * Giving helps us recognize God as our first priority [Proverbs 3:9‐10 and Deuteron‐ have to learn how to be incredibly, out‐ omy 14:23] rageously, generous. What's more, we must learn to give just because we want * Giving honors God and brings him glory [2 Corinthians 9:13] to and out of grace, not because we might get something in return or be ap‐ * Giving brings special blessings to the preciated or because the receiver de‐ giver [Acts 20:35] serves it. Naturally, on the other side of generous So how do we go about developing this giving is receiving. Some people have attitude and motive for giving? In the difficulty receiving—far too often in a Bible, God has given us some very spe‐ lame pretense of humility. You know the cific guidelines to encourage us in consis‐ type. It spoils the moment doesn’t it? But tent, generous, and fruitful giving. Here we need to learn to receive well. Accept are a few that you might find helpful. it. And do this with grace. Never deprive Take some time to study the scripture someone of the privilege of passing on a passages and they will reward you with blessing. Just say a simple “Thank you.” rich insights not only into giving finan‐ G. B. Stern expressed it well – “Silent cially but in many other areas of Chris‐ gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” tian living as well. Last week a friend reminded me of a kind act I had done for her husband more * Giving should be both planned and spon‐ than sixteen years ago. I had forgotten taneous, in response to needs [1 John 3:17‐18] about it, but when she told me how much it meant to them, I was blessed * Giving should be a demonstration of (i.e. encouraged, honored, uplifted, grace and love, not law [2 Corinthians 8:7‐9] made happy). Her expression of grati‐ tude was to me a blessing from God, and * Giving should be done cheerfully and not I enjoyed it. You see, the blessings that out of compulsion [2 Corinthians 9:7] God has for us are often enjoyed only in * Giving affects our spiritual riches [Luke the context of letting them flow through 16:10‐12] us to others. * Giving should be done secretly, and with humility [Matthew 6:1‐4] So, particularly at this Christmas season, receive grace from God, and then pass it * Giving should be generous [2 Corinthians 8:1‐5] on. Page 6 NEXUS December 2010 church accelerators Helping churches become effective in achieving their mission Rob Schweyer MORE THAN DODGEBALL Director, Youth Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org I borrowed the title for this column from at Immanuel Baptist in Abbotsford on a popular blog by Josh Griffin (check it November 6th. out some time) for the simple reason Sally was encouraged to be in the room that I connect with his intention: youth with 170 other volunteer youth workers ministry is about so much more than from all over the province. She hadn’t silly games, flashy speakers, or spec‐ really thought there were others like her tacular events. In fact, if you get right throughout this region. She soon discov‐ down to it, every youth worker in this ered that there were many others like province surrenders their dignity and self her who had just started working with ‐respect for one reason… but we’ll get to teens, and were feeling as unqualified that in a moment. and under‐equipped as she was. In the Sally Wentworth (not her real name, but two general sessions, Mark Oestricher a caricature of the average volunteer (our speaker from San Diego) inspired youth worker) has been serving in the and challenged her to grow in her love trenches of youth ministry for several for Jesus so she could pour that love into months. She hadn’t really considered teens. Her heart was thrilled! working with the teens in her church But what really helped her were the two until her youth pastor approached her breakout sessions led by local youth out of desperation to help him with workers. She was given eight topics she grade 8 girls (the bane of my existence, could choose from, and finally decided to by the way). attend a seminar on leading a small Being the nice person she is, she couldn’t group, and a seminar to help her under‐ say “no,” and showed up a bit cautiously stand and connect with parents. Finally at her first youth night. To her amaze‐ she had some concrete ideas to help her ment, these girls were very open to her. serve teens! They shared a lot of laughs that first This day of training was just what she night, and the questions about living for needed to add some new skills and feel Jesus were unending. Sally’s heart was better equipped as a youth worker. She captured. This is what God had wired her cannot wait until next year when she can for. However, she felt unqualified and add more skills and be further inspired under‐equipped to answer their ques‐ and challenged as she invests her life in tions. teens. Good thing her youth pastor asked her Which brings me back to the opening and the rest of the volunteers to attend paragraph. Why are so many sane, nor‐ IMBUED. This is the annual day of train‐ mal adults within our churches ready and ing for any volunteer youth worker in the willing to step back into those turbulent trenches of ministry. This year it was held youth years? Cont’d on next page December 2010 NEXUS Page 7 church accelerators Helping churches become effective in achieving their mission MORE THAN DODGEBALL...CONT’D It is truly difficult to explain to our To truly believe that any teen who walks friends, but there is an unexplainable through the door of our church is within love and burden on our hearts for teen‐ reach of the life‐altering transformation agers. As we pursue Jesus more and found in Jesus Christ is awe‐inspiring. more, we find we must share His love Our prayer as a Youth Network is that with teens both in and outside the God would use us to serve each local church. church to honor Him as that youth minis‐ try makes an impact in the community it serves. Upcoming: THAW A weekend for youth workers to be refreshed in the Lord – and strengthen relationships with one another. Our speaker is Andy Har‐ rington, from Youth for Christ in Vancouver. Date: January 21‐23, 2011 Location: Sunnybrae Bible Camp Cost: $120 To register: Check out details online: www.febyouthnetwork.com Mark Naylor MISSIONARIES IN THE FELLOWSHIP Coordinator of International CONGO AND KENYA INTERNATIONAL Leadership Development email@example.com THE CONGO Every individual has at least one story to tell of suffering and loss. In some cases, The National Post says it like this: victims have turned perpetrators and "They are the hidden horrors of a war perpetrators have in turn been victims… the world ignored. The staggering cost: in a cycle of violence that continues to this day." ‐ 5.4 million dead ‐ women and girls raped and mutilated God puts it like this: ‐ refugees deliberately starved, hunted "Learn to do right! Seek justice, encour‐ or beaten to death age the oppressed. Defend the cause of ‐ entire tribes and villages marked for the fatherless, plead the case of the extermination. widow." Isaiah 1:17 Cont’d on page 16 Page 8 NEXUS December 2010 church reproduction Growing the Kingdom of God through building reproducing churches Colin van der Kuur A STORY OF GOD’S GRACE Director, Church Planting firstname.lastname@example.org “and the Word became flesh and dwelt and the Gospel. Secondly, we "converge" among us, and we beheld His glory as of the together with others from all kinds of only begotten, full of grace and truth.” – John backgrounds, diversities and walks of life 1:14 because the peace made by Jesus Christ The celebration of Christmas is the story between us and God makes us at peace of God’s grace and truth becoming em‐ with each other as well. The other part of bodied in human form. God’s incarnation our name "Church" is what identifies us. allowed the world to see God and to the We aren't some abstract gathering of a ones who receive Christ, enter the for‐ happy‐go‐lucky club. We are an expres‐ ever family of God. sion of the Body of Christ, known as the Church. Church Reproduction is one way that God’s incarnation continues as children GOSPEL IN ACTION of God voluntarily enter the world with Our vision is Gospel‐formed community His grace and truth. for the redemption of our city and the As we celebrate Christmas, let me intro‐ rest of the world. We believe that we duce you to church planter, Mark Myles exist to KNOW the Gospel and be identi‐ and a new incarnation of Christ’s minis‐ fied in Jesus Christ, ENJOY the Gospel by try in Campbell River, BC. worshiping Jesus in all of life, APPLY the Gospel by living in true “one‐another” WHY CAMPBELL RIVER? community with other believers, and BRING the Gospel living on‐mission Campbell River has been a place of ad‐ where God has placed us. venture for me: first bicycle accident (I’m from CR), baptized (not IN the river Our primary strategy to fulfill our vision though), fell out of many trees, gradu‐ in Campbell River is through what we call ated, climbed Big Rock, married, saw my Gospel Communities (like a small church first and third child born. And now, God within the Church). I am already working is leading Keely into the greatest adven‐ with our first Gospel Community (GC) ture possible of planting the gospel in which now has more than 30 connecting people’s hearts here through the starting with it (including kids). We are planning of a new Church! What a privilege. I love on adding additional GC’s to reach the this city. different neighbourhoods and regions of Campbell River including at least one on CONVERGE CHURCH one of the 4 reserves in the city. The first part of our name, "converge" NEXT STEPS literally means to gather, to incline to‐ gether, to meet at a common point. For As I write this, we're meeting in my Converge Church, this means two things. house regularly during the week, gather‐ First of all and most importantly our ing on Sundays with a group in a portable common gathering point is Jesus Christ on a reserve in town and looking at facili‐ December 2010 NEXUS Page 9 A STORY OF GOD’S GRACE...CONT’D ties to rent/lease in the early Spring with 2. Pray for us: Unless the Lord builds an official launch date of Resurrection the house its labourers build in vain. Sunday, April 24, 2011. We want to be wise and godly in the decisions that we make while being We realize that the journey is just getting sensitive to the Spirit of God, please started, but so far we have experienced pray for us. God’s blessing and confirmation at every junction. Keely and I have particularly 3. Finance us: We're looking for people been blessed with a core group of people to partner with us financially. who have a heart to see the gospel lived 4. Join us: More and more as I get into out in community and share our mission church planting, I'm realizing how to see lost people come to Jesus. huge and ripe the harvest really is HOW YOU CAN HELP and how very few the labourers are. We can't rule out the fact that God There are four ways you can support may be calling you to be a part of a Converge Church. Church plant in Campbell River. 1. Talk about us: Use social media, Keep up to date with and support Con‐ post this story on your fridge, if verge Church by signing up for our email you're a pastor, let me come to your list located on the support page of our church and talk, anything...just talk website www.convergechurch.ca. about us. Mark & Keely Miles Page 10 NEXUS December 2010 church reproduction Growing the Kingdom of God through building reproducing churches Dan Chapman GRACE AS SEEN IN FELLOWSHIP PACIFIC Director, Ethnic Ministries ETHNIC MINISTRIES email@example.com At this season of the year my eyes are we ministered to a group of 18 pastors turned to the most rewarding part of and other leaders. This year our team ministry that I know. To look back ministered to a group of 40. The impact through the eyes of God’s grace in the of this week of training is changing the lives of those who minister with me is face of the family of God on the whole simply put in the expression, “ what an island. A committee of four Filipino pas‐ awesome experience.” In this area of tors on Palawan facilitates the focus for ministry, like most, it takes a look back to us each year. Fellowship missionaries, see the hand of God at work. Again this Joe and Lourdes de Guzman have been year I am blessed by the grace of our invaluable in putting this in place. This great God that has been evidenced in group of churches plants two new and through ethnic ministries. churches a year. Join me in looking at just a few of the Churches have opened their doors to evidences of God’s grace. ethnic church plants in a new way. This year Newton Fellowship welcomed the Migrant workers ministry with Carlos and Burmese Christian Fellowship into their Veronica Carrion has expanded to four facilities and “adopted” them as a satel‐ main ministry locations–Delta, Surrey, lite ministry in their midst. Pastor Benja‐ Richmond and Pitt Meadows. This minis‐ min Boi is delighted with the level of try has given service opportunities to encouragement he has received and the countless volunteers in preparing meals, sense of security that his young refugee teaching ESL, transportation, and coun‐ church feels. seling. This has enabled the ministry to reach out to more than 300 Hispanic A new church plant amongst the Chin workers on a weekly basis, with many people has come together this fall. This coming to faith in Christ. This Christmas, Surrey group of 30 is an ethnic group Carlos will be in Mexico to visit a new from Burma (Myanmar) who speak the church core group in a town with no Chin language and have come as refu‐ evangelical witness because of the trans‐ gees (many in the past two years). They formation of a young man named Jose meet at Parkland Fellowship and are in Antonio, who came to faith while work‐ discussion about becoming a satellite ing in BC. Carlos will be meeting his fam‐ congregation of Parkland. ily (who have come to faith) and ex‐ Reaching Bhutanese refugees who have tended family and friends to share Christ recently come to BC. A group Bible study with them. in Coquitlam has begun with about 20 Global partnership with pastors on the Bhutanese refugees, all of which speak island of Palawan in the Philippines. For Nepalese. Pastor Kamal Ghamal (from the second year, Fellowship Pacific sent a Nepal) of Richmond Baptist is leading the ministry team to assist in the leadership group. development of pastors. In our first year December 2010 NEXUS Page 11 ETHNIC MINISTRIES...CONT’D Korean churches ministering to first na‐ Helping our Fellowship family has led us tions people are becoming a strength in to assist a new Filipino Church in Regina, our region, not only because they are six SK to seek membership in FEBCAST. In in number, and not only because they early November Joe de Guzman and I want to plant more Korean churches, or joined the regional director of FEBCAST because they are sending missionaries in Regina to interview the leaders of a around the world, but because they have new church. Their pastor is connected to begun to reach out to first nations peo‐ the same group of pastors that we minis‐ ple on reserves. Coquitlam Korean minis‐ ter to in the Philippines. The church will ters to a reserve in the South Delta area be a part of our sister region, but we will on a weekly basis by delivering food on coach the pastor and assist the church in Wednesdays and holding a service on its development. Sunday afternoons. Maple Ridge Korean There are many other stories that I could (Mt. Olive) began an outreach to First share of how God has opened doors and Nation youth in Lillooet in the summer hearts this past year for Fellowship eth‐ two years ago that has developed into a nic ministries. It is a privilege to be a part ministry that they lead twice a month. of all that He is doing! Thank you for your Pastor James Park says that ministry has support. just blossomed to the whole family. Be refreshed by the continual unwrapping of the gifts of God's grace. Page 12 NEXUS December 2010 leadership development Providing churches with sound spiritual leaders who will lead well. Dr. Larry Perkins, Ph.D. OUR MINISTRY LEADERSHIP: A President, Northwest Baptist Seminary Director, Leadership Development WORK OF CONTINUING GRACE firstname.lastname@example.org So, what is grace, this divine commodity that is essential to all forms of ministry leadership and without which our actions remain merely human endeavour discon‐ nected from God's plans? I think grace is When Paul speaks about his personal God's favourable disposition that enables Christian leadership, he attributes his us to enter into relationship with Him. opportunity to be one of God's diakonoi Grace precedes God's effective actions, (serving assistants) to two things—God's and represents his wilful, merciful delib‐ gift sourced in his grace (charis) and erateness to involve us as human beings God's effective action sourced in his in his Kingdom plans. Paul used Abra‐ power (dunamis) (Ephesians 3:7). In ad‐ ham's experience (Romans 4) to illus‐ dition he sees his personal involvement trate how God's grace works in reality. in God's great Kingdom plans as part of The cost to God for this decision to in‐ "the administration of God's clude us is beyond human calculation— grace" (Ephesians 3:2). He not only ex‐ the sacrifice of Messiah Jesus. Grace perienced salvation "by grace", but now sustains God's continued, effective en‐ serves this Gospel "by grace" (Ephesians gagement in our lives by his Holy Spirit. 2:8‐10). The ability to serve in ministry There is a reason why Paul describes the leadership for Paul is entirely dependent gifts of the Holy Spirit as "things rooted upon the divine resource he names in grace" (charismata). "grace," a gift from God. Both his conver‐ No grace, no ministry leadership! No sion and his calling flow from God's gra‐ grace, no "God‐honouring impact!" Re‐ cious action in his life. ceiving the gift of God's grace enables No person truly acts as God's "serving effective ministry leadership. God in‐ assistant," i.e. ministry leader, without cludes us in the sphere of grace ("under generous doses of divine grace. People grace" Romans 6:14) for a specific rea‐ may work energetically, be extremely son, namely "to share the good news of busy, lead dynamically, and create im‐ the unbounded wealth of the Messiah pressive enterprises, but if it is done with the nations" (Ephesians 3:8). Minis‐ apart from grace, it does not count as try leadership "under grace" controls God's work. Such efforts are merely our ego, truly serves, is always evangelistic, plans, but add nothing to God's glory. and expresses all the fruits of the Holy This is why Paul consistently urges fol‐ Spirit. lowers of Jesus to ground their Christian Every follower of Jesus functions as one leadership in grace. Without grace we of his "serving assistants" and Kingdom have no ability to "boast in God," but can agents, nurtured by grace. Opportunities only boast in ourselves. to develop our ministry capacities December 2010 NEXUS Page 13 leadership development Providing churches with sound spiritual leaders who will lead well. OUR MINISTRY LEADERSHIP...CONT’D through training, mentoring and experi‐ help you embrace the ministry leader‐ ence offer us fresh experiences of divine ship his grace is giving to you and his grace, holding promise of new, yet‐to‐be‐ effective energy will empower you to realized roles in his service. God's grace fulfill. In the world of God's grace, we are always puts us in his debt, requiring us to always being surprised by his ability "to steward the resources He has given us to do immeasurably more than all we ask or be his serving assistants. Perhaps as this imagine" (Ephesians 3:20) because of his year concludes and the fresh promise of powerful grace. It is God's grace that a New Year emerges, you will ask God to gives us the courage and hope to be ministry leaders. The Fellowship Pacific Ministry Team would like to thank Dr. Perkins for his many con‐ tributions to the Fellowship not only as President of Northwest Baptist Seminary, but also as the Director of Leadership Development. We recently celebrated his ministry at a special recognition dinner and through initiating a bursary in his honour. We join with Northwest in expressing our appreciation to Larry. We also would like to welcome Dr. Kent Anderson to the role of Northwest President and as part of our Ministry Team beginning in January. We look forward to years of effective ministry together. Kent and Karen Anderson Page 14 NEXUS December 2010 community impact Transforming communities by active involvement in areas of real need. New Hope Community Services Society HELPING 2020 BY 2020 Dr. Jack Taylor, President email@example.com I hear many comments from people who have never met the refugees they con‐ demn—nor have they taken the time to I watch the young Rwandans dancing understand the realities from which they among the well dressed crowd of politi‐ flee. All I know is that Isaiah 58 mandates cians and New Hope supporters. The us to do things like provide shelter for youngest is an orphan. Still in her teens, the poor wanderer, feed the hungry and she was two when the genocide took clothe the naked. At this time of year place. She and her four siblings were when we read again of the first Christ‐ sent off to Ugandan refugee camps for mas, where Mary and Joseph were left as 13 years until Canada took them in. Our wanderers without shelter—and where church at Faith has helped them survive we are reminded that, after Jesus’ birth, and thrive in this city. The joy in which they were forced to flee as refugees to they celebrate the best of their home‐ Egypt, it is always a good thing to express land and the freedom of their new land is our compassion to those in desperate a good motivation for all of us to join need. God in the work he is doing. For churches looking for a Christmas Recently, New Hope has been helping project (hampers, gifts, donations) New with the transitional housing for some of Hope is a Fellowship ministry that allows our Sri Lankan families. A month or so us to leverage the collective compassion‐ ago I was walking down by the Fraser ate strength of our churches all year river and watched a Canadian caregiver long. surrounded by seven five to eight year Barton Priebe is acting as a church liaison old Sri Lankans [sans parents] who had with FEBPacific and spokesperson for been liberated from their detention cen‐ New Hope; Jack Taylor is president of the ter for a brief walk. They had been given society; and Jenny Price is the executive new Sri Lankan dolls and new back packs. director. When my wife and I approached, they New Hope’s vision is to settle 2020 refu‐ were as shy as any Canadian children. gees/vulnerable new immigrants by 2020 When we stopped to interact, they were through supportive partnerships in ten eager to share their newly acquired Eng‐ Canadian communities. Your partnership lish words and a good dose of smiles to makes all the difference in opening up go along with them. In the distance we real life for those who might never other‐ could hear the music and shouts of a wise experience it. demonstration calling on the govern‐ ment to free the detainees. In the papers Have a great Christmas—from all your I was reading how the government partners at New Hope. should do all they can to keep these peo‐ ple away from here. December 2010 NEXUS Page 15 community impact Transforming communities by active involvement in areas of real need. Baptist Housing A CHRISTMAS BLESSING Karen Anderson, Chaplain A volunteer group of the world as they make their way students from Trinity through life. Their bright light will shine Western University anywhere they happen to be...Again recently came to there is no way I can put into words what sing at Clarendon I felt that night. God bless you all." Court and Shannon Oaks—two of Baptist I was such a mix of emotions from that Housing's seniors residences in Vancou‐ letter. I was touched by the heartfelt ver. As part of their course, the group of response from this lady. I was proud of first year music students receive higher the girls for just being who they are. I grades if their volunteer service compli‐ was reminded how God uses his people. I ments their major. My daughter is the shared the letter with the girls, and let student teacher for this group so she them know how important it was to have knew that I am often looking for volun‐ them come and volunteer not only their teers. The students asked if they could time but to openly share God's love. sing and play for our Residents. I thought that hearing the students perform would Consider the blessing it may be to others be enjoyed, but I didn't give it much when we share God's love. thought after that. The students played and sang very sweetly and our Residents enjoyed their evening. The next morning, I received the following note from one of our Resi‐ dents: "It is difficult fro me to put into words how moving it was to hear the beautiful music your daughter and her friends presented to us on Saturday evening. These lovely young women, one can clearly see, love music and song. I have heard those carols many times in my lifetime, but never was I more spiritually moved in a most profound way than I was on Saturday evening. Something happened. I don't know what. The only way I can best describe it is that I felt the light of God come through these extraor‐ dinary young women. Their eyes bright and faces shining with the delight of presenting their music. These young women will make a huge difference in Page 16 NEXUS December 2010 FELLOWSHIP MISSIONARIES...CONT’D FROM PAGE 7 INTERNATIONAL While much of western media has put for a seven minute PowerPoint presenta‐ the tragedy of the DRC off the front tion outlining the situation in DRC and pages, Fellowship International has taken the Midigo's ministry. Provide your on the responsibility to make a differ‐ church with a window onto the world ence. showing what God, through Fellowship Apollo and Lois Midigo will be on their International, wants us to be a part of. way to the DRC as soon as their support God has a special place in his heart for is raised. This couple is uniquely qualified the suffering of widows. to serve—Apollo is a trained and certi‐ fied counselor who has taught at Moffat KENYA seminary in Kenya. Both are experienced church planters and are looking to use In response to receiving news of a lot of their experiences and skills to bring hope inter‐tribal killing in an isolated rural in the name of Jesus. Apollo will be train‐ community, missionary Mark Buhler ing national pastors so they can be com‐ (Campbell River Baptist) arranged a petent to lead their churches as they meeting. He reports: "On the Sunday face the challenge of dealing with night, the five of us [Mark, a young Tur‐ wounded and oppressed people. Lois will kana lady, a pioneer missionary, and two be working directly with women and young men from the Lori Memorial children to provide hope and comfort to Peace Museum] had a meeting with those who are suffering from injustice. great potential for peace initiatives in the future. We are seeking to involve the The Midigos will be joining Richard and church, the youth, the political leaders Brenda Flemming who are currently and the community members on the working with a denomination of 1200 ground. God only knows what might churches to help them strategize and become of it." organize a missions outreach to the rest of the Congo and beyond. At this Christmas time, please remember Your church is invited to invest in this life your Fellowship Missionaries. "How ‐changing ministry. If you are not in a beautiful on the mountains are the feet position to consider financial support at of those who bring good news, who pro‐ this time, there may be individuals who claim peace, who bring good tidings, who would like to be a part. Please contact us proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’" (Isaiah 52:7) May the blessings of the Lord be with you and your families this Christmas. Merry Christmas from FEB-Pacific!