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EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizers | Updates

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

charity-black-and-white-headshot-2To learn more about the ministry of the EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizers, click here.

Charity Sandstrom, Pastor at Emporia Friends, is the new Chairperson for EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizer Team. Charity served on the team from 2009 to 2016 and has a great heart for missions! 

“I’m excited to begin a time of serving our Missions Mobilizers Committee as chairperson. Missions is a part of my heritage and holds a piece of my heart. Growing up I heard first-hand stories from my grandparents Alfred and Ruth Miller about their years of ministry in Burundi, Africa. Because of those connections my heart beats for the work of sharing God’s grace both here and around the world. We have such a privilege to support, encourage and spread the news about our missionary partners serving through EFM. We’ve also had an amazing impact by directly supporting their needs through our Missionary Blessing Fund, supported by our annual Run for Missions. It is a blessing to celebrate our past, and it is our responsibility to continue to work diligently in our partnership with Burundi’s Yearly Meetings and our Sister Church Project. I am looking forward to what new and different ways God may want to use us to mobilize our EFC-MAYM churches for missions. Will you pray with me, seeking God’s direction and how he might want to use our committee, and you specifically to ignite a passion for missions across our Yearly Meeting?”

Charity Sandstrom
rcsandstrom@sbcglobal.net

 

From the EFM Desk of Matt Macy…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Taken by Abby Brown, Granddaughter of David and Mae Kellum, the morning after the fire.

Taken by Abby Brown, Granddaughter of David and Mae Kellum, the morning after the fire.

EFM is announcing an urgent rebuilding fund for Burundi Friends and your help is appreciated. The men’s dormitory at Willard Ferguson Seminary in Kibimba caught fire this summer. We wish to raise $5,000 to help with the costs of rebuilding the dorm right away, which will allow our Burundian Friends to complete the work in time for school to reconvene in September.  

As the Lord leads, please mark donations to “Burundi fire” and send checks to EFM, PO Box 525, Arvada, CO 80001 or give online here. Type “Burundi fire” in the comment box. You may give with a credit card over the phone by calling our office at 303-421-8100

EFM has partnered with Burundi Friends through the leadership of the Great Lakes Leadership Training (GLLT) committee to establish two high-school-level private Bible schools in the two Burundi yearly meetings: Kwibuka Willard Ferguson Seminary and Kibimba Willard Ferguson Seminary. 

At the end of July, the same night an EFC-MAYM student team called Saltshaker arrived in Burundi, a fire broke out and heavily damaged the dormitory section of the Kibimba seminary. They believe the cause of the fire was a rigged phone charger cord that shorted out. The fire was in an older section of the facilities, not the newer classroom sections that some of you may have contributed to in the past. The fire destroyed several windows and doors, some roof rafters, most of the electrical wiring, mattresses, student clothing, bed slats, and all the ceiling materials. Only one student was injured; his arm was cut when breaking through a window. 

David Williams, EFC-MAYM Superintendent, requested a budget for the rebuilding of the facilities. David Kellum reviewed the budget and was pleased with the low cost of the rebuild and how appropriate all items on the request were.

Abby found this page on the ground outside the dorm out of a Kirundi Bible…Psalm 23.

Abby found this page on the ground outside the dorm out of a Kirundi Bible…Psalm 23.

The Saltshaker team enjoyed the opportunity to spend about two-and-a-half days with the seminary students tearing out and removing damaged sections and cleaning the facility. They also had wonderful fellowship and heard those boys sing with amazing harmony. There were about two-dozen male students working with us, but the female students had already left for home before the fire. The Saltshaker team provided funds to replace taxi fares for the boys to return home because their money was destroyed in the fire. The team also replaced the funds the boys had pooled together for an “end of the year celebration.” The seminary students went home with just the clothes on their backs. Bibles that were burned will be replaced in a Youth Bible Project that the Saltshaker team had already raised funds for.

Please pray for the students of Kibimba Willard Ferguson Seminary as many of them will have to return to school and re-take some of their classes because their books and notes were destroyed in the fire and they were unable to complete their final exams. 

Thanks for responding as the Lord leads you!

– Matt Macy

***If additional funds come in above this project’s needs, those funds will be applied to other EFM GLLT projects in Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo. 

Burundi Bible Project

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Burundi Bible Project…every $5 helps put a Bible in the hands of a Burundian youth!

We have been presented with a special opportunity to partner with the two Yearly Meetings of Evangelical Friends Church Burundi to distribute Bibles at a partial cost. The Burundi church wants to be able to distribute Bibles especially to the youth of Burundi who don’t currently have their own.

We have the privilege to help offset costs for as many as 3,000 Bibles in the Kirundi language. Burundi youth will pay $2 and we will match with $5. At $5 each, this would be as much as $15,000 to raise in order to get these Bibles into the hands of Burundi youth!  On June 1, we will let Burundi leaders know how much our gift will be and they will purchase Bibles accordingly. burundi2_2 flag

The deadline to receive funds to our office is June 30th.

EFC-MAYM is a sister church to the Friends Church in Burundi and this is a great chance to come alongside their ministry to support what God is doing through the largest Evangelical Friends Church in the world which is Burundi!

We are excited about sending two teams to the mission field this summer on behalf of EFC-MAYM. We have a team of 8 planning to serve on our EFM field in Nepal and a team of 21 headed to serve in Burundi. Updates and reports from both of these trips will be shared with you from the field later this summer. Both teams leave Wichita on June 22nd.

Thanks for your timely consideration!

– Adam Monaghan, EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent for Global Ministries

P.S. Don’t forget about the other current Burundi project list including:

EFC-MAYM Delegation to Burundi and Rwanda

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

November/December 2015 

David Kellum (retired career missionary to Burundi), Matt Macy (EFM Associate Director) and I just returned a few days ago from a trip to visit our friends in Rwanda and Burundi. We were representing EFC-MAYM, the Missions Mobilizers and EFM. One specific and primary part of our delegation was to spend time with with both yearly meetings discerning their goals and steps for developing their own missions-sending programs as well as all the possibilities related to the EFM Luke 10 movement. The beginnings of this ministry for the churches in both countries has already begun! What an exciting time for our Friends in Burundi and Rwanda what what a privilege EFC-MAYM and EFM have to partner with them as they go and we “go” with them, doing what we can to help and not be in their way!

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A highlight of our time in Burundi was the chance to visit the Willard Ferguson Seminary at Kwibuka and Kibimba and to share some words of testimony and greetings to the students. Pictured here are the second year students at Kibimba.

Our first stop was Kigali, Rwanda where we spent about four days visiting with Brad and Chelsea Carpenter as well as leaders from EFC-Rwanda, including their Legal Representative and Superintendent Leadership as well as their leaders for the Discipleship for Development program. We had a great time with all of these leaders. Brad Carpenter has been a close personal friend of mine and ministry partner since we were in Junior High school together! It was great to reconnect with him in person and hopefully bring some encouragement to him and Chelsea as they faithfully serve in Rwanda along with their two small children. I was also especially encouraged by the hard work that the EFC-Rwanda leaders are doing to move their yearly meeting forward in faithfulness to the Great Commission. They are excited to fund the works that God has called them to in church planting within Rwanda and have great zeal for sending missionaries outside their borders! One of the highlights of my time in Rwanda included conversations with two of the Rwandan leaders who have felt particularly called to help develop EFC-R into a mission sending church as they explore possibilities in South Sudan and elsewhere.

We also had a great five days with leaders from EFC-Burundi (Legal Representative Domitian and Assistant Legal Representative Charles) as well as time with leadership of both Burundi Yearly Meetings, Kwibuka and Kibimba. I was extremely encouraged by everything I saw in Burundi, including the health and vitality of the church and leaders. Their churches are growing and they are faithfully planting new churches. Moreover, God has called them to go to the “ends of the earth” and cross international borders with the gospel in their next seasons of ministry! Burundi Friends have already started their first church across the border in Tanzania among refugees. I was also really encouraged by the desire for a very mutual partnership between their Yearly Meetings and EFC-MAYM.

While in Burundi we stayed a couple nights in Bujumbura but also had the chance to stay two nights upcountry at the beautiful Kibimba Hospital guest house. Our team toured the Kibimba Hospital and saw the expansive work they are doing there with partnership from our Friends of Kibimba Hospital Board. We also had the chance to visit close to a dozen churches that are on the Burundi Sister Church Program list. We have funded the first three on that list but are still looking for partner churches or individuals who are willing to fund the next 7! The good news is that from everything we learned and observed, the Burundi churches are definitely not just waiting for any of our support but moving on quickly without us. Another exciting part of our time in Burundi was the chance to visit the Willard Ferguson Seminary at Kwibuka and Kibimba and to share some words of testimony and greetings to the students.

I had the opportunity to preach on mission sending and mobilization vision at the Kamenge Church on the last morning where were there. Matt Macy then tag-teamed and continued on the challenge to be faithful in missions. It was a wonderful 3+ hour church service with more than a dozen choirs and lots of speeches and greetings from all the special people present. The Kamenge Church has more than 1,000 members!

Our trip also included the planning and coordination for the the upcoming Saltshaker mission trip to Burundi in the summer of 2016. If you or someone from your church is interested in participating in Saltshaker, please check out this link. Registration opensJanuary 1st.

From everything I saw and learned, the Acts 2 vision and dream of a healthy and reproductive church are alive and well with our Friends in Africa.

-Adam Monaghan, Associate Superintendent of Global Ministries

Burundi Sister Church Update #4

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

burundi2_2Another update on the official requests that have come in from Burundi to the EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers for the new Burundi Sister Church Program. See September Burundi Sister Church as finalized summer 2014. Please prayerfully consider whether your church or individuals might be willing to partner with this and/or other Burundi church building projects to bless our friends for the sake of the Great Commission. The Mobilizers have worked with Burundi Yearly Meeting leadership to adapt the former Sister Church Program. We are excited about seeing Burundi leadership choosing projects according to criteria that we have chosen together, which is shaped around Burundi Friends’ vision and priorities.

  1. SURE ($2,136 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
    The Sure (pronounced “Sue-ray”) Church was started in 1956. This historic church was planted by Kibimba Monthly meeting and had Bahenda as their first pastor. In 2014, Sure has 200 members and has already started the construction of their new church building. They have completed the construction up to the top of the walls. EFC-MAYM and Burundi Yearly Meeting have agreed that it would be a great help for us to provide funds for tin roofing, nails for the roof, and cement for brick tuck-pointing, in order to save their new walls from being damaged in the rainy season. Their next vision after finishing their church building is to plant a new church in the nearby area of Mwaro Province. See the proposal here: SURE Church Project.The total estimated amount in this project request is $2,136.
  2.   KAMENGE (Monthly Meeting)/Kamesa (Local Church) ($2894 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
  3.   NKANKA ($2250 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
  4.   NYARUKENKE ($2230)
  5.   KAYANZA ($1040)
  6.   RUTSIRI ($3784)
  7.   MUTAHO ($3000)
  8.   NYAKABANDA ($1500)
  9.   NYARUNTANA ($1570)
  10.  NYANGUNGU ($2481.48)

See descriptions and details for all of the above Sister Church Project proposals in the following document: Burundi Sister Churches #3-10.

The Missions Mobilizers are seeking churches and individuals in EFC-MAYM who are willing to partner with them in this way. An EFC-MAYM church could partner with all of part of the project. As other churches in Burundi meet qualifications for this program and are added to our fundraising list, the Missions Mobilizers will keep you informed. We can work with your congregation to know exactly where your donations go so that you can celebrate a relationship with a specific Burundian congregation. Any funds that come in above and beyond the Project #3 needs will be reserved in the Burundi Sister Church fund to be used for upcoming projects.

Please send donation to: EFC-MAYM, 2018 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS, 67213 marked “Burundi Sister Church Project”.

Burundi Update

Friday, May 1st, 2015

burundiPlease pray for peace in Burundi.  We keep hearing updates from the Burundi Friend’s Legal Representative, Domitien Sabongerwa, that Burundi’s political security is in jeopardy.  We have heard reports from Friends leaders in Rwanda that a few thousand refugees from Burundi have already entered Rwanda.

We learned from Domitien yesterday, Tuesday, April 28, that public demonstrations and unrest have begun over the past three days.  Many schools and public services are not functioning at this time.  Friends spent special time in prayer at Rohero Church yesterday in Bujumbura.  So far there are reports of 2 civilians killed and more than 20 policemen injured.  There are reports of people leaving their homes in Bujumbura , but so far we haven’t heard any news like this for any area “upcountry.”  Church leaders of several denominations are meeting to talk about ways they might peacefully influence the situation.

Domitien reports that there is continued disagreement, particularly around terms of presidential elections.  There is a series of elections coming up:  local government and parliament elections scheduled for May 26, presidential elections June 26, and further national elections in July.

Thanks for your ongoing prayers,

– Matt Macy, Associate Director of Evangelical Friends Mission

Burundi Prayer Focus

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Please pray for Burundi.

Presidential Elections on June 26What was once expected to be a peaceful election is now beginning to show several signs of tension that may create some demonstrations and disruptions throughout Burundi.  EFC-MAYM had a “Saltshaker” short-term team scheduled to be in Burundi this summer, which hasnow been postponed until 2016 due to these concerns.  Please pray for the peace that Burundi has enjoyed for the last several years to continue.

Flood near Bujumbura, Burundi.  A flood which occurred a few miles from Bujumbura at Rutunga and some other places along Lake Tanganyika has left 3,000 people without homes, 20 dead, and 15 missing.  Please pray for these victims and the Burundi Friends Church as they find the best ways to respond.

You may recall that a different flood previously affected a suburb in Bujumbura,which impacted some of our Friends Churches and families.  At that time, we had a generous response sent to both the EFC-MAYM and EFM offices.  We were able immediately to work with Burundi leaders to help the community with emergency relief, then later with rebuilding homes, particularly for those in the church who had the greatest need.  Thank you!  There are still some funds remaining in that account that we are offering to Burundi leaders for emergency relief in this new situation.  We will provide an update later if we discover that further funds would be appropriate.

May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

– EFM Office

Burundi Sister Church Update #3

Friday, February 20th, 2015

burundi2_2An update on the official requests that have come in from Burundi to the EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers for the new Burundi Sister Church Program. See 2014 September Burundi Sister Church as finalized summer 2014. Please prayerfully consider whether your church or individuals might be willing to partner with this and/or other Burundi church building projects to bless our friends for the sake of the Great Commission. The Mobilizers have worked with Burundi Yearly Meeting leadership to adapt the former Sister Church Program. We are excited about seeing Burundi leadership choosing projects according to criteria that we have chosen together, which is shaped around Burundi Friends’ vision and priorities.

1. SURE ($534 has been donated as of 2/19/15)

The Sure (pronounced “Sue-ray”) Church was started in 1956. This historic church was planted by Kibimba Monthly meeting and had Bahenda as their first pastor. In 2014, Sure has 200 members and has already started the construction of their new church building. They have completed the construction up to the top of the walls. EFC-MAYM and Burundi Yearly Meeting have agreed that it would be a great help for us to provide funds for tin roofing, nails for the roof, and cement for brick tuck-pointing, in order to save their new walls from being damaged in the rainy season. Their next vision after finishing their church building is to plant a new church in the nearby area of Mwaro Province. See the proposal here: SURE Church Project.The total estimated amount in this project request is $2,136.

2.   KAMENGE (Monthly Meeting)/Kamesa (Local Church) ($2894)

3.   NKANKA ($2250)

4.   NYARUKENKE ($2230)

5.   KAYANZA ($1040)

6.   RUTSIRI ($3784)

7.   MUTAHO ($3000)

8.   NYAKABANDA ($1500)

9.   NYARUNTANA ($1570)

10. NYANGUNGU ($2481.48)

See descriptions and details for all of the above Sister Church Project proposals in the following document: Burundi Sister Churches #2-10 (No funds have been received as of 2/19/15).

The Missions Mobilizers are seeking churches and individuals in EFC-MAYM who are willing to partner with them in this way. An EFC-MAYM church could partner with all of part of the project. As other churches in Burundi meet qualifications for this program and are added to our fundraising list, the Missions Mobilizers will keep you informed. We can work with your congregation to know exactly where your donations go so that you can celebrate a relationship with a specific Burundian congregation. Any funds that come in above and beyond the Sure Church project needs, will be reserved in the Burundi Sister Church fund to be used for upcoming projects.

Please send donation to: EFC-MAYM, 2018 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS, 67213 marked “Burundi Sister Church Project.”