Missions Update - July 2016
Author: Mary Beeks, Missions Team
Kitale Kenya Mission Trip
Valley View Christian Church is sending 10 individuals to Kitale, Kenya to perform badly needed repairs on the Kenya Church of Christ Children’s Home, and to sponsor a children’s event. The KCC Children’s Home houses 60+ orphaned children from the surrounding area, and has housed hundreds of students since founded in 1992 by Mike and Caroline Schrage, of Schrage Christian Mission.
The traveling team members are: Marcus Eyre, Chantel Hill, Joe Leissner, Mike Lemrick, Shonte Marbly, Chad Pickens, and Solomon Sanchez. Roger Newby, of Joplin, Missouri, will also be accompanying us as a representative for Schrage Christian Mission.
The team departs July 23rd, and will return on August 6th. Please pray that our team will encourage the workers in Kitale, and strengthen their local ministry.
New Missions Program – Prayer Partners
The Missions Team has recruited 10 prayer partners for our Kitale trip. Each group member traveling will be partnered with an individual from Valley View Christian Church, who will pray for the trip, specifically for this individual, and will provide advice as group members prepare financially and spiritually to go to Kitale. The prayer partners are included in team events and meetings in preparation for the trip.
If you would like to be a prayer partner for a future mission trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Breakfast in Kenya’
Saturday, June 4th
9:30am - 11:00am
Learn all about Kenya Church of Christ Children’s Home while sipping Chai Tea and snacking on traditional African sweet Mandazi or Chapati. Valley View’s Missions Team and the group going to Kitale, Kenya, are hosting ‘Breakfast in Kenya’ on Saturday, June 4th, from 9:30am to 11:00am.
Jennifer Ashlock will be joining us to share about Kenya Church of Christ Children’s Home. Jennifer, a fellow Texan, and a graduate of San Angelo State University, has been living in Africa for nearly 9 years! After 4 years of teaching in Lubbock, TX, and a short term mission trip to Uganda, Jennifer moved to Uganda to teach the children of missionaries. Four years later she moved to Kitale, and became the administrator for the home. In addition to administrative duties, Jennifer leads Bible studies for the staff and children, coordinates service projects for the children, provides counseling, and pitches in where needed.
We would appreciate an RSVP so we can plan accordingly. RSVP by registering at www.vvcc.org/world.
Christian Mission to the Orient – Mission Trip
December 28, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Christian Mission to the Orient (CMO) is a missionary group that we support in Chang Mai, Thailand. In addition to running the Lanna Theological Society, which educates and trains in church leadership, CMO has a program which runs a medical exam station with basic pharmacy, vision station, and a dental station at each mobile clinic.
Valley View Christian Church is joining CMO by staffing a mobile clinic.
Volunteers are not required to be professionally trained or certified in the medical field to participate - although medically trained and certified volunteers are highly desirable trip candidates, there are plenty of jobs for everyone.
We will be partnering with a CMO team among the Lua people in the Nan province. Offering a medical clinic is a great way to demonstrate God’s love, and it opens doors for the pastor to meet people from the local villages and continue evangelizing after our clinic is over.
In addition to volunteers who are willing to be trained in vision exams, and other non-medical positions, we would like to have a dental professional and a nurse, doctor, or EMT join us.
Please pray for God to put together a group of people to take part in this trip, and for the ministry of CMO in Thailand to continue to be fruitful for God’s Kingdom.
When God cares for His people…
by Joe Weece
When God cares for His people, God will provide for their needs.
I was privileged to be able to go visit our Christian brothers and sisters in Crimea this past March. It was my first opportunity to witness God’s Word being delivered to a people historically mistreated and displaced. Visiting their homes, hearing their stories, worshipping together, and observing their Faith being strengthened as His words were delivered in their language is something I will remember and share throughout my lifetime.
The dedication and cooperation of Christians around the world coming together on a project to translate the Bible into Crimean Tatar is quite the endeavor. Celebrating the accomplishment along with the people in Crimea brought amazing insight to the plan of God.
When the Word of God enters the people of God, there is incredible joy. I sat in the small church auditorium while the completed Bibles were handed out, and the images of the people receiving them will never leave me. Across the room, one went to his knees with shouts of audible praise and visible joy. Just to his right, a young mother could not stop trembling as she embraced the words of God not just with her arms, but I imagine, with her entire life. As I helped distribute the Bibles, one elderly woman asked for another. The language barrier between us did not stop her enthusiasm of wanting to share His Word with a friend. I pondered why it is that sometimes I am so hesitant to share it with others, when it produces such joy in me.
Whatever expectation I brought to Russia was superseded in the moments that followed the distribution of God’s Word. The audience was asked to hold above their heads their own personal copy of Scripture in their own language: the product of 17 years of translation work. The room was eerily somber as each arm elevated God’s Word. The logistics, the visa, the financial cost, the plane ride, and the comforts of home could not compare to that one moment when the “Word of God was with the people of God”, in this case, for the first time.
When God cares for His people, He will supply for their need.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.