MISSIONS
A Generational Legacy

SCC Missions Outreach

 

a Severn Covenant Church missions outreach

~ P U R P O S E    O F    T H I S    W E B    S I T E ~

 

Below are other mission outreaches that SCC helps.
Each mission outreach is involved in the generational legacy concept.
 

Here are the SCC mission outreaches

  • Michele: Sisters in Service

  • Joel Freeman: Return To Glory

  • Lee and Carol Short: Life Savers Ministries International

  • Chris Peeler: Making the Gospel Known

  • Jonny and Jenn Clark: Ireland...Youth With  Mission (YWAM)

  • Nepal

  • Haitian family in Dominican Republic

"What could be worse than being born without sight? Being born with sight and no vision." Helen Keller

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Sisters in Service

SistersInService.org

Michele

   Sisters In Service works to restore the lives of abused and exploited women and girls in high-risk places, equipping them to live in freedom and faith for a strong future.

   Overseas SIS intervenes through practical grassroots programs of rescue, health and hygiene, education, economic empowerment and spiritual development.

   In the U.S., through our Advocacy Program, we compile research, publish and organize to equip people to take action on the hard-hitting issues least reached women and girls face: child marriage, malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty, and exploitation. SIS's advocacy program trains and deploys volunteers across the nation as passionate advocates and intercessors for best practice interventions.
 

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Return To Glory
ReturnToGlory.org
 

   The Return To Glory film has now been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. The objective is to donate a copy of the film to every school in America. It is also the objective to donate a copy to every prison, jail and rehab center in America. The two interview video clips will help the viewer understand the vision for Black history galleries designed to educate and inspire young people of all ages.


 

Joel Freeman interviewed on Canadian TV


1st part of TV interview -- 10:25 min.


2nd part of TV interview --  10:09 min.

Return To Glory film trailer

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Lee and Carol Short
Life Savers Ministries International

www.LMSI.org

   Founders of Vida Internacional and associate missionaries with Globe Missionary Evangelism .. Lee and Carol are making disciples by producing and distributing video teachings in Spanish to pastors through out the Spanish speaking world where many ministerial leaders desperately need solid Biblical training. They are developing 4 years of studies, with 1 &1/2 years now completed. These courses are helping pastors grow in knowledge and ministry skills so that they can effectively share the Gospel and grow their churches in their native lands and around the Globe. Lee ministers in Cuba and through out Central, South America and in Spanish communities in other countries. Lee and his family are currently based in Texas.

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Chris Peeler
Making the Gospel Known
Me!
http://chrispeeler.blogspot.com/

   What will matter a million years from now? Whether you and I are in heaven or hell- that will be the issue! Thatís why we are passionate about Making the Gospel Known. People are perishing at an astonishing rate. We live in desperate times. Therefore, we will go and preach the gospel, and give ourselves to train and equip as many as we can to do the same.

   At the same time, the homes of Christian families are the greatest harvest field in the world. Through parenting seminars and courses, we will give ourselves to equip parents, helping them to raise up young disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Jonny and Jenn Clark: Ireland (YWAM)
   
http://insitewe.wordpress.com/new-vision-for-ywam-in-ireland-and-a-new-property/

 

  In November 2008 YWAM in Ireland was re-unified to become one work. Since that time we have negotiated a challenging year where there has been unprecedented vision, and unprecedented challenges. I personally feel like it has been the hardest year of ministry that I have ever faced. Yet two weeks ago I sat in a room with my wife Jenn, and Rob and Anne Clarke, and about 7 or 8 members of a Trust Ö and something quite amazing happened! The Trust has owned one of Irelandís most famous, and most beautiful retreat centers, right on the border between the North and South of Ireland. This Trust proceeded to tell us that they had universally felt that God was leading them to transfer ownership of the amazing centre and itís 35 year spiritual legacy to YWAM Ireland!!

  The Christian Renewal Centre in Rostrevor has been a beacon of light for Protestants and Catholics from all over Ireland since 1974. In the midst of one of the darkest periods in Irelandís history, it has become synonymous with reconciliation, prayer, and spiritual renewal. It is a stunning facility, nestled in Northern Ireland beneath the Mourne Mountains, overlooking the Carlingford Lough, and the Irish Republic to the South. It has a meeting area that holds up to 180, a bookshop, prayer rooms, seminar rooms, self contained apartments, as well as numerous rooms for hospitality. More importantly it has an incredible legacy of spiritual life that is known by people from all Christian traditions in Ireland.

  God spoke to us 2 years ago to build on one foundation in Ireland, and to have a vision for the whole island North and South. In quite an amazing, and unexpected way He has given us a very valuable property half way between Belfast and Dublin. This allows us to develop a ministry that will hopefully minister to the whole body of Christ here, as well as providing a centre for training for new teams of YWAMers to go into every major city in Ireland, as well as from this island to cities in war-torn and conflicted nations all over the world.

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Nepal

Contact us directly for more specific information about the outreach to Nepal

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N E W   H O M E   F O R   H A I T I A N   F A M I L Y


L to R
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Garry (16), Dania (11), Louina (14), friend they brought from the previous
Haitian village
(girl in white T-Shirt), Robinson (19), Moline, and Jeff (6) is in front.
SCC members provided everything in the photo (dishes & table)
They prepared a bit of rice & beans and meat  to celebrate their first night in their new home!
Notice the sparse conditions. No refrigerator. No electric stove. In spite of the uncertain conditions
they still brought a young girl from their previous Haitian village to live with them. Giving out of their own need.

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   Above you can see a photo of "moving day" day for Robinson's mom (Moline) and family. The extra $500.00 allowed them to purchase beds, a few storage bins, dishware, glasses, utensils, dining room with 6 chairs, cookware, utensils, some food, light bulbs and candles, shower curtain for the toilet area, laundry soap, sheets, buckets, mop & broom, charcoal, trash bins with liners, a couple of locks for the doors, wood with concrete blocks for shelving and a few other items. This family is all smiles. "Thank you Severn Covenant Church"

generational.......h a i t i a n.......legacy

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G E N E R A T I O N A L   L E G A C Y
Ways we can help...

  • Please pray and ask God to include this family in your heart. "Lord, help me remember to pray for them by name..."

  • For US$75 a month we can provide the bare minimum of food for this family -- three meals a week.

  • We can send a person to College (UTESA) for about US$65 per month!

  • For about US$50 a month we can send a child to school.

  • An entrepreneurial project: For $500 we can purchase a sewing machine, thread and material for a sewing business.

  • For about $400 we can purchase a laptop for Robison so that he can do his schoolwork and develop a business.

  • For about $800 we can purchase a motorbike so that Robinson can have greater mobility to get a job.

  • Robinson can speak English quite well. The rest of the family speaks French and can use any materials that help them to learn English and Spanish.

  • They can use more living essentials: clothing for each family member, kitchen utensils, bedding, candles, etc.

  • Any more ideas?
     

  • Joel Freeman's brother (Steve), his wife (Pam) and family live in the Dominican Republic six months out of the year, about 20-30 minutes from this family. Anyone who wants to visit Moline and her family have a standing invitation to stay with Steve and Pam in their beautiful home.

  • Pam states: "In addition to getting the clothing sizes of the children, I checked on the yard area and asked Moline if she had ever planted a garden. She has so it would be great to get her a bunch of black soil and some seeds. It would be best probably in the fall. Louina (14 years) is a size 14 and has a size 38 shoe (size 8 US). Dania (12 years) is a size 12 and also wears a size 8 shoe. Jeff would wear a size 8 in clothing and a 10 or 12 shoe. Garry is easily a size 16 in clothing. Moline comfortably wears a size large and prefers a simple sleeveless dress. The girls had four months of sewing classes and would very much like to continue. I will find out this week how to arrange for that. At the moment they are spending a lot of time learning Spanish. I was amazed at the size of the blackboard they had gotten! It had Spanish all over it!! They are taking their Spanish very seriously."

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Ideas For Local Churches Interested in Intercultural Missions
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"Some Motivate to Mobilize. Why not Mobilize to Motivate?"
                                                                                                                             -- Quote from Rev. Phillip Nelson, SIM
 

    By Joel Freeman: Thank you for taking the time to check out this web site. If you have accessed this as the first page, feel free to visit the main website after you have finished reading the contents of this page -- www.BlackChurchMissions.org -- Also, I do hope that you will email us with your experiences in global missions.

   It is my heartfelt prayer that this web site can be an encouragement to hundreds of churches. It seems like the Holy Spirit is stirring many churches to move more intentionally toward actively participating in intercultural missions. Writing checks to help missions is wonderful and a valid use of funds, but it is truly rewarding when we develop face-to-face, heart-to-heart relationships that last a lifetime.

   What if every church touched by this web site gave the opportunity for every member to go out on a short-term mission trip?

   "Some pray, some give, some go" is a common response and this statement contains a measure of truth. It is my dream that everyone (who is physically able) can experience at least one short-term mission trip in his or her lifetime, regardless of age. It's a life-changing experience!

   My philosophy on missions has been shaped by intensive study in the Word, prayer, travels around the world and a simple determination to obey the simultaneous vision outlined in Acts 1:8 -- "Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (town/city, county, State/Province, region) and the uttermost part of the world."

   One of the things I avoid like the plague is the somewhat typical ugly American approach. Even though we may not be conscious of it, we may project this attitude -- "We're rich, you're poor. We're strong, you're weak." It's this type of paternalistic, patronizing attitude that I reject. But it can so easily and almost unconsciously creep into our mindset regarding intercultural missions. This type of mindset can even creep into our North American outreaches -- suburban church reaching out to urban church. I have had to confront this thinking in my own heart and mind.

   A short term mission occupies a wonderful niche when it comes to evangelism.  It is especially designed for people who want to get their feet wet in missions. While I thank God for short term missions, I believe that we can develop a long term partnership with an indigenous church that is based upon relationship, flexibility, integrity and mutual respect.

   When I pastored (1975-1993), we developed a model that I believe may work very well in your church. Here are some points that will illustrate the model that I have personally tested and have seen work over the years:

 
--   1. The developing nation church is encouraged to address the spirit/soul/body aspects of the Christian message on their own, without looking to a rich North American sugar-daddy to bail them out of their financial and structural challenges. This establishes a Christ-centered relationship vs. a need-centered relationship. And, by the way, we as Americans generally possess the need to give. It just manifests itself in a more socially-acceptable manner. The need to be needed can be a powerful intoxicant. This can be an inhibitor to building genuine relationships and will get smoked out during the process.

--   2. The North American church is encouraged to "cool their jets" -- to not foster the idea that they are going to immediately build a clinic, fix something, or dig a well. This builds patience, teachability and humility. We think we are going to give. But in the midst of the process we realize that we are receiving much more than we are giving. The church we are "ministering to" generally has a depth in Jesus we have never experienced.  We all know how this works. The first year is dedicated to developing a solid relationship with the church members. The first year may include digging a well, because sometimes excellent relationships are developed when everyone is sweating. But the most important aspect is to build a relationship where both entities are coming from the position of strength.

--   3. Two times a year can be dedicated to sending teams over to the country of choice. Perhaps a team can be sent every Spring and every Fall. Twelve years of age is the youngest person I have ever taken on a short-term mission trip. At that age it is a case-by-case situation. Some kids are more mature than others at that age. Some may say, "That kid is probably going on this trip just because of the excitement of traveling to another country." My response is that I could care less about the motivation of some who are going on the trip. I just want them to go with a team of people who want to serve the Lord. God has a way of challenging and changing lives regardless of the initial motivation for going -- even those who went with the right motivation!

   Every team will have to commit to pre-travel training and then will have debriefing for a couple of weeks after they come back to smoke out any reverse culture shock issues. Each team can present a short slide or video presentation at a Sunday morning church service so that the entire congregation feels a part of the entire mission. The goal will be to provide the opportunity for everyone to at least dream about going on one of the trips. This on-going mission will impact the fervency, passion for the lost, and the prayer life of our church. It has a way of purifying the spirit of a church like few things can. I have witnessed it up close and personal.

--   4. As a part of the church's Mission's Budget, a church can develop a scholarship plan. I do not believe in giving "freebies" to people. There has to be some character-building sweat equity. This alone helps to expand personal faith and perseverance. When I pastored we matched 50% of the actual costs of airfare, ground travel, three meals a day and lodging. All other costs were borne by the individual. For instance R/T airfare may cost $600, while lodging, food and ground travel may cost $60 a day for, let's say, 10 days. That makes a grand total of $1200 for the entire trip. The church matches the $600, which is raised by the individual. The local church's financial investment in these mission outreaches will pay dividends for years to come. And what a positive way to fight negativity, gossip and foolishness! The perfect antidote for the small-mindedness that rules some churches.

   For the youth, car washes and bake sales can be sponsored to provide avenues for them to raise funds.  This type of use of church funds makes an incalculable investment in the lives of people in our church, which will impact many for the rest of their lives. Some people haven't even ventured more than 50-100 miles from their homes in their lifetimes.

   Just the travel experience alone will open eyes and hearts. In 1869 Mark Twain said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on those accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." I agree.

--   5. Some churches are getting into a global mindset for the first time. I encourage those churches to think about going to an English-speaking country like Jamaica, Barbados or Belize. Why? Because so many more people in the congregation can feel a part of what is happening. A language barrier provides its own wonderful cross-cultural experiences, but I am thinking that a common language can provide many more ministry opportunities for more people. Try the Ladder Method:

      THE  LADDER  METHOD


1st Rung
: Develop an awareness of the need for Global Missions. Send some
                members of the congregation to a Missions Conference.
2nd Rung: Start praying for different countries around the world. Operation World
                
and WindoWatchman are two excellent resources.
3rd Rung: Invite "missions-minded" speakers to to your church to communicate
                 on the topic of global missions.
4th Rung: Develop the Mission, Vision, Core Values, Operating Principles of your
                church that include the Simultaneous Vision of "...both Jerusalem, Judea
                & Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth..."
5th Rung: Send a small group of leaders from the church to a country on a kind
                of a reconnaissance mission to check out the viability of the church's
                involvement in Global Missions.
6th Rung: Send your first short-term team and then see how God will expand the
                missions perspective in your church.
7th Rung: Continue to keep hearts tender toward Jesus and to keep the eternal
                perspective in clear view...

 


 

"What could be worse than being born without sight? Being born with sight and no vision." Helen Keller

How are you involved in Global Missions?
 


 


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or details contact:
The SCC Missions Team
Box 305, Gambrills, MD 21054
410-729-4011
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Something To Think About

As of December 2005, over 40 million people in the world are living with HIV/AIDS.
About 26 million of those infected live in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2005, over 3 million people died from AIDS.
In 2005, 5 million people were newly infected with HIV.
Over 2 million children (under age 15) are infected with HIV, with 2000 more children newly infected each day!
More than 14 million children have lost one or both parents due to AIDS.

In an ki ji ba a ki gani ba.
Hausa proverb meaning
: If you refuse to listen, you cannot refuse to see what will happen.

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