REFORMED CHURCH WORLD SERVICES (RCWS)
As a part of the Reformed Church in America, Faith Community Church is proud to stand with our denomination in addressing social issues around the world. Reformed Church World Service (RCWS) is a ministry of compassion and hope. Its purpose is to work with partners to alleviate hunger and poverty and to seek justice for people around the world. RCWS aims to fulfill the biblical mandate to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-36).
One of the distinctive features of RCWS has been its work to alleviate hunger and poverty with a variety of partners who share that goal. One of RCWS's earliest (1946) partners is Church World Service (CWS). Today CWS remains a strong and reliable partner in emergency response, in service to refugees and displaced persons, and in social and economic development.
Other RCWS partners include Foods Resource Bank, Action by Churches Together, Bread for the World, Disaster News Network, Call to Renewal, and RCA mission personnel around the world.
KIDS ALIVE INTERNATIONAL
Kids Alive International is a Christian faith mission dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children – meeting their spiritual, physical, educational and emotional needs.
Millions of children in the developing world live in desperate, life-threatening situations. Orphaned, abused and neglected, they often end up on the streets begging just to survive. Many are victimized by predators and have nowhere to turn and no one to help care for them.
The facts are heartbreaking:
Over 25,000 children die each day – most from preventable causes
One fourth of all children live in poverty
About 150 million children are homeless, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse
Nearly one third of all children are malnourished
Nearly one in five children does not have access to clean drinking water
More than 130 million children – mostly girls – do not attend school; millions more receive very little education
Kids Alive provides children with the love and care every child deserves, and raises them to be contributing members of their society and witnesses to their family and community.
FCC's relationship with Kids Alive International is multi-faceted; through our support of missionaries Jeff/Ann VanDerMolen; through participation in short-term mission trips and leadership of VBS in the Dominican Republic; and through child sponsorships (via Bless a Child Ministries).
Around the world, the Church has grown so quickly that the training of pastors hasn’t kept pace. So many pastors feel unequipped and inadequate for the task of leading and caring for their flocks. Most of these pastors will never go to Bible school or seminary. So Leadership Resources brings it to them—the most essential training that they need. LRI trainers seek to humbly bring God’s heart and to see Him develop within each pastor the heart of a shepherd, formed by a biblical understanding of ministry.Throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Leadership Resources equips small groups of national pastors to teach God's Word with the heart of a shepherd. LRI works closely with the same group of pastors for about 2 weeks per year over 4 years, allowing deep friendships to form.
FCC supports missionaries Joe/Amy Paglia and Phil/Jessica Smith, who are engaged in the work of Leadership Resources.
WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS
Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend. A missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala, Townsend caught the vision for translation when Cakchiquel-speaking men expressed their concern that the Bible was not available to them in the language they understood clearly. As a result, Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language.
Since its inception, Wycliffe has made great progress in Bible translation all around the world. To date, we have played a part in completing more than 700 Scripture translations.Estimates suggest that almost 2,100 languages still need a Bible translation program started. Some speakers of these languages are Christians, struggling to unlock the truths of the Bible in a language not their own. Others live without knowledge of Christ at all.
Each day that passes, people all around the world die without God’s message of hope in their own heart language. Because of the urgency of this situation, Wycliffe has adopted Vision 2025—an initiative to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025.
Reaching the last languages with God’s Word requires an enormous amount of resources. In response to these needs, in November 2008 Wycliffe USA launched the Last Languages Campaign—a strategic commitment to raise our share of the resources needed to accomplish Vision 2025. More than $1 billion is needed to reach these last languages with God’s Word.
For many years, FCC has fostered a relationship with this organization through the many faithful Wycliffe missionaries who have become a part of our congregation while home on furlough. These relationships continue when these families return to the field.
FCC supports missionaries Rick/Bobbie Bekius, Dave/Debbie Eernisse, Seung/Amy Kim and Dan/Kathleen Lord, who are engaged in the work of Bible translation through Wycliffe Bible Translators.