In PCC Body on November 18, 2012 at 7:11 am
The largest ever student mission conference in the world, Urbana’s 18000 plus students have converged in St. Louis and are busy looking, listening, learning, living out new experiences. From packing a record
number of health kits for Aids victims in Swaziland (32,000) to making first and renewed commitments to the call of Jesus upon one’s life, PCCrs are continually reporting accounts of their own lives being impacted forever. Lexi Gilman said that going to the seminar on “Ending Genderside and Proclaiming Christ’s Redemption in China and India” helped prepare her for her own upcoming service in China. Amelia Holm commented that her one on one time with Emily Devitis was a highlight of the day for her. For Steve Peake it was a Bible study on Gods call on our lives to bring the gospel to the poor and freedom to the oppressed. Dawn was impacted by a personal meeting with York Moore, a modern day abolitionist and writer, while Bobbie was in awe of 800 people answering the call of an Indian speaker to make first time commitments to follow Christ – young people who gave up their Christmas vacation to attend a missionary convention!
Truly God is working in and through these lives and many more. Pray that as they return home that growth will continue and each one’s life will be used to impact many more for the Kingdom.
In Africa, PCC Body on November 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm
This past week, Dain and I had the privilege of serving dinner to the 4 Congolese pastors who are spending 2 months with PCC. Zabusu and Zuku were efficient in their translations, enabling us to carry on conversation freely. I regretted not keeping up with high school French, but language was not a barrier, as love bridged that gap.
When it came to dessert, I cut the chocolate cake and offered ice cream and whipped cream (in a can). The cake was not a big hit, but the ‘creams’ as they referred to them were!! I shared a story of squirting whipped cream from the can into orphans’ mouths in Mexico and Zabusu said, “OK”. The photos tell it all: it was the highlight of the evening for us all as he opened his wide mouth and I squirted. I was laughing so hard, however, I forgot to stop, so he ended up with quite a mouthful, but he was able to swallow and we continued to laugh.
A different highlight for us was the prayer time. Once again, they humbly shared their requests that I pass on to you as well:
- Prayer for their families left behind, especially for their wives leading their children on their own;
- their country that is torn by civil war, on top of extreme poverty;
- growth for the church, especially in the area of discipleship. Read the rest of this entry »
In Africa on November 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Join Stepehen Peake and friends as he shares his Ghanaian story Monday, Nov. 19, PCC Fireside Room, 7pm… What were your first impressions, Stephen?
“This may be silly, but I was surprised flying in that the capital city, Accra, looked the same from the air as any city in the United States. Even while attempting to have no expectations, I found many times I had unrealized notions about Africa and her people. “
What challenged you the most?
“Ghana is a country of belief. As everything here from my experience is questioned, or is a struggle to believe in; in Ghana everyone believes, but not necessarily in the truth. In Ghana I learned the power belief has, for good and evil.
“Like many things, we are limited by our experience. Our experiences always outline a scale of degrees, highest to lowest, hot to cold, light to dark, dire to trivial. We are tempted to believe our scale is comprehensive; that is until we experience something more extreme forcing us to re-adjust our scale, or enter into denial. Many of my scales have been re-adjusted.”
How do the needs there differ from here? Read the rest of this entry »
In Africa, PCC Body on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 am
The church – some think it’s a building on Farm Hill Blvd. Others understand it’s an organism, a body of people, called by God to be His hands and feet on the earth. In that understanding we experience the joy of being part of the global body of Christ. PCC is privileged to partner very personally with a large church in the Congo (DRC), the CEUM, Communaute Evangelique de l’Ubangi Mongal, a worshipping body planted by Covenant missionaries nearly 100 years ago and today three times the size of the Covenant church in North America.
Agronomist Zuku, Educator Ndombala, Communicator Zabusu, and CEUM President Mboka are with PCC until mid December. While their purpose in coming was to learn (English, leadership development, sustainable partnerships), we are the blessed ones as we have so much to learn from them about relationships and joy. Take this opportunity to get to know at least one or more of them by inviting them (email firstname.lastname@example.org) to a meal or your small group. You won’t want the time to end.
Zuku shared that he was “amazed at how much we all feel so much part of you. My friends told me this wasn’t possible…” This is an opportunity for you to experience the results of international mission in a relationship you will never forget.
In PCC Body on November 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm
If you are an older baby boomer or someone that preceded that boom you may remember lyrics to the old gospel song, “It’s a wonderful wonderful life, when you know the Lord above…” It is because of that wonderful life God gives us that PCC enjoys the presence of a growing group of millenials who are passionate about sharing that wonderful life and will be attending the Urbana Missions Convention (St. Louis between Christmas and New Year’s), seeking next steps in how God would have them do that. November 30, 6:30-8:30pm you can support this team’s vision in 3 ways.
1. Make plans to attend Movie Night, featuring everyone’s favorite classic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life’.
2. Donate a gift or service for the Silent Auction.
3. Plan to purchase some wonderful original gifts for your own gift giving at the Silent Auction.
For more information on any of the above the PCC Glocal Hub Office.
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In Asia, PCC Body on April 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm
“As far as the east is from the west”. “East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet.” “East meets West”… phrases millennia old that suggest the wall of difference between the east and the west. Some might view the east-west divide as the Orthodox church split from traditional Catholicism. Europeans find remnants of east-west differences continuing between eastern and western Europe. But for today’s Californians, with increasing globalization, east and west are more integrated physically then we ever imagined they could be… and yet we fail at communicating across cultural divides so often not for lack of caring or trying, but simply misunderstandings.
“Reach out to your East Asian neighbor”, a highly relevant and interactive workshop that aims to bridge this divide, is happening at PCC Saturday, April 21. Led by (OMF) Asian diaspora specialists Carolyn Kemp and Dave Sorteberg, this day promises to send you home with many new insights into the Asians with whom you work, live, and associate. Learn the Asian world view, how it influences building of relationships, response to faith, spiritual commitment and growth.
Why is it essential to understand ancestor worship and a long term view of family in order to build a case for a relationship with God? How do those most important values of face, courtesy, and connections drive an Asian’s actions? How have both communism and Confucius influenced the Chinese mindset today?
All these answers and more are waiting for you on April 21. Lunch is provided so we need an advance reservation. Email your name and contact information to email@example.com.
April 21, PCC Fellowship Hall.
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and coffee
9:00 – 4:00. Seminar. Lunch and manual are provided.
The outside cost for the seminar is $15. For PCCr’s we ask for a donation of your choice.
- Carolyn Kemp hails from Scotland and is OMF International’s Diaspora Ministries Field Director. She served in the Philippines and now helps educate and equip Christians to reach Asians scattered globally.
- David Sorteberg has served reaching Chinese students in the U.S. for 16 years and currently directs OMF International’s Diaspora Ministries team in North America.