I was .....naked, and ye clothed me. Matthew 25:36
The focal outreach of Faith Mission is to provide clothing for the needy in the FSU countries of Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, and surrounding areas. We are grateful for the donations from local MCC stores, Community Thrift Shops, garage sales and other caring individuals and businesses.
The articles are sorted by categories, compressed into approximately 100 pound bales, and transported via rail to Montreal or Halifax where the container, loaded with about 300 bales, is loaded onto a vessel for the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.
Evangelical churches have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ as they distribute the clothing to the needy people. We praise the Lord for the many individuals who have been clothed materially and helped spiritually through this outreach.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Children's Bible Camps are an exciting and effective ministry both locally and abroad. Faith Mission assists several of these summer camps in the Ukraine and recently in Moldova through sponsorships by caring supporters.
Some of these camps are held in primitive settings where the Word of God is taught through Bible studies and songs. Some camps also take place in schools, formerly operated by the communist regime. Many campers are introduced to Jesus Christ and accept His gift of salvation. The children's deep faith strongly influences their parents and the non-Christian communities around them
We pray for the Lord's continued blessings on these camps as many more individuals are reached with the message of salvation.
He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Proverbs 14:21
Bicycles are in great demand in former Communist countries. They provide transportation for many people who cannot afford to own and operate a car.
Unstable economies and high fuel prices force many people to walk. As a result, some Christians walk up to 12 kilometers to attend church services. Thanks to the many generous donors, Faith Mission has shipped well over 1,000 bicycles to the countries of Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia, and Kyrgyzstan.
CHURCH BUILDING PROJECTS
I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
For many years, Christians behind the iron curtain in the communist countries had to meet and worship in secret. Since the fall of communism began in 1989, freedom of religion has been restored to a degree, but there remains a great need for more meetinghouses.
Congregations frequently meet in rented facilities with no heat or electricity. Long, dark flights of stairs often make it impossible for the elderly and disabled to attend services.
Faith Mission has responded to urgent requests for help by providing assistance for a church building project in Poltava and in the Carpathian Mountain region of Ukraine.
The unstable economy and rising inflation rates present challenges for these projects but we rejoice with these congregations for their new places of worship.