Dear TFC Body,
We all continue to enjoy and be grateful to God for good health and strength and Rwanda’s beautiful country and climate.
We are getting to know the people more all the time as well. Last night we had dinner with the facility director of the ALARM center here. He helped us understand so much more clearly the ministry context of what we might be doing here in the future. He has an amazing story of God’s work in his own life.
Prior to that dinner, we spent the day on the road, visiting country director Ben’s church, the Boys trade school for street boys, and the IWE school for girls. We were able to talk with teachers and had a long lunch with the IWE headmistress and she answered our many questions about their situation, needs and goals.
Today we met with the ALARM staff here, most of whom we have gotten to know well. This was an important opportunity to hear from each staff member and from the country director about where they see God at work and how TFC might participate with them in that. Please pray that God will use this meeting and the follow up to it for clarity in knowing His direction for TFC’s part in the growth and glory of Christ’s kingdom in Rwanda.
Thank you for your prayers. We have brought you with us in every context, and the people are very grateful for your sending of and partnership with us.
Diana, Julie and Keith
Rwanda Women’s Conference
Rwanda Men’s Conference
As part of a new three-year partnership with ALARM in Rwanda, our first team of Julie Smith, Diana Calvin and Keith Hileman are traveling to the city of Kigali Oct. 31-Nov.9 to join ALARM in bringing 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.
One primary objective of this trip is to establish good relationships and explore ministry focus and future opportunities. They expect to ask a lot of questions, listen well, and bring reports back to the body. They will also teach at a men’s and women’s conference on home and family, and micro financing.
Please PRAY for this team’s presentation preparations, for health, and safety in traveling. And pray that Christ’s message of hope and reconciliation would be proclaimed through our presence, words and lives in Rwanda. Download their prayer card here:
The Richland Elementary Fall Carnival is coming up next Thursday, October 30th. Registration for volunteers is closed, but there is still a BIG way for everyone to help with the event! We need baked goods to sell and give-away as prizes for the carnival. This would help the carnival greatly, and bless those who come with their families.
We checked with the school administration, and homemade goods are perfectly fine. If you are not volunteering at the carnival, but you would like to help, please bring your store-bought or homemade goods to church any time on Wednesday, October 29th. If you are volunteering, feel free to bring your goods with you on Thursday night.
Richland is providing free dinner before the carnival to express gratitude for our service. For dinner you need to arrive at Richland Elementary between 4-4:15 pm. If you don’t plan on eating there, please be there by 5 pm to help set up and find your room. Richland is asking all volunteers to be there by 5:00pm. Unless you have an unavoidable conflict, please be there on-time to help get the carnival started.
Questions? Contact Jeff Harding, Kari Jane Smith, or Pam Wrobel at 972-690-9535.
The past two years our TFC Fall Festival provided a safe, fun event for local families on Halloween night, along with an opportunity to share the love of Christ with our neighbors. The church body came together to serve our community with big smiles, good music, and even pies thrown in our pastor’s face! This desire to share Christ’s love in our community has also included involvement with local ministries Dallas Life, Network of Community Ministries, and Oasis Center to name a few. We are excited to add to our local outreach opportunities as we volunteer to help nearby Richland Elementary with their Fall Carnival the night before Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 30.
Richland’s Fall Carnival attracts nearly 1000 people. The school staff & PTA put on the carnival, but they rely on many volunteers to carry it out. We want to “fill the gap” as we help them with their volunteer needs. Our TFC Jazz Band has already signed up and will be the featured entertainment for Carnival!
The Carnival is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, 5:30-8 pm. Volunters need to arrive at 5:15 pm to prepare for the public. Other details to know are:
- RISD background checks are required of all volunteers, thus the sign up deadline of Oct. 8. The online form is very short and takes only 2-3 minutes.
- The background checks take 2-3 weeks to process, that’s why our deadline to sign up is Oct. 8 firm. You can sign up online here, or in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays. The background check link will be sent to you once you volunteer.
- Our volunteers cam sign up for any station they choose at the Carnival.
- We are encouraged to bring baked goodiesor candy for the Carnival. Both home-made and store-bought goodies are acceptable, but please avoid anything with nuts for the sake of allergies.
We hope you’ll join us as we partner with Richland Elementary to serve our community and make an impact for the sake of Christ….sharing Real Life together!
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.