PIE ARE ROUND

A farmer from rural Saskatchewan sends his son off to college in Regina.  When he returns home for the Christmas break.  The farmer asks his son what he learned in the big city college.  ”Well we learned Pi R square,” his son proudly announced.  The farmer reacted angrily, “Pie are square?  That’s ridiculous everybody knows pie are round, cornbread are square!”

Perhaps one of the most exciting services of the year at Church of the Rock is our annual pie auction.  My sermon from that weekend airs on television April 25th, 2010.  If you miss it you can always watch it on our website from April 26 – May 2.  Click  HERE to watch.  In what can only be described as miraculous, we raise over $100,000 for missions in just a couple of hours.  Those who have never been here for the auction have trouble imagining what happens.  Pies sell anywhere from $80 to $3500, with the average somewhere around $400-500.  People ask, “What kind of pie is worth $3500?”  None that I can think of.  It’s not really about the pies, it’s about the cause.

People pay way too much for a pie as a way to invest in our missions projects in the 10-40 window.  This is the area of the globe between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees longitude running through Africa and Asia.  93% of the world’s unreached people live in the 10-40 window.  This is the immense population area where there is the fewest Christians, the least number churches and unfortunately also the fewest number of missionaries.  We can never accomplish the great commission, “to go into all the world and make disciples” if we do not reach the 10-40 window.

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As a result of our annual pie auction; we are able to fund an Arabic language christian radio station in Malta that broadcasts into Muslim northern, and another one that does the same into war torn Afghanistan.  We support a Canadian missionary in Egypt that is doing amazing work in a country that is 80% Muslim and hostile to the gospel.  We wholly fund bible translation projects amongst two totally unreached peoples, one in Nepal and the other in India.  We support a bible and literature project in Pakistan and send teams to Uganda that build churches, wells and power generators. 

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Above is a team from our church who took their summer holiday to build a church in the Ugandan jungle.  Below is the finished product.  We often leave the locals with the responsibility of putting on the roof.  It gives the ownership of the building back over to them on a number of different levels.
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I have kept my description brief, but these are really some remarkable projects.  They are the reason our people go over the top buying pies.  Perhaps some of you reading are wondering how you can get involved.  It could not be easier.  We have a link on our website that lets you donate directly to these projects.  Click HERE to donate and choose the box that says 10-40 window.  We always make a commitment that 100% of the funds raised go to missions.  We never take anything for administration or other costs.  I look forward to partnering with you in this incredible opportunity.

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7 Responses to PIE ARE ROUND

  1. Evelyn Bennett says:

    I feel truly humbled when I see that there is so much more we need to do for those countries that do not know the gospel.

    Can you imagine going outside and getting arrested for what you are wearing or what you are listening to?

    I give thanks each day to the Lord. Allowing me the freedom to praise without facing violent consequences for my actions.

  2. Victoria says:

    I really believe that I am destined for missionary work someday- the missionaries that travel overseas are as important as our soldiers fighting for peace.I know I am a soldier of God, and when my children are older I am going to do something very special to give to back to the Christian community. I had a moment today staring at three decorations I have placed above my kitchen window.They are mirrored crosses each saying a different thing. Love , Faith and Peace. I put them in that order…someone asked me why did I put them in that order? And I said because you need to know how to love yourself and others, and have faith that your love for God will see you through the most difficult of times and then he will give you inner peace to continue on in acceptance the destiny he has planned for all of us. It is written already, unlike the salmon during spawning time…. we need to stop going upstream and relax and go with flow of life, for it is already written.
    Have a great week,my love goes out to you all.
    Victoria

  3. Isaac says:

    It’s awesome to be a part of this!

  4. Betty says:

    It was an amazing day, THE PIE AUCTION, at the church, and those people describing what those desserts were made of, did a great
    [ mouthwatering] job, I had never seen something like that before and I was thankful, for every one who got to take a treat home, on top of giving,[with a compationate heart], those amounts.
    It is sad, that there are still so many people in this world, who do not know, WHO JESUS IS and never heard of Him and at the same time, I am excited to be part of this ministry, and it is awesome to see, Jesus touching so many people in a very powerful way.
    JESUS LOVES AND CARES FOR EVERYONE VERY MUCH.

  5. Karen says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to serve! What a delicious opportunity to serve! I would love to know the history of this pie auction.
    God bless this ministry.!

  6. Maggie Romak says:

    I live over 6 hours north west of Wpg. I used to watch your show on TV, but no longer can, so I watch on computer. I have been in your church once, when I was down.

    Your service and auction were great to see. …and your message is being listened to, and growing, as the mustard seed grows.

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