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Keeping the Faith

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

During the first two weeks of June, more than 500 people descended upon Camp Quaker Haven to participate in our three EFC-MAYM summer camps (181 at Kids Camp, 166 at Junior High Camp, and 168 at Senior High Camp). 

This represents by far the largest annual gathering of Evangelical Friends here in Mid America.

 

I was able to make a personal visit to camp on Sunday evening, June 10, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that the Lord is continuing to do a mighty work among His people through our camping ministries.  I was also reminded once again that it was at Camp Quaker Haven, way back in June of 1977, that I began my personal journey with Jesus in earnest.  It was a special blessing to be back at camp 41 years later to offer a blessing on behalf of the entire yearly meeting and to pray specifically for my son, Josiah, who was serving as the guest speaker for this year’s Senior High Camp.

 

I want to give a big shout out to our entire camp leadership team for their endless hours of hard work, and for the many personal and sacrificial investments each of them have made in the lives of our students over the past two weeks. This long list of servant leaders includes a multitude of counselors, college students and program staff from across our extended family of Friends here in Mid America.  Special thanks to Joe and Carole Corder (Camp Directors), Jesse Penna (Director of Student Ministries), Jenna Easley (Director of Support Ministries), Manny Garcia and Shawn Penrose (Kids Camp Directors), Katie Newton and Drew Davenport (Junior High and Senior High Camp Directors), Janet Penna (Administrative Assistant) and Spencer Linville (Camp Board Chair).  These folks, in particular, were entrusted with doing most of the “heavy lifting” during the past year when it comes to planning and implementing our summer camp ministry.  Rest assured that your labor is not in vain, my friends, but will bear lasting fruit for the Kingdom! (cf. Is 55:10-11; Jn 15:5-8; 1 Cor 15:58; Heb 6:10)

 

I would urge you to join me in praying even more diligently for our students as they return home from camp.  We make an intentional effort to constantly remind our students during summer camp that they are not the church of tomorrow, but the church of today. But this message will only ring true if we are willing and able to help these young men and women keep the faith by making space for them to participate fully in the life of our local churches when they return home.  That will require much more than mere lip service or an occasional “youth service.”  It will require us to include them in each of our regular worship services, in our leadership teams, in our discipleship ministries, in our outreach initiatives, and every other aspect of church life.

 

After making personal, on site visits to each of our EFC-MA churches in recent years, I can tell you with absolute certainty that, without exception, the healthiest, liveliest, most effective and fruitful churches in Mid America always make a strategic, sustained effort to include student ministry as a core part of their mission.  The corollary, of course, is that those churches that fail to do so are generally dying on the vine.

 

So I want to offer a challenge to each and every one of you who are reading this right now: Find a camper when they return home and ask them about their experience at Quaker Haven this year.  Ask them how God is moving in their life, and how He may want to move in their own family, school, neighborhood, workplace AND home church.  Pray with them, and ask them to pray for you.  Offer to meet with them every now and then, maybe over coffee or ice cream, just to listen, talk and pray together.  They need your wisdom and support, you need their passion and hope, and we all desperately need “the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament” in order to grow and build itself up in love “as each part does its work” (Eph 4:16).  To borrow from Ignatius of Antioch (35-108) …

 

“Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when you assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.”

 

– David O. Williams, General Superintendent     

Better Together

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

I recently attended a series of semi-annual meetings with our six regional leaders from Evangelical Friends Church-North America (EFC-NA) and the governing board of Evangelical Friends Mission (EFM).  I must confess that board meetings have never been high on my list of favorite activities, but this particular gathering was especially fruitful and life-giving.

 

It didn’t hurt that both meetings were held at Quaker Ridge Camp, located in the high country of the Colorado Rockies, in the shadow of majestic Pike’s Peak.  But by far the best part of this week was having the privilege of spending time with a group of spiritual leaders from across our extended family of Friends here in North America who share a common love for Jesus and a deep passion for “equipping the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world” in Jesus’ name.

One of the greatest blessings for me, personally, was the fresh realization that EFC-MAYM continues to play a critical role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission through the ministry of EFM.  This is reflected in many practical ways …

  • We have three of our very own, “home grown” missionaries currently serving on three very strategic EFM fields in Africa (Carpenter), Asia (Linville) and Latin America (Hughes).
  • We have several other missionaries serving around the world who were equipped and sent through our strategic partnership with Barclay College.
  • We have invested over one million dollars in the work of EFM during the past two years alone, which represents nearly 1/3 of the EFM annual budget.
  • We have 41 churches and 319 individuals who are currently contributing to the work of EFM, as well as 14 Friends Women groups.
  • We have offered a portion of our office space at the Ministry Center in Wichita as an interim headquarters for EFM, and will do so as long as needed.

During our time together at Quaker Ridge, I was also impressed by a growing sense of unity among our six yearly meetings here in North America.  We have been entrusted with a shared vision for making disciples here in our own country and around the world. 

We are part of an extended family of Friends here in North America that includes more than 300 churches representing at least 40,000 people in six regions (Alaska, Eastern Region, Mid America, Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest). We are developing new leaders together, we are planting new churches together, and we together we are  supporting a gifted team of cross-cultural missionaries serving on at least nine foreign mission fields (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ecuador, India, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda and the Philippines).

 

Clearly, we are better togetherand after our recent gathering in Colorado, I have renewed confidence that the best is yet to come!

 

– David O. Williams, General Superintendent

Jr. High Quiz Season Comes To An End | Friendswood, Tx | 4-28-18

Monday, April 30th, 2018
The Jr. High Bible Quiz Finals were held on Saturday, April 28 at Friendswood Friends Church.  Twelve teams from seven churches competed over Matthew 15-28. There was fierce competition, but in the end, Northridge Blue came out on top, taking 1st place.  Haviland Blue finished in 2nd place.  Argonia Blue placed 3rd, and Friends Community ended up 4th overall. 
The standings are as follows:

National Friends Church Multiplication Conference | August 1-3, 2018 | Barclay College

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
The National Friends Church Multiplication Conference is a gathering of evangelically-minded Friends leaders, students, and others who have a heart for church planting and who want to be faithful to do our part to fulfill the Great Commission through the Friends Church. The 2018 conference will feature inspirational messages, best practice workshops, and time for fellowship and synergistic networking with other forward-looking Friends from around the country.  Recognizing that it takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people, a number of different methods and approaches will be discussed.  This conference will be informative, stirring, and help us refocus on God’s call with a “gates of hell shall not prevail against it” passion.  Christ is in the process of building His Church.  With God’s help, we need to prayerfully consider how we might shed a maintenance-mentality and stir up a strategic church multiplication movement among evangelically-minded Friends!  
 
The featured speaker at this year’s conference will be Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, and president of the Exponential Conference, equipping church planting leaders around the world. He is the author of The BIG IDEA (2007), Exponential (2010), On The Verge (2011), Discover Your Mission Now (2013) and Finding Your Way Back To God (2014). Dave will come with a special message for Friends you won’t want to miss!
 
For additional information contact: 
Jim Le Shana, Chair of the NFCMC Planning Team 
Work: 620-862-5252
Cell: 337-7596 

Leach Graduate Scholarship | Deadline to Apply June 1

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The purpose of the Leach Scholarship Endowment is to assist students who are members of the Friends Church and who are involved in graduate studies in preparation for ministry. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, pastoral ministry, missionary service, Christian education and youth ministry. Enrollment is not limited to specific institutions; however, those with an evangelical orientation will be given priority when reviewing applications for scholarships.  The application deadline is June 1.  Additional information on the Leach Scholarship, including an online application, can be found on the EFC-MAYM website: http://www.efcmaym.org/leach-graduate-scholarship/.

Jr. High Quiz | Argonia, KS | 3-3-18

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
 
Argonia Friends Church hosted the March quiz meet on Saturday, March 3.  Eight teams played a round robin tournament where every team played every team, answering questions over Matthew 15-23.  There were many very close matches and nail biting overtimes. In the end, Northridge came out on top taking first place. 
The other teams finished as follows:
 

Job Opening | Youth Pastor | Alliance, OH

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Youth Pastor, Alliance Friends Church
 
Alliance (OH) Friends Church is looking for someone energetic and excited to work with teens, junior high and senior high. Must have a heart to disciple committed teens for Jesus as well as reach out to those more distanced from church. Inner-city type environment with multi-ethnic attenders. Will join a dynamic ministry team. Ministry degree strongly preferred. Contact Donna Carr Jenkins at   330 685 2223 or email donnacj2532@sbcglobal.net  

2018 Quiz Season is Underway

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The first quiz of the season took place on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Northridge Friends Church.  Twelve teams from seven churches quizzed over Matthew 15-17.  The competition was fierce with many close matches.  In the end, Northridge Blue took first, Haviland came in 2nd, Friends Community placed 3rd, and Bethel Blue was 4th.  

 

(First Place: Northridge Blue)

(2nd Place: Haviland)

(3rd Place: Friends Community)

(4th Place: Bethel Blue)

 

The other teams placed as follows:

5th: Argonia Red, Northridge Red

6th: Chandler, Bethel Red

7th: Friendswood Red, Friendswood Blue

8th: Argonia White, Argonia Blue

The next quiz will be in Chandler, OK  on Feb. 10th

Messy Christmas

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

As we ponder the true meaning of our Lord’s incarnation during this Advent season, I wanted to pass along the following quote that I recently received from a fellow colleague:

It is easy to gloss over the introduction to Matthew’s Gospel. I should know. I’ve done it many times. Chapter one consists of what appears to be a utilitarian and benign genealogy, nevertheless important because it demonstrates that the Jesus described in this volume is indeed the promised Messiah King, heir to the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. But a closer look triggers a jolt to one’s religious and cultural sensibilities. The first two paragraphs mention that four women represent vital links in the Messianic chain: a victim of rape (Tamar); a virtuous “outsider” to the community of promise (Ruth); an opportunistic woman of ill-repute, to put it delicately (Rahab); and a co-conspirator in adultery and murder (Bathsheba). The ways of God are truly a marvel! His purposes cannot be thwarted.  He does not remove himself from our messes, He redeems them. [Ralph Enlow, president of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, emphasis mine]

Obviously, the four women who are included in the genealogy of Jesus were far from perfect, but let’s not forget that there are at least forty men mentioned in this same list who were all equally fallen and flawed human beings as well.  It would be good to remember, for example, that the Messiah’s lineage also included Abraham (a chronic liar), David (an adulterous murderer), Solomon (a serial polygamist) and Manasseh (a blatant idolater), just to name a few.  One could easily argue that the genealogy of Jesus is one long, messianic mess!

But once again, as Ralph Enlow would reminds us, we serve a God who “does not remove Himself from our messes, He redeems them.”

As absurd as this may sound, how much more so when we consider the manner in which the Messiah redeems our messes.  Instead of distancing Himself from our filth, or carefully stepping around it, He actually embraces it: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (Jn 1:14, MSG).

To be even more specific … the pure, holy, sinless Son of God, the sole source of Divine Wisdom behind the entire universe, was conceived as a frail and fragile embryo, delivered through a bloody birth canal, born in a barn, wrapped in rags, placed in a stone cold feeding trough, welcomed by stinky shepherds, worshipped by mysterious magicians, hunted by tyrannical despots, raised by refugees, rejected by relatives, befriended by bums, betrayed by his brothers, forsaken by his friends, arrested and convicted by the religious and civil authorities, tortured and mocked by the military, viciously crucified with broad support and public acclimation from the crowds.  “Crucify him,” they shouted, and “let his blood be on us and on our children!” (Mt 27:23, 25).

And “by his stripes we are healed” (Is 53:5).

Clearly, truth is much stranger – and infinitely more redemptive – than fiction.

So I wonder what messy situations you may be facing this Christmas?  The list of potential problems is endless – health concerns, financial stress, marriage and family tensions, problems at work, loss of loved ones – but make no mistake, the solution is singular.  As George Fox would remind us, “There is one, even Christ Jesus, who can speak to thy condition.”

And so we wait for Jesus the Messiah to come and help us clean up the many messes in our own lives, in our families, in our neighborhoods and in our world.  That is what Advent (“the coming”) is all about, after all.  He has already come, He is come even now, and He will come again.

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

– David O. Williams, General Superintendent

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
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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

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