Yes, God is working.
Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries, Inc.
Report from Eldon and Ruth Brock, June 22 to July 11, 2013.
We know this because He allowed us to see His work while serving others on our 3 week trip to Michigan and Ohio. We found pastors and individuals who are very interested in “Reaching the Nations Without Leaving Home”. That means they are looking for answers on how to welcome the diverse people groups that live in their local church neighborhood. They are responding to the need to do foreign missions in their hometown.
Ruth and I enjoyed this “ride” of faith. We flew from Florida to Detroit, then after the conference we drove to Grand Rapids, Mi, to Traverse City [Lake Ann Camp], to Elyria, OH and then back to Detroit to Fly home.
I had the privilege to present Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries four times in three churches. It was even a greater privilege to meet one on one with some pastors so I could get to know their heart beat.
We met numerous people at our exhibit table while attending the GARBC Conference. Many are concerned about reaching the diverse ethnic groups living in their community. Standing talking to them gave me a feel for a passion that is spreading, growing out of a realization that God is moving people from the nations near them combined with a concern that their church has not been growing. Pray that this movement will cause each of us to take renewed steps of obedience to the Great Commission in our local area.
Memories were stirring as we visited Lake Ann Camp. Even more it gave us great joy to watch the staff, especially the counselors, serve the campers by helping them to know how to walk with Christ in their daily life. Ken Riley, director has refined and expanded so many of the things God helped us establish during my days as director. You should visit so you can see more than 400 campers divided into six separate camps, each program with a clear plan to serve that age group. You can get some idea by searching the camp web site, http://www.lakeanncamp.
This trip was easier and more enjoyable because of the hospitality of some friends and relatives. The conference hotel was a help where we could slip away for some rest.
Being in Michigan made it possible to go on to Elyria, OH to attend the conference for Baptist Mid Missions missionaries. We were there for two days. It gave Ruth time to fellowship with many of her fellow missionaries when she was missionary to the North American Indians. Of course I was able to talk with several I knew as well. It is heartwarming to sense the passion they have for reaching the lost.
I had prayed that I could meet someone who might join Ethnic to Ethnic Ministry, who could take on more of the leadership. I believe God allowed me to meet a man who has a common passion for assisting churches to become Multi-ethnic. It is too early to determine whether another passion he has would blend with Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries, perhaps even improve the service offered to churches.
I ask you to continue to pray for the future expansion of E-tem, whatever God’s plan may be. I thank each one who has given. But there is a continuing need for more funds to cover the office and travel expense. I often feel limited due to the lack of support. You are needed.
We are so honored to be able to represent our Lord and Savior like this. Thank you for praying and being partners with us.
Serving our Savior as God gives health and strength,
Eldon and Ruth
Eldon and Ruth Brock
PSS. Pray that churches will respond to the God given opportunity to become Multi-ethnic in outreach and then welcome them into the membership as fellow believers.
PSS. Send your gift to Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries. Inc. to 251 Timothy Rd, Sebring, FL 33870 or go to the web site and click on the DONATE button.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING. Since heaven is diverse shouldn’t your church be diverse?