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SUPPORT for PHILIPPINES TYPHOON RELIEF

The Canadian government is matching, dollar for dollar, donations made to Typhoon Haiyan relief before December 9, 2013. For those wishing to send financial support for the relief efforts, here are a number of organizations you can contact directly.

 

Samaritan’s Purse Canada
www.samaritanspurse.ca
Phone: 1.800.663.6500 | 403.250.6565

 

OM Canada
www.omcanada.org
Phone: 1.877.487.7777 | 905.835.2546

 

SIM (Serving in Missions)
www.sim.ca
Phone: 1.800.294.6918 | 416.497.2424

 

NOTE: Church of the Rock will NOT be receiving relief donations. Instead, please follow the links provided above to donate directly to these organizations so there will be no delay in funds being received by those who are doing the relief work.

Please continue to be in prayer for the people of the Philippines, their families and friends all over the world, and all those who are helping in the relief efforts.

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Ministry in Uganda (May 2013)

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Returning to Ibaare, Uganda

In 2010 and 2012 Church of the Rock had sent teams into Ibaare and helped to build a large church. The large church was to be more than a church but also to be a training centre for the pastors of the area to gather to grow and be encouraged.  Now returning to Ibaare in May of 2013, our primary focus was not to build a physical church but to help establish and encourage the spiritual church, the leaders, pastors and people of God. We are exhorted by Jesus that we are to go into all the world and makes disciples, not just get them saved but help them to walk out the Christian faith.

Most of these rural pastors, when they first heard the gospel in one village area, went back to their own village and shared the good news with others in their village. Soon they had a church but no significant biblical training—they just shared what they had.  As a consequence, the largest portion of this trip’s ministry was to gather these remote pastors into a central village where they could be encouraged, discipled, trained in the Word of God and strengthened in the fellowship of the other Christians.

Conference

There were around 30 pastors present for the full course of 8 days of conference; another 10 came for shorter periods of time as they were able.  Christians from the neighbouring communities came as well.  In total there were 727 adults that were registered, plus over 300 children that were present as well.  Pastor Keith taught the majority of the sessions.

Many of these pastors and people walked close to a day to attend the sessions.   If they walked that far then those people did not go home but stayed in the church for the night and stayed as long as they could to get as much as possible from the conference.  Church of the Rock paid for the food of all these people at the conference, as that, on top of being away from their work, would have been too much for the people to afford.  The food was cooked by local Christians over wood fires.  It was simple food that was common to the people of that area.  The conference would run from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with singing and worship between sessions.

Investing in the Mission

This was ministry time and was not a holiday experience; we ate the local foods, used squat hole latrines, slept on the side of a hill in tents. Each team member used their own holiday time to be on the team, which for most meant that they took time off from work without pay. They also had to contribute their own money for flights, in-country travel, meals, etc., or do significant fundraising to try to cover the costs. The community of Ibaare has no electricity and the only water was from a spring in the valley (about ¾ mile walk one way), which needed to be carried to where we were and then boiled before cooking or drinking.  We rented sound equipment, a generator and projector for the conference.

We did have a construction component where we helped to construct a leaders’ residence/lodging facility to accommodate the pastors when they gather from the farther outpost areas for regular training.

Ministering in the Community

In the evenings many non-Christian people from the nearby community would attend.  In the evenings we spend much time praying for needs of people. As well, we showed Christian videos like the “Jesus Video” and “Moses”,  breaking the videos into sections and stopping often to help the people understand what was happening and inviting them respond to the work of the Lord Jesus.  At times out team worked on the construction during the day, did regular children’s sessions or went door to door praying with every person in the village and then into the surrounding area.

Much more happened than can be reported here, but here is one day’s report to serve as a glimpse into what the Lord was doing:

Friday night. Tonight we prayed again for people. This was supposed to be for “non health” issues. But how can you tell people, “No we won’t pray for your sicknesses because it’s not the time.” So the team went from person to person. One mute person had demons cast out and started singing. Another lady had fallen off of the back of a truck and cracked her head open. After many surgeries she still could not move her head. We prayed and she easily moved her head back and forth. Many headaches and such stomachs were healed. Then there was much need for wisdom, restored marriages, educational wisdom, etc. After praying for over 45, our 10 groups still had people to minister over. Lots of needs but a great God who ministered.  It was a good night.

During the time in Ibaare many people were also encouraged by the ministry that took place individually as the team went into the community.

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Phillipines Mission Trip (Dec 2012)

In December, 2012, a team lead by Bruce & Jeannette Klekta went to the Philippines.  The team also had Paul & Val Hagen and James & Bonnie Wilder.

The team visited  Jeff & Rowena Pessina’s team at Philippine Frontline Mission in San Pablo, Laguna;  Rob & Chris Vanden Bos’ team of Touch of Grace Ministries at Virac, Catenduanes; and Pastor Joey Tupe’s team of People of Grace Ministries at Quezon City, Manila.

At the churches, the Church of the Rock team taught on Dating and Relationships, Healthy Sexuality and Family Matters and provided a Marriage Seminar. They also ministered to the leadership community and did some jail ministry, hospital ministry, feeding of street people and visited the local dumpsite, where many live and make their living.

The trip was a great success and much was accomplished. Married couples and families were instructed and encouraged, young adults were instructed in choosing a life mate and individuals and leaders were instructed on healthy sexuality, sexual abuse issues and how to be healed from sexual abuse.

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Report from Haiti Mission Trip (Nov 2012)

In November, 2012, Pastor Keith Eberhard led a second team to Ranquitte, Haiti. This time the team worked at mixing cement to pour a reinforced concrete ring beam on the block walls of the same church that was worked on in May of 2012.  Again, the team ministered to the children through skits, plays and games; evening evangelistic services were held and door-to-door prayer took place.  This time the team participated in the marriage ceremony of a couple within the church.  The pastor, leadership and church people were encouraged to see the building continue to be built.

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