Christ Fellowship views missions as one of our main family ministries. We consider everyone part of our Missions Team, some are going, others are sending. Some for short-term, some for long-term. Our Missions Ministries don’t all take place somewhere around the world. There are growing areas right here in the Nashville and Franklin areas of Tennessee.
If you’re learning about your place in God’s plan to bring the Good News of Jesus to people,
- begin by exploring the community right around you for areas to serve,
- then get connected with our Mission Coordinator for additional help and information about your short-term involvement, both locally or in a distant country,
- now, pick that place where the skills, talents, abilities, and gifts the Lord has invested in you can be best put to service so the Good News of Jesus is proclaimed.
Short Term International Missions
In 1996, the country emerged from a 36-year-long civil war in which hundreds of thousands of people were lost. In 2009, the country declared a “state of public calamity” bringing to the surface a severe hunger crisis that was sweeping the nation.
The “dry corridor,” located in eastern Guatemala, is said to be an area of severe malnutrition as a result of adverse weather, poor soil, and the global economic turndown. In this corridor, it is estimated that 54,000 people go hungry on a daily basis. According to UNICEF, nearly half of Guatemalan children suffer from severe malnutrition. The chronic hunger rate for children (49.8 percent) is the highest in the region and the fourth highest in the world.
As a result, over 75 percent of the country’s population falls below the poverty line.
Illiteracy, infant mortality, maternal mortality, and starvation are among the highest in this region. To compound the situation, the country is victim to organized crime and gang-related activity, as well as recurring natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and mudslides, destroying the lives of people living in vulnerable areas.
Infectious diseases complicate the problem. Food-borne or waterborne illnesses such as bacterial diarrhea, Hepatitis A, and typhoid fever are common, as is dengue fever, malaria, and leptospirosis.
This country, though beautiful in appearance—picturesque, even—is overwhelmed by crime, poverty, and severe malnourishment.
It is our prayer that those with whom we connect see the difference Christ makes in the team member’s lives, it will impact them dramatically causing them to see their need for a personal relationship with Christ as well. (This information is from Hope for Life International. Check their website for additional information.)
Community 2 Community is an exciting ongoing ministry of Christ Fellowship with the goal of reaching our neighbors with the Good News of Jesus. By first building relationships with the children, we can be more effective in building relationships with the parents.
To help with this, we are involved in Graceworks – a ministry designed to meet the needs of Williamson County residents and with Harpeth Terrace – a nursing home our Discovery Club children regularly visit.
Building relationships is a great way to care and connect in the Name of Jesus, and the Lord is ever faithful and has moved in some amazing ways. Our backyard is our beginning place for Missions and it’s ripe with opportunity and a great place to be involved!
Musa and Tabitha Asake live in Nigeria, Africa, with their daughter Anang. Musa and Tabitha are committed to raising up laborers for the harvest in Nigeria.
After attending Dallas Theological Seminary in the U.S. to gain a greater understanding of the Word of God and to learn how to lead others to do the same, Dr. Asake returned to Nigeria to serve the church in his home country. Dr. Asake has been a pastor, a seminary teacher, and was elected General Secretary of the ECWA (Evangelical Church of Western Africa). Most recently he was elected General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He now has the privilege of being an advocate and speaking out on behalf of Christians all over Nigeria. Pray for Musa’s strength, wisdom, and protection in these opportunities.
Dorsey & Renée McIntosh
Dorsey and Renée McIntosh work with Campus Crusade for Christ in Eastern Europe and Russia. Campus Crusade is an interdenominational Christian movement on college campuses through the world.
Living in Budapest, Hungary, Dorsey works as a Regional Director of CCC and is responsible for the care and training of the staff in five countries of Eastern Europe-Poland, Czech, Belarus, Croatia, and “Orange Grove” (a special project in a difficult country). He also works with the directors of each country giving them direction in their respective ministries.
Renée is active in leading Bible studies with a number of women and travels regularly with Dorsey.
Church of Grace
Church of Grace is a small church located in West Nashville, in a low-income part of town. It’s a bedroom community in old Nashville that has long been in a state of decline. Drug and alcohol addictions, sexual immorality, broken families, poor health, and financial distress are characteristic of many in this community. Most are unchurched so their neighborhood is a mission field. Pastor Bill Smith, along with his wife Carol, have faithfully answered God’s call to minister to the people at Church of Grace through the teaching of the Word and by helping meet basic physical needs. As the pastor of the Church of Grace Bill and Carol seek to faithfully preach the Word to people who are hungry for truth and life.
For some time, the Church of Grace has helped people in need of food and warm winter coats. However the Lord led them to do even more for their community by guiding them to open the Samaritan’s Storehouse. The storehouse is stocked with clothing and groceries, but they also help with utility and housing bills as they are able. When there is a need and the Lord makes the resources available, they also will help those in need with appliances and household items. Bill says, “Our primary goal is not just to meet the physical need of the moment, but to help with their eternal spiritual need of salvation and a church family. They desire to give people ongoing help within the context of a local church family.”
David and Anne are on staff with FamilyLife Ministries – a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. They live in Little Rock Arkansas, with three of their four children – Emily, Stephen, and Andrew. Their oldest son Jake just graduated from the University of Arkansas.
The mission statement of FamilyLife is “to effectively develop godly families who change the world one home at a time”. The ministry effort that started FamilyLife more than 25 years ago touches lives in profound ways through events, radio, the internet, small group studies and other relationally connecting resources.
David’s responsibilities include coordinating FamilyLife events and small group studies in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Identifying, training and equipping volunteer leaders are key aspects of David’s work. Each event and resource is designed to help rebuild and/or reinforce marriages and families based on the principles of God’s Word.
Ministry opportunities abound. Through FamilyLife there are more needs that we can begin to meet as we strive to touch the hearts of marriages and families. Our season of life is opening new opportunities to reach out to the adults at our kid’s school, people at church and in our neighborhood. Please pray that our walk with Christ, our marriage and our family would be vital so we would have much to give to others.