Calvary enjoys many great ministry partnerships with like-minded
organizations. One of those is Ethnos 360. Ethnos 360 has been planting
churches among the least reached people groups of the world since 1942.
Initially founded as New Tribes Mission, they focus on reaching some of the
most remote tribal people on the planet.
Over Spring Break, six Calvary students along with Burnham Center Director, Joshua Paxton and Ethnos 360 missionary, James Gleaves took part in Ethnos 360’s Wayumi course in Jersey Shore, PA. The course offers a glimpse into tribal church planting.
Students learned in both class time and practical hands on training exercises how to plant a church in a remote tribal location. Beginning with language and culture acquisition and moving on towards translation, teaching the Bible and training indigenous leaders, the students both learned and were challenged to consider making reaching “the next towns” a driving force in their lives.
Some of the more practical aspects included time spent with missionaries experiencing what it is like to learn an unwritten language for the first time and then the challenges of producing a good translation that the people can rely on. Ethnos 360 missionaries with many years of experience shared their personal stories from the field. Students even had the opportunity to butcher a pig and cook it according to the style of a Filipino Mumu.
Through our partnership with Ethnos 360; Wayumi is available for credit at Calvary. In the coming weeks I will share the reflections of one of the students who went with us on the trip.
Next week Calvary will play host to over 45 missions representatives from more than 25 agencies! The annual Conference on Global Engagement brings together alumni, partner ministries and students to learn about what is happening around the world to reach the lost. We will be joined this year by Greg Sanford, Director of Ethnos 360’s Wayumi program. He will be speaking with students regarding reaching some of the most remote people groups in the world.
Students will also have the opportunity to hear from visiting missions representatives in seminars and special evening activities.
Community Health Evangelism (CHE) addresses the root causes of poverty, disease, and spiritual darkness by training local leaders to share the gospel and mobilize community action.
Vital biblical faith is nurtured during every step. CHE integrates the physical and spiritual, revealing the practical power of Christ. CHE is a proven, practical, and multipliable strategy for ministry.
There are differences between small villages and large urban spaces, however, the same CHE principles taught in this seminar can be applied to affect local change within our city. Neighborhood Transformation occurs when neighbors get to know each other, and dream together about ways to improve the place they live in. The local church can be involved as a good neighbor. If you have wondered about how your church can be more engaged in the neighborhood where it is located, please join us. This Vision Seminar will address how your church can affect its neighborhood by engaging with the community and leveraging local resources to enable the community to achieve its own goals.
These sessions are highly interactive and designed for people wanting a brief but thorough introduction to CHE. After completion of this Vision Seminar, participants will have the knowledge and tools to introduce CHE to other individuals, church groups, or organizations. Individuals who want to learn how they can implement CHE in the field are encouraged to enroll in the Training of Trainers (TOT1) course.
Join Calvary University in India May 19-June 1, 2019!
Calvary University has a long standing tradition of hosting and training students from India. Only a few short years ago one of those students lead several summer ministry teams to his home country. Now another one of our students is opening the door for a more long-term relationship between Calvary and India.
India is home to 1.4 billion people, only 2.2% of which have a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most believers live in the densely packed urban areas leaving many villages with little to no witness of who Jesus is. Local pastors work hard to reach these surrounding villages. However, they face a mountainous task in reaching everyone. Of 2,554 people groups, 2,290 (89.7%) remain unreached with the gospel (Joshua Project) Many of these groups still do not have the Word of God in their own languages.
India is a location rich with history and deeply entrenched in the History of Missions as many of the early pioneers of the Modern Missions Movement, folks like William Carey, Adoniram Judson and others set out to reach this richly diverse area with the gospel. However, India remains a place of great need, especially in the poorer village areas. Hinduism is the dominant religion and recently the government has become increasingly hostile to Christian activities.
Next Summer the Burnham Center for Global Engagement is offering a two week mission trip to India. Faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to join us for two weeks of ministry. We will be focusing on supporting the work of indigenous pastors through training and children’s activities. We will also be working on a project to complete construction on a local church. This project will require $3000.00 for the material costs.
For more information about joining us in India or helping with the construction project contact Joshua Paxton, Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement.