"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world." Matthew 24:14a NIV
May 13 - 15, 2011
Pender United Methodist Church
YOU ARE INVITED!
The24th Annual Missions Conference at Pender UMC
will take place the weekend of May 13-15, 2011.
This is your Missions Conference! We invite you to come and bring your family and friends. There will be special activities for the children as well as babysitting for each event. You will find the complete program in this Newsletter.
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached
in the whole world." Matthew 24:14a NIV
Come share in this exciting weekend! Make your plans now! The Annual Missions Conference is an opportunity to meet visiting missionaries, hear their stories about what God is doing in the lives of people, and how lives are being changed throughout the world because of Pender's Faith Promise Missions outreach. Come and be blessed by sharing in the excitement and joy!
8:00 - 8:20 Prayer Service for Missionaries: Rev. Kenny Newsome
8:20 - 8:30 Congregational Singing
8:30 Closing Prayer: Rev. Kenny Newsome
*Babysitting available for infants through Age 2 for all events.
**Everyoneis invited to the Breakfast and the Luncheon!
"The Church with a Heart for Missions"
Over five million dollars given since 1988
Pender UMC is known as "The Church with a Heart for Missions" but that has not always been the case. It was more than 80 years after Pender was founded in 1907 before the church held its first Missions Conference. Since that time, 1988, Pender has given over 5.1 million dollars to missions through Faith Promise Missions.
The Faith Promise Missions Budget that is funded by your Faith Promise Pledges is entirely separate from the church budget. Its preparation and administration is handled by the Missions Committee under the guidelines of the Missions Policy Statement that was approved by the Church Council.
The Faith Promise Missions Budget for 2011-2012 is $350,000 and supports 149 missionaries, 7 organizations and 8 projects in 36 countries including the United States. Among the missionaries supported are three from our own congregation: Charles and Chris Hanak, and Donna Seaman. The budget also includes support for active members or constituent members who go on Short Term Missions Trips.
The Faith Promise Pledges will be received at the Annual Missions Conference. This is your opportunity to help fulfill the Great Commission, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . ." in confidence because God Is Faithful! Thank you for your faithfulness in obeying God to support His work by your commitment, sacrifice, prayers and service.
In 1970, as a successful businessman and new Christian, Warren Hardig visited OMS mission work in the country of Haiti. On a mountain trail a Haitian beggar dropped to his knees, urging Warren to make him a Christian. This God-directed event became the catalyst for Warren's missionary commitment. Convinced of lay-witness effectiveness, he left his business in 1973 to represent Men For Missions, the laymen's voice of One Mission Society.
As Central Regional Director, Warren coordinated this laymen's movement over a fourteen-state area for more than eight years. Organizing laymen into councils, he then accompanied them for participation and observation of OMS mission projects in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Following a year as U.S. Director of MFM, Warren was named International Director. Providing the leadership for worldwide MFM activities, he is the liaison between MFM and OMS since 1983. Warren is also the author of one of MFM's best-selling books, Iron Sharpens Iron, the story of his personal journey and of key people who changed his life forever. It has been translated into Hungarian, Russian, and Spanish. Warren has contributed to the book, Effective Men's Ministry published by the National Coalition of Men's Ministry. The book is designed to be a "tool kit" for your church. Chapter twenty-five is titled "Life Changing Short-term Missions". Warren is also a regular contributor to the official publication of MFM ACTION Magazine. In MFM's most recent book, Of Guts and Grace, 50 years with MFM by Carroll Ferguson Rader, tells more of Warren's adventure of faith.
Since Warren and Velma have come on staff of MFM, they have taken hundreds of people on teams to minister in 40 countries. From 1992, they have helped more than 225 people get to Russia to serve the Lord for short-term missions trips and some are still serving. Velma is an assistant to the International Director and has been responsible for many logistical details of a person's trip to a foreign mission field, which Warren leads. Velma also works on foundation requests for funding of major projects. Warren and Velma also speak in many church meetings and missions conferences. Velma is especially capable of challenging the women. She also provides hospitality for many MFM guests, and other missions' guests, as well as working with the MFM women's auxiliary.
The Hardigs have two married children, Roger and Renee. We are honored to welcome the Hardigs to the Missions conference this year.
GOD IS FAITHFUL!
Martin and Tracy Reeves
The Reeves are career missionaries serving with the Mission Society in Trujillo, Peru. Martin is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and an elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Reeves' vision is to train and disciple Peruvian nationals, equipping and empowering them for ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up. In addition, they are actively involved in the ministries of three local Methodist churches teaching, preaching and participating in youth and children's ministries. The Reeves desire to proclaim Christ to the lost while empowering the Peruvian Church.
The Reeves have six children, Mia, Tirzah Holbe, Kitch, Jadon and Josiah.
Sharon has more than 40 years of missionary service to Ecuador. Her ministry, called The Ranalli Missionary Ministry, consists primarily of co-directing the Bible Institute along with Ricardo Villalobos, with 12 teaching centers in 7 provinces. This involves teacher workshops and textbook preparation as well as teaching in the centers. She also directs a Christian Education ministry to organize and prepare local church teachers for a Christian education program within the local church.
We congratulate Sharon on her recent marriage to Charlie Folkart, and we look forward to meeting Charlie at the Missions Conference, and welcoming him into the Pender family.
Sharon has four children: her son Chris and family are also in Ecuador (also Pender Faith Promise missionaries), Carmen lives in Pennsylvania with her family, Ramona lives in Texas with her family; and Angela lives in California with her family. Sharon has twelve grandchildren.
Pedro & Carla Magalhaes
Pedro and Carla have been serving as missionaries in Paraguay since 1990. During their ministry in Paraguay with the Methodist Church, they helped to start a new church in Asuncion (San Vicente Methodist Church) in the Methodist Korean Church facilities. In that church, they spent 12 years in ministry. During that time, they also were pastor in the Santa Rosa Methodist Church, a few miles from the San Vicente church. It was during this time that they dreamed about starting a day care center. The day care center is realty today for the poor neighborhood around that church. In addition, they started the national youth ministry for the Methodist Church. Since the beginning of their ministry, they also have been teaching in the Methodist Bible Institute preparing local leaders for the national church.
In 2003, Pedro and family came to the U.S. for his M.A. in World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. After finishing in 2006, they went back to Paraguay to continue their ministry with the Methodist Church. Carla is currently the national leader for Kids Ministry and the best helper for Pedro. Pedro is currently the Vice President of the Methodist Church in Paraguay, District Superintendent, and local pastor in Lambare (Asuncion suburbs). In addition, he is leading the Prayer and Mission National ministry, and teaching spiritual formation, leadership, and mission in the Methodist Bible Institute. Carla also is involved with the Bible Institute teaching evangelism. In May 2011, Pedro is finishing his Doctor of Ministry Program that he started in 2007 at Asbury Seminary, a full scholarship program for international leaders who remain in their mission field while studying, visiting campus once a year for six weeks.
Pedro and Carla have two children: Pedrito (18) and Daniel (14).
Chris and her husband Charlie are members of Pender United Methodist Church serving as full-time missionaries with Ambassodors for Christ International (AFCI). Chris is coordinator of the Focus on the Heart Ministry with AFCI.
In Focus on the Heart, Chris works with women in under-resourced nations in Asia, Africa and South America. In these regions, many woman long to grow deeper in their faith but have little access to teaching and resources that are specifically designed for women ... resources such as:
role-models to show them what faith looks like lived out in relationships with their husbands, children, neighbors and colleagues
relationship-focused teaching that helps them connect with God and know Him better.
Many Christian women have past hurts and deep emotional wounds that keep them from progressing toward spiritual and emotional maturity. Focus on the Heart is dedicated to helping women learn to help each other heal and grow in Christ.
Paul and Suzy Parker
Paul and Suzy Parker serve with Bible Centered Ministries International in the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee. In reaching children and adults with the Gospel, their ministry includes Joy Clubs for children with an outreach program to their parents and extended family. At various times of the year, family and friends are invited to a dinner at which time the Joy Club members present a program that is Bible centered. They also raise support to send Joy Club members to a Christian camp in the summer. This is a wonderful experience for children from lower income families who otherwise would not have these opportunities.
Looking forward the Parkers will continue a discipleship program for new Christians in the Teen Club. With the Chinese and Hispanic children's ministry, they will continue to teach Children's Church, and to help staff their Senior Citizens' ministry.
The Parkers also teach children at several Missions Conferences during the year including Pender's. Our children at Pender have benefited greatly through the years from the fine Bible-based lessons presented. We are very thankful for Paul and Suzy's faithfulness in coming each year to teach our children and we welcome them once again.
Is for Children, Too!
Children 3 years to 6th grade are invited to come and learn about missions. In addition to meeting missionaries from all over the world, there will be fun, food and fellowship on a kid level. First through sixth grade will meet with Paul and Suzy Parker, returning to Pender with their wonderful Bible lessons, stories, fames, and invitations to come seek the Lord.
Ages 3,4,and 5 will enjoy stories and games from around the world, missionary moments, projects and snacks.
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.' " Isaiah 65:1 NIV