News From Love INC

News From Love INC

Love INC, our mission partner, exists only to serve its member churches. Mobilizing churches, their members and resources produces volunteers that are Love INC trained to provide a variety of direct services to guests entrusted to our ministry.

Read the July edition of the Love INC newsletter.

News from Shining The Light Ministries

News from Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.

Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:

As we all know, this is a very hard time for everyone around the world. Even though the news around us is not the best, we know who we are because we trust in God. He is our help, our supporter, and our healer.

The world is facing a very difficult time physically, politically, mentally, spiritually, and economically because of the pandemic. We have noticed Covid infections increasing in different cities around the country, especially in the city of León. But by the grace of God, we have still been able to serve many communities, churches, and families with the different projects through Shining The Light Ministries and Asociación Brillando La Luz De Cristo En Nicaragua.

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Dunbar Elementary Fall Kick-Off

Dunbar Elementary Fall Kick-Off

Dear Hyde Park Community,

We are so excited to share our plans for the upcoming school year. We expect to be back on Dunbar Elementary’s campus with very few restrictions. The administration team is welcoming us back with open arms and many wonderful ideas of how we can make the biggest impact yet with the students and staff of Dunbar.

We want to get our volunteers connected and helping with classroom needs right away this year. There will also be many other ways to volunteer – such as helping with special events, gardening, or sharing a skill with the students as a club leader.

We also want you to see the building and grounds with all the improvements. In order to facilitate this, we are inviting you to attend a Coffee with Dunbar, 9 – 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. This is before students start back to school. We hope to have as many of our volunteers attend as possible – and please bring an interested friend. This will be an informal opportunity to be introduced to the principal, Ms. Cynthia Crim, the teachers and staff, see the school with all the improvements, including our redecorated teachers’ lounge, updated media center, covered court, the garden and the animals. We hope you might make a connection with a teacher you would enjoy helping this year or finding an area of interest for you. In-depth training for volunteers will be provided at a later date.

Please mark your calendar for 9 a.m. Aug. 2. YOU are the PULSE of the PARTNERSHIP! It can’t survive without you! Please reply to let us know you will be there on Aug. 2 with an email to Kathy Avant, ministry liaison.

We also want to share the tentative dates of the “big events” for our Partnership Volunteers. Feel tree to add them to your calendar. Details about each of these events will be shared as more information becomes available.

Resources

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary News

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS), our mission partner, is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, and serves students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Their newsletter is titled Prayerchain, it begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:

FOCUS

Dear friend,

Is God ringing a bell in you? How do you discern a call to study at seminary?

I still remember the feeling of both excitement and anxiety when I first rang the doorbell at Apteegi street 3 where the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary used to be located. I was young and nervous. I had done a few things in my Pentecostal church and I loved to read the Bible, but I was not a theologian and I did not have a clear plan for the future. I did not even know what the word “Methodist” meant in the name of that new seminary. I only knew that my pastor had said about the Methodist founder John Wesley: “He is our grandfather too”. So I guess they were alright. I had many unanswered questions about the content and origin of my faith and these questions motivated me to ring the bell.

Read their newsletter

Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language.

The story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish doesn’t have to be a miracle only witnessed in the Scriptures. Every day, we have the opportunity to participate in God’s provision for the world. We give what we have, and he is faithful to bless and multiply it in his hands.

When you partner with us, you are:

Equipping believers with God’s Word
Transforming lives for eternity
Growing the kingdom of God + multiplying churches

1.5 billion people still don’t have the full Bible in their first language. Imagine what’s possible with Scripture that’s accurate and speaks to their hearts.

Melenda and I want to thank you for your faithful gifts over the past few months. They have been a true blessing in these uncertain times. You can be sure that we continue to be faithful to our calling in seeing God’s Word translated into new languages and transforming lives. This is what Dahn, a fellow believer in Southeast Asia, had to say:

“I live in a rural area where there is no church. A pastor visits regularly, but because of Covid-19 we have not seen him much. 

“During this time, people in my village have abandoned their former way of life and participate in evil practices, such as drinking to get drunk, burning charms, and worshipping ancestors. But God’s Word helps me walk in the path of righteousness. As I study the Bible, day by day my faith is strengthened and my heart is softened. Like it says in Proverbs 2:20, I pray to walk in the way of goodness.”

Pray more people in remote areas of Southeast Asia will hear His Word in their heart language and walk away from their evil practices and turn to the paths of righteousness.

In His Love,

Pat & Mel

News from Shining The Light Ministries

News from Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.

Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:

2021 is the year when Asociacion Brillando la Luz de Cristo en Nicaragua and Shining the Light Ministries are expecting to be able to see God´s hands in everything that we are doing in Leon to serve him. We are coming off of a very hard year (2020) because of Covid 19. Last year was a very difficult year for the whole world and we believe that God´s word is being fulfilled in everything we can see around us. We are also grateful to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth, he is our provider, praise God!

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