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Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church

MISSION OF THE MONTH

MISSION FUND RECEIPTS

Given for the Year 2018

  $ 10,492.08

Given in August

$ 1,504.00

Needed for the Year

$ 23,500.00

 

 

 

 

MISSION FOR THE MONTH

Evan and Victoria Rothey

The Navigators

Evan and Victoria Rothey serve with The Navigators on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

On The Navigators’ website Evan shares his story of how he was called to that ministry:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross and triumphant resurrection conquering sin and death became real to me the summer after my sophomore year of college at a Navigator Summer Training Program.  On my knees on the floor of my room that summer in Burlington, VT I felt the Lord call me His own and all that I had learned growing up in church took on real, personal meaning.

In the last couple years of my time as a student at Penn State, I experienced the transforming power of the Gospel in my own life and the joy of helping other men ‘know Christ and make Him known®.’  As senior (year) wound down and I brought the dreaded question of, “what’s next after college?” before the Lord, I felt a distinct call to invest in college students in the way that I had been invested in and met Christ.  God has blessed me with a wife with the same heart and a passion for seeing that happen throughout the world, including the many international students from around the world that come to the US for college.

Victoria and I want to follow our triumphant Christ, whose Kingdom is daily advancing among college students, in proclaiming the Gospel.  The college campus looks a lot like Ephesus in Acts 19:32, where, “some cry out one thing, some another, and the assembly is in confusion, most of them not knowing why they had come.”  We’ve had the privilege of entering the fray with the message of salvation, peace, and joy through Jesus Christ to students.  Our earnest prayer has been that those students, with their identity and hope resting firmly in Christ, will take up the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20) and invest their lives in others as laborers in the harvest field (Mt. 9:35-38) who are compelled by Christ’s love (2 Cor. 5:14-15), sharing the Gospel and their lives as well (1 Thess. 2:8).

Our joy has been immense as our student-friends have caught the vision and invested in their friends, who have done likewise.  We pray that these spiritual generations will continue to ripple outward, changing the world.”

The Navigators was established when a young California lumberyard worker caught a vision.  After seeing the benefits of basic discipleship principles in his own life, Dawson Trotman wanted to teach them to others, echoing the call of 2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

Dawson began teaching high school students and local Sunday school classes these principles. In 1933, he and his friends extended their work to the U.S. Navy.  By the end of World War II, thousands of men on ships and bases around the world were learning the principles of spiritual multiplication by the person-to-person teaching of God's word.

More than 80 years later, Navigators continue to minister to those in the military and college as well as businessmen and women, homemakers, ethnic groups and international students in more than 100 countries.

The Navigators is supported by contributions from individuals and churches.  Field staff — those directly involved in grassroots ministry like Evan and Victoria — raise their own financial support.

EF PROJECT
In October, EF Project will once again serve homeowners in the community who need work done but are unable financially, physically or both to do the work.  We have done three weekends since the fall of 2016, making a difference in the lives of four different homeowners.

We will continue that mission Oct. 12-14.  If you know someone who needs work done around their home and meets the criteria, EF Project may be able to serve them.

Volunteers from middle school students through adults are needed to serve during the weekend.  On Friday we will get together at the church to discuss the projects and spend some time in prayer for the weekend and the homeowners.  Saturday will start with a continental breakfast and prayer before going to the job sites.  We’ll work until about 5 or 5:30 p.m. with a break for lunch then dinner at 6.  After church on Sunday, we’ll head to the work sites around noon and finish up no later than 4 p.m.  If you’re not available the whole weekend that’s ok — a day or even a few hours would be great.

If you know someone who would be blessed by EF Project or if you want to volunteer, see Bob or Carol F. or Dan M.

HELP “CHANGE” THE WORLD
On the third Sunday of each month we will take an offering of your loose change that will go toward supporting missions.  Empty those change purses!

 

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