Local and Global Opportunities to Serve
Consider one of the following Opportunities to Serve globally and locally:
South Africa Sister Churches
The pandemic continues to hit South Africa quite hard. No church services has meant no offerings are taken and that there are no funds for church operations. In spite of this, the work of the pastor continues. There have been numerous funerals – Maranatha has lost 15 members to the virus. Pastor Mike Betha has not received a salary since March and as you can imagine, this has weighed heavily on the church council. In an effort to alleviate a very desperate situation for Maranatha, some generous members of North Point provided funds to cover Pastor Mike’s salary from August-December – about $1,200/mo. Following is the grateful response from the Maranatha Church Council:“Brothers & Sisters,As Paul in the Bible always says; Peace be unto you and your families. This is a message of hope and thankfulness to you.In particular we extend our gratitude for donation of R96500 which we have received yesterday which you have given it to us for meeting our pressing financial needs in relation to Pastor Mike’s Salary for a period of 5 months as from August till December.When we receive this monies I was literary crying and I realize that it is through this life’s trials and tribulations we thank you as our partners and fellow Christians to come to rescue our troubled souls.As Maranatha Church Council we are humbled and thus we can only say, ‘for where your treasure, is there your heart will be also.’ Matt 6-21God bless you.”You can donate to South Africa Sister Churches by dropping off a check in the tithe box in the foyer, in our mailbox or mailing to our office. Please make sure to indicate “South Africa” in the memo line of your check when making a gift.
Freedom Project News
Most families are hardworking and live of their meagre earnings, they lack but are too dignified to beg. To address this very important need without making the families feel bad, TFPI decided to call these packages as dignity kits.The team enquired from the families and found out that essential items like rice and wheat flour were the need so quickly a Kit costing Rs 1500/ per family was put together. TFPIndia coaches identified the worst affected families and the team swung into action distributing Rice, dhal, oil, sugar, salt, potatoes and wheat flour to these homes.To date the TFPIndia team have distributed dignity kits to over 1850 families. 100 single mother and widow households identified by the team as most in need were among the first to receive the kits.TFPIndia team will continue to stand with these families and communities and do our best to support them.
Read more from The Freedom Project India Covid-19 Response Report here.Message from Anita:It’s been a very distressing week of lockdown as we hear of the chaos and confusion and the spiralling death count in Bengaluru! We have decided to set up a Covid helpline to address emergency medical need of access to doctors, oxygen cylinders and information on bed availability at hospitals.This week we will have a telecasting facility set up and some of our staff will man the command center . This will all be over the phone but serving a very real need of access to real time info . This is a Christian response and will include access to Christian doctors too ! So happy to see the church respond like this !Last week Deva one of our coaches from the community had his pregnant sister deliver a baby at home as she was Covid positive and could not get to a hospital bed! She is struggling with stomach pain so is now admitted to a Govt Covid facility . Please keep her in your prayers.
We will continue to accept donations to send to India. Please make sure to indicate “Freedom Project” or “India” in the memo line of your check when making a gift. These can be mailed to the North Point office at 1779 NE Hostmark St, Poulsbo, 98370 or dropped in our mailbox on campus.
A Message from Coffee Oasis Did you know that you can help save a life?! As a part of National Suicide Prevention Month, every week in September our friends at Coffee Oasis will be sharing insight into some of the factors that make homeless youth especially at-risk of suicidal ideation and the ways that YOU can help prevent suicide. Click here to read the message from week1; or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://thecoffeeoasis.com/suicide-prevention-wk1-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1FmCP0zngGIM0BcsDbhxc9jLz8BA6rD8bIYpB2opbn-1PYvbvviKx23aM
Youth Volunteers: Fishline Needs You!
If you are over the age of 16+ and looking for something fulfilling to do with your time, Fishline needs you! Whether you are a new graduate and taking a gap year or a current student in need of service hours, Fishline is a great place to gain valuable experience and serve the community. Apply here or Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Learn more about their current volunteer opportunities:
Second Season volunteers and cashiers
Produce stand attendants
Market delivery drivers
Grocery box packers
Client Food Distribution volunteers
Positions are available for various shifts (M-F) at Second Season and the Food Bank. We will provide training.
We are continuously evaluating what our community needs during these uncertain times and will keep you posted.