Today’s post includes a link to Sunday’s sermon on discipleship making, which concluded UFC’s fall series. You’ll also find information on a special women’s event next Monday, Nov. 22.
On Sunday, Pastor Brett Gilchrist spoke on the discipleship practice of evangelism. Drawing from I Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:6-9, and II Corinthians 5:20, he reminded us that God can use fearful people to point others to Jesus. Yes, we might not know how to share the gospel, or we might not want to share it. But the Holy Spirit empowers us for this high calling, often bringing people into our lives to guide us in telling our stories and communicating the gospel message.
We look forward to talking more about evangelism and how to tell our stories of faith when we gather for Bible study on Thursday. In addition to our teaching from I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, we will have a special workshop on creating a life timeline to identify how Jesus has changed and refined us over the years. We hope you’ll join us at either the morning or evening study on Thursday.
As promised, we have an update for you on last weekend’s Camp Agape, which was held at Camp Harlow in northwest Eugene for 163 children and teens impacted by incarceration. The Agape Families team along with roughly 140 volunteers led by Faith Gilchrist appreciated your prayers. Thank you!
On Thursday more than 200 children and teenagers impacted by incarceration arrived at Camp Harlow in northeast Eugene for a three-night camp designed just for them. They were met by an incredible team of volunteers, men, women, and in many cases, entire families, who are invested in bringing the hope found in Jesus Christ to these young people. Today we’re sharing ways you can pray throughout the weekend for Camp Agape.
Afghanistan and Haiti have been in the news throughout the week as crisis deepens within each country. As we listen to the reports, our hearts break for the men, women, and children who are suffering. While we cannot fly into these countries to minister on the ground, we can pray to the One who is in control. Join us today as we learn how to pray specifically for the people and circumstances they are facing.
Welcome to a glimpse into the work of our church’s Outreach Team, previously know as the missions team…
Today we have the privilege of hearing from Ariel Sax, who attended UFC during her college years and is now in Denver, Colorado, where she’s serving with Antioch Center for Training and Sending (ACTS).
Kathleen Harwood has done many things in her life, but one of her favorites is teaching women to read and to believe the Bible. She is thankful that she has had opportunities to continue to pursue that passion at UFC. Today Kathleen shares with us about a special ministry in Uganda that is close to her heart.
One of the ministries UFC supports is Dove Medical, a prenatal medical clinic in Eugene that specializes in pregnancy diagnosis and decision-making. It is a joy to have one of the clinic’s registered nurses, Sheila Wolf, share a bit about herself today.
Today Karen Leslie shares about her “behind-the-scenes” role as she and her husband Glenn minister with Youth for Christ/Campus Life. They live in Creswell and attend UFC, where Karen has been a cheerleader for and encourager of young mamas. It’s a joy to have her share with us a bit more about their ministry.
Cailyn Prewitt, our UFC missions intern, shares about the current crisis in Haiti, its long history of heartache, and how Chances for Children, a non-profit that UFC supports, is continuing to support the Haitian people. Her post includes her beautiful pictures of the Haitian landscape.
Jan Smith and her husband Dan have worked with International Students, Inc. on the University of Oregon campus for 34 years, and today we have the privilege of sharing four stories of how God is bringing students from around the world into their lives.
Linda Grimaud, and her husband Robert, are finishing up a stint of service to the Loftstofan Baptistakakirkja Church in the capital city of Reykjavik, Iceland. Today she shares with us a bit about their time in Iceland and how we can be praying for them.
Sarah Campbell and her husband Stowe served with Navigators on the University of Oregon campus for more than seven years and faithfully attended UFC before relocating to Christchurch, New Zealand six years ago with their three sons — Tristan (16 in July), Brody (14), and Ethan (almost 12). Today they work with Navigators World Missions to reach future leaders of this post-Christian country with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a joy to catch up with Sarah and learn how to pray for her in this season of her life and ministry.
We welcome Cailyn P. to our Friday Thankfulness feature, which wraps up ufcwomen.blog’s missions week.
Today at ufcwomen.blog, we are featuring a UFC missionary, who is currently gaining additional language training in France. She is studying “In His Image” with a UFC small group via Zoom each Thursday, and in this post she reflects on patience — and the process of making créme pâtissière!
She describes herself as “a missionary who never wanted to be one,” but God changed this woman’s heart after a single, international missions trip in 2009. Today she shares with us a few words about praying for those who have been called “to go.” Join us at ufcwomen.blog.
Today at ufcwomen.blog, a faithful Jesus follower reflects on a simple phrase at the end of her daddy’s prayers that is helping her during a season of great transition.
We’re featuring different missionary women this week at ufcwomen.blog, and it’s an honor to welcome Amy to this little corner of the web as she reflects on gardening and a missional life.
Hi Ladies, We have a treat for you this coming week! Click on the link to read more…
Editor’s Note: This feature in the Encounters with Evangelists series was written several weeks ago by Phares Gilchrist about her aunt, who was a missionary in China and Hawaii in the 1900s. We feel it’s fitting to run today as we each face a call by God to minister exactly where He has placed us in this time in history. With borders closed to commercial traffic, it’s nearly impossible to leave our homeland to serve overseas, but God isn’t asking us to stop ministering. Just as Phares’ aunt chose to begin sharing the love of Jesus where she was forced to disembark on a trip back to China, we also have the opportunity to be missionaries exactly where we have been told to pause.
Editor’s Note: This reflection and artwork come from artist and Jesus follower Ellie Escobar, who lives on Vancouver Island. Since I met Ellie last fall on an airplane to Washington, D.C., and shared her story and testimony with you in January, she has followed our blog and sent me regular encouragement from God’s Word. Ellie has expressed on several occasions that she and her sister — along with their Bible study groups in British Columbia and in Europe — have been praying for us, their sisters in the Lord here in Oregon. What a gift, especially as we enter the uncharted waters of COVID-19. With Ellie’s permission, we are posting her words to me this week alongside a piece of her artwork that is especially fitting. Many Blessings, Jaime Sherman
Editor’s Note: In the series “Encounters with Evangelists,” UFC Women share stories of people who have influenced their walks with Jesus. Today Ginny Riley, who was instrumental in the discipleship of many UFC women during her years in Eugene, writes about how her parents consistently shared with her the good news of faith in Jesus. It is an honor to welcome her to this little online corner.
What do you think of when you hear the word evangelism? Maybe you recall knocking on doors, missions trips, or curbside testifying. But there’s also a more general form of evangelism, one that is profound without the use of biblical tenets. There’s hardly a better example than the wonder in creation being shared by a little child.
Editor’s Note: In the series Encounters with Evangelists, UFC Women explore how face-to-face interactions with messengers proclaiming the Good News of faith in Jesus Christ leave priceless marks upon our lives. Today we offer part two of a feature on Ellie Escobar, a Vancouver Island artist and Jesus follower. She shares her testimony below along with the stories behind several of her paintings, all of which are shared here with her permission.