Missions

JESUS IS WORTH IT!

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This Sunday will kick off our Annual Missions Conference Week.

This is an exciting as well as a vital time in the life of our church.

We have opportunity to get to know some of our mission partners, and we learn how we can become more connected with the glorious work of the gospel both near and far.

This year’s conference is entitled “IS JESUS WORTH IT?”. We know the answer, but we still need encouragements in living as if Jesus is always worth it.

Make sure you and your family participate in as many events as you can!

Sunday, October 2nd 

     8:30 & 10:30 am   Pastor Pat Tedeschi Preaching

  Monday, October 3rd     

    7:00 – 8:30 pm   Meet & Greet Dessert Night

An evening spent getting to know our new missionaries Fred & Dawn Weindelmayer via a Skype interview.  Bring a dessert to share.

 Wednesday, October 5th

    5:30 – 6:15 pm   Our Famous International Meal

Enjoy cuisine from around the world.

     6:30 – 8:00 pm   Movie “Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places” 

This latest episode is set in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, where a patchwork of tribes live – people groups long crushed by brutal dictators and enslaved to the worship of demons. But the Gospel is setting prisoners free!

 Thursday, October 6th 

    8:15 – 9:15 am   Prayer Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast & pray for our Missionaries.

    9:30 – 11:00 am   Women’s Bible Study

       Featuring an interview with church planter Katie Eck of New City Fellowship in Atlantic City

Friday, October 7th

    5:45  – 10:00 pm   Youth Night

Food, games, and a presentation by church planter Peter Eck at New City Fellowship in Atlantic City.

       Saturday, October 8th

    9:00 – 12:00 pm   “Being Witness: Understanding & Applying Our Identity as Witnesses of Christ” Seminar & Continental Breakfast

A seminar by Jeff Boettcher, Lead Pastor of Christ Church South Philly (SGC).   Breakfast provided.

 Sunday, October 9th

     8:30 & 10:30 am   Pastor Peter Eck Preaching

LEAVING FOR CHICHICASTENANGO

My class last year at ASESLI’s Bible Institute

Today, I am traveling to Chichicastenango, Guatemala, to be with our mission partners at ASELSI.

Our church has partnered with ASELSI (“Equipping the Saints International”), in Chichicastenango, Guatemala for a dozen years.

ASELSI has an impressive ministry among the Mayan people. Their medical clinic has been a wonderful means of outreach to Mayans who normally would keep their distance from outsiders. And their Bible training schools have spread to many parts of the country and beyond. More recently, ASELSI has added a therapy clinic and a school for children with special needs.

ASELSI is careful to keep the message and deeds of the gospel central to all that they do! You can learn more at their website.

ASELSI is headquartered in Chichicastenango, which is located in the mountains of Guatemala.  For centuries Chichicastenango has been a center of Mayan worship. This has put ASELSI in the middle of pervasive spiritual darkness. The spiritual warfare they encounter is distinctly visible.

Chichicastenango is at a key passage between the north and south, and boasts the largest outdoor market in all Latin America. On Thursdays and Sundays, thousands of Mayans take over the streets with booths selling all manner of goods. This in turn now brings tourists from around the world, which adds to the fun. It is colorful, noisy, at times overwhelming, and always fascinating to set out in exploration on Market Day.

One of the benefits of long term commitment with a mission partner is the opportunities it provides for growing relationships with people who are faithfully serving Christ. Each trip I give significant time to cultivating these relationships.

Another enjoyable part of these trips is sharing meals with God’s people, both Guatemalans and missionaries. It is meaningful to build upon existing relationships year after year and start new ones.

Most of my time will be given to these main activities:

(1)  Teaching the book of Romans at EBA (ASELSI’s training institute for pastors and church leaders)

(2)  Presenting Family Life seminars at ASELSI and in Churches

(3)  Spending time with pastors and preaching in their churches

(4)  Meeting with Eman Perez (the Executive Director of ASELSI) and the missionary staff at ASELSI

 Would you pray for this time in Guatemala?

 Ask God to fill me with . . .

wisdom,

humility

health,

energy,

and the power of God’s Spirit.

 Please follow my time in Guatemala via Facebook or Twitter (@pastorkylehuber), to read updates and prayer requests

I hope you will prayerfully taking this journey with me

BELARUS UPDATE 2.08.16

New Covenant ChurchWith New Covenant Church last year

If this is your first look at our Belarus trip, please visit the post from January 3oth.

Jeff, Steve and I have a combined 30 trips to Belarus! Our hearts are big for this country and we are asking God to use our time well.

If you want to see photos and updates throughout our trip, please follow us on Twitter @PastorKyleHuber, or on Facebook. You can learn more about SEE Global and Belarus on the SEE Global website.

Thank you for following our trip AND for your prayers. These are a precious gift to us!

We arrived in Belarus last Thursday. Here is the schedule for the second week of our trip which you can use as a prayer guide.

Tuesday, Feb 9

Jeff continues teaching his course on Romans. Steve and I are traveling to Stolbtsy. We will meet with the leadership of a great church that has participated in SEE Global training for a couple years. This will be a time of extended fellowship and conversation on church ministry.

Wednesday, Feb 10

Steve and I will hopefully have some time to work on teaching responsibilities coming up this week. Jeff continues to plow through Romans. We will have lunch with Pastor Sergei Drozd who is part of the SEE Global leadership team.

Tonight, Steve will have the pulpit at our sister-church in Gatovo – after a time of feasting. Jeff and I will travel to Borisov and meet with the leadership of the church pastored by Sergei Zhukovski. Sergei works closely with SEE Global.

Thursday, Feb 11

Jeff is probably wondering how he will ever get the rest of Romans finished by tomorrow. Pray for grace. Steve and I continue to connect with as many pastors as we can while we are here. Today we meet with a Pentecostal pastor named Gennady, who has been very supportive of SEE Global.

Friday, Feb 12

One way or another Jeff will finish Romans today. Steve and I will be working on planning with the SEE Global leadership in Belarus.

Saturday, Feb 13

We leave early for SEE Global’s annual Bible conference in Borisov. Steve and I will be speaking along with other pastors. This year the conference theme is “The Mission of the Church”. People from many churches attend this conference which has become quite popular.

Sunday, Feb 14

Steve and I will be preaching in different churches in the morning. Steve will be at Resurrection Church (Sergei Drozd), and I will be at Church of God (Gennady). I guess Jeff gets to choose who he would rather hear.

Tonight, I will have the thrill of preaching for New Covenant Church, which was planted by our partner at SEE Global, Sergei Lukyanov last March. This young church plant is filled with enthusiasm. It is hard to convey the joy I have being with them!

Monday, Feb 15

We head out early for a two day trip to the city of Brest located 4 hours away in the far southwest corner of Belarus. Brest is on the Polish border.

I have been eager for this visit. We are here to be with another new church plant team led by Igor Kanuchka. His sister is the wife of Valery Beza whose is on the SEE Global leadership team. Igor’s wife, Anne was SEE Global’s first secretary until Igor stole her away.

This is a sister-church plant team with New Covenant Church. It is thrilling to see this team come together and prepare to plant a healthy gospel-centered church. We want to encourage and learn how we can be a help to them.

Please pray for this church team!

Tuesday, Feb 16

Our second day in Brest, we are scheduled to visit a traditional Belarusian sauna. The Belarusian sauna includes being “beaten” with birch branches to stimulate the pores. It should be an experience! I think we will skip posting photos – unless they are of Jeff.

Wednesday, Feb 17

We are up at 4:00 a.m. and off to the Minsk airport to begin the long trip home. We will be eager to see our families. The planes never fly fast enough going home.

Pray that God will bring lasting fruit from these two weeks in Belarus. Also ask God to give us energy as we catch up with responsibilities at home after our time away.

BELARUS SCHEDULE (Leaving 2.3.16)

SEE Global staffSEE Global staff during last year’s winter trip

Jeff Galupo and I will be in Belarus from February 3-17. This year we will be joined by Steve Lamm from Grace Church in Santee, CA. Steve is on the Board of SEE Global, which is a mission organization founded by Greentree Church.

If you want to see photos and updates throughout our trip, please follow us on Twitter @PastorKyleHuber, or on Facebook.

You can learn more about SEE Global and Belarus on the SEE Global website.

I have been to Belarus over 20 times since 1999. This is Jeff’s fourth visit. My primary focus will be working with pastors and church planters. Jeff will be teaching the book of Romans at the SEE Global Bible College.

We all would love to have you prayerfully go with us. I will send specific prayer requests on Facebook and Twitter. This schedule of our first week can help direct your prayers as well. I will post our second week’s schedule on Monday, February 8th. Belarus time is 8 hours ahead of our clocks.

Wednesday – Thursday, Feb 3rd and 4th

Our travel to Belarus involves 3 flights covering 5000 miles. We will fly the Atlantic overnight and arrive completely exhausted in Minsk midday. Start your prayers by asking for smooth flights, luggage arrival, and much needed energy, especially during the first few jetlag saturated days

Friday, Feb 5th

I will be teaching a one day course, “What is God Like” at the Bible College. Later in the day we will be meeting with some Belarusian partners about SEE Global starting a new Church Planters School. This is a huge and exciting step for SEE Global. Please pray for wisdom and grace.

Saturday, Feb 6th

I will be teaching at the New Covenant Church training school on the topic of forgiveness, particularly in the context of the local church. This will involve discussion as well as lecture. New Covenant Church was planted last year by Sergei Lukyanov, our partner in Belarus and the co-founder of SEE Global.

Sunday, Feb 7th

Jeff and I will spend Saturday night and all of Sunday with our sister-church in Gatovo. This will be a highlight day filled with a lot of food and great fellowship. Steve will be a couple hours west with their sister church in Slonim.

Monday, Feb 8th

Jeff begins his class at the Bible College. His days will be jammed as he teaches 6 hours per day in order to get though Romans in a week. Ask God to quickly develop a strong connection between Jeff and his students.

Steve and I will be visiting pastors in Nesvich & Novogrudok, which are two of Belarus’ most historically significant towns. These are faithful men who have been struggling for many years to establish churches in their towns. Pray that God will use us to encourage them. Also ask God to bring spiritual fruit to them!

Come back on Monday to get the rest of our schedule

FOLLOW ME

Follow Me - for Kyle

 

Our Mission Conference is moving to a new time of year.

Due to snow and ice occasionally interfering with Mission Conference events, it will now be held in November.

Out conference theme this year is “Follow Me” and will take place November 19th-22nd.

The purpose of our Mission Conference is to educate and challenge our hearts in regard to being Great Commission people.

Everyone is welcome, but we especially ask that those who are part of Greentree Church would attend at least one event beyond you normal attendance routine.

Please be praying that God will use this time richly in the life of our church.

 

Thursday, Nov 19th

Women’s Bible Study   9:30 – 11:00 am

Featuring a Skype call with our mission partner in Central Asia

Friday, Nov 20th

Youth Night   6:30 – 10:00 pm

Dinner provided

 Movie Night    7:00 – 9:30 pm

An episode of Dispatches from the Front:

“Father Give Me Bread” Advancing the Gospel in Ethiopia & Sudan

Saturday, Nov 21st

 Seminar & Breakfast   8:30 – 11:00 am

Reaching the Unreached at Home:

Making everyday Gospel Connections

Featuring special guest Peter Eck, Assistant Pastor of New City Fellowship of Atlantic City. Continental Breakfast provided

Sunday, Nov 22nd

Pastor Pat Tedeschi Preaching  8:30 & 10:30 am

 International Potluck & Prayer   6:00 – 8:00 pm

Come enjoy a meal together & pray for our missionaries and outreach around the world. Bring a dish to share – make it international if you like!

OUR BIG WEEK CONTINUES!

Connected Slides

There is a lot left in CONNECTED, Greentree’s eight day Mission Conference . . .

             **Friday, March 6th **changed from Thursday

8:15 – 9:30 am  Prayer Breakfast:  pray together for our Missionaries

9:30 – 11:00 am   Women’s Bible Study: featuring Margie Lawler, Jessica Perez and Jen Hu

7:00 – 9:30 pm   “Women and Islam” Dessert Night:  Margie & Randy Lawler help women understand Islamic women and how to effectively interact with them

Bring a dessert to share

Friday, March 6th

6:30 – 10:00 pm   Youth Night

Food, games, a movie and Jozef Gabor’s personal story of escape from communist Eastern Europe

Saturday, March 7th

9:00 – 12:00 am   “Understanding the Muslim Mind”

Seminar by Randy Lawler and Continental Breakfast

Sunday, March 8th

8:30 & 10:30 am  Pastor Randy Lawler:  Randy & Margie have worked in Muslim ministry since 1975

6:00 – 8:00 pm   Meet and Greet Potluck Dinner: learn more about the Lawler’s work in London

Bring a dish to share

WORLD OUTREACH WEEK IS HERE!

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CONNECTED

World Outreach Week at Greentree Church

This is an exciting week filled with insightful activities that will lift and hopefully challenge your heart.

This year we are thrilled that four of our missions partners will be participating!

What is your part?

   ~ Pray for the week and its affect on our church family

   ~ Pray that it will bless and refresh our missionary partners

   ~ Attend at least one activity in addition to your normal schedule

   ~ Spend time getting to know our missionaries

Sunday, March 1st

8:30 & 10:30 am   Pastor Pat Tedeschi Preaching

Monday, March 2nd

7:00 – 9:30 pm   Movie Night featuring 2 episodes of Dispatches from the Front

“Day of Battle” (N. Africa)

“The Power of His Rising” (S. Asia)

Wednesday, March 4th

5:30 – 6:15 pm   International Meal: cuisine from around the world

6:30 – 8:00 pm   “The Greatest Story Never Told”: multi-faceted presentation on bringing God’s Word to the nations

Meet our visiting missionaries!

Thursday, March 5th

8:15 – 9:30 am  Prayer Breakfast: pray together for our Missionaries

9:30 – 11:00 am   Women’s Bible Study: featuring Margie Lawler, Jessica Perez and Jen Hu

7:00 – 9:30 pm   “Women and Islam” Dessert Night:  Margie & Randy Lawler help women understand Islamic women and how to effectively interact with them

Bring a dessert to share

Friday, March 6th

6:30 – 10:00 pm   Youth Night

Food, games, a movie and Jozef Gabor’s personal story of escape from communist Eastern Europe

Saturday, March 7th

9:00 – 12:00 am   “Understanding the Muslim Mind”

Seminar by Randy Lawler and Continental Breakfast

Sunday, March 8th

8:30 & 10:30 am  Pastor Randy Lawler:  Randy has worked in Muslim ministry since 1975

You can find out more about him at the SEE Global website

6:00 – 8:00 pm   Meet and Greet Potluck Dinner: enjoy a meal together and learn more about the Lawler’s work in London

Bring a dish to share

BIG NEWS FOR SEE GLOBAL

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SEE Global is the mission organization founded by Greentree Church to “Support, Encourage and Equip” the global church.

New Church Plant in Minsk

The biggest new step for SEE Global is the development of a team to plant a church in Minsk, which is the capital of Belarus.

The church plant team is being led by Sergei Lukyanov who is the co-founder of SEE Global. Sergei and his wife, Zoya, planted two churches after graduating from the Minsk Bible College (now operated by SEE Global).

Over the past dozen years, church planting has virtually dried up in Belarus. We have a three-fold desire for this church plant:

            1.  To spur a new movement of church planting

            2.  To present an example of healthy church ministry

            3.  To be a training center for pastors and church leaders

PLEASE PRAY for the church plant team that is in training. PRAY for the church location. We are in discussion about an exciting possibility, but we need God’s guidance and abundant provision.

Potential New Partnerships

This weekend I am privileged to be with North Hills Community Church, near Greenville, South Carolina.

North Hills is a large church deeply committed to strong biblical teaching, equipping new leaders and proclaiming the gospel.

My connection with North Hills is in the area of how they have been applying these commitments in the area of missions.

After a few conversations with North Hills about what SEE Global is doing in Belarus, I was graciously invited to spend time with their church so we can know one another better and discuss how their church may be able to be part of SEE Global’s work in training pastors and church leaders.

Ask God to lead our time together this weekend. PLEASE PRAY that God will open up many new partnerships to help strengthen and multiply churches in Belarus!

Expansion in our Geographical Scope of Ministry

This month Randy and Margie Lawler joined the SEE Global family!

Many people at Greentree are familiar with Randy and Margie who have worked in London for over 30 years reaching Muslims with the gospel.

The Lawlers have planted the Oasis International Church, which is an international church with a focus on reaching peoples from Muslim backgrounds. 

They have Muslim Background Believers attending from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Somalia. There are also American, British, Indian, Brazilian, Canadian, South Korean, Palestinian, Bolivian, and Swiss members in the church.

SEE global is thrilled to work with and serve the Lawlers.

PLEASE PRAY for God’s expansion of their ministry to include many church plants for Muslim Background Believers.

DON’T MISS OUR GUEST!

This Sunday “R” will be our guest preacher. We have to be very careful about combining his identity and ministry location etc. in any public forum. You will learn his name and more about his ministry on Sunday.

“R” along with his wife and two preschool children have recently gone to serve the Baloch people. This is one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. There are over 10 million Baloch who live primarily in central Asia. The Baloch are a Muslim people who do not have their own homeland and are spread over a few countries in that part of the world.

“R” estimates there are 10 people he is aware of who minister to the Baloch. A few of these are in translation work. Only one other couple live among and minister directly to the Baloch.

Did you catch that? This young couple in their 20’s are almost alone in working to reach a group of more than 10 million people!

How do they feel about this impossible, overwhelming task? Their excitement about this opportunity and their confidence that the gospel will bear fruit is what you notice first when talking with them.

Greentree is thrilled to have this new partnership. You will be thrilled to meet “R” and hear him speak. “R” has traveled halfway around the world just to be with our church so we can get to know one another better.

Personally I am not only looking forward to hearing “R” speak, I know my own heart will be challenged in how I am being used by God to reach those who need Christ right here  

THIS WEEK IN BELARUS 2.04.14

IMG_0687My class last year at the Bible College. They were one of my all time favorites

Another week begins in Belarus, but this one will be much different from last week. Instead of a focus on traveling to visit pastors, I will be grounded in the seminary apartment and teaching 6 hours a day at the Bible College, which has been operated by SEE Global during the past four years

Here is this week’s schedule; please don’t tire in praying for all that is taking place here

Monday, February 3

I have been teaching at the Bible College since 1999. For most of those years I have been teaching the book of Romans which never gets old for me. The truths are rich and I keep learning!

Tonight I will have dinner with pastor Sergei Drozd, who has visited Greentree and is part of the SEE Global Board in Belarus. Sergei is a gifted teacher and my respect for him rises the longer I know him. This will be an opportunity to talk about SEE Global’s future, especially in the area of a pastoral training school

Tuesday, February 4

All day at the Bible College teaching Romans. At lunch I will get away for an hour to be with Viktar Krutsko, who is President of the Union of Baptist Churches in Belarus, as well as Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Church

Then in the evening it will be more Romans as I pick up where I left off in Romans 3 with the young adults at Bethlehem Church

Wednesday, February 5

You guessed it – teaching today at the Bible College in the day and off to Gatovo to break bread (and hopefully a little more than that), and preach at our sister church

Thursday, February 6

Bible College all day, and dinner tonight at the home of Sergei and Zoya Lukyanov. Sergei co-founded SEE Global with me. He and Zoya are among my dearest friends, and they are exemplary workers for the gospel! This will be a very relaxing evening

Friday, February 7

Today I will wrap up the book of Romans and say goodbye to my students. Tonight I will have dinner at the home of Andrei Malets. Andrei works full time for SEE Global as Dean of the Bible College. He is a humble and godly man. We are thrilled to have him on our team

Saturday, February 8

Today I speak before of group of pastors from many parts of Belarus. The theme asked of me is “Facing burden in the ministry”. I will teach a few sessions and then we will have a time of questions and discussion. I know and love many of these men, so I have been eager to share this time with them

In the afternoon, we head of to the Brest region which is in the southwest of Belarus, on the Polish Border. I will spend the weekend with a church there.

Sunday, February 9

In Brest with Pastor Dimitry Chovgan. Brest is a larger city and this is a dynamic church filled with young people. The day will involve, preaching, talking and I am sure, lots of eating!   

Monday, February 10

I will have lunch with Igor Drokobov, pastor of Good News Church and then I get to spend the rest of the day with the Bukanov family and good friends in Gatovo

Tuesday, February 11

My final full day in Belarus will be the trip to Polask to see Peter and Thersa Vashenko that was supposed to take place last week

Wednesday, February 12

I will be up very early in the morning to make my 6:35 a.m. flight from Minsk to Frankfurt, Germany. This will be followed by the flight to Philadelphia which will seem to never end as I anxiously wait to get home to see you and hug Debbie – but definitely not in that order.