We had a wonderful Community Action Emphasis this past November.
Click on the links below for new posts and updates related to those special initiatives, events, and speakers.
HopeKids Minnesota • Executive Director Brian Anderson's Presentation
November 23, 2014
Sandwiches for the Homeless
We packed over a thousand sandwiches!
Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center • Webpage Update
The Open Door • Executive Director Lisa Horn's Presentation
November 16, 2014
The Open Door • Food Drive Donation Update
Feed My Starving Children • How Did We Do?
Results from our Community Action Week packing night.
We packed enough meals to feed over 100 kids for a year!
We've updated our Feed My Starving Children webpage. Please check it out for the latest info.
As part of our Community Action Week, we'll be packing meals for two shifts at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan on Monday night, November 24th. What a great way to show love and care for others the week of Thanksgiving! Plan to join with LOTS of Valley Christian Church people for a wonderful night of fellowship.
We've posted updates for two of our outreach ministry partners...
STANLEYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
We are looking forward to attending the annual conference of the South African Churches of Christ, which is scheduled for October 5th through 10th. The annual conference is a national gathering for a week of worship, preaching, teaching, and business meetings. We expect about 500 people will attend this year. Typically, four different language groups are represented, and because of this some of the main sessions use two interpreters. That definitely extends the amount of time a sermon takes...
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MACLAURIN-CSF AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Monthly Prayer Update - October 1, 2014
Thank you so much for your continued prayer for and with us! Here’s an update on how you can keep us in your prayers this month. At MacLaurinCSF, we’re thankful for . . .
• Our strongest fall semester kick-off to date: the MacLaurinCSF student board helped us connect with hundreds of students during the first few weeks of the year.
• An excellent fall retreat with our new class of 13 Colin MacLaurin Fellows, who spent a weekend getting to know one another better and thinking together about what it means to be Christian students at a secular university. We’re thanking God for the relationships that he’s already begun to form among these students.
• An equally exciting launch of our new Lumen program for first-year students last week: we had a fantastic group of students who are excited about the program! We’re also praying that other students would hear about Lumen and join them for this semester-long introduction to life and study at the U...
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Larry Stanley has posted a new update with news from our Missionaries, Michael and Caryl Stanley who work in South Africa.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUGUST 2014 UPDATE
Greetings from South Africa! As your summer begins to wind down and autumn begins, we are looking forward to the arrival of spring. Our temperatures here do not vary as much as they do in most parts of the US, though. The average temperature for the middle of winter is less than 10 degrees F colder than the average in the middle of summer.
We are pleased to report that in June there was a baptismal service at Umzumbe and four young people were baptized in the river not far from our home. One of the girls has attended church for many years
The Start of the School Year - August 12, 2014
The new school year has started in the Philippines! The Youth Center (YC) hosted a “back to school” party orientation for the students. A few new policies were implemented to make things run smoother – so it was a time for returning students as well as new students utilizing the Youth Center to know what to expect during the school year.
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We've updated our webpage for the Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center.
CLICK HERE to view the updated page.
CELEBRATE LIFE BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION
Friday, October 24, 2014
Silent Auction starts at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Brackett's Crossing Country Club, Lakeville
Always a moving and informative evening, come hear the testimonies of people whose lives have been affected by Amnion's mission. Hosted this year by your friendly neighborhood ministry advocate, Dewey Roth! To register, or for information about being a TABLE HOST (yes, please), go to http://www.amnioncpc.org/friends/events
Dear Valley Christian Church–
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, and the God of all comfort...”
Thank you, thank you, thank you. The Alaska Missions Work-Trip is now history! We made it back safe and sound! We hope to share more with you later, but I can say that the trip was a great success. The physical work completed was: we scraped, primed, and painted the exterior of the MARC mission house, put up new railings on the front deck, put in new outdoor carpet on the front deck, painted the front and back wooden stairs (the back stairs included two small decks and the stairs were up to the 2nd level), put rain gutters on the back side of the house, double coat painted the kitchen and kitchen ceiling, painted 3 sides of the cement block wall in the basement with two coats of paint, installed wiring and lighting in the basement, replaced electrical outlets in the kitchen, removed the old tub and shower and put in a new tub and shower, brought in dirt and landscaped the back yard including seeding, replaced/repaired the cement leading into the garage, dug out the driveway and added rock and sloped the driveway so water would flow to the ditch instead of the front of the garage, built a rock wall separating the yard from the new driveway, added landscape rocks to the flower beds around the house, planted approximately $1000 worth of flowers and shrubs around the house (the plants were donated by the wife of the chairman of the board of MARC, the Alaska Missionary group that Mike Boettcher works for. She is a master gardener who not only donated the plants but helped to place/plant them properly), and we split a very large pile of logs for Mike to use in the wood fireplace heaters in his home this winter (Mike's home and the MARC missionary house where we worked are not the same place).
At the MARC hangar we prepped and filled (and re-filled) hundreds of feet of cracks and holes in the blacktop.
In addition to the physical work, we benefited spiritually. We had a praise/worship night with Jeremy Thon playing guitar and leading us in songs. We had daily devotions led by myself or Rob. Being as we were in Alaska, I taught about a different Alaskan animal or insect to show God's design, and that evolution could not be true. In that harsh of an environment gradual change and adaptation is impossible, they'd have died in the process. Alaska and it's creatures shout "DESIGN", and if there is design there must be an infinitely great master Designer. If God cares for even the Arctic caterpillar, how much more does He care for you.
Each member of the mission group was blessed in one way or another. For some it may have been the relationships built within our group or with missionaries; for Isaac it may have been taking a flying lesson and speaking with missionary pilots about their training and experience. Each of us returned with wonderful memories and hopefully a greater understanding of how God can work through us and other Christians around the world. Our theme seemed to be “God's hands and feet.” May we continue to be God's hands and feet everywhere we go. It is our belief that the missionaries and other people we met were blessed by us also.
Thank you for your prayers and/or financial support.
Jerry and Marilyn Wacker and the Valley Alaska Team 2014
THANKS! WE GOT A LOT DONE!
We left Jerry and Marylyn behind in Alaska yesterday, and the rest of us made it home late last night. Posted below is a picture of a little relaxing team time with the Boettchers on the cook inlet. This is after we got a lot done at the house.
Other pics show the finished product on the outside. The team got a lot done inside too - new tub/shower surround, rewired the basement and LOTS of painting...
We also had the blessing of meeting the family that is living at the MARC house this summer and hearing of the impact the team is having at church camps in the bush - it was a blessing I both directions.
Thanks to the VCC family for all the support and the opportunity to serve those spreading the gospel in Alaska.
Hello Valley Christian Church!
The trip has been so amazing. Although it's a lot different from the camps I did the first year I went, I'm thoroughly enjoying traveling around Romania and seeing so much more of the country. We've finished our first part of the missions, which was at Zebil, the home for mentally challenged adults, and the orphanage in Tulcea. All the kids have been awesome and every day I feel how I must fully rely on God and trust him to get through.
The joy of the kids is energizing; seeing how happy they'll get simply from a hug or engaging in a one-sided conversation where I mostly nod my head and say "da," refreshes me. I look at these institutions and can only imagine how much of an outrage it would be for them to be in America. It's awful.
Although we can't change a lot in less than two weeks, it's good to know that we might be able to at least show a little bit of the immense love God has for the people in these institutions. Today we started working at Rahman (a gypsy community) and at another orphanage in Isaccea. There was a really successful outcome for how many kids showed up and we're hoping it will be the same the next two days! More prayers that we can continue to bless the kids and all the people here with the unfailing love of God; that we can show why following Christ is a more than worthwhile life!