Since the genocide in Rwanda twenty years ago, God has used ALARM to bring the hope of Christ’s peace and reconciliation to a people who had experienced unimaginable division and devastation in their country and were without hope. We at Trinity Fellowship, who were also without hope apart from Christ (Eph. 2:12) are privileged to be a part of what God continues to do through ALARM in Rwanda. Our first team will travel to the city of Kigali Nov 1-9 to begin our current three-year partnership.
One primary objective of this trip is to establish good relationships and explore ministry focus and future opportunities. We expect to ask a lot of questions, listen well, and bring reports back to the body. We will also teach at a PLTI (pastors training) and a General Women’s Conference on home and family, and micro financing.
Please PRAY for the preparations of our first team: Julie Smith, Diana Calvin and Keith Hileman. Barbara Morris is our Team Leader–not going, but handling the important organizational details.
Pray for ways YOU can be a part of this partnership–pray, send, or go! And pray that Christ’s message of hope and reconciliation would be proclaimed through our presence, words and lives in Rwanda.
“Just have faith!”
If someone has ever told you those words when you’re confused, frustrated, or even heartbroken, they probably weren’t very comforting. I’m sure the person who shared them with you had good intentions, but let’s face it…faith is difficult. Yet, following Jesus Christ absolutely and categorically demands having faith. So, what does active faith look like?
One example of living faithfully is depending on God to provide for you when He’s called you to love and serve others.
One month ago, our youth briefly shared about the mission trips they experienced last summer, and how they were looking forward to this summer’s mission trips. We also asked for financial and spiritual support…and the church body responded graciously and abundantly! Through our student auction dinner and Sunday morning bake sales, we have raised about $2500 of financial support. Additionally, several people in the church body have taken our prayer bookmarks from the mission fundraising table, which are available for each mission student. We cherish each prayer and dollar given on behalf of our student mission team!
This Sunday, our first student mission team (high school) leaves for the YouthWorks-sponsored trip to Jackson, MS. We will engage the culture and serve the people of Jackson alongside another church youth group and the YouthWorks staff. Our YouthWorks trip to Booneville, AR, last summer made a big impact on our group internally and spiritually, and we’re anticipating God to use us greatly for His glory again this next week. We will be serving mentally challenged adults and children in special homes, doing yard work and home projects for the elderly, and learning about how to relate and minster to various people groups from civil rights activists that worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Words can never express how grateful and thankful we are for your immense support of the students’ mission efforts! We are excited for what God will do through us, but we also realize that we will experience frustration and fatigue. We ask that you continue praying for our team this next week, and that we would continue to lean on Christ and all of your prayers and spiritual participation. What a beautiful picture of Christ’s Church in action! What a beautiful example of living…faithfully.
- Jeff Harding
“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
TFC COMMUNICATION CHANGES
Next week you’ll see a change in our TFC email communications. The Wednesday news email and Friday Epistle will be combined into a newly designed email entitled “The Epistle” which you will receive on Thursdays.
“Epistle” means letter, and this weekly “letter” to our TFC church body will include an upcoming event listing and 3-5 short news articles of interest. We hope this change provides a simple way for you to stay informed and discover, connect and share with us.
SHARING REAL LIFE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AT RICHLAND COLLEGE
Mostly through the ministry of ISI, we’ve been open to ways we might encourage international students at Richland College. We were given one such opportunity recently through Richland student Vinosha Silvaraman. Vinosha is an active member of both our body and of ISI, and when she let us know of a financial need to help members of her honor sorority Phi Theta Kappa attend a conference in Florida, we were happy to help. We provided the needed funds in the name of both TFC and ISI, and sent a letter with the check expressing our mutual care for Vinosha, and our desire to give to our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ.
This is a response from that gift, from ISI staff member Hannah Christofer:
“I spoke to Vinosha the other day, and I wanted to let you know how much her organization appreciated your gift. She was really excited because she said that they read the letter from TFC that accompanied the gift in the (Phi Theta Kappa) meeting. She also said the gift became a way to share about Christians and Christ among those in her organization.”
Jeff Anthony, also with ISI, expressed his thanks to our body as well:
“Thank you so much for your gracious generosity and we are grateful for your partnership, support and love for international students!”
Let’s give thanks to God for the unique opportunities and new ways the TFC church family are able to share the life of Christ together in our community.
Grace & Peace,
Network of Community Ministries serves people in Richardson through:
- Emergency services (providing food, shelter, clothing & utility services to children, adults, & seniors)
- Adolescent & Children’s Clinic (meeting the acute care & dental needs of uninsured children), &
- Seniors’ Net (providing those 60+ with the right resources to live independently in their own homes)
Last year alone, Network assisted 46,000+ adult individuals, children, & seniors. Since its founding 27 years ago, Network has impacted the lives of over 250,000 individuals.
This April, Alan Shawn Feinstein has offered a $1 million match grant to organizations fighting hunger in their communities. Any donation received through April 30 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $35,000 per organization. For food donations, they will give $1 per pound or item given. Pledges will also be matched by the April 30 deadline.
To take advantage of this opportunity, please bring current, non-perishable food items to the bin in our TFC Fellowship Hall by this Sunday, April 27, or deliver them directly to Network by April 30.
Monetary donations are also needed & accepted! If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit their website at www.thenetwork.org, or write a check to Network and hand to a TFC staff member. Let’s help them as they help others!
TFC Youth at Dallas Life in April Serving
The past two Sundays, reflecting on our study of Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 in John 6, we heard about ways Dallas Life and Network Ministries feed and care for the poor in our area in the name of Jesus Christ. If you would like more information on how you can get involved, check out their websites.
You can also be a part of what we’re doing at TFC to support these ministries. Yesterday, our youth spent their first Sunday afternoon serving a meal at Dallas Life, and they’ll be going the first Sunday of every month. At Network, several TFC members volunteer regularly to distribute food. Our Connection Groups and Bible Studies also bring food to stock the Network pantries, and there is a basket in Fellowship Hall to place food donations. These are just some of the ways we can share the life of Christ with those who are hungry, both physically and spiritually.
For more information or if you would like help finding a place to serve, contact Connections Minister Diana Calvin at email@example.com
A local ministry we partner with at TFC is Oasis Center, led by Michael & Juanita Lee. Their ministry has grown and they have expanded their scope of services, addressing the entire disenfranchised family in a holistic approach. Along with their partner organization, Anthem Strong Families, Oasis now provides services & resources to high risk families & individuals that promote improved economic stability, self-sufficiency, work readiness & career advancement. As a result, they have a new name—Oasis Center (formerly Operation Oasis formerly).
They are located in Dallas, and their website can be found here: www.oasisctr.org
To see their TFC Local Ministry web page, go here.
Join us tonight for a fabulous Missions Week Wednesday Evening!
5:30-6:30 pm Middle Eastern Missions Week Dinner
Meat/rice/chicken, Lebanese salad, laban (yogurt), pita bread, grapes, dessert, tea/lemonade/water – $4 per plate from 5:30-6:30 pm! AND meet some local missionaries!
6:45-7:45 pm Missions Week Meet The Missionaries
Meet and hear from 3 missionaries how God is working in hard places! Family friendly–all, including children, are welcome!
During our TFC 2014 Missions Week, we will feature many of our TFC missionaries each day. Today, meet the Follingstads in East Africa.
Dear Praying Friend,
Thanks so much for praying for my two week East Africa trip in December! It was great to re-connect with the Yamma and Aham teams. We checked 2 Timothy in Yamma and some Scripture booklets in Aham. “Back home” the final checks and spelling corections on the Tyap New Testament are done, and I have given my consultant approval for printing! The printed Tyap new Testament should be ready for its dedication and distribution by the Fall, God willing! Please keep praying throughout this typesetting process.
Please pray for my time back in East Africa (Feb. 10-March 5th) to do some more consultant checking on the Yamma and Aham languages. Pray for calm checking sessions during which the team doesn’t continuously interrupt each other thereby crowding out the important checking time on the meaning of the translation. Pray for good trip logistics, good health, and safety around Nairobi. Pray for Joy here at home with a very “empty next” for the next three weeks! Thanks!
Carl & Joy Follingstad
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200 * Orlando, FL 32862-8200
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Trinh is an ISI student whose connections with Trinity Fellowship have marked his Christian journey. Trinh was first introduced to TFC a few years ago, when he attended ISI parties hosted in our Youth Room. Over pizza and games with the others from Richland College and ISI, he enjoyed the hospitality of TFC members who were there to interact with students.
Trinh then began attending an ISI weekly Bible Study, where he learned about God’s story of creation and redemption. And on an ISI trip to Washington, D.C., Trinh trusted his life to Jesus Christ.
Shortly afterward, Trinh was baptized at another local church. Immediately following that service, he rushed over to Trinity Fellowship so that he could share in the baptism of his good friends Liz Shaw and Venosha Silvaraman, who were being baptized that same morning in our cattle trough.
God has generously allowed TFC to be a part of Trinh’s journey of faith, and we now have another new opportunity. Trinh is in the process of applying to Christ For the Nations, where he hopes to be trained to go into pastoral ministry. Please pray for Trinh: for God’s leading, for provision of acceptance and necessary financial aid, and for his continued growth in Christ. And pray that God would continue to use our body to share the life of Christ with international students in our neighborhood.
OPPORTUNITY TO GET UPDATE ON EVENTS IN ISRAEL
Trinity has a great opportunity to hear the latest from Israel about what is going on there. Chosen People Ministries is sending three people from the Media Department of Israel School of the Bible here to film in the DFW area for the week about ministry there. They are coming to Trinity to give a special update on things this Sunday during the Sunday school hour. Eitan Bar, Stefan Silver and Yair Harel will be with us to share what is happening. Just a look at their names tells you this is not Joe Smith and John Williams talking about Israel! These brothers train at one of the key schools in the holy land for believers. They are well equipped to answer questions about what is going on there from an internal perspective, especially in light of events in Syria and Egypt. They also will be sharing about their own ministry and opportunities for the gospel in Israel. It is a unique hour for us. I hope you will attend. I write, even though I will be in Nashville also taping, because this topic and perspective are so important and we rarely get the chance for an inside look.