World Outreach: Introducing In Search of Shalom

by Beth Marshall, Immanuel attendee and World Outreach team member

World Outreach would like to introduce to the Immanuel family an exciting ministry opportunity through Life in Messiah.

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“In Search of Shalom” is an internet ministry that provides a secure & safe option for Jewish seekers to ask questions about Jesus through a non-threatening but exceptional avenue: online chat.  This website intentionally presents Yeshua (Jesus) to all people in a Jewish-sensitive context and from Scriptures traceable to the Old Testament.

The Jewish people are precious in God’s sight, honored and loved (Isaiah 43:4) and His witnesses and servant (43:10). He is Israel’s Redeemer, “the Holy One of Israel,” their Creator and King (43:14-15). He has engraved them on His palms (49:15-15). The Scriptures are very clear: Israel matters a great deal to God.

Knowing God cares about the eternal destiny of everyone, both Life in Messiah and World Outreach want to make the most of every opportunity … even online chatting!

In Search of Shalom is available 24/7; volunteers are needed 24/7.  This is where the Immanuel family engages!!

Life in Messiah will provide an online training in how to share your faith. Bible resources and FAQs are a click away – you are well-supported as you interact with seekers. Volunteers are asked give one block of two hours to this ministry, must be at least 18 years old and have access to a computer with high-speed internet capacity.

Begin praying now as to how God would like you to engage with In Search of Shalom.

More details about In Search of Shalom will be shared in both worship services Sunday, April 6. Click here to go to the ISOS page for more information.

World Outreach: Responding to the Washington Tornado Disaster

Thank you for your generosity to Accelerate, our one-fund. Because of your generosity we are able to partner with God in the work he is doing here at home and around the world.

by Robert Brooks, Immanuel attendee

Image11242013122328On November 23, a group of 16 men from Immanuel and Chain of Lakes Bible Church left early in the morning for a chilly three and a half hour drive to Washington, IL less than a week after that city was hit by an F4 tornado. Because the situation was ever-changing they we were not sure as to what we would be doing or what to expect. We met Chad Allaman whose family home had been wiped off the floor. The devastation was surreal. There were vehicles and machinery everywhere. People of all ages were clearing debris to the curb. There were groups of people walking from house to house assisting people. Vans and people were up and down the roads passing out gloves, hand warmers because of the cold, coffee and hot chocolate. At one point Famous Dave’s lunch trucks were passing out lunches. The generosity of people was overwhelming.

Of course, the Church was quite evident. Local churchs’ vans were bringing in people and supplies. Everywhere you looked people were praying with each other. God’s love was evident. While our group was working the home next door had also been destroyed. The couple from Burma was standing in the front yard in tears and shock. They had no help whatsoever. Half our group went over to work with them and pray for them. Our group became the hands and feet of Christ to them. We were also able to connect with a group from Camp Timberlee. What a great group!

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We had been working for several hours when I stood up on the deck of the house and looked toward the direction the tornado came from. There was a three mile long by half mile wide path of destruction. Nothing standing but a few stripped trees. At some point the homeowners came to us and told us that the husband had a valuable ring that was lost in the wreckage. They said that there was a pile of rubbish in the yard that looks like it could be part of the closet that the ring was in and asked if we could look for it. Three of our men got on their hands and knees on the frozen ground and down with their hands and claw hammers. Why did they do this? Love. What was the pay-off? The ring. Like the woman who searched for her coins their persistence paid off.

imagejpeg_2The following day we worked at a school clearing about two dozen fallen trees and cleaning the roof and alcoves around the school. From there we went to the previous days homes to help do some final clearing. We walked from home to home assisting people clean and move belongings to the curb.

One thing that struck me was people’s attitudes. Those that lost everything seemed to be handling the situation better than those that had part of a home left. The people that still had something were desperately clinging to the remainders of their life while those who lost everything were going to start afresh. Kind of like salvation. We need to be presented to Christ in our nothingness. Empty and broken, not clinging to our past. We need to see ourselves as Christ sees us as a beautiful mess, a lump of clay that He can mold into a new creation. That is my desire for my life and what leads me to follow Christ into the field of souls.

World Outreach – Operation Christmas Child

-3The Operation Christmas Child Leadership Team consists of 18 people from Immanuel who are fearlessly led by Susan Schmidt and Connie Pfeifer.  They meet year-round to work on fundraising, acquiring new donations, watching for sales, planning the packing party and running all of the Prep events throughout the year.

Immanuel has been involved with OCC now for almost 20 years.  Most recently, they’ve been hosting  packing parties instead of everyone just doing boxes on their own.  Their goal for this year is 5,013 shoe box gifts The team has given these boxes the nickname, GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, since the shoe boxes are a tool to presenting the Gospel to the children.  Inventory has been collected all year and is organized and stored in the church basement.  The team tries their best to include “staples” in each box – which is toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, crayons (or markers or colored pencils), notebook, pens, pencils, sharpener, candy, stuffed animal and of course, a toy.  They also encourage members to write a letter or put a picture in the box.

-4OCC encourages a $7 per box donation to cover shipping the boxes to the children and for the Gospel Booklet that accompanies the shoe box gift.  This year they are hosting benefit nights at Wendy’s, had a garage sale, and used M&M tubes as a tool to have people save quarters for shipping. Each tube filled is $14 and will cover shipping for 2 shoe boxes. People can donate items or money for us to shop.  People can always donate to shipping!

The packing party is a Community Event and members are encouraged to invite others along.  They will have special invites available on 10/20/13.

Want to volunteer??

  • Wrapping Party – October 19 from 9-Noon in Surf City.  We will be wrapping empty shoe boxes, sharpening pencils, writing letters and a few other jobs to prepare for the big packing party.
  • Final Prep Party  will be on Saturday, November 9 from 9-1 pm.
  • Packing Party – Saturday, November 16 from 9-4. No lunch-type food is available, only holiday treats by donation.

-2Overall Global goal is 9+ million.  Last year the organization hit the milestone of collecting/sending over 100 million shoe box gifts since 1993.

Thank you for your generosity to our one-fund, Accelerate. Because of your generosity, we are able to share God’s love with those who have never heard! 

World Outreach – Missionary Updates

Prayer Request

Recently we received an urgent prayer request from our missionaries Tom and Michele O’Brien about airstrikes that were happening in Zamboanga City in the Philippines. The military had been launching airstrikes to flush out rebels of the Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNNLF) in the embattled zone of the city. Thankfully soldiers were able to rescue 26 civilian hostages that were being used as human shield in the city. The rescued hostages included men, women and children are recovering.

zamboanga-hostage-300x225We also received news that one of their coworkers in the Philippines, Pastor David, was freed over the weekend. he was held for eight days but is now back with his family.

Please continue to pray for the other hostages, the safety of the city and for those that are still there ministering amoung the Tausug Muslims.

Good News

We also received news from Chris and Kathy Gouzoules.  They were happy to share good news after a church retreat they hosted in June. Here is a peak at the great things God is doing in Tenancingo:

Many pastors and church planters were challenged to plant churches that transform communities during a retreat in Tenancingo (June 2013) organized by Pastor Richarte.

This retreat was one answer to our prayers that a vision to reach and transform our region be led by Mexican pastors and church planters.

Remond and his wife, Conchi, (along with their two daughters) are potential church planters with passion and vision to plant churches with us in this region. They feel called to relocate to one of the 70 unreached cities. Please pray for them and us as we visit and pray over various cities together, asking God for his direction.

Please keep praying that God would raise up church planters and City of Refuge workers for each abandoned city.
Thank you for your continued love, support and prayers for our missionaries as they spread God’s word to those who need it most!

World Outreach: God At Work Through Immanuel

Over the summer months, the Immanuel Church family has been a vital partner with those individuals who shared the Good News of Jesus in San Diego, California as well as China and Haiti. We celebrate the individuals who stepped out of their comfort zones in obedience, to be experience different cultures & climates to be Jesus and how God uses each of His children to bring others into fellowship.

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China

Tyler Brooks joined a team of young adults bound to China. These young adults sought out university students looking to share their own relationship with Christ. Here’s a glimpse:  “It has been amazing to see how even halfway across the world He is working in and through people’s lives. While on the outside we may look and act different we are all part of His big picture. Students are very open and receptive about the things we share with them regarding our culture and core beliefs. And while we enjoy sharing with them, it has been a privilege to learn just as much if not more from the students here. Their desire to share about their culture and beliefs has made our friendships much stronger. The Father is truly moving through the lives of many students here.

San Diego

The IMPACT team (high school students and leaders) had the opportunity to partner with YouthWorks to serve children, elderly, and others in the San Diego communities. Our students served at a food bank by putting together & handing out food parcels as spending time with individuals at an adult daycare site to be Jesus to those they encountered.

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Haiti

The Immanuel team once again partnered with Bright Hope in Pignon, Haiti this summer. Spending time with individuals was the way this team ministered to the Haitians: hearing the stories of those blessed through the microloan program, playing games with the children attending VBS, serving a meal to the Haut Savanette students.

THANK YOU, Immanuel Church, for your faithful support to reach the world with the Good News of Christ! It is only possible through your generous giving to Accelerate, our one fund, and prayerful support that individuals, families, students and adults may go to help others know Christ and to grow to be like Him.