During the week before Thanksgiving, many of us from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, helped serve a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving lunch to MUSC’s international students and their families.
Yesterday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our newest Redeemer-supported missionaries Derek & Catalina Kreider spoke during the Christian-education hour and briefly during worship about their upcoming move to Romania and ministry there. They asked for prayer partners:
We are committed to garnering 1,000 people to pray for us daily for the first 40 days of us being in Romania. To encourage ourselves to move out into the community and make Romania our home rather than seclude ourselves in the comfort of our English-speaking family, we have a goal to meet 40 new people in those 40 days. We will send those names, along with our prayer requests, to our prayer partners. We intend to be bathed in prayer to begin our ministry, and we need you to do that for us!
As we provide updates, the Redeemer missions committee and Session want to urge you to be praying–and helping, giving, asking, and preparing–as we near the building stages of a pastoral and community resource center on Ankole Western University’s campus. We need your support, prayers, and involvement as we continue this work!
We are thankful to the Lord for:
- Redeemer’s 12-year journey with Uganda affording us meaningful relationships and trust largely because of and through the Alele family
- Christine Alele’s continued involvement helping us communicate and navigate within the Ugandan culture!
- God’s guidance throughout the arduous task of cross-cultural communication
- Total agreement and unified vision of the Session and missions committee members at each phase and step of this project!
- His provision of free prime land in Uganda and funds in Redeemer’s missions budget to build
- Our very own architect, Laura Slagel, who has graciously volunteered her expertise to taking the vision floating around in our heads and getting it down on paper!
- Nineteen crates FULL of excellent pastoral study resources donated by Bob Holmes that are ready to line the shelves before the building is even built!
PRAY FOR THIS MONTH
Pray for us as we work diligently together with the Session in developing an effective memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed by both parties as to the ongoing use and functional responsibilities both during and after the resource center is built.
Redeemer’s precious connection with the people of Uganda continues to deepen as we partner with Ankole Western University (AWU) to build a community and pastoral resource center on their campus in the Sheema district of Uganda. Please join us in praying for the Christian leaders in the community and for more leaders to be raised up as we move closer to breaking ground!
At our Missions Prayer Breakfast a few weeks ago, the missions committee gave a brief update about our work in Uganda, and we want to bring the congregation in on the good work the Lord is doing!
Our missions committee has been hard at work praying and planning for a construction project to begin in Uganda in partnership with a local university, Ankole Western University (AWU). We are finalizing building plans for a modest pastoral and community resource center on AWU’s campus, and we need your support, prayers, and involvement as we continue this work.
We are thankful to the Lord for:
- Redeemer’s long-standing connection to Uganda through the Alele family and for Christine’s continued involvement helping us communicate and navigate within the Ugandan culture.
- His guidance over each step of this process. We have wonderful relationships with several key players in Uganda which have stemmed directly from Kathy’s visit last summer.
- His provision of land in Uganda and funds in Redeemer’s budget to make this construction project get off the ground immediately.
- Our very own architect, Laura Slagel, who has graciously volunteered her expertise.
- A growing church and growing missions team who seek the Lord’s direction and have a heart for the people of Uganda.
We need your prayers and your advice as we continue to navigate cross-cultural dialogue and as we seek the Lord’s plans for our continued presence in Uganda.
Come pray with us this Sunday, March 5 for our Redeemer-supported missionaries serving on continents around the world! The missions committee of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, is hosting a continental prayer breakfast where we have the privilege of praying for the work God is doing through our gifts, our prayers, and our people. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 9:15 am for both a continental breakfast and a prayer time for God’s work on each continent!
Redeemer Kids will begin in the sanctuary for their class this Sunday, and the youth classes will join the adults for the prayer breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
Our 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Square Dance with our MUSC international friends is right around the corner on Wednesday, February 15 from 6-8 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Here’s how it works: We bring pots of chili, and our international friends are the judges. Winners receive the coveted gold, silver, and bronze ladles. After dinner, we’ll enjoy learning how to square dance with our international friends. Kurt and Morgan Brewer have a limited number of tickets available for Redeemer participants, so we can have an accurate count. Childcare will be provided.
Here’s how to participate:
- Make a pot of your best chili and bring it to the church on Wednesday, February 15. Or help provide sour cream, shredded cheese, drinks, cornbread, or chips–if making chili isn’t your thing. Use this form to tell the Brewers what you’re bringing.
- Come hang out with internationals, learn to square dance, and enjoy the best chili Redeemer has to offer. Email Morgan Brewer to get a ticket for this event.
Thanks to your generous donations and packed shoeboxes, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, filled 101 shoeboxes to send around the world with Operation Christmas Child! Huge thanks to Vince & Wendy Dammai for heading up the collection and delivery.
Internationals from MUSC gathered at Redeemer for our inaugural Pizza and Ping Pong event a few weeks back. Friendly wagers and rivalries, delicious pies, and raucous cheering ruled the fun night. Contact Kurt Brewer for more information about the next event.
This Sunday, October 16 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’ll be kicking off our shoebox drive for Operation Christmas Child. Read about how these shoeboxes full of gifts start a journey that results in evangelism and discipleship, and join in the fun!
Ways to help and get involved:
- Pack a shoebox! Pick up an empty specially marked box from the narthex of the sanctuary this Sunday, October 16. Then visit Operation Christmas Child to learn how, and this missionary’s blog post has great suggestions, too. Print a $7 label for shipping online, and return your full shoebox to the church by October 30.
- Donate $35 by writing a check payable to Redeemer (with Operation Christmas Child in the memo), and the Carolina Bay Women’s Bible Study will do the work of packing a box for you.
Our goal this year is 100 boxes! Check out last year’s results.
Last Sunday, April 24 the adults gathered in the flag-decorated Fellowship Hall to hear from Redeemer folks who are passionate about answering the call to “go and make disciples” this summer. From the Far East to Kenya and Lebanon, Redeemer will help send some of our own members into all the world to preach the Gospel.
We usually gather for missions prayer breakfasts every quarter during the Christian-ed. hour to pray for our Redeemer-supported missionaries and missions projects around the world.