“The church is the gospel made visible.” – Mark Dever
At FBCG we believe that the church exists to make the gospel visible to the world. As followers of Christ we are called to share the good news of the gospel in both word and deed. Serve the World is FBCG’s initiative to make the gospel visible right here in our local region as well as far beyond the Fox Valley to the world!
Over the past year we have experienced the growing enthusiasm of our church family as we have celebrated the intersection of generosity and service. During the summer of 2012 we raised over $40,000 in just ten weeks for a Serve the World food pack event with Children’s Hunger Fund. As part of our annual FBCG church picnic, some 750 FBCGers served by packing 3,000 boxes of food for needy families in our area. It was a great day!
Then in September of 2012 we set a goal to raise another $120,000 for 7 local and global partners as a year-end Serve the World initiative. Through the generosity of our church family we received over $140,000! We are already hearing stories about how God has used this generosity to make the gospel visible in unique ways.
We believe that God is calling FBCG to take Serve the World from periodic events to a movement. Toward that end we have selected our STW partners for 2013 and set a goal to raise $250,000 above and beyond our General Fund for the purpose of serving those far beyond the walls of FBCG. Please look through the partners and projects listed below and prayerfully ask God to open your heart to his vision for the world!
A focus on local serving opportunities with ministry partners from what we call The Least of These .
FOX VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACTION is perhaps best known for its RIVERWOODS camp ground in St. Charles…but ask a FVCA staffer and you’ll quickly discover the heart of the ministry is to inspire Fox Valley Christians to action in the under-resourced neighborhoods around them. The RIVERWOODS campground is just one tool in the box. The other tool is the RIVERWORKS LIFE SKILLS OUTREACH which uses teaching, mentoring and advocacy primarily in the neighborhoods. Some programs are held at the RIVERWOODS Family Campus.
As FBCG supports Fox Valley Christian Action through our STW initiative, we will be seeking opportunities to connect with people with whom RIVERWORKS has already made relationship. We will be supporting their ongoing efforts financially and looking for ways to connect personally, as small groups, and for serving opportunities like adopting a neighborhood!
Website: Fox Valley Christian Action
Children’s Hunger Fund is a Christian 501(c)3 nonprofit. For twenty years CHF has used food as a catalyst to nourish the bodies and feed the souls of children and families in desperate need in the US and around the world.
Since 1991, CHF has distributed 1 billion dollars in food and other resources to serve the needs of more than 10 million children throughout the U.S. and in seventy-two countries worldwide. Since the start, an average of 99% of total contributions have been used for programs serving the needs of children.
Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit
With God’s help Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) will strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.
A focus on global serving opportunities, supporting selected global ministry partners.
El Refugio was founded by Youth World in 1999. The catalyst for the ministry was the voiced need of Youth Leaders who desired a place to get out of the city, a place where they could go and hear the still, small voice of God.
In 2003, the program element of Hacienda El Refugio began to take shape and groups began to come out for 1-3 day retreats. The Retreat program has grown rapidly, with the annual participant numbers reaching close to 2000 participants. During this time, program elements expanded to include low ropes, high ropes and orienteering. In 2006, a program for Leadership Development was initiated with the purpose of introducing young Ecuadorians to the possibility of outdoor ministry.
Friends of Kardelen is a ministry of care and service for in-home-based rehabilitation and training in order to bring the Gospel to ‘the very least of these’ and to assist them in living lives of purpose and joy. The current scenario in Ankara, Turkey is deplorable for children with disabilities. Impoverished children and young adults struggling with physical or mental disabilities need help in critical ways. In many cases, the family is abandoned by the father, and the mother is left alone to take care of the entire family with no source of income. In other cases, the families look for a place (like a government run facility) to send their child. To do this, the family must get on a waiting list and when the child is placed, the family signs over complete responsibility to the government and in many cases may never see the child again. We began working with abandoned children who were severely disabled over fifteen years ago here in Ankara. These children were warehoused in state-run facilities with untrained and insufficient care-givers. Many were tied in their beds; others left in their unhygienic rooms to die slow deaths of neglect, malnourishment and disease.
(Gembu Centre for HIV/AIDS Advocacy Nigeria), is a non-government organization (NGO) established in 2004 by Art and Doroth Helwig , to address the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in the remote rural villages in Taraba State, Nigeria. The initial pressing need was making villagers aware of the disease and how it is transmitted from one person to another. After hundreds of presentations in churches, schools, government offices, market squares and a host of other venues, the extremely high prevalence rate of HIV infections began to decline in the immediate area.
Serve the World – Equipping. We believe Serve the World should focus on equipping our current and future* partners through intentional personal involvement, both locally and , around their specific needs, while helping introduce the FBCG congregation to our local and global partners.
Intentional strategic visits** to current and/or future partner ministry locations and ministries. A part of each visit will focus on some type(s) of training/ equipping for the partner ministry by our FBCG representative(s) based on the partner needs.
Visits will provide first-hand experience and exposure for the FBCG representative(s) to the partner, and for the partner to FBCG. This contributes to stronger relationships and partnerships moving forward. A clear understanding of the ministries become apparent.
* Future partners are chosen, and agreed upon, by the Serve the World Leadership and FBCG Senior Management Teams working together as one body. These decisions are introduced to the Executive Council for discussion and approval.
** All visits will be fully vetted and approved by the Serve the World Leadership and FBCG Senior Management Teams working together as one body.
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