banner-STW2015A Fresh Vision of Extraordinary Generosity and Serving at FBCG

Serve the World is FBCG’s initiative to make the Gospel more visible here in the Fox Valley and around the world! We are creating a rich and deep culture of service in the church by selecting ministries to receive targeted funds and hands-on support, thanks to the generosity of the congregation. We have set an ambitious goal to raise funds above and beyond our General Fund for the purpose of serving the local and global ministry partners highlighted below. We encourage you to pray for them and consider making a financial commitment to support God’s vision for serving the world!


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Serve the World – Globally

1. Where are you?

Quito, Ecuador

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

Our partnership as a ministry with FBCG began with the Borman Family, who founded El Refugio. Over the last 15 years we have enjoyed an incredible bond with the church, particularly through the Youth and Family teams that have come down each summer. Robin McCart and Dave LeVan are currently part of an advisory board for El Refugio as well.

3. What is your mission?

This project is a signature building that we have been dreaming about since El Refugio started.The dining hall will also enable us to accommodate more people in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. We have been functioning in what was intended to be a temporary kitchen for 15 years and we are excited to finally break ground on central piece of infrastructure that will fuel kids and ministry for decades!

4. What is your need?

$60,000 to fund materials and construction of the dining hall.

5. How can we pray?

Legal paperwork. We will not break ground without the right permits and this can be complicated, but it is moving forward now. Prayers appreciated!

1. Where are you?

Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

We are known by the church through our personal relationship with Rita West. We have known each other for at least 10 years. There have been several projects that FBCG has supported (our pre-school children’s Bible, camp ministry, our book stock distribution, etc.). We received funding in the first STW year.

3. What is your mission?

Our mission statement is: to embrace the children of Turkey with God’s love and to equip them with the knowledge of God. The children of eastern Turkey have an even greater need for both of these than the children of other parts of the country; they are less educated, have less access to the gospel and to churches.

4. What is your need?

$5,000 to expand “Eastern Turkey Kids Camp” and cover expenses

5. How can we pray?

Adequate facilities. The uncertainty of Turkey’s politics/culture/view of Christians always means ministry needs to be flexible. The east is particularly vulnerable to danger as terror has been a major factor in life for people in the area.

1. Where are you?

Turkey

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

After we shared about the need of a new roof, Lee Philipps, an elder brother from a church group visiting, connected us with Rita West from FBCG. While corresponding with her we found out that she had visited Arvalya and listened to the testimony of Kate Lee many years ago. After asking Pastor Bruce McEvoy, Rita West encouraged us to apply with the roofing project for 2015.

3. What is your mission?

To serve Muslim-background believers and disciple and train Turkish Church leaders.

4. What is your need?

$10,000 for a re-roofing project

5. How can we pray?

Pray that Arvalya is a safe and secure place for years ahead.

Arvalya is in compliance with Turkish law in all respects but as the winds of change blow in Turkey, pray for God’s protection.

Pray for continued favor with local authorities, financial partners and a supply of short-term volunteer teams.

1. Where are you?

Northern, Uganda

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

Lifewater has developed our relationship with FBCG through Justin Ahrens, who recently supported Lifewater’s ministry with his tremendous efforts in the Wheels for Water campaign, and also supports Lifewater professionally with graphic design and marketing support. Lifewater participated this past year in a Vacation Bible School program with FBCG, helping raise children’s awareness about the needs people have in our world, and our opportunity to live the gospel with water. In addition, Lifewater’s CEO, travelled with Bruce McEvoy to Kenya in 2010.

3. What is your mission?

We are Christians committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis.

4. What is your need?

$36,000 for two deep wells

5. How can we pray?

Pray for success in communicating on a regular basis, since internet and cell phone services are often inconsistent, interrupted or compromised.
Pray that the communities and church would rally together to see the kingdom come as a result of this collaborative effort. That the lessons would be taught and that the funds would be saved inorder for our work to be planted in fertile soil.

Pray for the communities in which we serve; that God’s presence would be felt and experienced, and for people to grasp His love through Jesus sacrifice.

Pray the local church would be strengthened through this project work, as we train pastors using our Kingdom-based WASH curriculum.

1. Where are you?

Middle East

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

The relationship between MEM and FBCG originated in 1999 with FBCG sponsoring individuals through prayer and financial support. FBCG has partnered with CACtap, an MEM ministry, since its inception in 2006/2007. In the last approximately eight years FBCG has sponsored Leina, a CACtap worker, enabling her to reach out to the local youth in a creative way & giving her the opportunity to work with those from closed countries who have a story to tell.

3. What is your mission?

To enable Gulf Arab young people to spiritually and creatively impact their community

4. What is your need?

$40,000 Video equipment

5. How can we pray?

Pray that participants would honor their commitment and stay the course.

Pray families would support & encourage the participant and work around their schedule

Pray that costs would remain stable & no unforeseen problems would occur

Pray that these young people would accept the One who can free them from bondage and that they would use their film training, talents and gifts to reach their own people in their own way

1. Where are you?

Liverpool, UK

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

The director was on staff at FBCG from January 2004 through August 2011.

3. What is your mission?

We will accelerate the multiplication and rebuilding of Bible-believing churches in the UK by developing a training program for church planters and pastors that will serve the United Kingdom through strategic partnerships with existing churches and organizations.

4. What is your need?

$30,000 pastoral equipping & church planting start up costs

5. How can we pray?

- We need a UK leader for the UK Church Replenishment Initiative to co-lead with Ken.

- Receiving the ability to give out enough UK visas is a potential vulnerability. We currently have the ability to give out 5 and can ask for more.

- Finding a suitable site within the city center of Liverpool that is affordable is a challenge.

1. Where are you?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

For a number of years we have partnered with FBCG and teams that come down to connect them with ministry opportunities in and around the Cabo San Lucas area. We have helped connect the mission’s teams of FBCG to ministries such as Casa Hogar, Open Doors Church with Pastor Luis and many more. We have also been the trip directors for many of those trips, arranging transportation, ministry projects, housing and food.

3. What is your mission?

To provide a safe and hospitable place for local pastors and international teams to stay while partnering with them to train and equip pastors and lay leaders for Kingdom work, helping them reach and lead the next generation to Christ.

4. What is your need?

$32,000 to build more rooms, bathrooms, meeting rooms, roof, and furniture in rooms.

5. How can we pray?

Pray for the building of our leadership committee that God would lead us to the right people and they would prayerfully say yes.

Pray that we can continue to unite the younger generation of pastors who desire change, who desire leadership training and pastoral training for themselves and their lay leaders.

Pray for the teams and leaders who will stay with us this year are blessed with rest and provided with the encouragement and training they need to be the men and women God desires them to be.

Pray for God to give us wisdom and understanding for leading the ministry with integrity and fulfill the vision that God has provided for the expansion of His Kingdom.

Serve the World – Locally  

1. Where are you?

Kane County, IL

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

FBCG has supported The Gideons International in the budget for many years (at least back into the 1990’s). There are nineteen members of FBCG that are members of the local Gideons.

3. What is your mission?

To win the lost for Christ and our unique method is the distribution of Bibles and New Testaments in selected streams of life.

4. What is your need?

$3,000 for Bibles

5. How can we pray?

Pray that the doors that are open will remain available and that the lost, many of which would never enter a church, will come in contact with God’s Holy and powerful Word.

1. Where are you?

Fox Valley

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

The Founders have been long time members- 40+ years

3. What is your mission?

Lend support- physical, emotional, and spiritual- to individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families, and more importantly to tell the Good News that God loves them no matter what their conditions or circumstance.

4. What is your need?

$1,000 to provide emergency utility payments and other financial assistance.

5. How can we pray?

Pray that the hearts of clients and families will be receptive to the message of the cross

1. Where are you?

Aurora, IL

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

World Relief Dupage/Aurora (WRDA) has been blessed to be in ministry partnership with FBCG for many years. When the office opened in Aurora some 15 years ago, FBCG was one of the first churches to partner with us to reach out to newly-arriving refugees. Over the years volunteers from the church have been leaders in being Friendship Partners to refugees, collecting and supplying household items to give families a furnished home, tutoring in English through World Relief programs and also outreach programs of the church, and much more. FBCG has also been the site of several World Relief events, including the Ride for Refuge and our volunteer appreciation events. Staff of FBCG has also been a part of numerous events around understanding the issues of immigration in America today and seeing immigration through the scriptures.

3. What is your mission?

To provide service to refugees and immigrants from a base in Christian faith to demonstrate the gospel and 2) be a place where local churches can come together and gain valuable understanding and experience in loving the stranger whom God is bringing to our community.

4. What is your need?

$5,000 for refugee stability

1. Where are you?

St. Charles, IL

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

From the very early (Riverwoods) days of Fox Valley Christian Action in the late 1970’s, FBCG has been a strategic partner in ministry. Over the last 35 years, FBCG has provided generous funding, many board members, hundreds of volunteers, and several staff members. Most recently, Cheryl Pacilio and Bruce McEvoy have brought strategic leadership to the relationship between FVCA and FBCG, specifically in ministry with families in the Eastwood housing community in Aurora.

3. What is your mission?

The Master Objective of Fox Valley Christian Action is to partner with the local church in discipling people living in the under-resourced communities of the Fox River Valley into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ

4. What is your need?

$10,000 to continue efforts in Eastwood neighborhood

5. How can we pray?

Please pray with us for Jesus to transform the hearts and minds of the men, women, teenagers and young children living in the public and subsidized housing communities of the Fox Valley.
Secondly, we need wisdom to understand how to more effectively equip and empower church congregations for effective “hands-on” ministry in the housing communities. Finally, we need more church partners, church staff and lay leaders to gain a vision for greater ministry in the housing communities that will build this new model of ministry and multiply the efforts of our staff.

1. Where are you?

St. Charles, IL

2. How are you connected to FBCG?

First Baptist Church has been a wonderful partner to Lazarus House since our first year of ministry. Your congregation has supported us not only through their donations, but also through volunteering, meal preparation, special occasions like garage sales & holiday shopping for guests and providing overnight volunteer support within our shelter.

3. What is your mission?

To offer guests connected to our communities, who are homeless or in need, hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter, and education – tools for life. We strive to make certain that all who enter feel the love of Jesus.

4. What is your need?

$5,000 – ongoing expenses to cover 90 days of service for one guest.

5. How can we pray?

Aging facilities

Guests that we serve- that they may know God and His hands and feet a very real through the ministry of Lazarus House.

Staff as they guide those that come to Lazarus house. That they may be united in mission and purpose.

 

 
All Serve the World funds will go toward the identified local and global mission partners of FBCG, and toward the equipping of those called to serve these partners.
 
Serve the World mission partners were selected by our “Serve the World Leadership Team” on the basis of connections to FBCG, current ministry or material need, and upon evaluation of each individual ministry endeavor. The members of that team are  Dave Levan (Executive Council Member), Ken O’Brien (Executive Council Member), Mike Chennault (FBCG Member), and  Bruce McEvoy, Pastor of Family and Service (Team Leader).
 
We have established a goal of raising $300,000 for Serve the World by the end of the 2015 calendar year.