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.
Everyone is invited to the annual Youth Missions Banquet, taking place this Sunday night, July 28th, from 7:00-8:15pm in Fellowship Hall.
Our youth minister, Jeff Harding, will interview the junior high and high school youth about their mission trip experiences. Pictures will also be available to browse through, and videos from each trip will be shown.
It is a dessert potluck, so please bring something to share with others. Don’t feel pressured to bring something, though…your presence is what we would love, first and foremost! Feel free to bring people with you, as well. This will be an exciting time to share with the church body about how God is working through the next generation to invest in His kingdom! We hope to see you there!
Our JV Youth are currently in the midst of their 2013 Summer Mission Trip to HIdden Acres Refugee Camp in Kaufman, TX. Students attending are Emily Calvin, Jessica, Hamm, and Mason Hendricks, along with Jeff and Faith Harding. Here’s a recap of the first two days from Faith’s instagram journal with pics!
Monday: Training Day. IHOP breakfast. Crafts. Tie Dye. Basketball. Bunkbeds (plus awesome games, World Religion training, refugee relational prep, etc etc…) Can’t wait for our campers to arrive tomorrow so we can put our training into practice! Tuesday: Learning. Meet & Greet. Now it gets a bit trickier to post a photo collage since we can’t post pics of our sweet refugee campers. Day Two included greeting the campers off the bus, praise and worship (dancing to camp songs), crafts, lunch, swimming, games, Biblestudy, goodbyes, clean up, and eventually movie night.
JV Mission Trip Day One
JV Mission Trip Day Two
I love it when a plan comes together. Only I can’t say with confidence that this was a master plan. It is more like an openness to God’s leading through what we have been learning together.
We began this year considering the call to obedience to the great commandment, by deepening our love of God through prayer, and sharing His love through us with our neighbors. Missions week came next with application to understand and get to know our neighbors of other faith traditions. The scope of the great commission is all nations. The clear command is to go. But often times, especially in such a diverse urban setting like north Dallas, God brings the nations to us so that our going might only be across the street or the office hallway. Through some wonderful connections we have also had the privilege of meeting Renod Bejjani of iHopeMinistries – a local ministry committed to training and raising up thousands of missionaries committed to sharing the Gospel with muslims here in Dallas and around the world. And in case you haven’t heard yet, iHopeMinistries will be offering a free “Beneath The Veil” conference for women wanting to better understand how to reach out to muslim women, and we’re hosting it here at TFC on Saturday August 10. That conference is strategically scheduled to take place after Ramadan – the month of fasting, and one of the 5 foundation pillars of muslim beliefs and practice.
Now here is where it all comes together. Did you know that Ramadan began this past Tuesday, July 9th? It continues for 30 days through Wed. August 30th. During that time, muslims fast during the daylight hours to seek and earn the favor of Allah. What if in their time of prayer and seeking they actually encountered the living Jesus in a dream or a growing desire for truth in their heart and mind? God works through our intercessory prayer. And there are lots of examples in scripture and history where He makes Himself known to those seeking Him in prayer.
How about taking time daily over the remaining days of Ramadan to pray for our muslim neighbors? It is easy to do. Especially with help of “30-days Prayer Network“ - an international ministry committed to intercession for the muslim world). They’ve been encouraging and mobilizing churches in prayer for 20 years. And they provide lots of great resources at their website. Use this 30-day typical prayer calendar 30_Days_Prayers4Muslim_World for your use daily at your office or at home with the kids. You can even sign up at their website for daily email reminders for the day’s topic along with links to a blog entry and short video providing background information about Islam in specific parts of the world.
Please consider joining with me and others in the body and around the world for this 30-day prayer challenge. It is a wonderful opportunity to encourage prayer time with your family. It is also a great way to pray for the upcoming muslim outreach conference. And, who knows how God may want to open up new relationships with our muslim neighbors so that we could share with the real life of Christ at work within us together.
Just over a year ago, I had recently returned from the youth mission trip at the Bowery Mission in New York City. It was a challenging and demanding trip, magnified by the fact that I had been youth minister for about 20 days. When it came time for youth summer missions in 2013, I sought out a high school trip that provided something I have been praying for God to provide for our youth group all year…a biblical example of community.
Community can be determined by default circumstances and conditions. You can be part of a community simply based on your age, gender, faith, or other characteristics. However, a call to spiritual community raises the bar regarding diversity, transparency, and dependence. It calls those within this community to cross racial and cultural barriers, recognize their brokenness, and see their need for a Savior. Our mission trip was organized by YouthWorks, which exists to establish and coordinate ecumenical youth mission trips. Ecumenical means that all denominations from the Body of Christ worldwide are welcome, and it paints an amazing (yet microscopic) picture of what heaven will be like. We worked all week in the broken city of Booneville, Arkansas alongside high school students who follow Christ as Episcopals, Disciples of Christ, and Lutherans.
Within a beautiful, diverse group of believers, we brought hope to people who live in the 4th largest drug capital in the United States. We served children in reading exercises, so they wouldn’t fall behind when school starts. We showed children attention they usually don’t receive at home. We told them about the Creator who loves them, and sent His only Son for them. We painted, repaired, and cleaned up homes of people who were unable to physically or financially do it themselves. We picked up debris from massive fields…the remains of people’s lives that were lost in the 30-foot wall of water that caused heavy devastation in a small town about 40 minutes south of Booneville. We left our comfort zone to interact with and love others. We saw our own brokenness. We worshipped the Savior who came to restore and reconcile us to the Father. We laughed, we cried, and for almost a full week…we loved and served in a community experience that was real. We caught an incredible glimpse of the God who restores.
Thank you for praying for us last week. Please pray that this experience becomes the youth group’s legacy. To love others of every background, and love/serve the God who restores the broken people that we are. Amen.
***Come hear more about the varsity and JV mission trips at our Youth Mission Banquet on Sunday, July 28th from 6:30-8pm in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome!***
Our TFC Varsity Youth are driving home today from Booneville, AR. They had a great week helping with cleanup of a flooded area, building projects, leading children’s clubs, and working alongside 3 other area youth groups. Their “twitter” post from yesterday said, “A hard morning helping a community that flooded, where people even lost their lives. Today, we brought hope. ” Pray for their safe drive home! Welcome back Varsity youth!
Helping a flooded area in Booneville, AR. (Nicholas Bannert in green shirt)
- Varsity Booneville Mission Trip Group (L to R: Clara Shurtleff, Bergen Johnston, Sarah Betten, Jonathan Eubanks, Mary Lovell, Nicholas Bannert, Emma Hileman)