How do you say “Jesus Loves You” in Swedish?

The following post was written by Kelly Stratton – A Faith Promise College Student heading to do missions in Sweden this Summer!

Hej! For those of you who don’t know, that is how you say hello in Swedish. It’s one of the only words we know how to say, and we’re about to spend 6 weeks there. Courtney and I have been given an incredible opportunity to volunteer with Cru and be apart of summer project. Cru is a campus ministry that focuses on evangelism and ministering to college students.

The team Courtney and I will be apart of will be in Uppsala, Sweden. We will spend most of our time there at the university meeting as many students as possible and having lunch with them. The main point of these lunches is to get to know them and try to talk about Christian thoughts and ideas. Sweden as a whole only has 2% of the population as practicing Christians. Our goal is to try and get students interested in being in a small group where we can share the Gospel with them. We are so excited to be apart of sharing God’s love to the world in a way that is so similar to our home environment at Faith Promise. We would love to share our journey with you all! If you wouldn’t mind praying for us and this trip, it would be really appreciated. We are currently in the process of raising the financial support needed to go. If you’d like to help, you can donate online or by writing a check to Campus Crusade For Christ.

Kelly Stratton: https://give.ccci.org/give/View/5637809;jsessionid=33C6FCD28C7930FDC3FA5911D78AA47C.dss1

Courtney Stratton: https://give.ccci.org/give/View/5637798;jsessionid=3C1CE4E8360BF6E783E144793584424F.dss1

 

A Story from Nicaragua

Here is a quick story from our Mission Team that got back earlier this month from working with our partners in Leon, Nicaragua.


God did some amazing things with five people who went to Nicaragua in Jan. 2012. This photo is of Jose, our interpreter, who at the age of 28 has never had a bicycle his entire life. He said he knew God was going to do some amazing things the week we were there, but he never thought it would happen to him. Jose walked six miles everyday to Tamera’s house (the missionary we partner with) to work with us he has a wife and small child. After 2 days of being with the team we felt led to help this young man and his family. So we went together as a team and bought him a new bicycle.  This changed his life and his family’s because he didn’t have to walk anywhere anymore and he could double or triple his income just by having transportation!

He said when he went home that evening to show his wife she couldn’t believe it…the neighbors that live next to him had to come over to see it. It was all he could do to keep from crying when the team gave the bike to him.

This is Axel and his mom.  We met this 24 year-old on our last trip in Aug. 2011. A lot of prayers have been lifted up for this young man over the last year from his mom to everyone that meet him last year. Axel worked beside us all week and everyday we asked him to come to church on Sunday and spend the day with the team before we left on Monday. Axel is the go-to person in the community.  At only 24, all the younger kids and teenagers go to him for anything he knows everyone in the community. As we pulled in the church on Sunday to have the dedication service, there he stood waiting for us. After the message was over they asked all the Americans to come to the alter to pray for anyone that needed prayer. As soon as the invitation started Axel came forward to receive Christ!! This was an amazing experience and a lot of prayers were answered. Thanks for all the guys who went on this trip and got to see God move in some amazing ways.  If you ever are interested in going on a mission trip – DO IT!  It will change your life!

Be Someone’s HERO and Join Us for The fp Serving Saturday, Feb 25th, 8:30am at the Pellissippi Campus

Be Someone’s HERO and give Hope by Serving!

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Your opportunity to use your gifts and bring hope to others is almost here at the upcoming fp Serving Saturday on Feb 25.

We’ll meet at the Pellissippi Campus at 8:30am for a light breakfast, short devotional, and assignments and be off by 9am to be the hands and feet of Christ.

We’re using an on-line tool called VolunteerSpot to schedule these opportunities. Here’s how it works:

1) CLICK THIS LINK to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2) Enter your email address and choose your job. You’ll get an Email reminder two days prior to the event.

That’s it. There are limited spots available for this fp Serving Saturday, so it’s important to sign up early.

See you Saturday Feb 25, 8:30am at the Faith Promise Pellissippi Campus!

PS: If you love giving hope to others, then be sure and mark your calendars for our next big compassion event the “Sharing Hope Experience” coming in March on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th. We will be hearing from several local missions and forming new Compassion Groups which will meet monthly to bring hope to those in need in our communities. The “Sharing Hope Experience” and the new Compassion Groups will be a fp Missions Ministry and fp Groups Ministry combined partnership.

Let’s Serve Together! Who’s in?

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10”

Your opportunity to “do good works” is almost here at FPC’s first 2012 Serving Saturday on Jan 28.  We’ll meet at the Pellissippi Campus at 8:30am for a light breakfast, short devotional, and assignments and be off by 9am to the be hands and feet of Christ.  We’re using an on-line tool called VolunteerSpot to schedule these opportunities.

Here’s how it works:

1)    Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2)    Enter your email address and choose your job.  You’ll get an Email reminder two days prior to the event.

That’s it.  There are limited spots available for this first Serving Saturday, so it’s important to sign up early.  Let me know if you have any problems. See you Saturday Jan 28 8:30am at the Faith Promise Pellissippi Campus!

Holiday Food Distributions

Holiday food distributions will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, and December 20th, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Pellissippi Campus. Pre-registration is not required, but a photo ID must be presented to receive food.

Your contribution of food or gift cards can make a huge difference in the life of a family in our area. To help, please consider the three options below:

1. Feed a Family – Donate boxed stuffing, instant potatoes, packets of gravy, cans of cranberries, gravy, cranberry sauce, fruit, sweet potatoes, 96 oz./large plastic bottle of apple juice, and $10 to $25 gift cards for families to purchase meat, milk, bread, eggs, etc.

2. Feed a Baby – Donate plastic containers (baby food) of turkey, sweet potatoes, fruit, apple juice, and a vegetable (peas, carrots, or green beans).

3. Alternative Giving – Please donate a $25 gift card for a local food store.

We continually need food to meet the needs of families throughout the year. Grocery shopping lists are available every day on our Pantry of Promise food receptacles in the Pellissippi Campus lobby.

If you want to volunteer or have any questions, call 251-2590 ext 3002 or email pantryofpromise@gmail.com.

Both Hands Project: A Real Story of Compassion from an FP Group

One of the best parts of my job as the missions pastor at Faith Promise is getting to see our church family grow in their faith and in their love for others.  One of the ways I can see this best is when a family or small group takes the initiative on their own and seeks out ways to minister to their community and the world around us.  The following post was written by one of our small group leaders at Faith Promise, and they are going to let you in on a really great ministry that God laid on their group’s heart to partner with.  If you or your small group are serving in any ministry in the community, I’d love to hear from you!  Just drop me a line at missions@faithpromise.org .  Thanks, and enjoy!


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It had been scorching hot for days on end.  The kind of hot that makes you feel like you can’t breathe.  Our group was all set to spend the next day at the home of a sweet lady that none of us had ever met.  And the forecast said rain.  Lots of rain.

We were supposed to tear down her deck.  Tear out the weeds and overgrown shrubs.  Power wash years of built-up dirt off her walkways.  Cut down a rotting old tree.  Then build her a new deck.  Clean her home.  Plant new plants full of life and hope.  And let her know that we love her and that she is not forgotten.

But the rain was coming, and so could we do all that we had set before us?  We prayed that God would have His hands on our project and that he would show us favor with weather that would allow us to work outside and complete our tasks.

Before I go on, let me introduce you to a family.   A family central to our story.

Meet the Bowlings.

Chad and Stephanie and their two boys are adopting two sweet children from Ghana—Bernard, who just turned 1 year old, and Christy, who is 5 years old.  The Bowlings received a grant from the Both Hands Foundation, which is an organization that seeks to live out James 1:27:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Through this foundation, the Bowlings were matched to a sweet woman called Mrs. Bain who is a widow of 24 years.  Mrs. Bain’s home was in great need of some basic repairs and maintenance.  So the Bowlings gathered a team together to go to Mrs. Bain’s home and spend the day serving and loving on her.  In return, the team of volunteers (our group included) reached out to family and friends, asking for financial sponsorship that would in turn go to the Bowlings for their adoption costs (think of a school walk-a-thon where children walk laps and in turn gather sponsorships and donations for their school).

The next morning, all the members of our group gathered together bright and early at Mrs. Bain’s home.  We arrived to a pleasant breeze, a sun that was shaded by clouds, and not a drop of rain in sight.  As we worked through the day, the conversations kept coming back to the AMAZING weather and the absolute joy and peace that surrounded us.  Hammering and pulling weeds and digging dirt and tearing down a tree was exhausting work, and yet, we were energized and excited to be standing there in obedience and love.  The very presence of the Lord was in that place.  And it was incredible.

Mrs. Bain took some time to share some sweet goodies and even sweeter words with us at lunch.  She also reminded us of words that had been whispering to her heart all morning:

 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.    -Ephesian 3:20-21

What an honor it was to meet Mrs. Bain and serve her.  What a blessing she was to all of us!  And the weather?  Well, we had perfect weather the entire time we worked.  Not only did it NOT rain, but it was NOT scorching hot, either.  The sun hid behind perfectly placed clouds through the day, and just as we put all of our tools away and said goodbye, the rain came.  The rain came and washed away the old dirt and watered the newly planted flowers and shrubs, bringing with it a promise of life, and of growth, and the knowledge that God’s way is always perfect.

This project was a blessing for our small group, and we are so glad we were able to serve in this way.  If you or your small group is seeking to serve in some way, there are a list of ministries here, and they are all overflowing with needs, so get in contact with one today.

Here’s a look at our day…I hope you enjoy!  – The Magee’s

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