MISSIONS
Tehachapi Hospital Ministry
 
 
Every Friday morning at 11:00 am Kathy Williams and team go and spend time in worship and fellowship with our elderly community.  Pastor Gerald also does a bible study each week with the team.  This is a open ministry if you would like to join us, please show up at 10:30 in front of the hospital.  We also give a monthly financial gift for the Elderly.  
Tehachapi State Prison Ministry
 
 
Each month Elena Hernandez and Pastor Gerald visit the prison where the Pastor also gives a bible study.  This is a special time as we gather with these men and Preach Christ.  We also support Elena with a monthly financial gift for her time and materials.  
 
Genesis Diez Orphanage “Mexico”
 
Each month we support this amazing ministry that covers so much of what are vision is in Mexico.  We thank Greg and the family for allowing us to partner with them in helping these precious children.  We also do trips to serve at the orphanage in the summer…
 
 
Casa De Hogar Del Anciano
 
Each month we also support this elderly home with financial aid as well as clothing.  We also visit this center on our mission trips to Mexico.  
Glad News for Muslims
Pastor Samy Tanagho

 

The goals of their ministry are:

To motivate believers and churches to love all people and share Jesus effectively with them.
To communicate the Gospel, the Good News of God’s love and salvation effectively to all people including Muslims.

To encourage and equip believers and churches to do the same.
 
 
Good Samaritan Ministries Uganda
 
Our church has helped Good Samaritan Ministries to build a water reservoir system which will catch water during the monsoon seasons; holding upwards of 200,000 liters of fresh water, helping to keep the children from having to walk 2 miles to a well for their water. Please continue to pray for this ministry and the 1200 orphans.  We have also contributed financial aid as well as 10,000 LBS of shoes, clothes and back packs.
 
Wycliffe Associates
Shelley Boyd  
 
Dear friends, family, and partners in ministry,
    It’s time for another update from Ukarumpa!  Here’s the latest news: Work/ministry Our most recent major event was an eight-day youth program that I ran during our branch’s biennial conference.  We played field games like Capture the Flag and Tennis Baseball, had a scavenger hunt, coffeehouse, and movie night, and went through a five-part teen apologetics video series by Focus on the Family called The Big Dig.  The series covered subjects such as absolute truth, moral relativism vs. moral absolutism, scientific evidence for intelligent design of the universe, historical evidence for Jesus’ death and resurrection, different styles of evangelism, etc., which led to some great discussion times with the teens.
Life I have a housemate for two months—Rhetta, a student teacher who’s exploring the possibility of missionary teaching as a lifetime call (I’m sure she’d appreciate your prayers for guidance!).  We’ve had fun cooking together, watching movies on weekend nights, and talking about missions and life.  She was also able to assist me during the youth program, which was wonderful, as most of the adults who might have been able to help needed to be at the conference sessions.
I think I might start a “Tips for life in Ukarumpa” feature, to share some of the different, surprising, and humorous aspects of life here J  Tips for life in Ukarumpa, #1: Don’t worry when the house starts shaking unless items begin to fall off the shelves.  Why?  We have extremely frequent earthquakes here.  For example, over the past two days (at the time of this writing), we’ve had twenty-five earthquakes over 4.0 on the Richter scale and seven over 5.0, with the highest being a 7.5 (which fortunately did not have a very nearby epicenter).  So far the biggest one with an epicenter where I was staying was a 5.3 in the city of Madang during my training there.  Sometimes earthquakes wake me up in the night.  I haven’t seen things start falling down yet, though—clothing swaying back and forth on the rack and my refrigerator shuddering is as serious as it’s gotten.  I do try to keep my glasses and jars far away from edges! 
I’d like to share a truth the Lord has been reminding me of lately: the impermanence of all our material belongings.  Living in Papua New Guinea, particularly in the humid coastal area where we had our training course, has really brought this point home.  A few possessions that quickly proved impermanent (at least in their pristine state):
My backpack, duffel bag, toiletries bag, papers, band-aids, various clothing, and a sketchbook cover were all attacked (some ruined) by mold/mildew
My camera battery charger, nail clippers, scissors, hair clips, spare pair of eyeglasses, and the screws and zippers on various other items rusted or corroded
Living without refrigeration in the village, food went bad almost immediately (bread molded after one or two days)
Vitamins turned to mush (even in a ziploc!)
The thank-you notes I brought from the U.S. glued themselves irrevocably to their envelopes as the envelope glue was exposed to moisture in the air
My brand new hiking sandals came apart at the sole
My alarm clock stopped working
The bleach I used to sanitize dishes in the village splashed on and ruined several garments, including a favorite shirt and skirt
The very afternoon I began to write down some of these thoughts, my computer crashed and repeatedly refused to turn back on, leaving me to wonder if it was completely broken.  (It proved repairable, thanks to the Ukarumpa computer guys, but at the time elicited an “I think I’ve understood now, God!!” response!)
God’s Word addresses this impermanence of earthly possessions and the way we should respond: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19).  Perhaps some of us aren’t reminded of this often enough in our American homes.  We may not feel secure in that money invested in the stock market or that house we haven’t paid off, but at least we feel we can rely on our bank accounts and our “stuff,” well protected in our generally drier, temperature-regulated, rodent-free, lockable homes.  Yet the fewer material props we believe we can depend on, the more we must depend on the Lord—learning to recognize our relationship with Him as our true permanent treasure that we can keep for all eternity—and the more we invest in relationships with others.  And don’t we truly find more joy in these treasures than in any material possessions?   
In His service,
Shelley Boyd