November 07, 2016
In April 2015, Church of the Resurrection's incredibly generous Good Friday offering was dedicated to help build up the Christian Institute in Jos, Nigeria. This training center equips young men and women to rebuild the church in northeast Nigeria by sending pastors, evangelists, church planters, and rural health care workers into an area ravaged by tribal warfare, persecution and terrorism, largely instigated by Boko Haram.
Last September, Pastor Matt Woodley brought our Good Friday gift and presented it to Archbishop Kwashi. The Archbishop expressed enormous gratitude to our church family, saying, "I know that even a gift of one dollar means that your people had to give up something else, and that means something to us. We are so grateful to God for your people—not just for your money, but for your love and our partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Now the Archbishop has asked Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt to return to Jos so they can bless the Christian Institute’s newest dorm building for students—Church of the Resurrection Hall. Based on past experiences in the Diocese of Jos, Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt will also have plenty of opportunities to preach and teach, build friendships and strengthen our mutual partnership, and eat lots of Moi-Moi and pounded yam.
March 23, 2016
Church of the Resurrection has chosen Good Friday as the day to present a special Global Mission offering to God as a response to Christ's sacrificial love for us. This year, our Good Friday Gift will support two ministries in Cambodia. Learn more about those ministries and how to give.
In May of last year, Bishop Stewart, Madeleine Ruch, and I visited one of our key global partners—the Diocese of Singapore. This spiritually vibrant movement also oversees the Deanery of Cambodia, so we spent most of our time in Phnom Penh. I immediately fell in love with this city. It's chaotic, noisy, dusty, busy, poor, but it's also bustling with life and energy. I was deeply moved as we traveled around the city and the surrounding countryside, taking in the sights of rice paddies, massive clothing factories (where thousands of women work incredibly long hours for low pay), lines of young women waiting to sell their bodies for $5 a night, and the Tuol Sleng Prison where thousands of people were murdered in the name of the Marxist Khmer Rogue. On a much brighter note, we also spent a day at Project Khmer Hope (PKH), listening to stories of how PKH is providing food, literacy, vocational training, and evangelism and discipleship in such an effective way.
I also met with a group of young adults who have grown up with a Buddhist worldview but seem to be searching for something to stake their lives on. Spiritually speaking, Cambodia seems like dry, but open thirsty ground—
perhaps even ready for revival. The Diocese of Singapore has some wonderful dreams for Cambodia, dreams about building up the church and raising up new church leaders across the land. By the end of the trip, our team had forged a much deeper gospel partnership with our friends in Cambodia and Singapore. (And the team also got to taste a Southeast Asian delicacy—durian, the "King of the Fruits.")
So this year I'm honored and excited to partner with our brothers and sisters by supporting Project Khmer Hope and the raising up of new church leaders across Cambodia. I hope you can join us in this year's Good Friday offering.