World Outreach: How You Can Serve

So many times we want to serve but just don’t know where to begin to look. Or, once we start looking we are quickly overwhelmed by all the possibilities! Whether you are looking for local or abroad, the choices are endless.  Here is a quick list to help give you a jump start on your missions journey.

Serve Locally

Immanuel Church

  • We need YOUR help at the upcoming Prep Party at Immanuel (November 10, from 9:00 AM until Noon).  There is much work which needs to be done prior to the actual Packing Party on the 17th and as they say, “Many hands make light work.”  Please come and lend a hand!  We will be sorting and bagging candy, sharpening pencils, bagging soap, wrapping boxes, writing letters, and many other tasks.  There is something for everyone to do.
  • Donations of any kind are welcome and needed if we are to reach our goal of filling 3999 shoe boxes–however we specifically need toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, stuffed animals, and small balls.  Leave them in the display in the foyer.
  • Donations of Christmas wrapping paper are also needed.  We have to wrap LOTS of boxes!

New Hope Church, Round Lake

Bring the whole family to come and help on Saturdays from 9-2 at New Hope Church in Round Lake. Jobs include; painting, building, cleaning and just helping where needed. Ready to jump in?  Here’s all the info you need!

    1020 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Heights, IL 60073Phone: 224-325-HOPE (4673)

Serve In the States

The East coast was ravaged by Sandy last week. Many are still without power and many are still trying to put back the broken pieces of their lives. Samaritans Purse has stepped up and is helping those in need. They have established bases in Atlantic, Bergen, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, as well as Nassau County in New York where homes were hard hit by the superstorm.

They make it clear that they are working in the Name of Jesus by praying with the people they’ve helped and presenting them with a Bible signed by the volunteers who worked on their home.

If you would like to give to help those affected by the storm, Immanuel supports and trusts the ministry of Samaritans Purse.  They are responding immediately with food, clothing, shelter and work through local churches.  To go to their website to help those suffering from the storm.

Serve Globally

Operation Mobilization – OM is always looking for short term missionaries. They are currently in need of qualified Electricians, Welders, Pipe Fitters, and Plumbers to come to Logos Hope in the Philippines as soon as possible to serve for 2 weeks to 2 months through the end of November, to help complete the last of the dry dock projects. Project Workers will need to pay for and make their own travel arrangements to and from the ship (in the Philippines); however, meals and accommodations will be provided while you are on board Logos Hope.  Check out their How To Participate page for a more detailed description on the different roles and opportunities.

If you or someone you know are interested in this amazing experience, or if you just have questions about OM and ship life, please contact John Tierney at jt1657 at gmail dot com.

Family: Parent Summit Recap October 2012

Miss the October 2012 Parent Summit or just curious to know what others thought about the half-day workshop?

Check out a few Immanuel parents’ biggest take aways from the summit’s focal points of discipleship and growing and a strong family:

~PI4A84 from Immanuel Church on Vimeo.

What did you take away from the Summit?

Click HERE to register for the April 2013 Parent Summit!

Please share!

Meet the Kraybills

Rod, Lori and their three daughters serve with Africa Inland Missions in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are part of a three-family leadership team which provides supervision and member care to 150 missionaries in seven countries in their region. Rod overseas missionary growth and development and Lori is helping part-time with finances.

Thank you for your prayers for our family this past month. We have experienced God’s peace and comfort as we continue to adjust to Alanna and Autumn being at school in Kenya. They seem to be doing well academically and are slowly making friends. As we will not be writing a Kraybill Kronicles this month, this update will be its replace- ment.

Rod was asked to do team-building training at AIM’s international office, so made a quick trip up to England last week. This training included looking at the personalities of the 12 adults and how they might respond under stress/pressure. The training also looked at how they are individually motivated, how they respond to conflict, how they process information, and their preferred decision making style. The feedback after the team-building training was quite positive and Rod was humbled to be invited to help facilitate this process of team learning.


~ Anissa has done great at school this term, despite missing a month of schooling.
~ Alanna and Autumn are adjusting well to school in Kenya.
~ Each day God’s mercies are new!
~ We are settling back into life here in South Africa after a busy two months in the States.
~ Our support needs are being met. We are humbled and amazed at the generosity of God’s people!


~ Pray for Rod as he travels to Madagascar from September 14-22. He will be helping facilitate a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop to AIM’s missionaries there. Pray that the participants will be encouraged and challenged.
~ Pray for Lori and Anissa as they stay at home.

~ Pray for Alanna and Autumn that they would grow in their relationship with God and to others this term at school.
~ Pray for an African lady from Lesotho who has joined the team to reach the Sakalava in Madagascar. This is the people group and team that we showed the dvd about this summer to many of you. Pray for her as she has not yet been able to get her passport to join this team in November. Pray that she would soon be issued a passport! Pray for all of the members of this team as they continue to raise support and prepare for their time in Madagascar beginning in November.

Ministry Highlight: October 2012 Parent Summit {The Knox Family’s Story}

Though parenting their three young children and directing them spiritually had been going well for Dan and Colleen Knox, the couple listened to a soft nudge to attend the last Parent Summit.

While at the summit, the two discovered what that nudge was all about.

“The speaker who was there fit really well with the way we like to teach, with experiments and practical application,” Dan said. “The first thing he did was [an experiment]  meant to demonstrate how sin separates us from God and why we need something to sweep away sin — Jesus.”

After the summit, the Knox family began incorporating these practical applications and experiments relayed by the speaker into their family devotion time with great success; six-year-old Martha and four-year old Ruth can both recall some of the activities they’ve done.

Martha recalls building Nehemiah’s wall with toothpicks and marshmallows.

“And then we got to eat the marshmallows!” she explained excitedly.

The breakout session the Knox family attended with Pastor Joe Boerman also confirmed why they felt the need to be at the Summit.

“He spoke about making God real in real life situations,” Colleen said. “Not just presenting God to our kids and telling them to believe so they go to Heaven. He spoke about how He needs to be a real part of your life, even at an early age.”

Though the family has implemented quite a bit of what they learned at the Summit and it’s enhanced their family devotion time, they still plan to incorporate new ideas that have sprung up since attending.

“I think it’s important to help your children see how God is working in the lives of other people who are important to them,” Colleen said. “This year at Christmas I’d like to see if we could get our family members to write letters to our kids about how they see God working and we would write letters to their kids in return.”

Dan said they have yet to implement other important changes, too, and shared he will definitely be attending the October 13th Parent Summit as Kurt and Kristen Sauder address why Discipleship is vital and why Marriage Matters.

“My children get more dates with their dad than I do,” Colleen said.

“And, ” Dan added, “that’s something we’d like to change after the next summit.”

Legacy Milestones Parent Summit: Discipleship and Marriage Matters with Kurt and Kristen Sauder plus breakout sessions

When: October 13, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Immanuel Church

Cost: $10/person and $5/child for childcare {birth – fifth grade}

Go!: Register by calling 847- 336-4800 or online by clicking HERE. Registration ends Oct. 7, 2012