Community & World Engagement

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FCC Engaged/Missions
FCC Engaged  has done a lot of really good things over the past year to accomplish its mission of engaging with our community and our world.  In December, 2016, there were four members of our church who attended a mission’s conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. 
The title of this conference was Finishing the Task.  You might be asking, what does this mean?  What exactly is the task?  Jesus gave a very succinct definition to what this task is in Matthew 24:14 where He said,

“This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

The four of us returned home with a clear picture of what God wanted us to do – take the gospel to an unengaged/unreached people group (UUPG) somewhere in the world.  Unengaged means that there is no Christian witness at all in this particular people group.  Unreached means that there is no self-sustaining church located anywhere where this people group lives.

So we began praying that God would show us where this people group was.  We had several contacts in various places of the world that we thought maybe could give us some direction.  Over the past 45 days, we have been led to some missionaries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where there are 3 different people groups located in and around this very large city.  This missionary family has been doing a good work in Malaysia for over 8 years through education, with 3 Christian Learning Centers up and running, meeting the needs of the people in this city.  We have officially adopted the Sindhi, Punjabi, and Arab groups with the desire to spread the good news of the gospel, and to eventually plant churches there.  To further develop the vision God has given us, we have a vision trip planned to Kuala Lumpur in April/May of this year where a team of people, including our Lead Pastor, Jim Larrabee, will go and seek God’s wisdom in this endeavor.

So what does this mean to First Christian Church?  It means that, as a church, we are taking on a very significant task that is going to require everyone’s participation.  This is a challenging commitment to reach these people.  It might mean that some of us will go to Malaysia and be Jesus’ hands and feet on the ground there.  It might mean that we will need to give of our finances to support those who are able to go.  Also, it will mean that all of us are needed to pray that this task will be completed in God’s timing, and in whatever means God chooses to use to accomplish this task.  This is an exciting opportunity for FCC to help fulfill the great commission.  Will you pray about joining us?

Until All Have Heard,

Lynn Spier, FCC Engaged/Mission’s Lead