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Horizons April 2013

  1. 1. Horizons APRIL 2013 HaitiK•F•C Collaboration
  2. 2. editorial Is it possible for a congregation or individual to become too focused on “missions”? Consider these two statements. “While we are thinking about missions, we cannot allow ourselves to forget about the missionReggie we are.” “I think the church has to limit its missions giving to 10%Hundley of the budget. That way as the church budget grows missions grows, and we make sure that the missions budget does not stifleEditor,HORIZONS the ability of the church to serve.” and I have heard these statements from friends faithfully servingExecutive Director, in Christ’s church. I have read both in various blog postings fromMission ServicesAssociaiton a wide array of individuals serving in a similarly wide array of kingdom endeavor. Some writings have been offered as critical analysis of the words and the thought processes from which they originated. Some writings and discussions have included these (or similar) sentences in an effort to make sure the missions budget stays in proper place in respect to local church needs. I have an obvious interest in the role world missions plays in the local con- gregation, but I would like to pose the original question. I wonder why would we limit the portion of the total giving fo- cus upon God’s mission not directly spent upon local church min- istry? I wonder if any congregational eldership would welcome this statement from the pulpit, “While you are thinking about financially supporting the mission of the church, never forget the mission your family is.” Would this be acceptable? “I believe everyone should limit their giving to the church to no more than 10% of their income. That way, as personal income grows church giving grows. We also make sure that giving to the church does not stifle the family finances.” I am relatively sure that these would be We welcome your neither acceptable nor spoken in most congregations. letters to the editor. Letters no longer Tithing to “world missions” no more serves as justification for than one typewritten the congregation than tithing to the local congregation justifies page are more likely an individual. We all live by grace through faith before God. In to be published. Include your name our family, we always considered the tithe the beginning point of and address on all giving back to God and taught that to our children. Many faithfully correspondence. Only signed letters believe that generosity does not begin until the tithe is given. If can be printed. we encourage Christians to grow to and beyond the tithe, should Letters may be congregations not follow the same example? edited for the sake of length and clarity. E-mail: editorial@ missionservices.org continued on page 15 __________________________________________________________________________________ 2 / HORIZONS
  3. 3. Mission Services Named a Communication All Star Mission Services has received the 2012 HorizonsAll Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc. April 2013Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All No. 1185 • Vol. 62, No. 4Star Award to a select group of businesses and HORIZONS is a mission-oriented maga-nonprofits who are successfully engaging their zine of the undenominational fellowshipcustomer or support base. Mission Services of the Christian Churches and Churchesresults ranked among the top 10% of Constant of Christ. Mission Services, as publisherContact’s international customer base. of HORIZONS magazine, publishes ar- ticles written by field missionaries rather Subscribers to or readers of HORIZONS than staff writers. We believe this offersmagazine, and those who have been faithful a clear image of the variety of opinionssupporters of this ministry know that we have that exists between missionaries withintaken communication seriously. Since 1946, the historical Restoration Movement.communicating the news of world missions Editor: Reggie Hundleyhas been our mission and passion. This award Editorial Assistant: Carol Hundleyis the reflection of this commitment by every Graphic Design: Cheryl Elliottmember of the Mission Services staff, Board of Pressman: Bill Topley Bookkeeper/Treasurer: Georgia SharpeDirectors and family of supporters. Being named a 2012 all star is based upon Publisher: Mission Services Associationa number of criteria. Included are the fre- Address: 2004 E. Magnolia Avenuequency of communication, how often emails Knoxville, TN 37917are opened and read, care taken to maintain Phone: 1-800-655-8524current addresses of supporters, not having Outside USA: 865-525-7010recipients of communication label it as “spam,” Fax: 865-525-7012the use of social media to increase contact with E-mail: msa@missionservices.orgsupporters, and more. “We’re always delighted Web Site: www.missionservices.orgwhen small businesses and nonprofits are suc- U.S. Subscriptions: cessful,” said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant $20.00 for 1 yearContact. “We’re honored to recognize Mission $36.00 for 2 yearsServices as an All Star, and to be able to shinethe spotlight on its achievements in 2012.” Bundle rates: 5 copies @ $95.00/year 10 copies @ $170.00/year 15 copies @ $220.00/year Additional copies: $14.00 each Call MSA for Forward in Faith items, the Missionary Directory, missionary contact information, and displays for MSA.__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 3
  4. 4. contents6 K F C Collaboration -- • • Highest & Best KORE Foundation, Fish Ministry and Christianville Haiti Mis- sion are launching a multi-faceted “Highest and Best” collabo- ration. The K F C alliance will blend traditional missionary endeavors with practical “next step” ministries for the Glory of God and to benefit the Christian poor in Haiti. We will seek to • • do more together than any one of us can do alone. . . . The K F C alliance is committed to expanding opportunities for evangelism and discipleship. Together we will continue to feed hungry children, offer economic opportunities to families • • and orphanages, and work to strengthen the local church.n articles Is it possible for a congregation or individual to become too 2 focused on “missions”? n spotlights 3 Mission Services Named a Communication All Star 5 Coming Events 11 Media Release from Johnson University 12 Prayer Needs & Praises 13 Memorial Gifts 14 From the email box __________________________________________________________________________________4 / HORIZONS
  5. 5. coming eventsMay 20-21 2 1 03 Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee Eubanks Institute for Missions (EIM) Conference Focus: Bible Translation Contact information: Gerald Mattingly 865-251-2349 / gmattingly@johnsonu.eduJULY 9-12 Louisville, Kentucky North American Christian Convention Theme: “Victorious” President: Matt Proctor Contact information: North American Christian Convention 513-772-9970 / www.gotonacc.orgJULY 21-27 Angola, Indiana 2013 Lake James School of Missions Contact information: Kent Shady, Program Chairman 260-824-2132 / kdshady@adamswells.comNOVEMBER 14-17 Kansas City, Kansas International Conference On Missions Contact information: David Empson 317-539-4231 / david@theicom.orgNOVEMBER 15-17 Hershey Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania Eastern Christian Conference President: Ben Cachiaras Contact information: Eastern Christian Conference 410-836-6102 / info@easterncc.com www.easterncc.com__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 5
  6. 6. focus HaitiK•F•C Collaboration -- Highest & Best KORE Foundation, Fish Ministry and Christianville Haiti Mission are launch-ing a multi-faceted “Highest and Best” collaboration. The K•F•C alliance will blendtraditional missionary endeavors with practical “next step” ministries for the Gloryof God and to benefit the Christian poor in Haiti. We will seek to do more together than any one of us can do alone. For decades Christianville has been lifting up Jesus Christ in the Gressier region of Haiti. The result is thousands of Christians, scores of pastors and dozens of churches. Christianville impacts its community daily through educa- tion and public health programs. FISH Ministries utilizes agriculture and aquaculture to feed hungry, impoverished children. FISH promotes public health and practical ministries as acts of Christian com- passion, helping people to help themselves. KORE pursues “sustainable solutions toextreme poverty within the Christian community of Haiti” utilizing a “business asministry” model. Small Holder Poultry Enterprise offers poor Christians an eco-nomic foothold. The K•F•C alliance is committed to expanding opportunities for evangelism anddiscipleship. Together we will continue to feed hungry children, offer economicopportuities to families and orphanages, and work to strengthen the local church. We believe God has called us to work together toward the “highest and best”Highest and Bestpotential of this unique collaboration. Specifically, we are convinced God hasopened two doors for us to walk through together. First is the transfer of practicaland needed academic knowledge to impoverished Haitian Christians. Second is__________________________________________________________________________________6 / HORIZONS
  7. 7. the teaching of useful, “life survival”skills and vocational training forHaitian young adults. A “train the trainer” initia-DOOR # 1tive, utilizing US distance-learningopportunities, will focus on neededknowledge transfer in several use-ful areas, including Christian lead-ership, public health, farm manage-ment, horticulture, processing and marketing. Qualified Christian students will berecruited from across Haiti to participate in this program. These students, havingsuccessfully completed their training, take home the academic knowledge they’vegained, then systematically teach it in practical applications to small holder own-ers farmers, vocational students and their community at large. Additionally, eacharea of study will positively impact the unique ministries of K•F•C. Christianvilleoffers an exceptional environment for this initiative. A vocational training school will be established in September, 2013, to oper-DOOR # 2ate in conjunction with the academic initiative. Once again, the Christianvillecampus affords an excellent setting for vocational training. Young Haitian adultscan enroll in life skills training to include building trades, culinary arts, tailoringand a variety of practical job skills related to the broad categories taught in the“train the trainer” initiative. Students will complete a Bible based ethical, businessand leadership curriculum as part of their instruction.__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 7
  8. 8. These brand new initiatives are underway. Construction for the school isGod’s Provisionunderway. Equipment necessary to support new programming is being identified.Generous funding has been committed allowing us to match dollar for dollar allgifts given to develop and complete these two projects. And, essential to the success of the K•F•C vision are PEOPLE! We are beginningto spread a net in search of PEOPLE who share our vision of offering sustainableopportunities to the Christian poor of Haiti. The call for the church to evangelizeand disciple is nonnegotiable. We remain as committed as ever to do both. Theopportunity to enable the Christian poor to overcome dependency and experiencethe dignity of self-reliance is a biblical “next step”.A Basic Question?and discipleship or is it a necessary ingredient of our faith? In Luke 7:18- Is serving the poor a distraction from our ‘core’ mission of evangelism23 Jesus specifically sets out to prove that He is the Messiah, the Promised One,by meeting the physical needs of people and preaching good news to the poor! It seems obvious it wasn’t either/or with Je- sus. His ministry demonstrated the seam- less harmony of obeying both the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) and the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 22:37-39). Opportunities to Help Financial Support -- K•F•C’s two initiatives have many components, includ- ing facilities, equipment and personnel. Some sponsorships begin at a few hun- dred dollars while others range to several thousand. ALL dollars can currently be matched to double the impact of your gift. Contributions large and small are tax deductable and greatly appreciated. Reference K•F•C’s “Highest and Best” with inquiries. Volunteer Involvement -- We are looking for qualified individuals to teach in the vocational training school. If you are retired, have extended leave time and can__________________________________________________________________________________8 / HORIZONS
  9. 9. be available in a minimum of three month increments, AND if you have academictraining or related skill experience that match curriculum needs, K•F•C would loveto talk with you about hands on poverty alleviation ministry in Haiti.Short Term Missions Trips -- Over the next several months K•F•C willhost US work teams to assist with construction projects and equipment installa-tion to prepare the vocational training school for its scheduled opening Septem-ber 2013.Prayer -- Pray for K•F•C as we work together to honor God and serve the Chris-tian poor of Haiti.Ministry Partnerships -- KORE, FISH and CHRISTIANVILLE have formedthis alliance because of a shared conviction that working together furthers worthyministry by focusing resources and sharing expertise. For that very reason wewelcome collaborative partnerships. Churches, mission ministries, NGO’s, grantmakers, colleges and individuals interested in poverty alleviation in Haiti, by com-mon cause or divine connection, are welcomed to participate in these initiatives. Haitians want to move beyond the need for perpetual relief. Haitians respond to opportunities with hard work and enthusiasm. Let’s offer a way out . . . a foothold away from poverty . . . a sustainable pathway toward self-reliance Let’s do it together . . . in Jesus’ Name!__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 9
  10. 10. S.H.P.E. UPDATE KORE’s Small HolderPoultry Enterprise minis-try enables impoverishedHaitian Christians to beginand eventually own a poultrybusiness once their start uploan is repaid. In 2012, 84new owners got started. 100new coops are scheduled tobegin in 2013. Haitian farmers are rais-ing healthy chickens, gettingthem sold and keeping theirbusinesses going, with cur-rent loan repayment at 85%.A processing plant is nearcompletion and will beginoperation mid-year, allowingfarmers access to the formalpoultry market. The 6.25 Protein Interven-tion Feeding Ministry raisesfunds to purchase chickensfrom new farmers, helpingthem establish their mar-ket. The purchased poultryprovides needed animalprotein for undernourishedHaitian children. Each $6.25KORE receives supplementsa child’s diet for a monthresulting in 85,000 meals in2012.__________________________________________________________________________________10 / HORIZONS
  11. 11. Former Johnson University president named COO of Florida college MEDIA RELEASE March 25, 2013 - Knoxville, TN Dr. David Eubanks, who served as president of Johnson University for 39 years, has accepted the position of acting Chief Operating Officer at Florida Christian College in Kis- simmee, Florida, effective April 8, 2013. Eubanks brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this leadership role. During his time at Johnson, Eubanks was instrumental ingaining Johnson’s accreditation, growing enrollment, adding graduate programs,and expanding campus facilities. Since January of this year, the Board of Trustees of Johnson University havebeen pursuing a possible merger with Florida Christian College pending approvalby accrediting associations including the Southern Association of Colleges andSchools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Association of BiblicalHigher Education (ABHE). The earliest possible date for such accrediting asso-ciation approval is the middle of June 2013, after which more information will bereleased. “Dr. Eubanks is highly respected in the Christian higher education community,and I know he will be a great asset to Florida Christian College. I look forward toworking with him as we continue pursuing this possible merger,” said Dr. GaryWeedman, President of Johnson University. A 1957 graduate of Johnson University, Eubanks also holds a Ph.D. in historyfrom the University of Tennessee. He is a published author and an avid worldtraveler. After retiring from his presidency at Johnson University in 2007, Eubankswas named President Emeritus and has traveled extensively as an ambassadorfor the University. Eubanks will be filling the role in Florida left open by the resig-nation of current Florida Christian College President Bill Behrman. Johnson University offers more than 35 accredited bachelor’s, master’s andPh.D. programs – all with a biblical core – designed to equip individuals for Chris-tian ministry and other strategic vocations to extend the kingdom of God. John-son University, formerly Johnson Bible College, was founded in 1893 in Knoxville,Tennessee. Johnson currently has an enrollment of 954 students.__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 11
  12. 12. focus on Prayer Needs & Praises Africa South America • Please pray for Pete, Fran, & Denzil • Jim & Judy Dye (Venezuela) Laughren (South Africa) as they request prayer for that nation have made the decision to return following the recent death of to the US and begin a new ministry President Hugo Chavez. Pray that here. quick elections will be peaceful as a new president is elected. • Pray for Beth Ramos (PBT-Guinea) as she works in the area of literacy and is in the process of overseeing housing construction for herself South Pacific and future mission workers in the • PBT-PNG request prayer as the village. NT in the Tay language is sched- uled to be completed this year, • Sudan African Mission requests with the Mborena Kam, Waran, prayer for the well drilling project and Apal New Testaments follow- in the village of Maluai Bai. ing soon after. Pray that God will protect the people and resources • Sudan African Mission also requests involved in finishing these trans- prayer for a future church plant in lations. Aweil Town. • Jesse & Karie Pryor (Papua New Guinea) give praise that several of their locally trained teachers have been accepted into the Papuan Asia • Continue to pray for the people of New Guinea Education Institute for Pakistan who are suffering because more formal government train- of high inflation, shortages of elec- ing. Keep these teachers and their tricity and gas, as well as jobless- families in prayer as they will not ness. The people are in a state of be able to go back home until De- hopelessness because of the con- cember. Pray for their adjustment stant threat of terror attack. to a new climate and diet.__________________________________________________________________________________12 / HORIZONS
  13. 13. U.S. Team Expansion• Matt & Karen Mclean (Du- • Pray for Andrea & Healther Gentile as they namis Ministries, Arizona) witness to people in their home in Italy. request prayer that due to policy changes at a local • Pray for good health for Jen Volante and jail they have not been the baby she is carrying. Pray for the safe permitted to hold services. delivery of a healthy baby in July. Pray that the inmates will • Join J & R in praying for the believers in the continue to read their bi- sensitive field in which they serve. Many bles and hold Bible studies. are persecuted by peers and family. Also pray that the policy will soon be changed. • Join B & S in praying for persecuted people in the sensitive field in which they serve. • Pray that KJ will boldly step out in faith as she works in new areas of ministry in theGlobal• Pray as Good News Pro- sensitive field in which she serves. ductions begins to trans- late The Global Gospel • Pray for AK as she serves girls in an or- Project into the top 25 phanage in a sensitive field in Europe. languages of the world by the year 2015. This is a se- • Join Rebekah Hannum in praising God for ries of 88 stories on the life expanding the team and efforts in Spain. of Christ. (To view these, go to www.themissionsnet- work.com)• Pray for missionaries and mission work as finances for many are continually G ifts reduced due to economic stresses. As one mission- in memory of ary said, “We are con- cerned because one of our Wilbur Reid, Jr. main supporting churches is ending its missions Given by: program and we will lose Frank & Alice Baker, Knoxville, TN $350.00 per month.” Reggie & Carol Hundley, Knoxville, TN Jason & Stephanie McSpadden, Madisonville, TN__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 13
  14. 14. from the homogeneous group. I’ll explain more in a bit. box The second story comes from a seg- ment on 60 minutes about 10 years ago. In March 22, 2013 the segment they interviewed a group of upper middle class blacks that had movedReggie, to a particular upper middle class suburb. In some ways I agree with what you Some of them had even changed jobs insaid in “Chose Compassion.” However, it is order to be able to live in this suburb. Whyvery easy for that kind of thinking to lead did they want to live there? It was basicallyto unintentional barriers to the Gospel. an all black suburb with all black schoolsSomething I am sure you don’t want. and all black churches. (There were a few I will start with 2 true stories. The first non blacks in the suburb , schools, etc.)involves Dr. C. Peter Wagner. As you prob- These blacks expected to be treated asably know, he was a missions professor at equals in the work place but when theyFuller and a close associate of Dr. Donald went home they wanted it to be a blackMcGavran. Over 30 years ago Dr. Wagner community with other blacks like them-visited Circle Church in Chicago. On the selves. Would an integrated church or asurface it was a very diverse church both black church be the best church to reachracially and ethnically. At first he thought people in this suburb?the church broke the homogeneous unit We all recognize that there have beenprinciple because at that time everyone significant changes in culture over thethought the homogeneous unit principle last few decades but many church leaderswas about race and ethnicity. (Far too (and others) have not realized that theremany people still believe that.) However, is now a totally new culture different fromas Dr. Wagner looked more closely at the anything we had in the middle of the lastchurch and thought about what he was century. It is a culture of diversity. I thinkseeing, he realized the he, Dr. McGavran, it is especially common in middle classand others had been wrong about the ho- suburbs where most of our larger churchesmogeneous unit principal. He realized that are located. The diversity culture is awhile it was still a very valuable principle, homogeneous unit. Consequently we needit was NOT about race and ethnicity. It was lots of churches with a culture (singular)about how people thought and what they of diversity. Every church is best able tovalued. The people at Circle Church all reach those who have the church’s culture.thought a lot alike and had similar values. The farther a person’s culture is from a(When McGavran first discovered the church’s culture the harder it will be tohomogeneous unit principle how people reach that person, no mater how muchthought almost always followed racial and “compassion” there is. The people in aethnic lines.) Consequently, a church that church could have a lot of compassion forlooks very diverse can still be following the Hispanics but starting a Hispanic churchhomogeneous unit principle. That becomes would be by far a better way to reacha barrier to anyone that is not part of that first generation Hispanics than trying to__________________________________________________________________________________14 / HORIZONS
  15. 15. integrate then into an existing English church. Because in most places there arespeaking church. (Starting a Spanish many cultures represented we need aservice would not be as good as starting lot more churches to reach those manya Hispanic church because the Hispanics cultures. (Also, little known but very goodwould not own it.) research has found that every church has a Our son is big on music. Would he want limit to the number of people it can reach.to bring a friend with similar tastes to In many metro areas you can have coverour contemporary service that had what 25,000 in a 1 mile radius and over 100,000he called “music for old people?” Which in a 2 mile radius. Just that populationchurch could better reach someone who density requires many more churches.)loves jazz, a church with jazz music or Do we expect non-Christians and newone with rock, or heave metal, or country, Christians to come to the church we thinkor _____________ music. While the people in they should like (some will like it), or do weevery church should be open and compas- exegete our communities and provide thesionate to everyone, if we are truly inter- kind of churches the people in the commu-ested in reaching everyone in our com- nity will find most to their liking?munity the strategy of Northwood church God Bless you,in Keller, TX, is far better than trying to Bruce Webster, Effective Evangelismget them into our church. About 4 yearsago they were working on church plant 15within 3 to 4 miles of Northwood. (They Ultimately, the mission of God ISalso had over 100 other church plants Editorial, continued from page 2 world missions. A congregation, family,around the country.) or individual committed to the mission One of Satan’s big lies is that our of God should be focused upon declaringchurch can effectively reach everyone in the glory and grace of God in accordanceour community. (This is one of the biggest with God’s desire. Jesus described thisreasons for the decline of Christianity in for us in Acts 1:8. The world begins withthe west.) A single church might be able restoring things as God intended in ourto reach everyone in a small (under 200) family, extends to our neighborhood, ourhomogeneous community but not in larger city, our nation, then to the entire world.more diverse communities. If our focus becomes unbalanced (e.g. We need a lot more churches like we forget about our city but are con-Savannah Christian Church that have a cerned only with the people of anotherculture (singular) of diversity. However, nation or vice versa) the problem liesfor maximum Kingdom impact it is very within ourselves. As long as we growimportant to recognize what such church- in our passion for God’s entire mission,es are and what they are not. Because it we will be fine. Together, may we thinkis impossible to be 100% culture A and at about that!the same time 100% culture B no churchcan be truly multicultural. Every church,whether it looks like it or not to our tradi-tional thinking, is really a mono-cultural__________________________________________________________________________________ APRIL 2013 / 15
  16. 16. Before you move, please send the mailing label with a copy of your new address to MISSION SERVICES ASSOCIATION, 2004 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Mission Services Association Non Profit Org. 2004 E. Magnolia Avenue U.S. Postage Paid Knoxville, TN Mission Knoxville, TN 37917 Permit #374 Services Return Service Requested Address 2004 E. Magnolia Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 Phone Numbers 1-800-655-8524 (USA) 865-525-7010 (Outside USA) E-Mail msa@missionservices.org Web www.missionservices.orgwww.themissionsnetwork.com