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05/01/2013

A Church in Mission Touches Heaven's Door

The last words on Jesus’ lips as he ascended into heaven were to take the Gospel to the uttermost part of the world, remembering that he would be with us to the end of the age. Christians call that The Great Commission. At Bethel it is incorporated into our mission statement and played out in our globe-dotting reach.

Even as this newsletter is published, Dick Funt is in Armenia (just south of the troubled country of Chechnya) for his 10th year of agricultural missionary service. On April 13, in a most successful World Missions event, we raised over $8,000. This will help send Soomin Jung to Mongolia in June, Sook Kim to Turkey for a year, and Donghwa Hong and others to  Sierra Leone in the late fall.

This coming Sunday, May 5 on Cinco de Mayo, we hope to raise over $12,000 to build a hurricane-proof cement home for a mentally-challenged young man who has touched the hearts of mission teams for over 10 years in the Village of San Narciso in Belize, Central America.

This summer our church will be busy in local mission work. Our youth will be volunteering every Tuesday morning at the Church For All People’s “Free Store” on the south side of Columbus. Our Korean students are planning servant roles at Westgate UMC in the West Broad St and N. Hague Ave area. There will be a IHN dinner at the YWCA Family Center in July and we will be hosting our own Free  Community Dinner the last Thursday of each month. You can always volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity  project (see article within). Be sure to call the church office for all details and for the ways you can “touch heaven’s door.”