Sonja Kern is a Master's Commission student who sells scarves to raise money for the Hope House in Mexico and missions trips. 50% of proceeds to the Hope House, and the other 50% goes toward missions trips. Check it out: http://www.scarvesforthelost.weebly.com.
Here is an update on some of our
recent COHEU events.
COHEUworked with a team from Calvary Church, Naperville, IL in the Copenhagen Cultural Center. Severe damage had occurred in the lower part of the buildingduring a city-wide flood the previous
summer. The cultural center houses a hugechurch, a school, a major radio station and a television studio as well as activities geared towards reaching the Muslim community. The insurance failed to pay due to a technicality and they have been fundraising for repairs for ayear. Over 40 of us worked 10 hours a day for 10 days to restore much of thedestruction.
For the fourth year in a row, COHEU held events in the infamous city of Derry, N. Ireland, partnered with teams from Nebraska and California. Tens of thousands of people were reached in multiple events, including the building of a new playground in a deprived part of the city. Leaders of all faiths came out for
this dedication and, for the first time, many of them came to our host church, Cornerstone, that Sunday morning. Derry is a segregated city and Protestants and Catholics traditionally do not cross this divide. However, in an historic decision, leaders from the Catholic area have asked Cornerstone Church to hold
prayer meetings in their communities. For Ireland, this is unbelievable.
A team of 30 from Glad Tidings Assembly, St. Petersburg, Florida and New Hope Assembly Three Rivers, Three Rivers, Michigan joined us in the small town of Lovech, Bulgaria. We spent 5 days laboring in 100 degree heat to renovate the center which holds the church as well as facilities for other community needs. In addition to installing plumbing, walls, flooring and a suspended ceiling,the team also visited two
orphanages bringing gifts.
We initiated a new Adopt-a-Community project in Dicanesti, Romania this summer. Teams from two churches in New Jersey-Bethany Church and Calvary Lighthouse-have jointly sponsored this community and came together for the first trip. We worked in a Roma neighborhood providing concrete sidewalks, walkways and floors in and around the houses. We also laid the foundation for a small community center
which will be used for tutoring, homework aid and some adult education. A COHEU representative will return in September to deliver free water filters around the Roma households with instruction on maintenance and hygiene. Several of the local community accepted the Lord as a result of this event.
A team from Tri-County Assembly, Fairfield, Ohio came to Lisbon, Portugal to work in two impoverished
areas. The first couple days were spent in a gypsy community interacting with the children and renovating community center constructing walls, painting and clearing refuse. The center will be used for tutoring, language instruction and a feeding program. The rest of the week was spent in a refugee community aiding the local church with extensive cleaning and social ministry. On Saturday, we held a Festival of Hope event there with children’s activities, health checks, food distribution and a presentation of the Gospel.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
Two churches, Life Church, Germantown, WI and Liverpool One Church, Liverpool, England, worked together in three locations Dublin, Clondalkin, Drimnagh. Hosted by Pastor Noel Kenny of Liberty Church,
Dublin, Ireland, the teams worked throughout the week hosting children’s events and renovating a community center which will service the community in many ways including serving breakfast to kids on their way to school. On Saturday, over 1000 people showed up for free food, prayer tents, a big play area for kids, pampering for women and even a karaoke tent. There was also a huge back-to-school giveaway where backpacks and school supplies were handed out. Several people showed up at church on Sunday morning and many accepted the Lord.
Convoy of Hope Europe sponsored the first ever event in Easterhouse, Scotland near Glasgow
on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Well over 1000 people attended numerous events geared towards children plus a back–to-school giveaway, where nearly 400 school bags were given out. As well as face-painting, bouncy castles, games and live music, patrons enjoyed the 500 burgers and hotdogs on an unusually sunny
Scottish day. They also handed out 100 food parcels and three local charities shared the proceeds from the
The MUZART Messenger: Reaching University Students in Russia and Eurasia Northwest (Newsletter Excerpt)
*pardon the '&' symbol that takes place where the 'ti's are supposed to be. Format error.
Kiev, UKRAINE May 2012
SFSFC-Moscow Spawns New Medical Mission.
In 2009, medical student Yusuf Ojoola, evangelism coordinator for Students
for Christ-Moscow, began to imagine a new way students could reach the unsaved.
Soon he became leader of the SFC fellowship in his medical university in Moscow
and shared his vision with his leadership team. They began holding regular
discussions on bioethical issues such as abortion, stem cells, etc. In 2010 they
organized their first conference called DoctorsTalk. This eventually led to the
formation of DoctorsAct, with the mission statement "See a need, meet the need."
Today, DoctorsAct is touching the lives of people around the world and meeting
their daily needs by setting up life-long structures. Yusuf explains, "The heart
of DoctorsAct is servanthood- it is a call to professionally support the poor
around us...that the people would know enough love to know God."
DoctorsAct organized their first medical missions trip to Juba, South Sudan
last summer. It was so successful they returned in January this year. A
professor from First Moscow State Medical University volunteered to go with them
to operate on children with cleft lips and palates. The Chief Executive
Director of Juba Teaching Hospital gave clearance to perform the surgeries
there. DoctorsAct worked with a local NGO in Juba and offered free
consultations at the Local Primary Health Care Centre. The Azerbaijan Youth
Organization in Russia (AMOR) funded volunteers and ran educational programs
for youth on AIDS and ecology at Juba Christian Center. There was also an art
exchange between school children from Russia and South Sudan to promote cultural
This summer, DoctorsAct plans to send volunteer teams to South Sudan, South
Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Cuba. They are partnering with student
groups, churches, universities, NGOs and businesses to provide mobile
clinics, instruments and drugs, health education and community projects.
DoctorsAct also organizes year-round activities in Russia including
fundraising events, workshops, social services, project teams, and conferences.
Currently finishing his residence in Moscow, Dr. Yosuf Ojoola will receive his
certificate as a family doctor specialist in July. He says "DoctorsAct is
reaching even beyond the initial vision." He notes that SFC continues to
empower DoctorsAct, as 80%-90% of its participants are SFC students or alumni.
"This summer mission was an eye opener and it made me value university student
fellowship more - because of its potential. Around the world teamwork and
knowledge is needed to meet needs. And SFC automatically qualifies. SFC is
full of excellent scholars. We have trained these students to live
in unity as Christians, we play active roles in our churches and
How love lasts! If we can mobilize Christian students, working along side
with local churches, we can run community-minded programs which in return will fill up churches worldwide and improve the living standard in nations we visit during missions." Dr. Yosuf goes on, "Just imagine other SFC students in other countries—it will be a mighty wave of change, influencing the marketplace positively and efficiently for the Kingdom of God..."
Excerpt from Muzart family Missionaries' Newsletter.
Sihanoukville Children’s Home
A few weeks ago we were notified by the local
social welfare department that a little baby boy
was in need of a home. His mother had died in
childbirth, the father had run away and the poor
elderly grandmother was unable to care for this
little one. We took Pha into the children’s home
and are grateful for this opportunity to make a
difference in his life. As you pray for Pha,
please continue to pray for the remaining 61
children and 10 staff members that are a part of
our children’s home.
--portion from missionaries Kelly & Cyndi Robinette's monthly newsletter
This weekend COHEU is partnering with 32 churches in Charleroi, Belgium for a major
At the same time, we will have our first outreach in the city of Zlatograd,
Also I will be joining a team from Christ's Place, Lincoln, Nebraska in
Leova, Moldova. This is the second year of our Adopt-a-Community program there and we will
have 9 days of social. physical and spiritual events.
Michael & Beryl McNamee/Convoy of Hope Ministries Newsletter: March/April 2012 (2 of 4 sections pulled from their news report)
Greetings from Europe!
Our Convoy of Hope team was in Albania recently alongside a
team from Calvary Church, Toledo, Ohio continuing an
Adopt-a-Community project that’s been ongoing for three years there.
It had been an incredible day and a group of young people from Ohio had gone to the local high school where over 50 youths had shown up during their Easter holiday to have a dialogue with them. Some of the other young Albanian children that we’ve been working with for 3 years are now attending school and a couple of them thanked me in broken English. Six of us were sharing a room in the Bible school and I sat on the edge of the bed and said out loud, “I feel good about myself and our ministry. Thank you Lord for what you’re doing through us.” Just then, we received a telephone call concerning the Master’s Commission team from Amsterdam, Hollandwhich had been on a missions trip to Moldova. One of their students, a 19-year-old boy from Colorado, was taking a shower and, due to a series of unforeseen circumstances
in the room, died suddenly from a lack of oxygen. What a tragedy! Daniel LaCroix was an incredible young
man who was extremely gifted and aimed to go back to the USA to study medicine. I was angry, mystified, devastated and incredulous. One week later, I was able to send two of our Master’s Commission Europe board members to the funeral, which was held in Colorado. How do you explain these things? Yet since his death, many, many people have been touched through the testimony of his life.
We must never forget why we do what we do.
Humanly speaking, Beryl and I are taking on too much this year. Financially speaking, we need some incredible
miracles. However, we are determined to follow the leading of
His spirit and we believe this will be a banner year
for us. As I write this letter to you, I’m sitting looking at
our calendar board filled with events we’re holding across
Europe this year. Most of you will never travel to these
countries, but because of your faith in us, together we
will be able to touch tens of thousands of people, feed the
poor, build buildings, put kids in school, start
churches and have the privilege of praying many into the
Someone once wrote, “Faith believes in spite of the
circumstances and acts in spite of the consequences.” We
are believing, and, despite setbacks, with your help we will see
this through to the end.
Michael and Beryl McNamee
Our team has just returned from the city of Tirana,
Albania. We have been partnering with Calvary
Church, Toledo, Ohio for the last three years in what
was our first Adopt-a-Community program.
During this time, we have completed renovations,
exterminated an infestation of vermin, enrolled
children in school and, finally, are helping to
complete a church building, which will also include
a new school. We are so grateful for what the Lord
has done and are believing that over the next three
years we will see similar results in up to 50 other
communities across Europe.
Recently, we invited 25 members of the AGWM
Church Planting Network to Brussels. For a couple of
days, we prayed, strategized and discussed how we
can start much needed churches on this continent. It
was great to hear testimonies of what God is already
doing in many cities around Europe.
Shortly after, I invited some of our younger church
planters to England and we spent time discussing the
changing cultures of Europe and how we can adapt
without compromising the message of the Gospel.
We are preparing for multiple events here and will
probably reach over 12,000 people with our Convoy
of Hope outreaches this summer. Our eventual goal
is to start several new churches though there is a
tremendous shortage of pastors. Please pray for this
With the help of Western European Area Director, Tim
Southerland, we are helping a church plant in
Liverpool, England. The church is around a year
old and is already running about 70 people, which is
excellent for this area. Pastor Aaron Cole of Life
Church, Germantown, Wisconsin, is partnering with
us in this project and we are grateful for all that he is
As you are probably aware, the economy here has
collapsed. We have been invited by our AGWM
missionary Tony Sebastian to have a COHEU event
in the city of Thessaloniki. Pray with us that we will be
able to help Tony with his church plant.
Master’s Commission Europe recently held their
annual conference in Rome.
We are grateful to Pastors Jeremy DeWeerdt and
Terry Kelly from Rockford First, Rockford, Illinois and
Pastor Shawn Johnson from Red Rocks Church,
Denver, Colorado who came and blessed so many
young people. We also had the privilege of affiliating
three other programs from Romania, Scotland and
We have several events planned in the next few
months in the cities of Leova and Glinjeni. We have
an Adopt-a-Community program in each of these
cities. We have partnered with Pastor Rick Lorimer of Lincoln, Nebraska in Leova and Pastor Mark
Lehmann of Bowie, Maryland in Glinjeni.
Shortly, we will be accompanying a team from King’s
Community Church, Aberdeen, Scotland to the city of
Berane, Montenegro. Over the last two years, we
have accomplished many social projects as well as
starting the fourth Evangelical church in the nation.
Please pray for the brand new believers as they
progress on their journey to Christian maturity.
Montenegro is often overlooked because it is such a
small country but it desperately needs a visitation
We are continuing to partner with Cornerstone City
Church in Derry, N. Ireland. Under the leadership of
Pastor Brian Somerville, they are experiencing
growth and have a very visible presence in the city.
We have now committed funds and personnel to help
them start a new church in the nearby city of Omagh.
On August 15th, 1998, this city was devastated by a
car bomb which claimed 31 lives and injured 220
other people. Omagh with its population of 22,000
was changed forever. Currently, over 50% of the
people living there are 20 years of age and under and
20% of these suffer from psychological problems.
The Illinois District of the Assemblies of God has
kindly agreed to raise funds for this project.
We have been asking you for over a year to pray that
the Lord would provide more personnel for us. We’re
happy to report that several new people are now
working with us, including my daughter, Ashley, who
is overseeing our Adopt-a-Community program.
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This blog's purpose is to give a chance for missionaries to have direct access to using a specific forum just for them. With all the information I receive or hear first-hand from missionaries, their news, stories, testimonials, miracle witnessing, etc., I always feel the exposure limit is far from being fulfilled.
This thought has always occured to me in various forms, but it really hit home when I was sitting in a civics class one day as a substitute paraprofessional. I could tell the 8th graders were clueless as to why Americans were called infidels, unholy, and evil Christians. They were clueless as to why we were thought to be evil by trying to spread 'Christian values'. As far as they knew, why would we all be labeled that? They just knew foreigners bombed the twin towers and were terrorists. I just had to speak up and interject during the lesson to inform them that the followers of the Qur'an had a different rating system of what a true Christian was. I told them they viewed America as a whole as Christian believers. That they would view Marilyn Manson as a Christian, and he's a Satan worshipper. They were amazed at how 'smart I was' and 'how in the world did [I] know this?'. But truth is, I remembered this information from missionaries who were spreading God's Word over in the Middle East to those thirsting for God's love and redemption through His son, Jesus; all their churches were being destroyed, and they had no freedom.
I could go to the two school districts I work in, and relay such information and more; probably 2% or less would know most of what I'd even be talking about. And the percentages weren't very high even when I was a student at the time. This is another example that drove me to wanting to find a way for missionaries' information to go beyond churches having the knowledge, but those networking on this website that want to see the truth, the testimonies, and what God is doing overseas that the media won't report. I know missionaries have their monthly newsletters, etc., but it only goes through the churches of that specific denomination. This blog is to open up potential for various people to be informed of what God is really doing, what life all over is really like, and informing those of how many and what kind of needs there are in the mission field.