FWC had a Mission with a Reason for the Season

December 1 was an epic day for 19 teams of short-term missionaries.  Families, classes, couples and Bible study groups gathered for training on Sunday afternoon.  They were paired with translator teams from our Karen congregation and our Chin church fellowship.  Over 120 people went out and delivered Christmas trees to key Asian households in our community.

Pastor Rick Kavanaugh guided people in using the simple candy cane to convey the eternal message of salvation.  Thecandycane new upside down shape of the cane is a “J” pointing to Jesus the focus of Christmas.   He is our foundational rock, noted in the “hard candy”.  The white backdrop of the cane is the heart of the message that “though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow”.  The commonly found thin stripes of red on the candy speaks of the healing found in the Messiah.  Indeed the thick red stripe is a statement that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins”.   For those who believe, the good Shepherd, indicated by the hooked cane, “leads them beside the still water and restores their soul”.

Roger Richardson gave some cultural background during the training.   Marcia Jobe prepared ornaments that could be inscribed with the names of the team members.    John McMurphy launched the group with the church-wide donations of candy canes, lights, trees and stands.  All of this was made possible by the Outreach Sunday school class of First Wesleyan who cut the trees, prepped them for distribution besides donating Trees for Troops.

Yesterday Peng Len and I were placing a few left over trees to a Buddhist family, and to a newly arriving family of four.  It was interesting to hear Peng Len (who accompanied his daughter/translator on 12/1) share the simple gospel message from the candy cane as we decorated the trees.    A great joy was in our hearts as we placed a tree in the home of Twe Luai.  We heard he would be coming home Friday.

Here is video of a report I gave to the church about this on 12/22/13.

Check out the links, look at some pictures, listen to the stories of those who went on mission December 1, 2013 in High Point.  Joy to the World!!


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on December 13, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Beautiful story! What a blessing to those who participated!

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