Growth and Community
Jesus loves Benton Harbor, and so do we! Forefront, led by Nate Bull, is our church planting partner in Benton Harbor. Forefront exist to offer whatever they have to show the love of Christ whether the need is for prayer, a meal, a helping hand or just an ear to listen. The ministry house is a hub for Forefront and other ministries to serve all of God's children in the area no matter who they are or where they come from. They understand the importance of partnership and that’s why they seek to partner with those who value the importance of building Gods Kingdom. They've made it a priority to see the Benton Harbor area transformed by the power of God. Because we are not the first that God has sent to this area, we are hoping to unite with the body of Christ, particularly in but not limited to Benton Harbor, with efforts of creating an atmosphere where change happens. www.4frontministry.org
Every Tuesday, from 5:30-6:30pm, the family of Gun Lake Community Church provides a delicious and nutritious meal in the gathering area of our church. This meal is free of charge and available to anyone from our community. GLCC members participate through preparing, serving, and cleaning up, as well as through financial contributions to support this outreach to our community. The inspiration and mandate for this service is found in the words of Jesus:
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” (Matthew 25:37-40, NIV)
For more information, or to volunteer to help in Samaritan’s Kitchen, contact Vickie Totten.
Mission India's programs, developed by Indians for Indians, benefit their network of indigenous ministry partners, draw on grassroots volunteers across India, and are available in 25 Indian languages. Children’s Bible Clubs touch the lives of India's boys and girls, giving children and their families new hope for a brighter future. Adult literacy classes are providing illiterates with vital skills to change their lives for the better, and introducing many to the Gospel for the first time. Church planter training programs are equipping India's Christians to effectively share the Gospel, strengthen their local communities, and build up the Indian church. For each program, Mission India provides materials, trains partners how to use the materials, and requires partners to report back the results of the program when it is completed. For more information, go to www.missionindia.org/about
Today there are more than 6,000 unreached people groups in the world. These are peoples among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize the people group. The goal of World Mission is to:
Gun Lake Community Church partners with World Mission to provide The Treasure to people in the nation of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). The Treasure is a field-tested solid-state digital audio Bible! This unit, which fits in the palm of your hand, has a built in solar panel with rechargeable batteries. The Treasure can literally go anywhere and has been to rain forests, deserts, mountains and islands! The best part of The Treasure has nothing to do with its impressive physical attributes, but rather the content of what gets placed on its internal memory. To use layman’s terms- it is what’s under the hood that makes it so powerful!! Each unit can hold more than 60 hours of audio material, including the complete New Testament, along with other Bible stories and Gospel aids. For more information, go to www.worldmission.cc
Caleb and Joanna Swart serve on the leadership team of Training In Mission Outreach (TIMO). TIMO is an Africa Inland Mission program that prepares new mission personnel for the cross-cultural work of sharing the gospel with people groups who haven’t heard it before. Caleb manages employees and maintains government relations from TIMO headquarters. He also offers logistical support to TIMO teams as they prepare to minister in a new area, helping arrange things like housing and vehicles. Joanna provides support to the families of TIMO team members and serves as a medical resource for teams.
For more information, go to www.rca.org
New Jerusalem Church
Gun Lake Community Church has a unique relationship with the New Jerusalem Church in Campinas, Brazil. The church is located in a needy slum area of this city, intentionally bringing the Gospel and material relief to those who are trapped in many ways in poverty. In addition to financial assistance to the church, the people of GLCC also connect to this ministry through child sponsorship programs of Compassion International and through an annual short-term mission trip, which brings some of our members into personal relationship with the people of our sister church for about 10 days every winter.
For more information, contact Tom Jelsema at 269-795-9548.
Evangelical congregations in Colombia are hungry for well-trained leaders who can guide the people of God to live and love like Jesus. But good opportunities for theological education have not kept pace with the growth and needs of local congregations. The Colombian Biblical Seminary (FUSBC) in Medellin is addressing this need through quality pastoral training for future leaders throughout Colombia and Latin America.
Andrew and Amy serve alongside Colombian colleagues at FUSBC to equip the next generation of church leaders in Latin America by teaching Bible and theology courses, mentoring students, and developing the seminary library. In addition, they work with local congregations to foster opportunities for mutual missional engagement.
Project Hope is a Christian community development agency in Dorr, Michigan. It's mission is to partner people-in-need with Christians to pursue self-help goals. It encourages people to make the necessary changes in their lives that will enable them to serve God, their families, and their community better. It operates a thrift store (open to the public) and a food pantry for clients by appointment only. Gun Lake Community Church partners with Project Hope through financial support, providing volunteers, ongoing food drives, and cooperative assistance efforts to people in the community.
For more information, contact Mary Barnes at 616-681-4673.