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Camp Quaker Haven Junior High Camp 2017 Highlight Video

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Check out this video capturing some highlights from Junior High Camp 2017 #ALLIN

 

Top 10 Reasons To Go On A Saltshaker Mission Trip

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Top 10 Reasons To Go On A Saltshaker Mission Trip

Written by the Saltshaker 2017 Team that went to India and Bhutan.

 

1. Grow in life maturity. The Saltshaker trip helps you learn how to cope and endure suffering. It gives you an understanding of how others live and how to affirm yourself and others. I also learned life skills like being more assertive for both myself and others, how to extend and receive hospitality, work with a team, and how to speak in public. -Alec Schenck

 

2. Grow spiritually. Saltshaker helps you understand God’s purpose and role in the world, which helps you understand God’s purpose for you. During Saltshaker 2017 I grew so much spiritually and felt called to be baptized in the mission field of Bhutan. God was working in my life spirituality and He will in yours too. -Alec Schenck

 

3. Lots of laughter! Laughter is the best medicine for anything. On a Saltshaker trip, the cultural differences are so intense that the only way to compensate is to laugh. A lot! At everything! Also, your Saltshaker team becomes your family, so what do you do with family? You laugh. You will be filled with so much joy that you can’t help but laugh all the time. And it feels so good! -Mark Persinger 

 

4. It will leave you speechless. There are lots of things that happen on a Saltshaker that are amazing. They are so amazing that they will leave you actually speechless. God reveals his majesty in so many undeniable ways and it is amazing! -Lynnelle Bogan

 

5. Intense cultural experience. You get to try new food, learn different languages, and experience different church services. You get to have a front row seat to a new culture. -Zack Leininger 

 

6. It will change your life if you let it! If you let God work through your experiences and through the people you work with, it will give you a new perspective. Personally, it affirmed my calling to ministry. -Parker Titus

 

7. Relationships you build with the missionaries. You become more connected with the missionaries personally which connects them to your family and to your church. Choity was a very sweet lady and I enjoyed getting to build a relationship with her. -Hallie Mayes

 

8. You will be stretched! You will be used and stretched in ways you didn’t know you could be. It may even be something you needed, but didn’t know you needed it. Before Saltshaker, I didn’t really like talking in front of people a lot. During Saltshaker, I had to talk in front of people everyday. Because it stretched me, now I’m more comfortable talking in front of others. If you’re willing, it will change your life forever! -Bailey Pohlman

 

9. Capacity to suffer. We very rarely suffer here in America but when we do suffer we are able to understand somewhat of what Jesus experienced on the cross for us. Without great suffering can we really experience great joy?! Going on a Saltshaker allows us to suffer and in turn experience great joy. -Jenna Easley

 

10. Life is a missions trip! Saltshaker is the best training for the ministry that Jesus sends his followers out to in Luke 10, but that doesn’t just apply to 3 weeks out of the summer. The call to always be ready to share, preach, testify, and step up and lead is what it means to follow Jesus 24/7 for all believers. By the end of a Saltshaker trip my teams become fluent, confident, able and willing to serve. So confident that even 15 year old girls can preach the gospel on street corners to 200 Hindus gathered to listen. Ready to sign up for “Following Jesus Boot Camp?” Time to sign up for a Saltshaker mission trip!  -Adam Monaghan

 

 

 

Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Update #11

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

July 2 

Today we woke up a little earlier so that we could go see the biggest Buddha in the world before church. Seeing the giant statue of the Buddha was crazy, but it broke my heart seeing people worship a statue, rather than the real true God. 

We then went to our first church service at the “Mother” church of Bhutan, Thimphu Friends Church. Here we each did an introduction and said a brief word to try and help build them up in their faith. 

After visiting our first church of the day we went straight to a church in the slums full of Indian refugees. When we arrived, there was Sunday school going on, so we spent time with the kids, prayed for them, and played with them. After we ate lunch, siting on the floor of the church eating with our hands, of course. But right after lunch I attend a smallbaptism class hosted by Rupac and Adam. I attended  because 5 Bhutanese youth and I were about to be baptized in the Thimphu River. I wanted to be baptized because I was ready to show that I am all God’s, that I’m ready and willing to be used in any and every way, and that I was ready for the next step in my faith. I had felt called to be baptized when Rupac had mentioned that some of their youth was going to be baptized (and I had been thinking about it for a while back at home too). So I talked to Adam and my parents, and I got to be baptized! To get to the river we had to take a fairly long walk. We walked through mud, trash, and over barbed wire to get there. Once we got there me, Adam, and Rupak got in the freezing mountain water and I was baptized by Adam. And seeing the other youth baptized by Rupac with Adam’s help brought joy to my heart because that’s 5 more people that are now publicly known as Christians. 

After the baptism we attended the church service. We had a brief time for introductions and short messages because we had a small service project to get done after. 

For the service project, we painted the inside of the church and helped begin to build onto the church because the building was too small for the amount that attended, which is a very good problem to have, and it makes me very happy to see a church so full that people are sitting outside the door. We served hand in hand and side by side with the Bhutanese youth in this service project working on this church in the middle of a slum. It was an amazing opportunity. 

After we finished the project we all left for a youth basketball tournament. Some of the youth and the Saltshakers all played together and had very much fun. 

Today was a fantastic and beautiful day. The Lord’s presence was very apparent today and it was wonderful. Thank you all for the support in prayer! 

-Alec Schenck 

Northridge Friends Church 

Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Update #9

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

June 30

After making the rigorous 4 hour journey by every form of transportation that exists back from Bali Island, we finally arrived in Kolkata around supper time. From there, we took some taxis and headed to a mall. The traffic was especially crazy that night because even though the mall was not far from the train station, it took us about 45 minutes (maybe 3 miles at the most). 

When we got to the mall, I was in shock. This mall was huge and very, very fancy. They had a beautiful fountain in the middle with lights and everyone was taking pictures in front of it. There were also a lot of fancy stores. It was extremely different from what we had normally been seeing in India. We then proceeded upstairs to eat at a Chili’s. We were all very excited to get to eat some familiar food. It was not the same as it is in America, but it was still really good. Zack and I ordered so much food that we couldn’t even finish it all (and for the first time since we arrived that was okay). Adam predicted, that because we got so much food, that either Zack or I would be up at 2 in the morning throwing up. Luckily, neither of us did. We slept great. 

The next morning, we had to get up early and head to the airport because we were flying out to Bhutan. When we were checking into our flight, we had to check our carry on bags because the plane was quite small. For some reason, they told us we had to take out any power banks or battery-powered devices from those bags. Zack and Jenna did not do this, so they had to be taken into a private room. We didn’t know how long they were going to be gone, so we ordered some breakfast. Then after about 20 minutes, they came back out and we proceeded through security. Thankfully, everything went fine and we were able to get into our plane. Our plane reminded me of the plane from Jurassic Park. This flight was very short; but nevertheless, they fed us. 

When we finally arrived in Bhutan, I was amazed at how beautiful it was. They had lush, green mountains, and rivers, and trees. It looks a lot like the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The air was cool, and it was not crowded with people. It was a very nice break from the heat and busyness of Kolkata. We had an hour drive from the airport to our hotel in Thimphu. As soon as we arrived, we ate lunch quickly and then went upstairs to a youth conference hosted by the Bhutan Friends Church. The theme verse for this meeting was Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine for your light has come. Let the glory of the Lord shine upon you.” During the time we spent at this meeting, we sang songs, gave testimonies, played games, and encouraged the youth in their faith by our team preaching lots of messages. It was a very interesting youth conference. When we first entered, we got to wear the national dress clothes of Bhutan. They were not very comfortable and they were quite hot, but it was so neat to be able to do that. Also, when we entered the room, all the windows were shut and the blinds were closed. We had to be very secretive about what we were doing. Rupak told the youth not to post any pictures on Facebook until we left and to not answer anyone’s questions about what we were doing. This made us realize the challenges of practicing your Christian faith in a “closed” country. Please pray for Bhutan to be open to the gospel. I felt very blessed from this as well, and I could feel God moving in this place. We then proceeded to eat supper and socialized with the youth. I enjoyed this because most of them could speak English very well, so we could have real, meaningful conversations.

After eating supper, we went sightseeing. By this time, it was dark. We drove up a mountain, and when you looked down, you could see the whole city. It was such a beautiful view. I could have sat there for hours just looking at everything. We took pictures, but they did not do it justice. Bhutan is such a fascinating and breathtaking country.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to come on this trip and visit both the countries of India and Bhutan. I have gotten to see the work of God firsthand, and it is so amazing. These people truly have a heart and soul and love for Jesus. I am constantly amazed by their faithfulness and willingness to do God’s will. I want to thank my family, friends, and Bethel Friends Church for all the support and prayers. I am truly honored. God bless you all!

-Mark Persinger 

Bethel Friends Church

Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Update #4

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

Saturday was a somewhat relaxed day. We met at the office after breakfast and had team devotions and then left for the train station to go to Malda. I had never ridden in a train before so it was a really cool experience for me! The trip was about 6 hours and it was a wild adventure. 

Sunday was full of visiting churches and worshipping God with the Friends Churches of the Malda region. We went to 2 different churches in different villages and preached, shared testimonies, sang, shared bible stories through drama. At the first church we went to, the other girls and I had a chance to dance with the women of the church. I was actually dancing with the pastor’s wife but didn’t know it until later during the service! It was so much fun and was a highlight of my day! Mark and Jenna both shared messages that God had laid on their hearts. Adam led a call and public response time that  followed which was a very humbling thing to witness. 

At the second service we had our normal program and sharing time. David and I shared our messages and it was amazing to see the Lord working in the people as we were sharing what was on our hearts. We got a chance to pray over the church and bless them in everything that they are doing in their village and in India. Then, as we do at most of the churches, we took lots of pictures with the people of the church at their request for “selfies.” 

Coming back from the second church yesterday was a very interesting experience. Ramadan ended on Sunday which means that their celebrations have begun after sunset. But the streets were flooded with Hindu people celebrating a Hindu Festival and parading in the streets to worship their gods. It took awhile to get back to the hotel because of there being so many people. It broke my heart to see so many people that don’t know the love and truth of Jesus. 

It has been absolutely amazing to go to so many different churches and seeing the joy of the Lord on their faces. We may live half a world apart, but we still worship the same God. It has been an amazing experience so far and the Lord has blessed our trip in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us the rest of the trip!

Before I sign off, I want to thank all of you guys for praying and supporting us on this trip! It means more than you will ever know to our team! We love all of you!

Blessings in Christ

-Bailey Pohlman 

  Northridge Friends Church

 

Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Update #3

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Friday morning started out very hot and humid (as normal). We had a breakfast of boiled eggs, bread, bananas, and a hot spicy soup (again). We then have a team-lead devotion, sing songs as a group, pray, and process what we have seen through out the trip so far. 

After breakfast we got onto a public bus, but when we went to get off they did not want to wait very long so they decided to continue moving before Adam got off. After we got off the first bus we went to get on another one that would take us to the Evangelical Friends Church office, this one did not want to stop to allow us to get on. After running after the bus for a block we were finally able to get on the bus. 

When we arrived to the office we celebrated a girl named Manti’s birthday. After we ate a very large meal of rice and chicken for lunch. 

After lunch we got into a van and drove on a very bumpy, crazy, and crowded road to a village named Hooghly. Here we were welcomed with open hands. They brought us tea and crackers and made sure we were comfortable. The Christians of the village then sang songs in Bangla. 

After they had finished singing, we began our program that we had planned. We started out with skits and songs acting out Jonah and the whale and singing some songs we had learned in English, Bangla, and Hindi. 

Then Lynnelle and I each shared a sermon. While speaking to the people in the village you could see the joy of the Lord in their eyes and face. Because most of the Christians there are first generation Christians, the stories and sermons we tell and show seem to really help them understand the work of God. 

After we had finished our program we rejoiced with cake and food. And then we headed back for our 2 1/2 hour commute. 

Our second day was amazing and eye opening! Thank you all for your prayers! 

-Alec Schenck

Northridge Friends Church

Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Update #2

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Monday morning we (the US portion of the Saltshaker team) gathered in Wichita for a day of orientation.  It was a long day filled with lots of information such as the history of India and Bhutan and common customs and practices.  One thing we learned was that in India they have tea 4-5 times a day.  We also learned to look at things not necessarily as right or wrong rather different.  Orientation day was successful and enlightening to the entire team.

We left the Wichita airport at 6am Tuesday morning and arrived in Kolkata around 9pm Wednesday.  The flights were long, but uneventful, and God gave us smooth, peaceful travel.  Customs in the Kolkata airport was an interesting experience full of many questions.  They reminded me of how blessed we are in the US to have religious freedom.

After DK and Choity picked us up from the airport, we were immediately thrown into the Indian way of life.  From the crowded streets to the chaos of traffic to the dogs roaming free, it was all new to most of us.  One interesting fact about Indian culture, they honk at EVERYTHING. Everyone found it really funny, and we had quite a few laughs on the way to our hotel.  At the hotel we met up with David from Bhutan, the final member of our team.

Tuesday morning started out with a breakfast of boiled eggs, bread, bananas, and some sort of spicy soup.  We then took a public bus (a very crowded and laughter filled experience) to the Friends office of Kolkata.  Hallie said, “That bus ride alone made all the flights worth it.”  At the office we were able to cool off from the immense heat outside.  There, we met Manti, Esther, and Biplap.  Manti, Esther, and David helped to teach us all some songs in various languages and dances to go with them.  

For lunch we had Jack fruit and butter and jelly sandwiches.  Chai tea was served before and after lunch, which we all enjoyed.  We then took off for a three hour bus trip to the island of Nazzat. There, we had the amazing opportunity to worship with the church.  Parker, Hallie, and Zack all shared messages and we all participated in some skits.  At the end, we each had a chance to bless and pray over some of the people in the church.

On our way to Nazzat church and village. 

In one day we utilized a public bus, our own two feet, a private bus, a river barge, and bike-drawn carts.  

Our first day was an awesome experience, one I don’t think any of us will forget.  The  team is healthy, please pray it continues that way for the entirety of the trip. 

-Lynnelle Bogan

Bethel Friends Church 

Technical Difficulties at the Ministry Center

Friday, May 15th, 2015

We are experiencing landline phone problems here at the Ministry Center in Wichita. We discovered the problem yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 14th). Unfortunately, our phone system is down indefinitely. Please call our cell phones if you need to reach one of the Ministry Center staff or Leadership Team members:

Janet Penna 316-617-8926
Jesse Penna 316-641-9961
Adam Monaghan 316-734-4466

Missions Mobilizers Weekend – Haviland Friends Church

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 11.49.51 AMHaviland Friends Church and the EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers sponsored a missions weekend, February 14-15. Four talks were held over the weekend, given by MissionsRev representative, Todd Ahrend. The presentations were interesting and dynamic, given with the purpos e to mobilize the church into actively being involved in reaching our world with the Gospel.

The topics covered were, “The History of Missions” emphasizing how historically God worked through prayer and revivals, and how mobilizing was key; “Being a Global Christian” covered all the excuses given for not joining the movement of missions; “The Task Remaining” explored the Tribal, Hindu, Communist, Muslim, and Buddhist backgrounds and how so many are lost to these religions (India was a very stark region of so many unreached); and lastly, “The Biblical Basis for Missions” in which he highlighted the Abrahamic Revolution that marked the shift in human history as God began to send out his people to the nations.

These workshop talks were well attended by people of all ages and were especially compelling for parents and young people, but everyone was challenged. Many left convicted and are still discussing what God stirred in them during these sessions. Haviland Friends leadership was pleased with this missional emphasis weekend and would recommend that other churches bring in one of MissionRev’s speakers for their congregations/area churches.

– Hannah Kendall, Haviland Friends Missions Committee Chair, EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers Team Member

Run for Missions 2014 100-Mile Fundraiser Run Report

Friday, November 21st, 2014

1477364_875313589168890_7359283672485267263_nThe 7th annual Run for Missions 100-Mile Fundraiser Run had a successful finish and a crazy adventure along the way. The final finish time for the 100 mile run was 23 hours and 44 minutes. I left Haviland at 6am on Monday and arrived to the office in Wichita 16 minutes before 6am on Tuesday. I was joined by about 25 people from Barclay College, Friends University, Pratt and Wichita along the way who joined the fun as pacers and crew support. The day started cool and brisk, in the 30s. The afternoon warmed all the way up to 76 degrees before a massive arctic blast arrived at about 4:00pm and immediately dropped temperatures from seasonably warm to cold in a matter of minutes. Within a few hours the temps were below freezing with 10815263_10152616275333401_2077502875_osustained winds of 20-40mph and gusts up to 50mph. The low ended up at 23 degrees which means a temperature swing of 53 degrees! Battling the cold and wind was quite the challenge throughout the night. By late evening we wore multiple layers as we ran west to Wichita with the wind coming from due north. Running 100 miles is always tough but these conditions made the finish line much sweeter.

700 miles for missions down…with our eye on 1,000 miles for missions in a few more years!

We are still raising funds for the EFC-MAYM Missionary Blessing Fund through the end of the year. So far, just over $13,000 has come in for 2014 and our goal is to raise $25,000 before the end of the year. You can still make a donation by sending a check to EFC-MAYM (memo: Run for Missions), 2018 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS 67213 postmarked by December 31, 2014.

See reports of previous Run for Missions 100 Mile Runs here.

Also, don’t miss the official report for the 5th annual Run for Missions 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon on Saturday, October 25th in Haviland.

Picture Top Left: With Mike Niefert, east of Pratt, around mile 35.

Picture Bottom Right: Tim Marshall (of Rose Hill Friends), who ran 50 miles, with Adam Monaghan, arriving at the finish line.

Saltshaker Sinaloa Update #3

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Saturday, June 21st, 2013

Greetings! It has been quite hot here in Sinaloa but they say that it could actually be quite hotter! The food has been amazing, and the people’s love for us and their willingness to serve and help us has been inspiring.  We have just finished a day of sports camps with other area churches and the Siete Ejidos community.  The guys were at the local soccer field and the girls were all at a local school playing volleyball.  Each group taught each other some of their favorite games. “El Grande Ridiculo” was a hit! We shared lunch at the church (for about 100 people) and then walked up and down the streets to invite people to a church service.  We ended our time worshiping the Lord together and then said our goodbyes to the visiting ministry teams. Please be in prayer for our church service tomorrow and as we prepare for VBS Monday-Friday in potentially more than one village.  Everyone is healthy, happy, and hot.  We are having a great time building relationships as a team and in the community.  Our times as a group are filled with much laughter, eating, singing, and praying. We hope you enjoy the pictures we have included below.

Love in Christ,

Lisa Newton (Friendswood) & Jeannie Ross (Haviland)

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NEW LEADERS FOR EVANGELICAL FRIENDS MISSION

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Gregg Prickett, chairman of the Evangelical Friends Mission board is pleased to announce Dan Cammack as the new Director of EFM and Matt Macy as the new Associate Director.

Dan Cammack is currently pastor of Tigard Community Friends Church in Tigard, Oregon and a former missionary in Peru with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. He and his wife Tami and family served for 15 years as missionaries to Peru. Dan is vice-president of the EFM Board,   chairman of its Strategy Committee, missions coach to Mexico, and former chairman of the Board of Global Outreach of Northwest Yearly Meeting of  Friends Church. He holds a Masters in Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University, and is a graduate of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Matt Macy is currently Youth Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America and an active member of Crossroads Friends Church   in Wichita, Kansas. He is a member of the Strategy Committee of the EFM Board, and missions coach to Bangladesh. Matt will lead his 50th short-term mission trip this summer and is a major planner of youth events, including the 2010 nationwide Summit Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, KS with a major in religion and philosophy. He and his wife Carrie and family live in Wichita.

The EFM Board believes that adding an Associate Director will move the organization forward in recruiting new missionaries, connecting with churches, and giving good strategy for missionaries and their leaders. Both men will assume office on October 1, 2012.

DONATIONS FOR BURUNDI

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

We have 26 persons preparing for Saltshaker 2012 Kibimba Hospital Burundi mission trip.

We can take one trunk per person at no charge, or we could add a second trunk for $60 each if anyone would like to help pay for extra trunks/fees.  Also, donations would be accepted to purchase items needed.  Debby McElroy at Northridge is our donations and trunk-packing point person (staff@northridgefriends.org 316.838.7724).

We are aiming to have items at Northridge Friends in Wichita by June 10, but we also have team members leaving from Friendswood Friends and Chandler Friends with trunks to pack if it would be easier for you to take items there.  If you would like to mail/ship any donations, please send to Saltshaker 2012, Northridge Friends Church, 2655 Bullinger, Wichita, KS 67204. If you would like to make a donation but you are unable to meet the June 10 deadline, please contact Debby as this may be accommodated before packing dates which will be soon after the 10th.

SALTSHAKER 2012 DONATIONS LIST:          

20,000 Star Stickers
10,000 Crayons new or used, whole or broken.
Layettes (packed in a one-gallon zip lock bag)

· small flannel size receiving blankets
· small onesies (3 months or smaller)
· caps (knit is ok-but needs to be small)
· pairs of socks
· cloth diapers, large safety pins
· plastic pants
· wash rag
· bar of soap

12 Soccer balls
4 Basket balls
12 Volley balls
3 ball pumps