Local & National Ministries

West Virginia Summer Mission

Usually about the second week in July we send a team to serve the needy in Webster County, W.V.  Our work projects have consisted of repairing leaking roofs, building or repairing porches, building wheelchair ramps, and in addition to these jobs we always expect there will be a couple of unknown tasks the Lord will lay before us.

On the Wednesday evening of the week we are there we travel to Hacker Valley, to share ministry at the Bendertown church. The young people conduct a (BBS) Backyard Bible School for the children, while the rest of the team lead worship inside the church with the adults. This is always a great time of sharing the Lord with our friends as usual.

The trip has in the past had its share of challenges and tests. We at “Good Sam” have partnered in this ministry since 2008, but God has used this trip to impact the lives of those we have ministered to, while blessing our team as they minister. Our Pastor, who came to us in the fall of 2007, has been doing this trip and ministry since 1986. For further information on this ministry call Pastor Bob at 215-355-1442.  Keep checking our coming events for the dates of next trip. 

Old Faithful Christian Ranch
2364 West 81st South, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
208-390-9840

Men, mostly from independent Christian churches of the Southeast Idaho and the Western Wyoming areas started praying for a Christian Camp in this area back in 1988. After almost ten years of seeking the Lord’s will, He answered with a “yes”, and the work began.  There was not a huge amount of money in the bank but a lot of love for the Lord and for youth.  So many people rolled up their sleeves, gave what they could, and from the dirt and trees sprung up a rough but useful Christian camp.  Thus, in the summer of 1997, a new Christian camp was started.

That first summer, Old Faithful Christian Ranch started ministering to 109 senior high through elementary youth. That first summer, three youth gave their lives to Jesus, and many rededicated their lives to Christ.  Now in 2012, we have completed our 16th summer of ministry with 321 youth that attended four weeks of camp.  Out of those campers, 38 of them gave their lives to Jesus and 57 rededicated their lives to Christ.  What a blessed return of those who have been involved with this ministry for so many years.

 O.F.C.R. is not just a youth camp.  From the beginning, it was realized that the camp season is very short in the Island Park area, so worked started already in the early years to develop the camp into a year-round ministry.  They minister to groups on the weekends,  have a Fall workday, a women’s scrapbooking (crafts, sewing, relaxing) weekend, and then the last weekend in October, the local women’s shelter (The Haven) is again hosting a weekend for the women that are ministered to there.  The months of November and December are filled with: catching up on office work, a hard copy newsletter, setting the camp up for the upcoming Winter season (the snow usually starts falling the second weekend of October), and working on all the equipment used to run Winter camps.

As usual, because of the love of many local workers and workgroups coming from Illinois, Oregon, and especially Pennsylvania, the camp grew into the wonderful ministry that it is today.  This ministry is blessed by the support and love from individuals all over the United States. To find out more about this ministry, please visit us at our website: www.ofcr.org, contact us at campoffice@ofcr.org, or call at the number above.

Good Sam supports OFCR financially and with prayer.  The camp has been run by the efforts of Perry Rotenberg, who was a resident of the Quakertown area at one time, and assisted by his family Sandy, Tianna, Colby, and Maleah.

 

CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP (CEF) 

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Bucks County is an evangelical, Bible-centered mission whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to disciple them in the Word of God and establish them in a local Bible believing church.

Over the past 75 years God has given Child Evangelism Fellowship a number of unique ministries which have proven to be effective tools in their effort to evangelize and disciple children.  Through CEF, God continues to use their exciting club ministries around the world. They take place once a week during the school year, are more popular than ever following the Supreme Court victory allowing these clubs to take place in public schools across America, and they also have clubs that take place over the course of a five day period during the summer months, which offer a unique opportunity for children to interact with teenagers who receive training by a CEF program.  For more information about CEF, click on the link above and visit their website and see all of the exciting things that they do and have in the works.

If you live in the Bucks County, PA area and are interested in contacting CEF, you can click on the following link and send them an e-mail at buckscountycef@gmail.com

If your live outside of Bucks County or the State of Pennsylvania, contact your local chapter at 1-866-300-4034

 

Mennonite Central Committee’s Mobile Meat Canner

cannerfleet_whtMCC’s canner travels more than 9,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada every year.  It has been doing this since 1946 and in that time has produced over 17 million cans of meat that gets distributed to the hungry around the world, including here in our own country.

That 17 million is hard to envision, but here is one that may get your attention – if all of the cans the Mobil Canner produced in one year were stacked, they would create a tower 44 miles high.

The following is from MCC’s Canner website:

The Mobile Meat Canner operates in 33 different locations across the United States and Canada, from October thru May. Over 10,000 volunteers a year fill, weigh, stack, wash, and label every can. Over the 2011-2012 season, the collective efforts of all involved produced 556,586 cans (over a million pounds of meat).

They pack Turkey, Chicken, Beef and Pork, not at all site though.  Here in Pennsylvania at the Souderton Resource Center is where Pork is provided and canned.  The pork is donated by Hatfield Meats.

The workers that do the canning are all volunteers from various churches in the area.  It’s a time of fellowship, but it is also done with hearts that have responded to God’s calling to care and provide for those in hunger and those less fortunate than ourselves.

Many members of Good Sam have traveled to Souderton over the years to participate and help in the work.  It has always proven to be inspiring and at the same time humbling to know that one can of meat can, and will provide a couple of meals for a needy and hungry family.

Some of the photos below were taken by members on our trip to the canner on March 27th, 2013, others are courtesy of the canner’s website.  If you like to learn more about the Mobile Canner and see pictures of the process, click on the link and it will take you to the MCC Canner’s website.  You can also learn about the MCC Rescource Center by clicking on the following link.  If interested, tax-deductible contributions may be made payable to “MCC Canner Project” and mailed to
MCC Material Resource Center,
737 Hagey Center Dr., Unit C,
Souderton, PA 18964

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