Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ninos de Mexico's Current Need

Many of you are familiar with and have been very faithful to Ninos de Mexico, a mission with which TCC has partnered for over ten years. In fact, every two years, TCC sends a mission team led by Panda and Rob Rodriguez to Mexico to assist Ninos' efforts. Since 1966, Ninos' purpose has been to evangelize to Mexico's lost people, primarily through orphaned children whom they counsel, educate and house via one of their four schools and multiple church plants. Currently, Ninos de Mexico is running an urgent deficit of $53,000. This past Wednesday evening, a special offering was taken for Ninos and we collected $1,371.50 for them. Thank you so much to those who have given! We will continue to accept funds to help them meet their need. If you would like to help, please make out checks to Tomoka Christian Church and note "Ninos de Mexico" in the memo line. Checks may be dropped in the offering bag at any Tomoka Christian service. For more information on Ninos de Mexico's great work, check out their website here.

Team Tomoka in Ethiopia

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Ethiopia with a mission team of 20 was presenting new soccer outfits to a group of young boys living in poverty in Ethiopia.

In this picture, members of Team Tomoka, led by TCC’s missionary Shelly Hilvety, center, show off their new uniforms that were patterned after one of the boys’ favorite pro teams from Honduras. Tomoka also paid for balls and lots of other soccer equipment. Funds came from many sources that were gathered over a two-year period, including sales of coupon books, House of Prayer devotion books and Cafe food and drink purchases, as well as donations from individuals.

Boys on the team, most of whom would otherwise be spending time running the streets, are exposed to Christian teaching and example throughout the soccer season and beyond.

It’s not the first time Shelly has led a soccer team while serving in Ethiopia. Over the years, boys who’ve been on her teams have grown up. Many still stay in touch with Shelly, and even call her Mom. More than one who became Christians due to her teaching now are studying to be pastors.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Perry Noble: 10 Reasons I Should Not Be Dating Him/Her

Below is a link to an excellent blog post by Perry Noble, pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. This is a great resource for anyone in a dating relationship or anyone who plans to be in a dating relationship:

I Love Being Your Pastor,