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Missions Moment

Greetings from the Syversons!

We have been serving in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico for 16 years and are so excited for the next season of ministry in Mexico.  Currently we are based in Lexington and enjoying the wonderful blessing of the TCCC mission house.  We will be visiting partnering churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois over the next couple of months.  Although we are traveling quite a bit, we would love the opportunity to meet and fellowship with many of you during our time in Lexington.  Please email at GregSyverson@cmfi.org or call (voice calls only) at 217-718-4140.

Here is what is happening in Mexico…  Over the last few years we have been focusing much of our ministry efforts investing in the lives of young people.   The energy and faith of the children and youth is contagious and powerful!

A few years ago, God gave us a vision to see 100 churches planted in 10 years.  That number frightened us because we didn’t see it as “humanly possible” but we realized that God hasn’t called us to do what is “humanly possible” but rather He has called us to do “greater things”.   As we have prayed and strategized we have felt God leading us to train young people (and the young at heart) to be church planters using a rapidly multiplying church planting model.  In fall 2018, we will be opening a training center to train bi-vocational church planters that will work in all parts of Mexico and even in other parts of Latin America.  We are excited about this “God-sized” vision that will impact Mexico and beyond.  We already have young people from other parts of Mexico and other countries interested in coming to be trained and work with us in the ministry.  We are very excited about what God is doing!  We covet your prayers as we spend the next several months planning, promoting, and recruiting future church planters.

Along with this vision we know that God will also lead us into the most effective ways to partner in the relief efforts from the recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico.  Our desire is to be the “hands, feet, and heart of Jesus” to people who have lost so much.  Thank you for your prayers for Mexico.

Greg & Vicki Syverson

Psalm 82:3 Vision

Psalm 82:3 Mission was created with the vision of taking care of orphans in Monrovia, Liberia.  For the past few months, the Psalm 82:3 Mission team felt God pulling us in a new direction.  The moratorium on adoptions had been lifted, children at the AFAA house were being adopted, and we felt that God was telling us that we needed to help those beyond the capital city.

Matt Lee, Doug Lee, Elizabeth Anderson, and I were blessed to go on the Vision Trip for Psalm 82:3 Mission to seek out God’s plan for our organization. Once we arrived in Buchanan, Liberia, I was reminded how His plan is so much more than anything we could’ve imagined.  Before our team even left the United States, God started opening doors for the organization.  Our project manager in Liberia, Morris Freeman, made a connection with a land owner willing to sell fifty acres of land to Psalm 82:3 Mission for $30,000.  We were also able to connect with a local pastor, Eric Roberts, who was ready and willing to show us the city of Buchanan and was passionate about introducing us to the people there.  Through these connections and new relationships built with the individuals in Buchanan, God showed us what He has planned for Psalm 82:3 Mission.

Therefore, a new vision was created.  A self-sustaining community center dedicated to serving the least (healthy and special needs orphan children and widows).  This center will be complete with an orphan village, a church, a school, an old folks home, 25 acres of agriculture and farming potential, therapy clinic, and medical clinic.  With this land we will also employ and empower Christian Liberians to invest into the lives of their children.  We also plan to partner with a Christian adoption agency to place the orphan children in Christ-centered homes.  All of this also means that more lives will be impacted than just children when you consider a country with over 85% unemployment.  The most exciting part is that we don’t view this as a forever project.  Our goal is that in 7-10 years the entire project will be funded entirely by Liberians, as we continue to partner and help when needed!

Please find Psalm 82:3 Mission on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!  We also have a banquet coming up on December 9th and are looking for table hosts to join us!  If you’re interested, please use the contact information listed below.

Marlee Mirre

Missions Moment

An Update from the Duggins in Mexico:

The Pachuca Project through IMPACTOLatino has accomplished much with hard work from teams of missionaries and national workers in Pachuca.  The churches here now reach out through more than 60 small groups around the city, and 5 Mexican lead churches.
Now we are glad to announce the launch of our new project ImpactoNetwork!
The ImpactoNetwork is a team of professional missionaries who will be located in Queretaro, Mexico.  We will form teams of missionaries and nationals to launch two churches a year in the central urban areas of Mexico.  The network missionaries will recruit, train, resource, and coach these new churches through their first 3 to 5 years.  Our vision is to see multiplying churches, that work together to enhance their efforts into a church planting Network throughout Mexico and beyond.  Various churches are inquiring about resources and some pastors and students are already contacting us to see how they can participate.
Mexico is becoming more and more urban.  People are searching for answers to the growing economic uncertainty, family dysfunction, youth caught up in drugs and gangs, and lack of purpose.  Cults are emerging everywhere, it is a race for the heart.  Mexicans are searching for answers.
Christ’s hope is the answer.  His arms are ready to receive and the harvest is ready.  Sergio and Holly Alvarado and Dee and I are privileged to be leading in these efforts.  Thank you for empowering this God-sized project with your prayers and support.
~ Eric and Dee Duggins

Time for a “Home” Visit

We built a house…now it’s time to visit.
TCCC is sending a mission team to Yangon, Myanmar, to visit the home built by TCCC missions funds. TCCC held a naming contest for the home, and it is now known as the Care Cottage. It is one of the six homes in the Hopeful Hearts village. Twenty orphans call Care Cottage home and 120 orphans reside in the village. Each home is led by a pastor & wife team parenting the children. The homes are simple structures with basic living conditions; cooking & sanitation are outdoors.

The mission team’s goals include:
• Offering a VBS, with crafts and games for 210 orphans
• Providing small gift bags
• Planting jackfruit trees
• Building 3 honey bee hives
• Stringing barbed wire for a village security fence
• Purchasing trundle sewing machines and providing sewing lessons

Our evenings will be spent teaching “life skill” lessons to older children, graduates of the Hopeful Hearts village.

The mission team will be hosted by Samuel Thang, the minister who serves as the primary in-country contact for Hopeful Hearts in Myanmar.

The trip is being partially funded by $10,000 from missions funds. In addition, each team participant is raising funds for the trip. Additional funds are needed for supplies, jackfruit trees, sewing machines, etc. If you desire to help with any of our costs, please contact the Myanmar team members: Martha Bugg, Becky Child, David Eversole, Chad Gaddis, Tom & Waynetta Myers, and Pam White.

Please pray our mission glorifies God and reflects our love for Jesus. It is in Christ’s name we are going to Myanmar.

Proclaiming His Word through Missions

At a recent meeting of the Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) Board, David Giles, Director of the Church Catalyst Division, shared accountability information pertaining to the CMF missionaries. The good news is that there are more church plants and baptisms. The church plants for all of CMF missionaries during 2016 numbered 57, and the number of baptisms was 1,791.
Of particular interest to Tates Creek is the information pertaining to the CMF church planting team in Ethiopia where three of our missionaries served in 2016—Adrian and Jennifer Fehl, Travis and Emily Weeks, and Tyler and Katie Selby. God blessed the CMF Ethiopia church planting team with 13 new churches and an “estimated” 450 baptisms. The figure is estimated as access to statistics from the “bush” is not easy and some of the people groups see no need to keep statistics. Also, there were 5 church buildings built. As a reminder, Adrian and Jennifer Fehl have now returned to the states and Adrian serves as Executive Minister for the East 91 Street Church in Indianapolis. Our newest missionaries, Adam and Allison Giles, will be joining the church planting team later this year.
Also of interest to Tates Creek is the information pertaining to our missionaries in Pachuca, Mexico, Greg and Vicki Syverson. There were 42 baptisms reported by the team in Mexico during 2016.
The Tates Creek Christian Church missions ministry team takes very seriously the Great Commission and selects individuals who . . .give of themselves fully to the work of the Lord (I Cor. 15:58) and who are willing “to go” and share the story of Jesus. God continues to bless the ministries of our missionaries as they serve Him and move people along in the conversion process through many Spirit led activities in the name of Christ—relationship building, preaching, teaching, community health evangelism, cell groups, prayer, Bible study, and worship.
Continue to pray for our missionaries and their ministries.

~ Patsy Stice

Update from the Selbys in Ethiopia

Greetings from Nekempte, Ethiopia!  It is a great joy to say “from Nekempte” because it means that we have moved into our actual field of service.  We officially moved to Nekempte on March 7, and April 22 marked completion of our  first year of ministry in Ethiopia.  We have been busy negotiating contracts, settling in, building relationships and finding a home here.  And to top it all off, we are expecting our second child (due September 2)!  Needless to say, life is full these days.

Our move to Nekempte has filled us with joy, hope, and expectation. We are blessed especially to now live in a place where we can use and practice our new language skills in Oromiffa every day.  (In Addis Ababa, it was challenging to find Oromiffa speakers).  As our language ability grows and we form new friendships among the Oromo in Nekempte, we are full of hope for the work we are beginning here as we come alongside the church to help establish a college ministry.


Already, we have met many college students within the church.  Living in Nekempte gives our hope for this ministry a clearer shape:  we can envision how these young students are the future of the church.  Our hope is that we can help to deepen the students’ relationship to Christ and to broaden their vision to reach out to their neighbors so that ultimately a strong foundation for the future church in Ethiopia might be built. With God’s help and guidance, we are eagerly starting out on this ministry in Nekempte.

Thank you for your partnership, love, and support.

Tyler, Katie, and Ruby Selby

Missions Moment

Ron A. Collins Kids Reading Better Program   

For many years TCCC missions funds have helped Russell Cave Church of Christ, a Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship church plant.  In addition, volunteers from TCCC have helped in various programs at the church.  Minister Fred Mitchell recently noted, “volunteers really do make a difference” and honored one of those volunteers with the following:

In 2006 my wife and I knew many of our kids struggle with reading and  wanted  to do something  to help kids improve their reading skills.

I appealed to the men at a Blue Grass Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting  for help with a reading project.  That very evening Ron Collins offered to help.  This volunteer was an answer to my prayers.  Within a week Ron and I began to discuss ideas for the project.  After much prayer and discussion Ron agreed to help start and direct a program called “Kids Reading Better.”

We put together a team of volunteers to develop the program, and Ron reached out to local churches to find volunteers to help individual children improve their reading skills.  Teachers at Russell Cave Elementary School identified students who could benefit from this program, including some from Russell Cave Church of Christ.  We started a book drive and collected over 2,000 books.  The program is free and is for kids in grades 1-5.

When Ron retired as director, we renamed the program the “Ron Collins Kids Reading Better Program.”  We meet for one hour each week during the school year, and the sessions are followed by a Bible Study and a hot meal.  We currently have 20 volunteers working with 20 children.  We also have a waiting list of other students wanting to enter the program.  Yes, one volunteer really can make a difference.

Fred Mitchell, Minister, Russell Cave Church of Christ

Exciting Ministry News from the Fehls

Dear Friends at TCCC,

You have been so faithful to pray alongside us…many of you for about twenty years now as we began our journey in Ethiopia in June 1996 with a CMF REACH internship!  THANK YOU!  And as you know, on June 19, 2016, we left Ethiopia and transitioned to life in America.

This update brings some exciting news about our next ministry and many answered prayers.  Adrian has accepted an Executive Pastor role with East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis!  He began his role of staff management, facilities, operations, and finances on March 9.  God has provided a great fit for him with a variety of duties–creating a positive/effective ministry team, developing systems for the facilities to run smoothly and efficiently, and much more.  Please pray for him as he continues to learn and as he discerns what the priorities are in the days ahead.  We are happy and thankful to have the opportunity to stay in Indiana and to serve at E91.

Please pray as we look for a house closer to the church.  Pray for the kids as Darby and Ethan will probably need to change schools for next year.  Pray that they will make this transition well and find good friends right away.

On a personal note,  Jennifer’s mom still needs your prayers.  Her radiation treatments have ended, but the effects of the burning continue.  Please pray for relief and complete healing in the days ahead.

Please know that God has used you in mighty ways through our “long and strong missions partnership” to help protect and provide for us.  We love you!  And we hope you will feel free to touch base with us to let us know how you are doing.

Adrian and Jennifer Fehl, Addison, Mallory, Darby, and Ethan

Assurance For Life

Lives Saved and Changed for His Glory

Assurance serves those facing unplanned pregnancies and dealing with past abortions.  All of our services are free and confidential.  We provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and compassionate counsel on all options for the pregnancy.  The ultrasound is a miracle moment for many of our clients.  As one said, “I remember the ultrasound and something in me just clicked.  He already had fingernails and toes and a heartbeat.  The second I saw him was the second I decided to keep him.”

I am pleased to share some exciting updates on the return on your investments in Assurance.  We estimate God used Assurance to save 149 lives from abortion last year.  The parents of all those children were also spared the trauma of abortion.  Thirteen of our clients came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  More than anything, we shared the gospel in the Christ-like approach we took with our female and male clients through more than 1,200 visits in 2016.

Our staff and volunteers provided compassionate care to post-abortive women through 58 visits last year.  If you are struggling from a past abortion, whether it has been a year or many decades ago, it is not too late.  There is hope for you.  It would be our honor to walk with you in your healing journey.  God can redeem your story.

We are deeply grateful for the ways Tates Creek Christian Church supports Assurance through prayer, missions giving, Baby Bottle Blessings, and more.  Thank you for all you do to make these services and results possible.  May God bless you!

~ Ronda Webber

Executive Director

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Helping to Make Wilson’s Story Possible

During 2010-2012 when our missionaries in Kenya, Shawn and Kristin Redford, were focused on training African national church leaders to become the next generation of missionaries for Africa, TCCC sent missions funds to provide partial scholarships for several young men at Africa International University (AIU). These men who grew up in remote villages, herding cattle and goats, had a strong desire for training and reaching others for Christ. They balanced family life, AIU studies, full or part-time jobs, and service in their churches. One of the men, Kutinkala Wilson, graduated from AIU in July 2016 with a degree in Theology and now teaches at a Bible College in Narok and at Community Christian Church’s Bible Training Institute. He serves as pastor of the Isinon Christian Church in Maasailand, and is chair of Community Christian Mission Agency. The following excerpt is from a recent “thank-you letter” from Kutinkala Wilson to TCCC for the scholarship funds.

Friends: I am Kutinkala Meingati Wilson, a beneficiary of scholarship funds… May you be abundantly blessed. What amazes me most is “how a person can choose to invest (donate) for someone you don’t know.” This is faith in practice, obedience to God and ministry to the world… Friends, I therefore pass gratitude to the people who tirelessly and consistently donated toward us through CMF International… I have not had lack pertaining to my tuition fees for my studies at AIU because you donated and CMF made sure it was spent for the right purpose.
Finally, let my achievement be your joy and my development your seed and the positive impact among the generations to come be glory to God now and forever more. I am hopeful to be a positive influence as your prayers were. Roseline (my wife), our children and I appreciate a lot your generous support to us. May you all be blessed in the name of Jesus. Thanks all.

Kutinkala Meingati Wilson

And, imagine how many more will now come to follow Christ as a result!

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