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An Exciting Relationship-Building Opportunity CMBC, through the Missions Committee, is planning a partnership with a church plant in Tirrasses, Costa Rica. Unlike past missions trips here at Calvary Monument, these teams will be returning year after year in an effort to build relationships with this church family. We will be working directly with Andy Gordley, and local believer, Pastor Jairo. Team members will be helping at Kids’ Clubs with craft time and snacks. There will also be a time to visit church members and hand out food packets to the poor. It is not necessary for team members to speak Spanish, however, this would definitely be a plus! Andy is basically looking for those with a servant’s heart. Many of the tasks will be those that were being done by the students in the GAP program. At this time, the students will be gone, and we will be going in to “fill the gap.”
The team is limited to 4-8 people, age 18 and over. The trip will take place from May 16-23, 2016. It would be our hope that 2 or 3 of the team members going on this trip would be able to go the following year, as we are reaching out to build relationships and continuity is of upmost importance.
If you think you might be interested in hearing more about this opportunity, plan to attend a meeting at CMBC, Monday, December 28, at 7:00 PM in Room 22. Andy Gordley will be there to answer any questions you might have. A team will be selected that evening from those in attendance. (We are putting the team together early in an attempt to qualify for extremely low airfares.)
An Exciting Partnership It is with great excitement we share the news of our newest members to our Missionary Family. The missions committee voted at the last meeting to financially support Bill and Kristie Campbell, ministering in France with GEM. Bill and Kristie have had a long term relationship with CMBC and we are thrilled to be able to support them financially and in prayer. Bill said in his most recent letter, “God is moving (in Paris). Lives are being changed, hearts are being restored, the Kingdom is advancing. We are seeing God’s love at work. Our house-church is growing. Our disciples are multiplying.” Watch for the “Campbell Chronicles” on the missions bulletin board, or you may receive their updates and prayer requests at your home by contacting the Campbells directly at Bill.Campbell@gemission.org.
An Exciting Gift Thanks to your generosity, the missions offering on October 25 exceeded our required amount by more than $9,000 enabling us to send each member of the CMBC Missionary Family a Christmas Check in the amount of $215! God Bless you - each and every one!
An Exciting Ministry Please be in prayer for a few men from our congregation going to serve in an Alabama prison with We Care Ministries January 24-28. Pray for Mark Leatherman, Phil Nissley, and Greg Wenger as they share the Gospel and God’s love to men who need to know Him in these dark and dreary times.
A History of CMBC & South ChurchIt is wise for a local church to recall some of the events of the past to project possible actions for the future. Older persons in the congregation need their memory stirred as time has the ability to fade an important memory and relegate it to the deep recesses of our minds. Newer members need to hear of the events of the past so they can appreciate what God has done in the local church of which they are a part. It is no surprise that the mention of our sister church in Ukraine may stir a fuzzy memory for some while being an obscure reference to others. With that in mind, the following is an abbreviated history of a significant relationship that Calvary Monument Bible Church (CMBC) has had with a church in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. The story of our church’s involvement with our sister church goes back to May 1990. The church’s leadership decided to join with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) to assist a church in the U.S.S.R. An offering of $4,000 was received to provide Christian reference books and children’s materials for a church to which SGA would assign CMBC. In the fall of that year we were assigned South Church pastored by Leonid Petrenko in the industrial city of about a million people.This began the correspondence and relationship between our two churches. Laura Moore, one of our missionaries, traveled to Ukraine in 1992 and returned with an invitation for a pastor from CMBC to visit and she also made us aware of the desperate economic conditions in the city. This launched the first of our humanitarian aid involvements. Several tractor trailer containers were shipped with the shipping costs being paid by the US Government. The first container was filled with individual boxes packed by church members along with clothing and medicine. Later containers were shipped with bulk food items. In the fall of 1992 Pastor Reid and Abe Fisher traveled to our sister church to further explore how we could aid them in their difficult situation. Our sister church asked for help to develop a way to help themselves so they could become economically self-sufficient. From this request the seed was planted to launch HOPE International in 1994 under the leadership of a member from our church, Jeff Rutt, and a board comprised of many members from CMBC. That ministry incorporated in 1997 has now expanded into 17 different countries around the world. Our church has also been involved in providing funds to support Zaporozhye Bible College and Seminary (ZBCS), helping them to purchase land and fund the support of faculty. CMBC has also provided funds to assist in the building of an educational building used by the church, ZBCS, and the regional Baptist Association of Churches.What has been most important in linking our church to the sister church in Ukraine is the connections we have made face to face. Over the years we have sent numerous ministry teams small and large to serve the church in their summer children’s camps and in other capacities. We have hosted a number of friends from our sister church, ZBCS, and members of HOPE International working in Ukraine. It was a special privilege on two occasions to have Pastor Petrenko visit our church.In 2008, CMBC was recognized by the Baptist Union of Ukraine for the significant impact that was made by our relationship with our sister church over the years. During the evening of the presentation in Zaporozhye, Pastor Reid and Neil Feltham heard of many ways that region was impacted because of the faithful long term investment CMBC made in our sister church to the glory of Jesus Christ.Now Ukraine is again in need due to the invasion of Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine, not far from the city of Zaporozhye. Displaced refugees have flooded into the city and the Baptist Union churches have risen to meet the need of the refugees. It is great to hear that CMBC is looking for ways to reinforce this long term relationship with our sister church. I trust the Lord will guide you as you prayerfully investigate ways to partner with people we love and who have a reciprocal love for us. May our two churches continue to unite their ministry hands to have a significant impact for the cause of Christ in the region of our sister church. In Christ,Bob Reid, Pastor EmeritusCalvary Monument Bible Church
A Letter from Pastor Petrenko
Dear Brothers and Sisters at Calvary Monument Bible Church,We very much appreciate to renew contacts between our churches. We also appreciate your concern about Ukraine and your interest in our church’s ministries. I am still in ministry as the first Pastor of the South Church. Recently our church has elected two more pastors – so now we have six. Both my wife and I pray for our health and for our grandchildren. The Lord does show many mercies for my family.The military situation in the east of Ukraine has added to our cares for people. There are more than fifty six thousand refugees in the Zaporozhye region only. I do meet regularly with the widows of fallen soldiers and their children. There are more and more people suffering from depression and mental disorders who are turning to me as the Pastor for help and for prayer. Every day I meet with such people, and then, with a heavy heart, I need encouragement and prayer for myself. Each week I visit two other churches in the Zaporozhye region. I am teaching the Bible Survey class there. The new Sunday School building has been used together with ZBCS. They use the classrooms for the teaching process. Every day we provide lunches for students at the cafeteria. On the top floor of this building there are several rooms which are being used to house refugees. There is now a great need to replace two gas boilers in the Sunday School building. The price of gas has risen strongly (more than 10 times what it used to be). These boilers were installed ten years ago and were designed for heating an area up to 1,077 square yards. The boilers are now heating the entire church building which is more than 1,733 square yards. We look forward with fear as the winter season approaches. We need to find two new types of boilers that will more operate more efficiently. In order to replace the boilers and prepare the needed documents, we will be in need of $12,000 USD. Please pray with us for this need. Thank you for your encouragement. Say greetings to your church from your Sister Church in Ukraine. In Christ,Pastor Leonid Petrenko, Senior Pastor, South ChurchZaporozhye, Ukraine
When Kerry and Terri Psinas were in their mid-forties they went on their first missions trip. It changed their lives forever. They surrendered their lives to serving the Lord through fulltime ministry with IGM (International Gospel Mission).
They recently led their 58th team to Grenada to lead VBS. Children and adults came to know the Lord as their personal Savior during this month of ministry. They lead other teams to Grenada in January to do evangelistic meetings. As they build relationships with the people of Grenada, the teams going to serve are not only serving the lost in Grenada, but are having their own hearts touched in special ways that change their lives as well. Many members from past teams have returned to join future teams going to Grenada with Kerry & Terri.
We have had two teams from CMBC assist Kerry and Terri in ministry in Grenada. They have also participated in two of our missions conferences and have visited and shared with us on several occasions. For these reasons, and because of their testimonies and their hearts for the Lord, the Missions Committee voted on July 9 to bring Kerry and Terri into our Missions Family. Your faithfulness in missionary support will allow us to commit to add $100 to their ministry account monthly.
Pray for Kerry and Terri as they return from their month of ministry in Grenada and prepare to present and share at many supporting churches in the months ahead. Pray for many others who will also hear of this ministry for the first time.
If you would like to congratulate them, or receive periodic updates and prayer requests, feel free to contact them via email. They would love to hear from you!
Katherine Ritzman is our latest CMBC-er to be accepted into the SCORE Gap Year program with Sam and Tina Gordley in Costa Rica. She will be joining Ashley Denlinger in the program, studying the Bible part of the week, and doing ministry the remainder of the week. They will leave next month, will be home for Christmas, and graduate in the spring. The missions committee was able to forward funds to SCORE to apply to Katherine's account. Thanks for your faithfulness in giving to make this possible.
Many of you have connected with Bill and Kristie Campbell in the past. They have visited us on several occasions when they were ministering in Kensington, PA. The Campbells are now reaching out to the lost in France, most recently in the Paris area. Bill and Kristie's schedule did not give us the opportunity to have them share on a Sunday, however, Justin and Rachel Kreider will be opening up their home for you to come and hear what God is doing through Bill and Kristie on Saturday evening, August 15 at 6:30. Contact Rachel if you would like to bring along your favorite dessert.
On a different note, you may want to mark your calendar to come hear from Jonathan Brooks, president of VOCA (Voice of China and Asia) on Sunday, August 23. Jonathan has been actively leading teams from the US and Canada into the rural areas of China and Asia for a number of years, where they are able to openly and legally distribute Bibles to believers. Jonathan will give a brief update in the morning services and will join us for lunch in Lefever Hall after the second service.
Be sure to sign up on the communication form if you would like to attend either of the above events. It is critical the committee knows how many to prepare for. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Many of our missionary friends will be visiting CMBC over the next several months. Watch the Weekly for details and sign up on the Communication Form when necessary. Those scheduled at this time are as follows:
We are currently making arrangements for more guests to come through the end of the year. Stay tuned...
Your generous giving has enabled the committee to direct funds to the following:
Your generous and continued giving has enabled the committee to bring two additional ministries into the CMBC Missionary Family:
Jared and Naldy Park, our missionaries going to Chile, recently changed missions. They are now with IBM Global, and will be commissioned this Sunday evening at Twin Valley Bible Chapel. Jared, Naldy, and Tomas are scheduled to leave Monday morning, June 22 for Chile.
You have been a blessing to many!
Thank You I left CMBC 2 weeks ago with a heart filled with encouragement. Your church body was so welcoming and hospitable. I was blessed beyond words. THANK YOU for your warm welcome, for your investment in Albania through faithful prayer, and for the opportunity to share all that God is doing as a result of your partnerships. THANK YOU too for the unbelievably generous financial gift that so many of you contributed to! Words cannot describe how overwhelmingly grateful I am.
With a thankful heart,
Jen Bitterman returned to Albania shortly after sharing with us here at CMBC. She is currently facing some trials and would appreciate your prayers.As we learn of detailed ways you can pray for our brothers and sisters serving the Lord far from home, we will forward their requests to you in hopes you will lift them up in prayer:
Just writing to let you know that I arrived safely back in Albania a week ago, after a long but mostly uneventful trip. Thank you so much for your prayers!
To be honest, the past week has been far from what I expected.
Your willingness to join with me in prayer is a huge encouragement. I feel tired and a bit overwhelmed with all that is happening right now. THANK YOU for lifting me and these situations up to the One who has it all under control!
With a grateful heart,