Thanksgiving Offering 2019
Every year we receive donations towards our Thanksgiving Offering, and as a church we have the privilege to partner with others in the flourishing of our city and the world. Here are 4 projects we’ll be investing in:
Building marriages that last a lifetime is an investment. Central Heights Church has an opportunity to equip marriages with communication skills and foundational biblical truths that strengthen the marriage commitment by helping to financially send groups to a Family Life Weekend Get Away!
Big Brothers Pilot Project
Transitioning Youth from Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADTP) Fraser Valley
The Adolescent Day Treatment Program is a sub-regional community-based program providing a wide range of individualized mental health services and educational programming for adolescents with acute psychiatric illnesses. Young people from Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Fraser Cascade between the ages of 13-18 years inclusive attend the program four days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. for up to five months.
The goal of the project is to support youth in their transition from the day treatment program back to school, family and/or community by providing mentors recruited specifically for this purpose. In so doing Big Brothers is meeting a need identified by the community and one that no other service or organization is addressing. Youth returning to their school, family and/or community after 4-6 months in a day treatment program require specific support to ensure success.
“We see youth being successful in the transition and therefore increasing their school engagement levels and mental health stability."
Give Water. Give Life.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 individuals suffer
physically and emotionally from unsafe water sources.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Often, just 80 meters below their feet are aquifers of disease-free water. By providing one deep-water well, we can help break the cycle of poverty and death caused by contaminated water.
Ricky and Karen Sanchez - Multiply, Thailand
Action Basketball in Thailand distributes Bibles and gospel tracts to all the fans. Members of the MB churches in the area will help with passing out Bibles and tracts at the games will be asking people if they can pray for them.
Thai missionary training school for local people for potential career ministry. The school will be 7 days long, 3 days of teaching and training and worship in Chonburi, and then 3 days in Cambodia serving the poor there and our church plant there, and then back for 1 day of debrief.
Ricky and Karen Sanchez currently have three ALH older children studying at Bible School in Chiang Ria. We would support them for a year of Bible School! They are in a four-year program which has them interning in a church or ministry every weekend, and one of the girls is interning with our Khmu MB's.
Dave & Louise Sinclair-Peters – Multiply, Myanmar
Our friend, Pastor Saw Hla Htay planted two churches among Rohingya people before the Military “cleansing” - conflict happened in Rakhine State 2 years ago. During that time, he lost both churches as they fled into Bangladesh. Some were murdered, and some died along the way, but his church is now 75 people strong in Cox Bazaar!
Pastor Saw’s wife is Rohingya- his wife, his 4-year-old daughter and her sister were the only Rohingya who stayed behind. They hid in the jungle, so they would not be killed by the military. In the last two years, Pastor Saw could have left that very dangerous part of the country, but he felt God asking him to stay.
He went out evangelizing and sharing the Gospel again- this time with the Mryo people. He has now led over 20 Mryo Buddhists to Christ and baptized them.
Their life was very much in danger until we bought them a house 2 months ago. Now they have their own property in the village and no one can reject his wife because she is Rohingya.
Then the most amazing thing happened. It was discovered that Pastor Saw’s house is the only house that has a well with pure clean drinking water.
Another people group - devout Buddhists from near the Bangladesh border have moved into their village. No one speaks their language except for... Esther (Rohingya-pastor Saw’s wife)
Now every day the people come and draw water from their well- and while they are waiting for water - guess who gets to share the Gospel? Esther!!
Now Pastor Saw is believing God is leading him to plant a church among this people group.
Pastor Saw sees the desperate need for work in this war-torn community. He has a vision to start a Discipleship / sewing business among the woman of the village.
Esther, his wife is a good seamstress and a great Bible teacher. They are excited to get started but they need an investment in the sewing machines- cloth. We also want to train more evangelists from Rakhine State who can reach militant Buddhists with the Love of Jesus Christ.
10K would really help us reach the least reach State in Myanmar. God has placed a courageous Pastor couple ...new believers in a place that none of us are allowed to travel to. Please help us support and pray for Pastor Saw and Esther!