ETeam and CMP Update 2020

Lauren Biggs

ETeam and CMP Update 2020

ETEAM and CMP Update

 

The advance of the new strain of virus called COVID-19 around the world and now in the US has affected all of us in tremendous ways. Efforts to contain and control its spread are extensive. Anxieties have increased, routines have been disrupted, and plans have become uncertain.

It seems there are still more questions than answers about the disease and the duration of its effect.

We are aware that there are also questions concerning the impact of this situation on ETEAM and CMP trips planned for this summer. The Leadership Team at IM wanted to let you know how we are processing the situation and how we will proceed to make the necessary decisions concerning our plans for this summer.

  1. We are praying and hopeful that the duration of this crisis will be short-lived and our plans will not have to be altered. We would encourage you to work on that assumption and continue to raise your support and make your plans as usual.
  2. The Leadership Team of IM will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis. We will meet again on 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟱 to reassess how things are progressing. Our hope is that the threat of the virus will have declined significantly. If at any time we determine that plans must be altered or trips must be canceled, we will notify you immediately.
  3. A final decision will be made concerning ETEAM by 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟵. Decisions about CMP trips will be made 40 days prior to planned departure. The wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. We will not send out teams if there is any level of uncertainty concerning your safety.
  4. If you decide that you no longer desire to participate in ETEAM or CMP this year, you can withdraw from the program prior to 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟵 (ETEAM) or ticket purchase (CMP) without penalty. All monies given by you will be reimbursed. Support given for you by others will be returned to the donors. This decision will not hinder future opportunities.
  5. If the difficult decision to cancel trips has to be made on or before 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟵, you will be contacted immediately and given instructions on the options available to you.

Please understand that we are taking this very seriously and monitoring it as closely as possible so that we can make the best and most informed decisions. The safety of our students is our highest priority and will ultimately be the deciding factor in every decision we make.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity. We are thankful to have you as part of our IM family. You are in our prayers. Please pray for us as we seek the Lord’s wisdom and leading.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗚𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻, 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗜𝗠, 𝗜𝗻𝗰., 𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆@𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗰.𝗼𝗿𝗴.

 

 

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Just a Spark

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Just a Spark

Olivia Hefner is eager to serve the Lord by participating in E-TEAM through IM. A member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Olivia is a junior at Broome High School. She is active in cross country, student government, Beta Club, and the debate team. An active honorary member of the Women Active for Christ Ministry at Fairview since she was a very young, she listened intently each month as the lives of our missionaries unfolded during meetings. Missionaries visiting Fairview stirred a passion in her heart as they shared burdens about the countries where they minister. Her interest in missions deepened further at summer camp, where she was exposed to E-TEAM.

The first place she served was St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She looked forward to the preliminary events at Welch College, preparing for the culture, and connecting with her teammates and others. Her faith never wavered when she thought about the cost of raising her funds.

On her last Sunday before leaving for Welch College, my husband and I noticed Ronald, her dad, crying after Sunday School. We were both concerned, knowing he had been hesitant to let Olivia fulfill her dream to serve with E-TEAM and travel so far away from home. We approached him, thinking we could comfort him in some way. We explained we understood his reluctance in letting his “little girl” go so far from home. He hadn’t visited St. Croix to make sure it was going to be a safe place for his daughter.

After we had said what we thought he needed to hear, he looked at my husband and I and, with big tears flowing down his cheeks, said, “You don’t understand; I’ve already lost her.” Tim and I glanced at each other; we really didn’t comprehend what he meant. He added, “I have already lost her to the mission field.” He explained that he knew she was burdened for the regions beyond, for people who need to hear the gospel. Tim and I finally understood his tears.

Olivia served on E-TEAM Brazil this year (second from left). Her enthusiasm has been contagious to our congregation and among the teens at Fairview. Another girl from our church saw Olivia’s passion. Raegan Price spent her first E-TEAM experience in Chicago. Olivia is proof “it only takes a spark to get a fire going.”

About the Writer: Pam Hackett is an alumnus of Welch College and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Pam was recognized in 2013 for more than 25 years of teaching by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. She has been the South Carolina WAC coordinator for ten years and a member of the WNAC board since 2009. Pam has served as mission study chairman for her local WAC ministry for 28 years. Her husband, Tim has pastored Fairview FWB Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for 28 years.

Originally published in ONE Magazine.

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Let Them Go

Stacie Compton

Let Them Go

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked my daughter as we drove through town.

“Well, maybe a doctor for animals or a teacher, or maybe a missionary” she answered.

“Oh, wow! Those all sound fun,” I replied nonchalantly. “Wait…a missionary? That would mean you would have to live far, far away from Daddy and me. Are you sure you want to do that?”

The truth of the matter was I wasn’t sure I wanted her to do that. Sure, I meant all the things I vowed when we stood before the church and committed ourselves to see her discipled and raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. However, in that dedication service, I’m not so sure we meant that.

The deeper reality is, we at IM find parents all too often want their children to serve the Lord whole-heartedly—just on their terms and near their homes. People around the world are dying and going into eternity without hearing of Jesus Christ. And, quite honestly, it’s our own fault. We have the answers they need. Yet, we often hold tightly to the reins of those gifted with the opportunity to go.

Never in my wildest dreams, when they laid my baby girl against my skin in the delivery room, did I imagine she might one day walk through airport security with the intention of boarding a plane to a far-away land to share the gospel. Our girls are only seven and 11, but this reality hit me right in the heart.

Mommas, hear me loud and clear: it’s our duty as parents to let them go.

The call is clear: “Go into all the world to preach the gospel.”

Each summer, hundreds of teenagers are given an opportunity to go. We must support them in this. Their Heavenly Father is calling. Our obedience matters as much as theirs. Will you let them go? Eternity is at stake. Your son or daughter might be the one who shares the life-changing message of Jesus’ love for the world.

Pray hard, hug them tight, and let them go.

 

Excerpted from an article by Stacie Compton in ONE Magazine. Use the link to read the full article. Learn more about ETEAM and other short-term opportunities or about career missions.

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Pray for ETEAMs

Dr. Neil Gilliland

Pray for ETEAMs

Every summer since 1992, ETEAM has welcomed Free Will Baptist students from around the country (and even other countries) as they gather in Nashville. Anxious but proud parents say goodbye, leaving their teens to be trained and sent to the four corners of the earth to minister alongside our missionaries.

Now, 27 years later, it happened again. Nearly 100 students along with their leaders boarded planes bound for life-changing experiences across the globe. Some will minister with career missionaries who began their own journey to reach the nations on ETEAM.

The ETEAM staff has prayed for these students since the day they were selected. Their parents have prayed for them since they received the letter with their destination. We invite you to join us in praying for these students. You might even want to follow their journeys.

You can pray specifically for:

  • Safety. We do everything to make these trips safe but we can’t guarantee it.
  • Good health. The students will eat new foods and be in a new environment.
  • Travel. Flights, connections, and various forms of travel can be a challenge.
  • Effective ministry. Even though they will be limited by language, these teams can play a significant role in the ministry of our missionaries.
  • People. ETEAM is designed to reach people. Pray for the people who will meet our students and pray they will sense the love of Christ through them.
  • Spiritual revival and renewal. Often ETEAM students’ lives are radically changed by these experiences. Pray they will hear and obey God’s call on their lives.
  • Parents and Grandparents. The most difficult role may be as the parents of ETEAMers. Some, though very proud of their children, are anxious as their “little” ones have flown the nest and are in other countries.
  • Thanks. Thank the Father for students willing to answer the call to go and parents and grandparents who let them.
  • ETEAM staff, especially coordinator Hanna Mott. Hanna and her team spend thousands of hours preparing, planning, attending to myriad details, training, sending off, and debriefing each team.
  • Free Will Baptists. Thank the Lord for IM and a denomination willing to invest in the youth of our denomination.
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Busy Weekend

Karen Williams

Busy Weekend

Friday found E-Team Uruguay leaving Montevideo headed for Melo and Rivera. It was about a 5 hour drive and we were definitely ready to get to Melo where we had supper at the church with Pastor Julio and his family.

On Saturday we helped with a youth event at a community gym. We sang, shared a devotion, and had a blast playing indoor soccer and volleyball. That afternoon we loaded back into our van and made our way to Rivera on the Uruguay-Brazil border.

Sunday we were at St. Teresa Church just outside Rivera. The team sang, performed the skit, gave testimonies, painted faces, twisted balloons, and played volleyball.

We have enjoyed meeting other believers, trying new foods, seeing new places, and learning a different culture.  It is hard to believe our time in Uruguay is almost over.

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Hokkaido Team Update

Khristi Shores

Hokkaido Team Update

The past few days have been filled with kids, fliers, and gardening. The team has been passing out fliers to kids after school for different church activities. These activities consist of games, snacks, singing, and the mime. We have also had the opportunity to help at a church by pulling weeds in the yard. Along with the onsen, one of our favorite things has been visiting a high school for after school clubs. We learned kendo and how to draw anime. Each night we finish with a Japanese food challenge – some good, some “different”.

 

 

 

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Hokkaido Activity

Khristi Shores

Hokkaido Activity

The Hokkaido team has been busy with handing out over 900 tracks, painting a church, and working with kids in an after school activity. With all of the work that has been going on, the team decided to relax with face masks and painting nails.

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In the Words of our Team (part 2)

Karen Williams

In the Words of our Team (part 2)

The remaining members of our team share their perspective of Uruguay:

“I’m so glad I’m here, this a great blessing. Translating has been fun, interesting and a challenge, but I’m blessed I get to do it.  THE FOOD IS AMAZING.” -Daniel

“I love Uruguay. The people here are so nice, but all the dogs bark at me.” -Meg

“I have had an amazing time in Uruguay!  I have definitely come closer to God and He has answered some of my questions for me.  I have some life changing decisions to listen to now.” -Isabella

“It has been an incredible privilege being able to come to Uruguay and experience the culture, while also serving. We’ve met some amazing people who have an undying desire to reach those in this country who do not know Christ and seeing their commitment is inspiring. In just the short amount of time that I have been here I can already identify the moments that I will keep with me and use on my life journey as I grow closer to Christ and discover His plan for my life.”                      – Jacob

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Greetings from E-TEAM Nashville!

Rachel Burns

Greetings from E-TEAM Nashville!

Marhabaan! We ventured off on a long journey to the lost city of Nashville. Our first stop was La Michoacana, where we all tried Mexican ice cream for the first time. After we finished with our delicious treats, we packed into the van once more to head to our place of lodging(Elvis’ racket ball court.) Our first night, we visited a Hispanic Bible study where we were able to celebrate Steve Lytle’s, the translator for Cofer’s Chapel, birthday. Within this Bible study, there were three countries represented: Venezuela, Cuba, and Mexico.

The next day, we started bright and early, working with a non-profit organization, The Branch. The Branch is a program that provides basic needs and teaches English classes for those who need to learn. Our host, Tracy has a lot of Curtish friends that celebrate Ramadon that we were able to visit during the Eid celebration. They provided delicious Baklava and other Curtish treats. Later, we visited K&S World Market, where we treated ourselves to more international treats.

The next day we woke up early and got ready to finish our work at The Branch and to help with the food pantry, where we met several different people groups including, Egyptians, a Belgium woman, people from Venezuela, and many more. For lunch we got to eat Thai food, which for many was their first time. That night we got to go to Plaza Mariachi, where we got explore the Mexican culture through food, dancing, and shopping. To end our night we went to a Peruvian restaurant, where we tried some traditional dishes.

This Sunday morning we went to The Church of Woodbine, where we attended service, met a lot of kind people, and had a meeting about the VBS we would be helping them put on. We had a meal at a Vietnamese restaurant, which was new for may.  In the afternoon we visited a Hindu Temple, which was very eye-opening and spiritually overwhelming. We then came back to our place of lodging to prepare for the busy week ahead of us. We have been very blessed with all the opportunities that God as already given us. We can’t wait to see what this upcoming week has in store for us.

Check out our Facebook page for Pictures!

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In the Words of Our Team (part 1)

Karen Williams

In the Words of Our Team (part 1)

Part of our team shares about being in Uruguay …

“Our missionaries are very loving and take care of us.”-Trevor

“Training week was super fun but there’s nothing like being thrown into a new culture and country. Mr. Jaimie and Mrs. Tammy are making us feel right at home.” -Maggie

“After landing I was able to connect with the culture almost immediately. They love soccer, run, and eat amazing food! Mr. Jaimie and Mrs. Tammy have kept us laughing and have been gracious hosts.” – Andrew

“The trip here was not that bad and Mr. Jaimie and Mrs. Tammy are so nice. They told us it would be cold but it is not that cold.” – Stephen

“I survived the plane ride! Since we have been here we have had great food. I love the houses and the Lancasters!” -Courtney

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