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2018 Thanksgiving Offering Mentoring leaders for our diverse communities

We want you to do something wonderful - contribute to the Thanksgiving Offering Fund so that we can help equip and empower some marvelous people to do crosscultural ministry and ministry to the poor.

If each church in the PCA contributes to the Thanksgiving Offering, we will have enough to meet the many requests for grants that we now receive.

For many years we have sent out small grants around the country for PCA churches to hire interns and apprentices, to train staff, and even to provide small mercy grants when church plants have no Deacon funds. If we all chip in, we will have the resources to encourage many small and struggling works, some of whom are in areas challenged by poverty, violence, and suspicion. We are sending out church planters and pastors to communities who have never attended a PCA church, who have never experienced the preaching of the whole counsel of God, and who have never seen Christ’s love break through social and cultural barriers. Please help us evangelize, disciple, and raise up local leaders from these communities. Eventually you will see them on the mission field and in heaven.

A view of Manhattan from Sunnyside, Queens

NEW YORK CITY. Jon Storck has been laboring with Grace Fellowship Church in the borough of Queens NY. Queens is a very diverse area made up of many smaller communities. The Storck family has been ministering in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and it has not been easy. In the midst of trying to pastor, revitalize a congregation, and cast a vision of compassionate outreach, there is the challenge of crossing ethnic and cultural boundaries with the gospel.

Former campers of City Camp, now in Leadership Training

Grace Fellowship Church has created a summer outreach art, music, and sports camp for area youth. Several PCA congregations have sent teams to NYC to help run the camp each summer. Over the years children who attended the camp grew up and are now helping to run the ministry. This is exactly how we build the next generation of leaders - through evangelism, discipleship, and entrusting them with opportunities to gain leadership experience. Please pray for Grace Fellowship Church and especially their summer ministry outreach. Your financial support gives us the ability to supply small grants for internships in programs such as this.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Pastor Matt Lorish has planted a church on the north side of Richmond in a racially and socio-economically diverse neighborhood. Northside Church has intentionally pursued being a crosscultural church and the congregants have poured themselves out to love the people of the neighborhood. The Lord has been adding new people to their congregation, where they are experiencing great worship and love. Leaders are being raised up and the congregation is pursuing a plan to bring on seminary students and graduates who wish to apprentice in crosscultural ministry and pastoring.

L to R: Nii and Shaqrah Aryee, with Northside Church members Anthony and Lukeythia Bastardi

The church needs to strategically recruit volunteers, interns, apprentices, and future church officers to build a solid ministry and church. One of the men in the church is Nii Ayite Aryee, who is of Ghanian descent but was raised in Newark NJ. After completing studies at Alliance Theological Seminary in NYC, he and his family relocated to Richmond, where Nii is expanding his ministry skills. Grants from the Thanksgiving Offering can help support future leaders like Nii.

Prayer Against Racism gathering in Orangeburg town square

ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA – New City Fellowship of Orangeburg SC is pastored by JP Sibley, an Orangeburg native. Like many small towns across the nation, Orangeburg has struggled economically. There are two Historically Black Colleges and Universities there, including Claflin University, with about 2,000 students, and South Carolina State University, with about 2,500 students. It is significant that a man who grew up in this small town has felt called to go back and plant a crosscultural church in a place unfamiliar with that kind of ministry.

Back-to-schoool block party at the Orangeburg Spray Park

The PCA has a number of churches in South Carolina, but only a few have focused their ministry within the African American community. In fact there has been a history of exclusion and separation. By God’s grace, those days are over! A small town might seem an insignificant place to do this kind of ministry, but this is exactly where it needs to be lived out. The Lord is at work, people are being brought together, and the gospel is being shared and demonstrated. This young church would benefit from a Thanksgiving Offering grant for leadership development.

Through the Thanksgiving Offering, you have the opportunity to invest in future leaders of the denomination—and the opportunity to provide valuable resources for the advancement of the gospel.

You can order free copies of the Thanksgiving Offering brochure to distribute at your church, Sunday school, or prayer group. We encourage pastors to preach a sermon that includes the mission of the Thanksgiving Offering, and then take up an offering as a congregation. Individual contributions are also welcome. Your gift will play a significant role in training those who will minister among the many ethnic groups in North America.

Or send checks made out to Mission to North America and designated for Thanksgiving Offering to: Mission to North America, PO Box 890233, Charlotte NC 28289-0233

Thank you on behalf of those who will feel the blessing of God through your gifts. Your contributions are being well used to support some of the most exciting and dynamic ministries and people working in some of the most challenging places in North America. On behalf of the many people who have been helped by your generosity, we thank you. May the Lord bless you for it.

For more information about MNA, visit our website at pcamna.org.

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