December 2015 - An Exciting Time in Missions

Posted by Beth Cortez on December 04, 2015 @ 12:33 PM

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.

October 2015 - Our Sister Church

Posted by Beth Cortez on October 30, 2015 @ 9:20 AM

A History of CMBC & South Church

It 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 Emeritus
Calvary 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 Church
Zaporozhye, Ukraine

July 2015

Posted by Beth Cortez on July 31, 2015 @ 2:10 PM

New Additions to the CMBC Missionary Family

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!

 

Sent to SCORE

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.

 

Upcoming Missions Updates

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.

June 2015

Posted by Beth Cortez on June 19, 2015 @ 9:05 AM

Upcoming Missionary Updates

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:  

  • June 28 - Update from the team who ministered at JAARS this past spring.
  • June 28- Sam Gordley, SCORE International in Costa Rica, will be in the Berean ABF.
  • July 5 - Ken Sears, instructor at Zaporozhye Bible College will give an update during lunch after the second service. Please sign up this Sunday if you plan to attend.
  • July 12 - Bud & Barb Speck, Wycliffe Bible Translators in Germany will be in the Berean ABF.
  • July 19 - Our friends in UAE will give an update during lunch in Lefever Hall following the second service. Sign-ups requested.
  • August 15 - Bill & Kristie Campbell, GEM in France will give a ministry update in the evening at the home of Justin and Rachel Kreider. Come for dessert and coffee! Sign-ups requested.
  • August 23 - Jonathan Brooks, president of VOCA (Voice of China and Asia) will tell us how his organization is actively distributing Bibles in China and Asia and encouraging new believers. Sign-ups requested.
  • September 27 - Kyle & Rebecca Koval, Team Expansion in Italy will be our Moment for Missions guests and will give us a ministry update during lunch in Lefever Hall. Sign-ups requested.

We are currently making arrangements for more guests to come through the end of the year. Stay tuned...

 

Other Exciting News

Your generous giving has enabled the committee to direct funds to the following:

  • Jason & Rachel Fletcher, recent conference participants, will be taking a pre-field trip to Colombia this summer. $1,000 is being directed to their account to help them with expenses.
  • The committee released $500 to support an interesting ministry in the Arabian Peninsula. Read more details in this Sunday's Missions Update.

 

And Even More Exciting News

Your generous and continued giving has enabled the committee to bring two additional ministries into the CMBC Missionary Family:

  • The Day Care Center in Moldova will be financially supported by CMBC for the next year at $100/month. These funds are from missionary giving in conjunction with funds received from the Harmony Men's Quartet's recent benefit concert here at CMBC.
  • A participant from our 2015 Missions Conference will also be joining our Missionary Family. He and his wife serve in the Middle East. Due to the nature and location of their ministry, you will not see their information posted online. Please visit the Missions Bulletin Board or contact the office if you would like additional information.

 

One Final Note...

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! 

February 2015

Posted by Beth Cortez on February 27, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

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

 

 

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. 

  • I have only had 2 full nights of sleep since I arrived (jet lag hit me hard this time around). PRAISE God, I think I am now back into a normal schedule.
  • The differences in life here have been more evident and much more stressful than I remember (non-stop rain, traffic, no one waiting their turn in lines, grocery stores not having what I am looking for, etc.). PRAY with me for patience as I readjust to everyday life.
  • I've been welcomed back into the role of "peacemaker"...as several people have already come to me with some major relationship issues (both at church and at work). PRAY that God would give me wisdom to know what to say when, and when it is best to just keep quiet and listen.
  • Co-workers had to leave suddenly to help with an issue at home, so on Wednesday I moved out of my house and into theirs for at least the next 3 weeks (to help their kids with cooking and life stuff). PRAY that I would be a help and an encouragement during this stressful time in their family. PRAY also for God's mighty hand of help and healing in this difficult situation.
  • Then last night, Tisa (a friend from Shkoze & one of the moms in our Mom and Toddlers' group) called to let me know that her father-in-law Sal (my adopted grandpa here) had passed away. Today's death visit to the family was very sad, knowing that he had not yet come to know Christ as his Savior. Please PRAY for Tisa, Tila and the rest of their family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father, and grandfather. Pray especially for Tila as she is the only believer in their family...that God would give her supernatural strength, encouragement and open doors to share during this difficult time. 

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,

- Jen

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