Tag: North American Missions
When I was eight years old, my parents started a North American Missions (NAM) church in Millersburg, Ohio. For the first four months, our services were held in a school gymnasium before we moved to the church we currently rent. A year later we moved from our hometown of Coshocton, Ohio, to Millersburg. As a nine year old girl, this was quite exciting. A new town, new house, new people. On the flip side, it meant moving away from my friends, family, and the house I grew up in and loved.
When we first moved to Millersburg, I was friends with one girl. That was great, but being homeschooled meant I really didn’t have a place where I was forced to make friends. Also, there were no kids in the neighborhood we moved to so I felt pretty isolated. But … Read More »
There is a place for constructive criticism, even in the church, but if the criticism is not contributing to the health of the body of Christ, I have some alarming news. You may be cancer. Cancer cells look different from other healthy cells, ignore signals from healthy cells, and diminish the blood supply to healthy cells. Cancer cells will not stop dividing, will not stick together, will not mature, and will not repair.
It’s true, “Some of you have been hurt by the church or discouraged about your experience with the church,” as Timothy Tennent aptly noted, “but the Church is what God is building in the world. Allow Him to restore your vision for the church—because there is no true access to His holy presence without your brothers and sisters.”
I love my church, and by “my church,” I … Read More »
Most kids at the age of eleven are out playing at the park and focusing on normal eleven year old affairs, but my story was a little different. I spent a lot of my time passing out tracts with my father, sometimes even ministering to those under the influence of alcohol. Those were often the only people who would really listen to us when we reached out. Sometimes it was because we gave them food along with the tracts. This was just the beginning of many experiences I had growing up.
I want my testimony to encourage anyone who may feel the call of God on their life, letting you know that age is not a factor when it comes to winning souls to Christ. You can sow into the Kingdom at any age. God knows who you are and what … Read More »
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). This verse is so true and a great set of guidelines for a North American Missions student. Although this sounds easy and straight forward, there is much more to it. In order to be an effective example in your speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, it is important to know why you are setting an example in the first place.
Being a missions student automatically means people look up to you. Yes, you hear that all the time, but it really comes with an enormous amount of responsibility—responsibility I wouldn’t trade for anything! Other teenagers need you in their lives. They need someone they can look to for guidance without going to an adult. … Read More »
Announcing the 2014 Sheaves for Christ Offering: $3,892,876.22!
Represents the 4th largest offering in SFC’s 63 year history!
Represents the largest SFC ojffering since 2002!
Represents a $325,793.78 total dollar increase (9.13%)!
Represents a combined total increase over the past three years of $851,470.55!
39 districts reported an increase!
10 districts set an all-time giving record!
39 districts have a Real McCoy winner!
155 students completed Challenge 31, raising at least $961 each!
For the first time ever, a local church surpassed the $100k barrier! Living Way Church in Conroe, Texas (Pastor Randy Ensey) gave an all-time SFC record offering of $105,891.01!
Thanks to you and your sacrifical giving this year, we were able to achieve an increase in our Sheaves for Christ offering for the fifth year in a row. Our offering total of $3,892,876.22 represents a tremendous amount of time, energy, and resources invested by the General Youth … Read More »