Posts tagged with ‘Missions’

  • A Bright Light

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    What I remember most upon first meeting Julia Linton was her smile. This young woman radiates with joy and can light up the room with a simple hello. I’m not the only one who believes this to be true. Julia’s senior class voted her as “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day.” I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Julia over the past few years and admire her in every way.

    Julia was born in Kazakhstan and spent the first six and half years of her life in an orphanage. In 2004 she was adopted by a wonderful, loving family whom Julia says, “…taught me about God’s love for me.” Julia and her family moved here from Michigan in 2010 and joined Port City Community Church, where Julia became active in the student ministry. Later that same year, she attended Fuse, a camp for our student ministry, and decided to give her life to Christ. Julia states, “The experience changed my life.” A couple of weeks later, she was baptized.

    There is more to Julia than her beautiful smile. She has a huge heart and a desire to serve others. Before her big move to start college, Julia volunteered as a Small Group Leader in Treasure Island. When I ask her what she loved most about serving in Treasure Island, she responds, “I loved working with the kids and teaching them about Jesus.”

    Over the summer, Julia worked as a camp leader at Wilmington Christian Academy where, as a parent of a child attending, I got to witness her interaction with the children. She’d often peek into classrooms just to say hello, and as she made her way through the halls, little children would come running, arms open wide, waiting for a warm hug. Julia clearly loved her job, but even more, she loved those children.

    In sharing the love of Christ, Julia’s devotion goes beyond her own community. In August of this year, her faith took her all the way to Guatemala working with Manos de Jesus/Pray America. Upon her return, she shares, “I’m so thankful that I went to Guatemala […] to serve widows and their children.”

    Julia and the Port City Community Church Missions team visited different families each day to help make home improvements like building bathrooms or installing stoves. As they built homes, they were also building relationships. Julia found herself relating to those who shared stories of being orphaned and then finding a home through adoption. As she shared her own story, an unbreakable bond had formed.

    Julia closes sharing about her time in Guatemala with a verse from James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” She says the verse has impacted her life in a major way. “This verse stuck with me during this trip because it says that God looks after orphans and widows. It reminds me that God was looking after me when I was an orphan, and now He has a different plan for me.”

    Julia not only inspires me, but challenges the way I want to live my life. She chooses not to view her past as an obstacle to overcome, but rather a significant part of her story that God is using for His grander purposes. Thank you, Julia, for being a bright light in our community and to the world.

    Story Written By: Mandy Hughes

  • Beyond Ourselves

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    13707522_10153696478996932_3892562783188445218_nHaving traveled internationally before for short-term missions work, Chris and Misty Britt had a desire to share God’s love abroad. However, traveling outside of the area was not realistic at this time, due to having two young daughters. When they watched a video about Port City’s work in Belarus back in 2014, they felt a nudge to get involved. Opening their home to a child from Belarus seemed like the perfect fit – enabling them to serve abroad without going abroad.

    While waiting for the bus to pull into the church parking lot with their host child Dasha on board, nervousness and the unknown was mixed with anticipation and faith. They didn’t know what to expect and wrestled with some tough questions. Would this child blend with their family? How would they deal with the language barrier? How would their daughters deal with someone else needing their parents’ attention? Did they make the right decision? Over time those questions faded away, and now having Dasha in their home has become normal. She’s considered part of the family.

    “We treat Dash just like we treat our own girls. We have fun. We have disappointments. She gets in trouble. There are hurt feelings and make up conversations.  There are fun family nights with just us and fun family nights with lots of others.  Our extended family as well as our friends have all embraced Dasha and love her as we do,” Chris said. “We have gained another daughter while our girls have a new sister. Ultimately, we have someone else to consider beyond ourselves – another heart to consider and parent as we would our own. We have to spread our love a little farther and that shows our own girls how it can be done. It’s a give and take for everyone. This experience is one which has taught us all to give.  Give of our time.  Give of our things.  Give of our love.  All to someone that we did not know and did not speak our language from the beginning.”

    In the midst of the laughter, tears, family bonding and making memories, a level of trust has been built between Dasha and the Britts. Those teachable moments have provided opportunities to provide wisdom for questions that come up about life, faith and God. Knowing she is loved by her family here in the States, Dasha has let her guard down and been receptive towards hearing about the love of Christ.

    13482891_10206457463255718_8588949427181185428_o“One of the best parts about this experience is watching Dasha’s relationship grow with our family and the trust which is extended by her family. This trust has even lead to questions about God.  Ultimately, our purpose is to share the love of Christ with Dasha.  Late last summer during her visit she began asking questions about God, which is affirmation that a seed is being planted,” Chris said. “When I think about ‘reaching’ people, I think about extending my arms and heading out beyond my home, beyond my region, beyond my world. The Belarus mission provides a chance for us to open our arms and welcome someone in from afar into our region and our world. What better way to share God’s love than right where we are.”

    Not only has participating in the Belarus hosting program brought their family closer together and allowed Chris and Misty to serve and make an impact, this experience has strengthened their faith. It’s helped them gain a better appreciation for their own relationships with God. By opening their home to a stranger from half way across the world, their eyes have been opened to the love Christ offers to each one of us.

    I think we have learned that relationships are not built overnight. It is a reminder of God’s relationship with us.  It takes time.  It takes work.  It takes giving and trusting.  Ultimately, our love for a child that we did not know, comes from a loving God that we are continuing to get to know,” Chris said.


    Each summer PC3 families host some very special children from Belarus for six weeks. This happens through our partnership with the American Belarussian Relief Organization. If you are interested in learning more about why and how you can open your home and become a host family, visit portcitychurch.org/global and click Belarus to download our host family packet! We will also have an interest meeting on January 22nd at 1:00pm in the Living Rooms at our Wilmington campus.

  • In All That I Do

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    Alyssa Caccavaro is a junior in high school and serves as a volunteer in Grow Zone at our New Bern campus. Several weeks ago Alyssa had the opportunity to serve with a team from PC3 New Bern that traveled to Pinetops, NC, partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to help those whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Here is Alyssa’s story about taking a bold stand for Christ at her school:

    “As I was writing my persuasive speech for English class about how people should go out in the community and serve, I used my service with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization, as my background and examples. While planning my paper out in my head, I decided that for the conclusion I would quote one of the homeownealyssacaccavarors when she told us that she’s using this devastating event to show her 6-year-old daughter that all of their stuff is just that – “stuff.” She said that even though they have to almost completely start over, and that at times it seems like their lives are awful, God was, and always is, with them. I was then going to wrap it up and talk about how God calls us to live like Jesus: to serve and help others just as he did.

    Then I began to think that maybe I shouldn’t do that; maybe I shouldn’t talk about God. I wondered how my teacher and peers would react to this. I thought maybe my teacher would take off points because of it or because it wasn’t what she asked for. Or maybe, even though they know I’m a Christian, my peers would think I’m “that Christian” – the one who always talks about God, as if that’s a bad thing. As all these thoughts went through my head, I thought about the song “Guilty” by the Newsboys, specifically these lyrics:

    “Guilty of being a voice proclaiming

    Your ways, Your truth, Your life

    I’ll pay the price, to be your light”

    I decided to include God in my speech… and in all that I do. While I’m not the Christian I want to be, and while I make many, many mistakes, I hope that I can be the light for someone. Personally, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing people in my life. My church isn’t just my church; it’s my second home and my family. While I’ve had many people come and go in my life, each one of them has played a special part in my life. I’m beyond thankful for my Church family. You guys will never know just how much you mean to me.”

    Story written by Jennifer Alcock.

  • Fresh Eyes

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    Ed Rexrode, PC3 New Bern Host Team volunteer, felt a strong leading by the Holy Spirit several years ago to get more involved in his community. He had heard about the Religious Community Services (RSC) soup kitchen that feeds hundreds of hungry people on a daily basis in downtown New Bern. Ed loved the challenge of cooking for a large crowd, so volunteering in a soup kitchen was something that really intrigued him.

    rcssoupkitchenOn a Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, Ed served for the first time at RCS, a day that began to change Ed’s perspective of those in need. Before “leaning in” and serving in this capacity, Ed was like many of us who stereotype individuals who are down and out. We craft a tale about how this person came to be without actually hearing their story. In some regards, our reaction is a defense mechanism. It allows us to disengage from the issues facing our communities, which only perpetuates the problem.

    Yet, as Ed began to do life with those who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from, he soon realized there wasn’t much difference between him and them. They had merely experienced some life events that made things pretty difficult – health challenges, a loss of a loved one, a company downsizing and cutting staff.

    Through his time chatting with the folks who came to eat, he recognized how grateful they were to RCS for standing in the gap with them in a rough season. Ed soon fell in love with the RCS volunteers and daily meal guests. He began to really lean in to those who needed help in his community, and they in turn gave him a new outlook on what an honor it is to help others.

    It wasn’t long before RCS recognized Ed’s gift of leadership, and they soon asked him to lead a cook team on the 4th Wednesday of every month. “Volunteering at RCS has been pure joy for me as I’ve been able to serve Jesus by serving others,” Ed said. As a result of making room in his life for others, the Lord gave Ed fresh eyes to see others in a new light. True life was found in Ed giving his life away in service to others.

    Story Written By: Jennifer Alcock

  • A Legacy of Love

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    For Rebecca Flores, the most important thing about her relationship with her daughter is the legacy of love that she hopes to pass on to her. Rebecca and her 15 year old daughter Maggie have built their relationship through serving at PC3 together over the years. They started out as greeters with the Host Team and once Maggie was old enough, they began serving together on Sunday mornings in Grow Zone at the Wilmington campus. Every week, with very rare exception, Rebecca has brought Maggie to service and then made their way down the GZ hall together to show God’s love to some of the sweetest two year olds around (if you’re a parent of young kids at PC3, at some point you’ve probably heard your child ask to go see Miss Maggie at church).

    14067625_913650848746974_7933989420857590120_nThrough her example, Rebecca has used this serving opportunity to show Maggie how to love others through the lens of Jesus’s love. But, after a few years, Rebecca decided it was time to step out in faith and invite Maggie to serve with her on a mission trip. Their family had been sponsoring a child in Kenya for some time, and Rebecca and her older daughter, Hannah, had gone on a mission trip through PC3 to Kenya in 2010. After hearing about the amazing time her sister and mom had on their trip together, Maggie began sponsoring a child at Mama Hellen’s with the money she earned babysitting. She began praying that she would get to go meet everyone at Mama Hellen’s one day too. The stories that Rebecca shared with Maggie about her trip to Kenya sparked a passion in Maggie’s heart to one day go with her. Finally, in August of 2016, the mother and daughter pair travelled to Kenya with the hope of reaching people for God and loving on them.

    To say this trip and the people they met there had an impact on Maggie would be a dramatic understatement. A few days after they returned, I spent the day with Maggie and listened to her talk about the pure joy and love that she experienced at Mama Hellen’s. She shared this wisdom with me as she reflected on the growth in her relationship with her mom after Kenya:

    “We had the chance to feel the same things, meet the same challenges, and grow in different, but very same ways. When I look back at moments from some of the best times of my life, I got to share them with her because she was not only there but she experienced them, too. We get to have inside jokes and we get to miss the same people and laugh about the same things. It really has grown our relationship a lot.”

    This is a huge testament to the importance of intentionality and investment in your kids lives and walks with God. At the end of each day during their trip to Kenya, Maggie would go into Rebecca’s room to debrief the day together, “I wanted to share my joys and sorrows with her and listen to hers. I came to her for advice and just to share something funny with her.”

    floresgzIn September of 2016, shortly after they returned from Kenya, the Flores girls jumped at the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip through Samaritan’s Purse to help with Flood Relief in Louisiana. Once again, Maggie returned with countless stories about the people she met and what they taught her. Her worldview changed dramatically after seeing the people who lost all of their possessions and their homes in the floods. She came back wanting to change her lifestyle and do more for people who have less. It all started with an invitation from Rebecca to lean in to what God was calling them to do.

    Traveling around the country and the world has shown Maggie that not everyone is like her or was born with the same privileges as her. Going on these trips with her mother has allowed Rebecca to have important conversations about the world and about being the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone, especially the people that it might not be convenient or easy to interact with. On the verge of tears, Rebecca described these moments as opportunities to show Maggie the importance of loving without judgement, “When I’m gone, she is going to be my legacy. I want to leave behind a legacy of love through her!”

    The most beautiful thing about this story to me is the intentionality behind what Rebecca is teaching her daughter about following Christ. She has invited her into the PC3 family and encouraged her to step out in faith. She has fostered a relationship with her that creates a safe place to ask questions and make her faith her own. That is what their relationship is based on; growing in authentic faith, love and compassion. Maggie has a lot to say about serving with her mother:

    “Serving has changed my walk with God so much it feels like. Serving pushes you to grow with the circumstances. It makes you cling to God more through the challenges. When we went to Kenya I was constantly met with new things that I knew nothing of how to navigate. It made me pray constantly and really need and rely on God to get me through the day. When I serve in GZ, I am met with patience, testing things a lot and it makes me check myself and helps evaluate why I am serving and what He is doing through me. Serving has stretched me to my limits and has taken me way out of my comfort zone and helped me to accomplish things that I never would have dreamed of. Serving for a purpose, for God, gives my heart such a reward and even though it’s sometimes chaotic and there are times I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into, I always find myself going back for more. Meeting the people, serving them, showing God in a tangible way, there is nothing that compares to it. To be able to empower someone, well it’s just amazing.”

    Both Maggie and Rebecca separately shared that the biggest take-away from serving together has been their interactions with the people that they encountered and what that taught them about God. What a blessing it is to go into a situation, whether it be a weekly serving opportunity at PC3 or a mission trip halfway around the world, and learn to look deeper into the mission and purpose of why you go to serve and what God is doing through you. What an even bigger blessing it is to experience it side by side with your parent or child and deepen your relationship as you work to build up God’s kingdom at the same time.

    Story Written By: Kayla Hohos

  • Field Partner Forums: Serving The Least Reached

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    Many people have said the hardest part about serving cross-culturally is the loss of connection with their home church. We at PC3 are privileged to send out people all over the world to tell of the good news of Jesus and we see it as a privilege to also care for them while they are serving abroad.

    In order to help maintain connection with their home church, we recently sent a short form to each of our field partners, designed with specific questions to help inform the PC3 community how they are doing, how the church can be involved and how to learn more about their work. We are calling these features our Field Partner Forums.

    Today’s entry is from a couple serving aboard in a place that is hostile towards Christianity. Sometimes God’s call to ‘go and make disciples’ will lead you to a place that is openly hostile to the Gospel. Earlier this year we were honored to send out a very special couple to such a place. Even though we can’t share their location or even their name over the internet, we invite you to learn more about their work and join us in praying for this sweet couple as they serve in one of the least reached places with the Gospel on earth.


    What have you been up to lately?

    We have recently arrived in our current city within the past few months and have begun the process of learning the national language and culture. We have language class five days a week and try to practice what we have learned in the community and marketplace.

    What has been the most unexpected surprise in your experience over the past 6 months?

    The most unexpected surprise has been a deeper realization of the need for God’s grace, both in receiving His grace and giving grace to others. We can strive and try as much as we want, but we are nothing without His grace. A true measure of how well we understand and trust God’s grace is by the way we show or fail to show grace to others. Realizing how much we have to learn about God’s grace has been very humbling.

    What has been the biggest celebration in the past 6 months?

    Our biggest celebration over the past 6 months has been our arrival here to the country. After much anticipation and preparation, we are finally here! We are also celebrating the gift of technology which has allowed us to communicate with others back home. We are so grateful for the prayers and encouraging words of so many. We could not do this alone!

    lightstock_60161_full_media-2What has been the biggest struggle in the past 6 months?

    One of the biggest struggles we have faced in the past 6 months is being away from the familiar and comfortable. We both have cried as we miss family and friends who have been near and dear to us for so long. God is teaching us that He is the true and complete Comforter and that He desires that we comfort one another. Thank you so much to those who have comforted us with the comfort they have received from God.

    If you were standing before our group right now and could say one thing, what would it be?

    Our relationship with God and others is always more important than any task. The temptation has been to make language and culture learning the number one goal at the expense of relationships. The greatest gift we can give anyone is not the ability to speak a language, or complete any task, but to remain in Christ and His love, just as He remains in the Father’s love. From this and from this only, God gives us the ability to truly love.

    How can we best keep up with what you are doing? (Website, email, social media, mailing list)

    The best way to keep up with us is through e-mail. If someone would like to receive regular updates on our situation, please contact the PC3 missions director, Evans Baggs. Thanks so much!

  • The Lord Met Me in the Mountains

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    Life truly comes at us fast at times. But, what would happen if we found a way to slow things down and try to see the places where the Lord is trying to get our attention? For me, this didn’t become a possibility until I ventured far beyond all I’ve ever known to the beautiful country of Guatemala. More specifically, the city of Chichicastenango. (Try saying THAT five times fast!)

    If asked just a year ago about my stance on missions, I would’ve replied that they’re great but not for me. I felt my call was to focus on loving on those around me. This is why my prayer for the last two years has been that the Lord would help me to love His people well. I never thought that petition would lead me to another place. However, we all know that the Lord has a true sense of humor and has many ways to get His will done. My week living among the Guatemalan people is evidence of that truth.

    Liz blog photo 2I went into this experience with the desire to learn how to live a content life. Sure enough, I was able to get the basic blueprint for this lifestyle shift. Here at home, it’s not uncommon to battle bitterness, resentment, jealousy, and many other poisonous feelings. But, during this trip, I was finally able to shake those stifling thoughts and just be.

    All this time I was in search of contentment in places it does not live. It wasn’t until I found myself alongside others who truly breathed a gracious existence that I realized that contentment can’t be learned by looking internally, but rather, by observing others who are content and taking part in their walk.

    This means that we have to first be in a relationship with others who are living contently. If you cannot think of anyone in that category, it might be time to shake up your circle a little. Look to people who may not look like you or come from the same background. If the mere thought of this makes you want to skip to the end, the Lord is probably talking to you, my friend.

    We, as Christians, are called to step out of our comfort zones to propel the Gospel. How are we going to do that if we’re too afraid to step out and pursue the Lord’s very best for us? When I took this step for myself the Lord revealed just how good He is. He revealed to me a sometimes forgotten truth. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I know this isn’t particularly profound, but it’s an easy thing to dismiss because of superficial differences.

    Liz blog photo 3In my own experience, I attempted to put my broken Spanish to use and talked to anyone in the hopes they would talk back. Their stories were awe-inspiring and worthy of an international stage, but they didn’t have that. However, they were more than okay just sharing with me because I had simply taken the time to ask. It’s absolutely amazing what people will share when another person takes the time to humble themselves and listen. I heard stories of people who had little to no food or money who were still willing to walk miles to buy bottles of soda to gift our team. This communally gracious mindset is a perspective I have never encountered. Instances like this do, however, cause me to question the true meaning of a third world country. Yes, they have little in the way of material possessions, but they are far richer in love, contentment, and grace than many in our country. To me, those qualities are what make a place developed.

    My prayer for our country is that we can get to a place where we value a person’s virtue more than their possessions. That we will begin to see other people in the same way our loving Father sees them. But, most importantly, that we will extend gracious compassion to all we come in contact with so that no widow, orphan, or any person in need will be able to say that they were overlooked.

    I’m eternally grateful for the presence that PC3 has in Guatemala because they not only provided me with the opportunity to be the hands and feet of my Father, but to also have a shift in my life perspective that demands true change. The Lord met me in the mountains of Guatemala and truly proved to me that He is willing to do whatever it takes to capture my heart and I can assure you He longs to do the same for you.

    Elizabeth Barfield wrote this piece about her experience on a PC3 short-term mission trip to Guatemala in July 2016.  

  • Field Partner Forums: Andrea & McKenzie Dorigo

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    Many people have said the hardest part about serving cross-culturally is the loss of connection with their home church. We at PC3 are privileged to send out people all over the world to tell of the good news of Jesus and we see it as a privilege to also care for them while they are serving abroad.

    In order to help maintain connection with their home church, we recently sent a short form to each of our field partners, designed with specific questions to help inform the PC3 community how they are doing, how the church can be involved and how to learn more about their work. We are calling these features our Field Partner Forums.

    Today’s entry is from Andrea and McKenzie Dorigo who serve in Trieste, Italy.


    What have you been up to lately?

    Lately we have been spending a lot of time with unbelieving friends, old and new, and trying to connect them to our community group. Our conversations about God and life have been encouraging, and we constantly pray that God would give them a hunger and thirst for Jesus.

    IMG_5603What has been the most surprising experience over the past six months?

    We bumped into a longtime friend of Andrea’s whom we hadn’t seen in a really long time. Weve been praying for him for years. He’s been going through a very difficult time and wed never seen him look so down and upset. Andrea was able to share the Gospel with him. Since then they’ve been in contact each week, and his friend is always eager to chat and listen to Andrea talk about his faith.

    What has been the biggest celebration in the past six months?

    We have been celebrating the small things, like Andrea’s father coming to a John Piper conference with us and being touched by the messages; our notyetbelieving friends wanting to do a marriage study with us; and God opening more doors for us to continue bringing the light of Jesus to a local school after three years of serving there.

    What has been the biggest struggle in the past six months?

    The biggest struggle for us has been fighting spiritual battles in the home and in ministry. We have moments when the task feels too big, when it seems impossible to ever see people in Italy giving themselves to Christ. We feel discouraged sometimes.

    imageIf you were standing on stage right now and could say one thing to the PC3 congregation, what would it be?

    Pray, pray, pray for Italy! Despite its beauty, the dark truth is that so many people do not know Jesus. There is a misconception that the country is Christian. However, most people have never read the Bible. Italians are quite comfortable and have a very hard time letting go of worldly pursuits and taking steps toward Jesus. For a deeper look, heres an interesting blog from John Piper after his visit to Italy and other European countries. 

    How can we best keep up with what you are doing? (Website, email, social media, mailing list, etc.)

    Our website is www.awakenitaly.com and on it you can find all of our news in the prayer blog section or the newsletter section. You can email us at dorigos@me.com.  Also, check out this prayercast about Italy.

  • Overflowing With Love

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    PC3 families have an amazing opportunity to reach out to people around the world and experience another culture without ever leaving home. Through the American Belarussian Relief Organization, families are allowed to bring children over from Belarus and host them in their homes for six weeks during the summer.

    Belarus is a small country in Europe that experienced 70% of the after effect from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. Everyone is affected by the radiation left in the environment. This summer hosting program is a unique way to help the children recover from these unfortunate circumstances. In addition to providing the children a physical respite, it is a chance for the host families to convey God’s love.

    It’s been just over a month since this year’s Belarus kids headed back to their home country.  Here is an intimate look at the impact one sweet Belarussian had on her host family, The Cribb’s.

    IMG_2250“We thought our home was filled to the top with love, compassion, energy and the presence of God. Little did we know that it would be overflowing with all four after becoming a host family.  We were filled with so many emotions upon approval to host a Belarusian child for the Summer of 2016.  Those emotions included fear, happiness, anxiety and excitement.

    We trusted that God knew what he was doing when he gave our family the opportunity to open our doors to a complete stranger, one whom did not speak English and one whom would be living with us for six weeks.  We always prayed as a family but it increased within the days leading to Nastya’s arrival to the US.  

    Once Nastya was in our care she became family right away and we knew that God’s plan was to make our family much larger.  Nastya filled our hearts and home with so much love.  She was full energy and taught us how to be fearless during her stay.  Not only did she expand our hearts but she also expanded our understanding of trusting the journey that God has for us. 

    We learned that a complete stranger can become family as long as one opens their heart and truly loves as the Bible teaches us.  As a family we became more involved with each other and our community.  We saw God working all around us during and after her stay.  The six weeks flew by and will forever be etched in our hearts.  We thank God everyday for trusting us with the opportunity to host Nastya and opening so many new doors of opportunity for our family.  Not only did he bless our family with another beautiful soul he blessed us with extended family in Belarus of which we hope to hug one day in the future.” – Stephanie Cribb


    We are exceedingly grateful to all the families who opened their homes and their hearts for this unique and powerful mission.  If you’d like to learn more about ABRO and how you can assist in our next season of hosting, please contact Yasmin Teter. To learn more about how this Belarus program is making a difference, watch the video below.

  • Field Partner Forums: Stewart & Katrina Stancil

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    Many people have said the hardest part about serving cross-culturally is the loss of connection with their home church. We at PC3 are privileged to send out people all over the world to tell of the good news of Jesus and we see it as a privilege to also care for them while they are serving abroad.

    In order to help maintain connection with their home church, we recently sent a short form to each of our field partners, designed with specific questions to help inform the PC3 community how they are doing, how the church can be involved and how to learn more about their work. We are calling these features our Field Partner Forums.

    Our first entry is from Stewart & Katrina Stancil who were sent out from PC3 in July 2015 to serve in northern Peru.


    Aviary-Photo_130760288606101176What have you been up to lately?

    We have been doing construction and accounting for the local Bible college, as well as working with orphans, two local churches, leading short term mission trips, hosting three short-term missions teams in the month of July, discipling several students, and building relationships with a local gym owner in order to begin witnessing.

    What has been the most unexpected surprise in your experience over the past 6 months?

    We work together with a large church denomination known as Calvary Chapel. In the local churches that we help in, we are seen as equals in Christ, but at the college, we are not given the same opportunities to teach and minister, and we don’t seem to be given the same level of respect in the jobs that we do. Even though Katrina and I have years of high-level administration knowledge, we are not allowed to help guide the ministry.

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    What has been the biggest celebration in the past 6 months?

    One of the greatest things is listening to the orphan children answer Bible questions and see their hearts slowly soften to the gospel. When we first started working with them, about eight months ago, they were so angry. Also, a lady named Karina (41) is learning through the study of Ephesians, that she doesn’t have to work for her salvation, and that Jesus paid for everything. She also has stated that she now knows that God sees her as his perfect daughter through Jesus. We have also seen about 50 men, women, & children give their lives to Christ.

    What has been the biggest struggle in the past 6 months?

    Traffic 🙂 Language is one of the struggles. We speak English most of the time on the campus, so it is difficult to get better at Spanish. We would really like to enroll in Spanish classes, but with all the work we do, we just don’t have time. There are also many frustrating things about the Peruvian culture that really hold them back from having thriving churches. Coming from PC3 makes the unorganized way of normal here wear on us from time to time. One recent thing we have had to trust God on, is that we just found out last week that one of our supporters is facing a hardship, so we are receiving $350 less each month.

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    If you were standing on stage right now and could say one thing to the PC3 community, what would it be?

    Remember to pray and support the missionaries (Field Partners) from PC3. Do your research on each one and see how God wants you to respond. Many times the saying “out of sight, out of mind,” feels true but remember that we need your support as much as Mike and the rest of the staff does. Mike doesn’t do his job because he wants you to come up after the service and tell him you appreciated the message. In the same way, we don’t do our work for the glory of others, but it is great to hear from you, see a comment on Facebook, and know that you are praying for us. It is one of the things that adds a little something special to our endless job.

    20151011_142642How can we best keep up with what you are doing? (website, email, social media, mailing list)

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