Collecting Shoebox Items for
Operation Christmas Child
If you would like to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for kids, you could either purchase items all at once, or collect a few per month leading up to the end of October. If you need boxes, please see Juanita MacMahon.
January-Hats, Gloves, Scarves
February-Accessories (sunglasses, watches, hair items, jewelry)
March-Quality Crafts (pillow cases, tote bags…)
May-Hygiene items (washcloths, soap, toothbrushes, comb, hairbrush, deodorant)
July-Clothing items (socks, shoes, t-shirts, dresses…)
October-Letter & photo
November-$9 Donation for postage
There is mission information that is available on the Evangelical Presbyterian church website. The website for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is https://www.epc.org, or you can go to www.epcwo.org for a direct link to World Outreach, the mission portion of EPC. There are multiple tabs on the welcome page of their website. If you click on World Outreach, tabs link to ministry descriptions including: news, projects, resources, videos, and go. The projects tab links to current projects, including Syrian/Iraqi Relief Projects and EPC Emergency Relief Projects. There are also WO projects that focus on outreach to Muslims, unreached people, and people in poverty. The Go tab is a link to opportunities to go and serve for a short or long term mission trip. There is also information about people who are serving and how you can pray for them and give to support their work.
Our church has purchased copies of “Going to Hard Places” 2016- 2017 Directory and Prayer Guide.” This gives information about teachers and people serving with EPC if you prefer a paper copy. A copy is available in the church library, or see any member of our mission committee for more information.
New Support for Indigenous Missions
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives us the command to take the gospel to all the nations. In the original Greek, the word for nations can more accurately be translated “people groups.” People groups are defined by their unique language, culture, and ethnicity. There are 16,404 people groups in the world. Ninetyfive percent live in the 10/40 window (the rectangular area located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator). 6,648 people groups are considered unreached. 41% don’t have ready access to the gospel. Of the 55 least evangelized countries in the world, 97% live within the 10/40 window. 85% of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world’s poor. 90% of the people living in the 10/40 window are unevangelized.
What these statistics tell us is that there is a great need for prayer, focus, and mission work in these areas, especially the 10/40 window. And who better can reach these people groups than those who are native to their own people group. They already know the language, culture, and people and can live much more cheaply. With this in mind, the Mission/Outreach Committee has added a new mission organization called HeartCry Missionary Society. Their goal is to facilitate the advancement of indigenous missionaries throughout the world. They currently support 238 indigenous missionaries in 41 countries.
Please pray for HeartCry Missionary Society and for the advancement of the gospel to all 16,404 people groups. Perhaps you could even make it a point to pray for a particular people group? According to Matthew 24:14, Jesus will not return until the gospel
is preached to all people groups. Will you pray to this end?