MISSION: ONE OF THE MARKS OF A FAITHFUL CHURCH
Function of our Mission Committee:
Designates the disbursement of the Mission collection; approves and authorize the Treasurer to distribute mission funds; prays for the mission of the church; organizes mission trips, and to raise funds to that purpose; itinerates missionaries; provides activities for Congregational involvement; organizes outreach initiatives and opportunities; plans and implements disaster response when necessary; and raises up missionaries from within the congregation. The current members are: Lori Bliss (chair), Pat Curneen, Kathy Curneen, Timothy Emery, Ashley E., Lauren Collins, Armand Bergeron, and Nicole Hathaway (clerk).
Sent 18 people to Haiti in February.
Pastor Don and Armand Bergeron visited Haiti in June.
Held a Mission Summit training for area churchesin June.
Hosted English Language and Disciplesip Immersion for Japanese students in July.
Anne Whittaker attended the New England Getaway of Special Touch Ministries at Camp Eisner, Great Barrington, Massachusetts in August.
Delivered supplies to Friends of the Unborn in Quincy in September.
Sent 21 to Haiti in October.
Prepare meals for and distribute food, clothing, etc, to the homeless and needy in New Bedford weekly in support of Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
Planning a major mission trip to Special Touch Ministries in August.
Planning to host Japanese students again in summer 2016.
Discussing the sponsorship of Haitian college students to begin Fall 2016 semester.
In 2015, EFCCC donated a total of $10,565.00:
January Mission: Rosie’s Place $540.00
February Mission: Samaritan’s Purse Children's Heart Fund $497.00
March Mission: Mennonite Disaster Service $635.00
April Mission: Teen Challenge $565.00
May Mission: Japanese Children Visit EFCCC $545.00
June Mission: Friends of the Unborn, Quincy, MA $793.00
July Mission: Special Touch Ministries, $712.00
August Mission: Quiet Needs $810.00
September Mission: EFCCC Haiti Mission Trip $3,500.00
October Mission: Mobile Loaves and Fishes, New Bedford, MA $434.00
Lori Bliss and Judy Reese donated their time for an evening as well.
November Mission: St. Joseph Indian School $1,015.00
December Mission: Neediest Family Fund $519.00
Report of the Missioners to Haiti:
Mission Teams (18 in February, 16 in October), traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and accomplished mighty works by the grace of God.
Ministry- We were blessed to minister directly to the adult caregivers at each facility we visited, doing Bible study, prayer, witnessing, and anointing. One young woman named Chrismene renounced voodoo and claimed Christ as her Savior during one of these sessions. We gifted each worker with "Psalms and Promises" a book in Haitian Kreyole of Scriptural guidance.
Education - We led the children in Bible study, led by Robert and Janet Blodgett in February, and with "Istwa de Jezi” (Stories of Jesus) - children’s' Bibles which were then donated by the Welshes in October. We did a dramatic presentation of "Peter Walks on Water" at each facility. We taught children how to ring hand bells and donated three complete sets of bells. We led "Jesus Loves Me" craft workshops at each facility.
Worship - We attended liturgical dance at Wings of Hope. We also held a communion service for the children at two of the four facilities. On Sunday, we worshipped with the Conservative Baptist Church of Thomassin, performing two songs during the service.
Compassion - by lugging a total of 2800 pounds of tuna and peanut butter, we provided several facilities (Hope for the Children of Haiti, Bethel House, Wings of Hope, Rainbow Home and Village of Hope) with enough protein-rich food (which is unattainable in Haiti) to feed the children for an entire month at each place/each visit. In addition, we delivered new dresses and toys to the children. The team left donations of dental hygiene supplies at each stop. We were able to provide substantial cash donations toward new beds, medical expenses, childcare salaries, and ministry costs for these facilities, as well as for four other local Christian workers.
We are blessed by our experience in the mission field as well as by the financial and prayer support that the congregation provided.
The Missioners: Armand Bergeron, Ben Bergeron, Haydon Bergeron, Erica Durocher, Pearl Thompson, Madisyn Thompson, Bryce Thompson, Tyler Bergeron, Lori Bliss, Flo Keyes, Daniel Slight, Christine Paiva, Lois Amaral, Cory Fratus, Robert Blodgett, Janet Bodgett, Sally Hathaway, Nicole Hathaway, Nadine Teixeira, Tim Emery, Maria Tan, Liz Mastera and the Reverend Don Bliss.
The Foundational Scripture for Mission Work:
"8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” - Acts 1:8 NKJV
Volunteers meet in the parking lot on Thursdays at 4:00pm - We then head into New Bedford to work along side Pastor Ken at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Items that we are in need of are: shampoo, soap, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper.