|ission||African Pastors Chapel Visit|
|oment||Posted July 21, 2016|
Once again White Bluff Chapel was blessed by spending time with five African Pastors, representing one of the Chapel's mission programs, and hearing about their ministries. Two pastors were from Rwanda, two from Zimbabwe and one from Kenya.
Foundation Ministries is one of the Chapel's mission programs and it provides assistance for training additional pastors and the care for many widows and orphans in Africa.
On Saturday evening July 9 Dale and Vicki Thompson hosted a dinner for the five pastors and Elizabeth Brown to celebrate their visit and hear about their ministries. Several Chapel members were also in attendance. As always at Chapel gatherings there was plenty of food.
Following the initial greetings, Vicki led the group in prayer before everyone sat down for their meal. During meal time Chapel members learned a lot about the struggles the pastors have in their countries. Following the meal, Vicki read scripture to bless the pastors and carry them on in their ministries.
Rene Brown is the president of Foundation Ministries and was busy putting together the training materials for the five pastors and could not attend the dinner. His wife Elizabeth represented Foundation Ministries.
Elizabeth spoke about how Foundation Ministries came to life and their continued role. The group then heard from each pastor about their ministries and how God led them to take up His cross and feed their people. One message heard was "a mission without provisions would not be effective". One pastor, Joseph from Rwanda, passed out a document about his ministry that explains much of what he was called to do.
Then on Sunday July 10 the Chapel heard from Elizabeth Brown who provided the congregation with an overview of their mission work before turning the time over to Jack Horn. Jack introduced each pastor who spoke about their ministry and appreciation for the Chapel's support.
When the Chapel has opportunities to see and hear from those they sponsor, it gives all a better understanding of how the Chapel's mission programs function and why a ministry is selected. If you want more information about this mission you can contact Becky McKee.
|ission||Sandy Creek Bible Camp 2016|
|oment||Posted July 21, 2016|
Another summer camp season has ended, and once again the members of White Bluff Chapel have made it possible for needy children in the Whitney area to attend Sandy Creek Bible Camp. This year we sponsored 26 campers ages 8-18, down from last year’s record number of 33 campers. We had several who attended last summer but could not this year, and not as many newcomers, but it should increase next summer.
Sandy Creek is a Christian-based camp located just outside of Navasota, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles south of Bryan/College Station, Texas. The stated purpose of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relaxed, rural setting. The children love Sandy Creek. They enjoy horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing and other activities and camp games. They also attend chapel twice each day. Several of the children made commitments to Christ while at camp. And since the parents/ guardians transport the children to and from camp, they are able to see firsthand the powerful impact Sandy Creek and the Gospel message have on these children. By driving their children, they are able to see the camp, meet the counselors, and experience much more closely the excitement their children experience. Hopefully, it will have a lasting effect on the parents as well as the campers. Their comments tell their story.
“Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity for our children. The kids said they had a ton of fun!”
“The kids had a BLAST!!!!! Thank you again for all you do!!
“Thanks again for another great summer camp. God bless you for this”
“You do a lot for us and we appreciate it.”
These children are typically from broken homes, living with one parent, grandparent or other caregiver. They would not have this type of opportunity to learn about Christ if it were not for you. Thank you for your generous giving that allows us to give these children this opportunity to hear and feel so vividly the message of Jesus.
One more amazing fact: The storms of late May/early June devastated the camp with flood water when the Brazos overflowed. There was extensive damage to the grounds as well as cabins and other structures. But with the help of the Lord, they pitched in with a lot of volunteer labor and financial support and got the camp up and running one week before our first group of campers arrived. For more information about this mission you can contact Bob Buckner.
Larry Roskow, Camp Director, offered these words of thanks.
"It was so great, so great last week. I am very proud of the program and staff and what they were able to do. Tons of fun with the Lord Jesus leading the way and teens got to see what REAL enjoyment in Christ looks like. The speaker was solid and the teens listened and learned. I can’t say how thankful we are that Hope McDaniel, Joe, Page, Brittney and Rainey were able to be here.
"Thank you for all you do. I know I say it a lot but I mean it. Without your help these kids would not have this opportunity."