It may be difficult to believe, but in 2019 there remain some Hurricane Sandy survivors who are still waiting to return home.
We have a NEW arrival coming in April; a wonderful addition to aide in Disaster Response. Through grants provided by The American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and First Baptist Church of Manasquan we have purchased a 7x14 utility trailer to support ABCNJ’s Disaster Response Teams. Special thanks to the Missions Team from First Baptist Church of Mt. Holly. They will be preparing the trailer to store the tools we have already acquired, and to make rooms for needed additions in the future.
As American Baptist we will join other denominations to be the Hands and Feet of our Lord. We want to be among the first to arrive to deliver the aid needed to our churches and their communities, and to be ready to be deployed in other emergency situation .
We now know that there are three stages in any disaster :
- The Initial Stage - emergency mode , warmth, provide shelter and tend to health issues.
- The Renew Stage - opening of Government offices, gas stations and food markets.
- The Rebuilding Stage - this is where we are in NJ now . It is the most difficult and longest stage.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
I would love to share with you, minister with you as together we continue to change the lives of those effected by disasters like Superstorm Sandy.
Please join us for one of the following “Coming Together For New Jersey-2014” work weeks:
- July 12-19 – Manasquan area
- August 9-16 – Atlantic City & Wildwood areas.
You can register by filling out the registration packet available found at this link.
By invitation of Pieter Kalkman, IM missionary, an ABCNJ mission team is going to Brniste, Czech Republic to run a summer camp program as part of the Brniste Baptist church's outreach in the community. They will be playing games, sharing Bible stories, teaching English, preparing food, doing arts and crafts, and sharing cultures. Paulo Monroy was on the Xtreme Team to the Czech Republic in 2007 and so he is returning to some of the places he visited then. This mission trip will take place in late July. Members of the team are:
Rev. Suleima Rosario-Diaz, First Baptist Church of Westfield, NJ Dario Diaz, First Baptist Church of Westfield, NJ
Ignadelis Cartagena, North Baptist Church, Jersey City, NJ Katherine Lizardo, North Baptist Church, Jersey City, NJ
Paulo Monroy, Iglesia Hispanoamericana, 44th St, Union City, NJ
Danay Sierra, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Union City, NJ
Gabriela Araujo, Calvary Baptist Church, Hackensack, NJ
Jonatan Martinez, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Newark, NJ
Erick Zurita, Times Square Church, New York, NY
Please keep this mission in your prayers!
If you are interested in the possibility of organizing a hands-on mission opportunity sometime in the near future, here is some good news. Tiga Wildor, Guest Director for Conscience International in Grand Goave, Haiti, will be in our area from November 26 to December 17, 2012. In the years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Conscience International has been working with mission teams and local Haitians to build permanent homes made from the rubble of destroyed buildings. Tiga would love to have the opportunity to come and speak to your congregation and answer questions they may have about a mission trip to Haiti.
Tiga is already scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church of Manasquan on Sunday, December 2nd. He will be available weekdays, too, but if you would like to invite him to speak God's message of hope for the Haitian people on a Sunday morning, the two remaining dates are likely to fill up quickly.
Please contact Diane Rexrode of FBC Manasquan to schedule by emailing her via the form below or by calling 732-657-0654.
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Before coming on the IGNITE trip to Haiti, I have always asked myself, “What do I want to do with my life?” Before I entered college, I finally settled on studying medicine to hopefully become a doctor. I figured that it was worth the extra effort in school to live a comfortable life with a steady income, plus I was always interested in health and the human body. However, I was still not completely satisfied with my career choice. Throughout my first year in college, I quickly found out that medicine is a not an area of study I can simply cruise through. To reach medical school truly takes devotion and motivation. Because I seemed to lack these two things, my first year in college proved to be a drag academically. I always questioned myself if this hard work was worth the comfortable life I sought after. To what end was I putting in all my effort? This question was on my mind as applied for the IGNITE trip to Haiti. I did not think too highly of the opportunity, but I applied nonetheless thinking that no harm could be done by sending in the application. However, after the IGNITE experience, I can say with confidence that this trip was something not to be taken lightly, for it gave me a clear vision as to what my calling in life is.
During our trip in Haiti, we stayed at the UCNH (Universete Chretienne du Nord d'Haiti) in Limbe. This was where we met Dr. Steven James and his wife Nancy. Dr. Steven is a missionary doctor in Limbe where he travels around to different clinics in the area to treat simple illnesses and ailments or to direct patients to a more specialized doctor. Our team was given the amazing privilege to travel to the different clinics with Dr. Steve and experience a glimpse of the life of a missionary doctor. While visiting various clinics, one thing I noticed in was Dr. Steve's relationship with all the patients. When Dr. Steve and his patients would meet, they would greet each other like old friends and he would continue to treat his patients like friends during the entire meeting. God's love seemed to radiate out of him with every patient he met.
Dr. Steve's lifestyle reflected his commitment and love for people, and it was this love that allowed him to give himself up for the sake of others. Dr. Steve has a doctorate degree in family medicine. He could easily be working in the United States and be receiving a hefty pay while living a comfortable life. Instead, he gave this up and came to Haiti where he receives money only through the donations of churches and organizations. He spent all those hard years in school studying not so that he could fulfill his own aesthetic pleasures, but so that he could use his skills to help others in need. Dr. Steve's sacrifice for the people of Haiti pulled me out of my own swamp of being unsure about what to do with my life. It instilled me a new passion as to why I want to study medicine. I want to study so I can be a servant and expand the Kingdom of God. Many times, people have told me that I need to live for something bigger than myself, that I need to live for Christ. However, before the trip to Haiti, I was never really able to comprehend what these words meant. Now, after I have spent time with Dr. Steve, who truly showed me what it means to give up oneself for others, I understand a little bit more of my calling in life. I want to become the servant that God called me to be.
Haiti and American Baptists have a long history of partnership and service together. And yet, due to internal conflicts in Haiti, the western half of Hispaniola has never been host to an Xtreme Team or Ignite team, until now. After a year hiatus, the American Baptist International Ministries young adult program is back under the name IGNITE and is headed to Haiti. A group of four young adults and one team leader will be serving, learning, and living mission and outreach in Haiti this summer. The orientation training, trip and debriefing of this first IGNITE experience will run from June 23 through July 28th. Upon completion, the team will share their stories at the Immerse Youth Event in Washington, DC from July 24-28th. IGNITE enables young adults to spark a connection, kindle spiritual and personal growth, and blaze with passion for Jesus Christ. The month long adventure of cross-cultural mission service will push them out of their comfort zones into an extraordinary faith walk with God. During their travels, team members deepen their relationship with God while seeking a deeper understanding of how people of other faiths view God, Jesus, and followers of Jesus. The IGNITE team will be blogging regularly on their website. http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/Ignite_2012
“In Haiti the IGNITE Team will meet believers who have suffered great trauma from chronic poverty and the devastating 2010 earthquake yet have a vibrant witness to God’s blessing and peace,” says Reid Trulson, Executive Director, International Ministries. “This month-long experience with Haitian brothers and sisters may ignite profound changes in the Team members’ understanding of God’s presence, Jesus’ love and the Spirit’s power. We should not be surprised if it helps clarify their call and their unique participation in the mission of God in the world.”
Members of the 2012 Haiti team are: Tyrone Choate, Jr Red Bank, NJ
Catey Hobza Douglas, WY
Nathan Kang Monmouth Junction, NJ
Sarah Nunez Dearborn Heights, MI
Ketly Pierre Nicaragua
Dan Buttry Hamtramack, MI, USA support
Deliris Carrion Haiti
Nancy and Steve James Haiti
Monel Jules Haiti
Team members regularly post journals and photos to highlight their Xperiences throughout the trip. Visit http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/Ignite_2012 to follow the adventures of this year’s team. Join the network to get regular updates by email. We encourage you to be a part of their support team and spread the news of the IGNITE experience and post their journals to your own social media page.
Please keep these young adults and their mentors and leaders in your prayers!
The IGNITE team is open to young adults ages 19 - 29. More information is available on the IGNITE team website www.ignitemissiononline.org.
FBC Westfield will be going on a mission trip to Costa Rica this summer and they are extending an invitation for anyone interested to join them July 11-16, 2012. Come and participate in a 2 full-day camp for children in need (ages 7 to 12). Help with crafts, games, biblical storytelling, listening, sports, and great fun.
Participants will also have the opportunity to worship at local churches; visit Poas volcano and shop.
The approximate cost of the trip is $1036.00 which includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, meals and Costa Rica airport tax. No visa is needed however you must possess a valid passport.
People who are unable to go on the trip may still participate in the mission by sponsoring one or more children for $24.00 each. Monies can be sent to FBC Westfield with the memo: C.R. sponsor a child.
There will be an orientation meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Pastor Mayra Castaneda.
This summer Oaklyn Baptist will once again be sending a group to Alderson, West Virginia for a week of mission and service in that needy area (primarily home repairs). There are currently three churches involved (Oaklyn, Osbornville and Gloucester City). The dates are July 21-28.They would welcome having any individuals or groups join them for a domestic mission experience.
Please contact Pastor Hoheisel at "obcpastoreric [at] verizon [dot] net" for more information.
The following is a letter from FBC Manasquan inviting churches to join them in a mission trip to Haiti this summer. They will be going to Grand Goave to build rubble homes. It is a wonderful opportunity and I encourage you to contact Rev. Gratzel for more information.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
A few weeks ago we sent out a mailing to the churches in the Manasquan Area Ministerium and in the North Shore Association of American Baptist Churches about our upcoming trip to Haiti in July of 2012. Our hope is to bring a 30 member team with us to Haiti including 10 folks from FBC, 10 folks from our community and 10 folks from ABC North Shore churches.
We're ready to get the ball rolling and I wanted to extend an invitation for you to share with any of your interested members to join us for some upcoming meetings about the trip. (We also have team members who would be willing to come to your church and meet with the apppropriate missions committees.) On January 8 at 12:00 noon our FBC Mission team will be making a presentation at First Baptist Church of Manasquan about our trip.
On January 22 at 12: 15 we will be having the first of our monthly team meetings for the trip. Subsequent meetings will be on the third Sunday of each month and we could adjust the time to better fit team members Anyone interested in joining our team is welcomed to come to either meeting (or both).
Please feel free to share my contact information with anyone who might have an interest.
Rev. Joe Gratzel First Baptist Church of Manasquan JGratzel@juno.com