MARCH 2016

2016 Winter Work Crew 2

A huge thank you to the men from Newbury Park First Christian Church, Newbury Park, CA and Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN for their service on the Winter Work Crew 2! They were able to complete the majority of the work on the Cow Barn renovation project. A key project was to install the tile on the steps from the ground floor to the third floor, requiring them to access the upper stories of the building by a ladder! Time ran out before they had the finishing touches done, but only a few days of work remain and then it will be ready for the last of the furnishings.

There is also time remaining for you to help with completion of the project! Still to be purchased and installed are beds and linens, pots and pans, dishes and tables, sofas and lamps, and every other item that is needed in an apartment (times 7)!

Thanks to the two GREAT winter work crews and to all who have made the project possible through prayers, service, and finances!

Student and graduate ministry snapshots

Oleg is a TCM student who leads ministries in Moldova and Turkey. In the last few years he has felt God leading him to help churches in Western Ukraine and Eastern Romania as well. As a result of that calling he and his team have developed a program whose mission is to reach the next generation for Christ. They are working with local churches to start centers where children and teens can build long-lasting relationships and meet Jesus. Part of their program involves providing food and teaching the young people life skills as they also teach about Jesus. Currently, they are providing such care for more than 500 young people each week!

Romi serves in ministry in a different area of Romania. A part of his ministry's focus is on serving a segment of the society that is often ignored. They have the opportunity to work with children who have disabilities and are living in state orphanages. They also provide care and encouragement to adults with disabilities. An additional facet to their ministy is providing summer camp opportunities for more than 800 children and teens each year. More than simply sports, music, or art camps the children are introduced to Jesus and His saving grace for each of them.

Bedrich, who lives and serves in Czech Republic shared exciting news about adding a fifth church to their network of churches. It is an opportunity for Becrich's ministry to help build healthy churches that plant churches!

Session 1 at Haus Edelweiss

The food will soon be purchased, the beds are almost made, and the classrooms are ready!

On Monday, March 28 seventeen short-term workers (STWs) along with four professors will be arriving at Haus Edelweiss to serve for Session 1 of the 2016 academic year. Within a few days, campus will be filled with activity as students from more than 14 nations arrive to complete coursework in one of four classes. Please begin praying today for their travels. Pray that the STWs will serve with the heart of Jesus. Pray that the students' time at Haus Edelweiss will provide refreshment and that time in the classroom will present new ministry ideas.

Courses during Session 1 include:

  • History of Christian Theology 1 taught by Oti Bunaciu
  • Indtroduction to New Testament Studies taught by Fred Hansen
  • Intercultural Studies taught by Mihai Malancea
  • Marriage and Family Life Education taught by Jim Buckley