Archive for February, 2012



 

I have received news that some are having a difficult time retrieving the application from Christ for the City, International’s application for Panama mission trip in August.

Please manually enter the following web address:

www.garrettministries.org/CFCIapp.doc


 

Cheri and I will be leading an Open Mission Team for Christ for the City, International to Panama., Central America this coming August. Open mission teams are made up of individuals from all over North America who are interested in joining an already scheduled team. CFCI organizes everything from the logistics of the trip and the pre-field preparation to your team devotional times and activities once in the country. Open Teams are designed to give people a chance to serve in Latin America, make new friends, and strengthen their relationship with God. All you have to do is fill out the application and purchase your plane ticket.

Download Panama Open Team Application and Pricing

Panama- August 2012

  • FEEDING PROGRAM
    Join us in San Miguelito where CFCI-Panama has been supporting a church in their Sunday school facilities and programs. This church is in a very needy area and is helping CFCI to run the feeding program in the Republic of Korea elementary school.
  • CONSTRUCTION
    The church is in the process of finishing construction on the area where Sunday school will be held.  Training classes will also be held in this facility to train potential teachers on how to prepare a lesson and how to use audio-visual/media support to reinforce the classes.
  • PUPPET MINISTRY
    If you have a flair for drama you can work with puppets to minister to the children.  Or, use your passion for the environment to help us show the locals how to use recycled materials to their benefit, an endeavor which has brought good results due their lack of resources.

Includes:

Lodging with host families or guest house
Meals
In-country transportation
T-shirt
Insurance
Debrief and Sight-Seeing Excursion

Training

We will be with you every step of the way, from answering initial questions to raising support and ministry preparation. Each team member will receive a Mission Trip Manual to help them prepare spiritually, logistically and financially. Your team leader will facilitate pre-field team devotions as well as guide you through the preparation process.

For more information, give us a call at 419.346.2069.

What On Earth Is God Doin’?


Everyday, we get new reports of things that God is doing in the earth. We hear of Palestinians and Arabs in the Middle East seeing visions of Jesus Christ. We hear of God doing miracles among the the Hindus and Buddhists in the Far East. But I think the thing that moves my heart the most is when we hear stories of how God is using pastors in the Latin American countries.

Most of these men and women are working for free (or almost) … at least by US standards. And often, their environments are extremely harsh. Not too long ago, we got the word from a good friend of ours near Medellin, Colombia that his brother, a pastor, was being threatened by the paramilitary because of his church’s work among those who were addicted to the drugs that this militant group was protecting.

While all of the above mentioned activities register in our minds as to what God is doing … it is these pastors who truly touch our hearts because they risk their all to take the message of Jesus Christ among the ones whom many consider to be the least, the poorest, and the worst. They travel over mountains, through flooded areas, and down dirt roads that look more like ditches than they do roads. In fact, they are capable of putting many of us North Americans to shame because of their boldness.

And yet, they are tired, feeling a lack, and looking to us for help. They latch on to every word that comes out of a North American pastors lips. They are looking for a transference of the anointing they sense we have.

And that’s why we keep going back again, and again, and again. They feel that we have something that we need .. and we gladly take whatever that is … and unwittingly end up receiving so much from them. Whether it’s a challenge, a new love, or simply a mental picture of a people who aren’t afraid to risk it all for Jesus … we receive from them

And so Cheri and I make this challenge to you: Would you consider going with us (or with some other team) on a ministry trip to Latin America?

The next one we are planning on is in august and it is to Panama. We do not have firm dates yet, but here is some information for you to begin to look at and pray about: http://cfci.org/#/mission-teams/join-an-open-team   then scroll down to Panama to see more about it.

Candidates for Office


We are now well into the election season and, once again, it seems that mud-slinging and one-upping one another are typical fare.

I guess I have a couple of questions for all of the candidates and voters:

1) Does one have to be a politician in order to be a candidate? It seems that all candidates are true politicians which, according to my personal definition, is congruous with phony and integrity-lacking. Once again, it seems that we are forced with voting for the one who is the lesser of the evils.

2) Is the mid-slinging really necessary? No longer are we to vote on someone because of their personal merits; instead we are to vote for the person with the least amount of dirt on his face and/or skeletons in his closet.

3) Some want us to take religion out of the voting process. I think this really interprets to mean that “one’s ‘religion-less’ religion is more important and more capable of producing a good candidate than is one’s Christianity.” It doesn’t work that way my friend. God MUST be at the center of our voting process.

and finally,

4) Can God really save this nation, either because of or instead of our particular government official? I believe He can.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15- “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. “