The James Project is a local outreach offering counseling services to people in Gloucester and Cape Ann.
The Maine Mission is a summer service project to provide material and spiritual encouragement for migrant workers during the blueberry harvest season.
To support and encourage the ministry of In His Steps by sending a team each July to Canton, MS. Teams serve through VBS, neighborhood outreach, and construction projects.
“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
2017 MS TEAM SCHEDULE
MANDATORY MEETINGS (all meetings will be on Sundays from 6:30 – 8:30, except Pancake Breakfast and the April 30th meeting): 1. April 30, 4:00pm; 2. May 21; June 4; June 18 – Pancake Breakfast – team arrives 7:00am; June 25; July 2; July 6 – Pack and BBQ
Our missionaries to Germany are Dr. Joel and Tatjana White, along with their children Adrian, Helena, and Emma. In the fall of 2014, Joel will be leading a tour of sites related to German history and the Protestant Reformation. People who are interested in joining the tour need to register by April 30th, 2014. For more information, please click here.
Our church was originally introduced to the work of Mission Chad through our friends Dr. Scott and Debara Hafemann.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
A CHRISTMAS UPDATE FROM PASTOR BAKO
Greetings from Village Altonodji (VA) on behalf of the orphans in particular and children in general! Christmas is around the corner and we will soon be celebrating the coming of our Lord Jesus, a great reminder for us all of the great mercies of God and His love in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.
This year, VA is celebrating the 7 years of God’s mercy and grace as well as the faithfulness of God to the mission of SCPEDT [the Chadian NGO that runs VA]. We thank Him for many orphans in Chad who are continually living this grace of God through our partners and donors in the USA. As we think back over these years of God’s grace and mercy, we think of all those who have come and gone for short trip missions to encourage the work not just by finances but also by their presence in Chad. We thank you… so much!!! Our words are so weak to express to you our gratitude.
This school year, we have more children in the kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, and sewing machine center, in all about 633 destitute children including the orphans. This is because our schools have been seen as one of the best in the Region of Moundou, the South of the country. Many of our orphans were sick with malaria and Mission:Chad had heard our SOS prayer and call to come up with $3,000 that allowed us to give vaccines to 110 orphans and two of them are still under severe malaria. Also, we called the sanitary department from the hospital to come and disinfect all the VA that will help to kill the mosquitoes. The director of the primary school is still under severe malaria too.
The farm project has started this year with 2 hectares of corn, 100 mangoes have been planted and 50 guavas. We have not finished the harvest, but we expect some results that will help to feed the orphans. The solar light project is on the way: we have finished the first phase and are waiting for the second phase when the engineer will be ready. [Editor’s Note: Mission:Chad still needs another $36,500 to complete this project!]
At last, I would like to inform you that brother Calvin Mbernodji is no more with us at VA as sponsor of the orphans. He had been given to us in 2006 by the government to help us but he has been called back to school for more training and will be moved in the North of the country to teach there after finishing his studies for two years. We really lose him as our close co-worker but we are thankful to the government to accept his work for 7 years with us. Pray that the Lord will give us the right person to take his responsibility.
Please, praise God for all He is doing at VA and for you to glory His Name. Pray also, for the health of the children that the Lord will continue to provide all that we need to do the ministry. Pray for peace in Chad and in the world today!
Pastor Bako Ngarndeye
May 12, 2014
Mission:Chad ministry update.
In the recent visit of April 2014 to Village Altonodji, Pastor Bako writes:
As the Psalmist has said, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3). There is no doubt that God is doing some wonderful things through the ministry of orphans in Chad at “Village Altonodji” (VA) after I left in October 2012 for mission with SIM as Sending Office Director in West and Central Africa in Abidjan/Ivory Coast to mobilize church leaders to send African missionaries in Africa and beyond to reach the unreached people groups.
Thank you for standing alongside us in prayer and support. We are thankful for your partnership. Thank you for the significant number of intern and extern orphans at VA which are enjoying our services. Pray mostly for their conversion that children’s lives can be transformed for the eternity.
According to Operation World, there are more unreached people groups in Chad than in any other African country. 77 of Chad’s 132 languages have not even a portion of Scripture.
1. Orphans and widows
a. Two college students from Village Altonodji to finish well the first year at the University of Moundou
b. The coming BAC exam at the beginning of June; there are two orphans to take this exam; pray they will pass this exam and so be able to go to college. One student especially, Moubarak who failed the test last year and who wants to study medicine.
c. For all students in the last month of school year; temperatures are high and it is a distraction from study
d. For better internet access at VA
2. Pastor training:
a. one year schooling left for the future VA chaplain; he studies at ESTES
b. for local language Bible Schools in the South of Chad
3. Praise God for the replacement for Calvain by Mbaiba Richard whose training was supported by SCPEDT (local NGO)
4. Solar system: finishing the installation
5. ESTES: please pray for the end of this school year which is in June, for support for professors and administration, scholarships for the new students
6. Farm pilot program is being evaluated
7. Plan of a medical trip at the beginning of 2015: in need of a doctor