Equipping The Saints
La Gran Familia
Our relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi continues to bless us with their prayers, their strength in adversity, love and brotherhood. We build together this Church on a foundation of rock. God's children doing our best to live, worship and love one another as God commands us. Learn More
We have a long term relationship with this mission that serves children who have been abandoned and children in the community whose families can no longer take care of them. Love children? There are programs that allow us to make a huge difference in their lives. Honor a loved one during the diocese Mother's Day In-Gathering , Sponsor a Child.Learn More
The call to the great commission requires a thoughtful and knowledgeable response. Mission training prepares those who take on the mantle of mission work. The diocese strives to provide appropriate training for teams preparing for their mission trip.Learn More
We are a member of the Anglican Global Mission Partners. A network of Anglican global mission-committed organizations and individuals. As you discern your role in mission work it may be helpful to know about others who have found their way to serve God's people. Learn More
World Mission Sunday
February 19, 2017
The ACNA and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to help you highlight global missions.
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Cross Cultural Ministry:
What You Need to Know
February 18-19, 2017
The second Sunday before the end of Epiphany is World Mission Sunday, and that day this year is February 19, 2017. Learn how you can make this special day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging and practically motivating!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Isaiah 12:4 we read, "In that day you will say: 'Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.'"
I know that in our churches we are giving praise to God and proclaiming his name, but are we making known among the nations what he has done, so that all peoples can proclaim, with us, that his name is exalted?
I rejoice to say that much work and partnership IS taking place around the globe, but there is much more still to be done to inspire and encourage us to participate in God's global and great commission. We have designated the second Sunday before the end of Epiphany as World Mission Sunday, and that day this year is February 19, 2017.
The Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to make this special day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging, and practically motivating. Please visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at www.newwineskins.org and a special video "God's Passion for the World" that we prepared just for this occasion, along with a promotional trailer that you can use in advance of Feb. 19.
You can plan a mission training day, lunch or dinner event, invite a guest speaker, or host a special Sunday School class focused on world mission and play the "God's Passion for the World" video. There is even a study guide you can download. You can highlight those mission projects and partners that your congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.
Other resources offered on-line include a prayer Litany for Mission, special excerpts from the Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy, and other links to videos that will help educate your parish on "the task remaining" to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel message! A listing of AGMP partners, who are available to speak, train or preach, can also be found at www.newwineskins.org or contact email@example.com if you need assistance.
Thank you for your partnership in proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed throughout the world.
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America
Grant LeMarquand is Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, Wendy is a practicing medical doctor. This article is about their ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia. Visit Bsp. Grant and Dr. Wendy's Blog.
This video is Bsp Grant's presentation at the 2016 New Wineskins Conference. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
Recently a group of Christians met with a camp official to discuss plans for a priest to come to the camp to give Holy Communion and baptize their children. The camp official claimed that these refugees “have no God” or rights. In fact, they do have these rights, and despite the effort against Christian worship in the camp, attendance in the church at the camp has increased. It seems these people do have a God after all.
At another camp nearby, every evening at sundown children and young people gather outside St. John the Baptist Anglican Church to sing, read scripture and pray for the sick. Other camps have seen this and started modeling after them. One day while worshipping, the police arrived and took the pastor and children to jail, saying that what they were doing was illegal. The pastor said, “No, we are allowed to pray. We will pray. If you want to imprison us for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will suffer gladly.” They were finally released, as it seems it was too much trouble to keep them locked up.
These stories and attempts to dehumanize are in sharp tension with the over-arching story we find in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the face of the attempts to dehumanize them, our people simply continue to sing and to pray, to build churches out of the mud and the sticks because they know that one day all will become clear. One day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess ... that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Reprint with permission from SAMS
Martin Set To Take Over
Martin Cordova Hernández came to work with La Gran Familia in 2011, and in January of this year was named as the Director. As Director, he is responsible for over seeing the daily opera-tions of the home as well as many of the admin-istration roles. With Goretti’s retirement, he was named the legal representative for LGF, and thus he will represent LGF at meetings with government entities and community alliances. Additionally, Martin has put in place a Board of Directors for the Mexican incorporation of LGF.
Martin has degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. He has also received training in strengthening organizations, leadership & per-sonal motivation, fundraising, and human resource management. Additionally, Martin also provides workshops on child psychology to other not-for-profit organi-zations, as well as stays active in providing counseling to individuals and couples. Martin is well prepared for his new roles, and additionally has a great love for the children and a strong heart to see them find success and hope for their futures. Join us in welcoming Martin and the members of the board to their new roles!
In September, we celebrated quinceañeras for three of our teenage girls. The quinceañera is a coming of age celebration for girls, and is often celebrated around their 15th birthday. In Mexico, this is traditionally celebrated with a BIG party, that includes a mass in the church, food, cake, dancing, family and friends, and beautiful dresses. This year we had a triple celebration for Gabriela (16), Karla (15), and Esmeralda (17), pictured above in order from left to right. These three girls have been a part of La Gran Familia since they very little; Gaby and Esme are sisters that came to LGF when they were 1 and 2 years old, respectively, and Karla came when she was six years old. Because of their closeness in both age and friendship they wanted to celebrate their big day to-gether. Please join us in praying over the lives of these three young women, prayers for God’s blessings, guidance, and protection in their futures. If you would like to send them a message, you can email a note to Deirdre.
Call to Mission:
A Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop
Bishop Grant & Dr. Wendy LeMarquand's ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia.
Introducing Martin Hernández and celebrating the lives of three lovely teens.
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker