Missions

Our Church By-Laws direct the Missions Committee to: assist the church in its mission of “Becoming Like Christ and Making Him Known.”…reaching out in Christian love and service to those in our own and around the world.  […] and providing education to the parishioners about a variety of social problems.

Local Missions: we support Loaves and Fishes of New Milford and others in need through regular donations and hands-on support, including donations to our Community Relief Fund. To find out more about helping those in need, contact our church office or Sherman Social Services.

Broader Missions: we support Christian Camping in Medellin, Columbia, The Lion of Judah Academy in Tanzania, Africa, and in the United States we support CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) at Cornell University and SUNY Cortland.

Each month we choose a special project and collect a second offering during the worship service to support that project. Oftentimes these special projects are a call to help those suffering a current and extreme loss such as through war or natural disaster.

Please donate to Veterans

A Military Donation Bin is set up in the Fellowship Hall or Veterans at the Veterans Hospital in West Haven. There is a list of suggested items in the bin and on the bulletin board. Items will be picked up and delivered to the VA Hospital.

Veteran donations will be shipped to West Haven VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services (135), 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516, to the attention of Mark Frazee.

Also be aware that some online stores like Amazon will ship free of charge to any active duty military as long as they have an address to send to. Feel free to use this one if you don’t know of any others:

Missionary Newsletters:

Mission Update from LOJ

To catch you up just a bit…

— the students are arriving right now for the beginning of the new school year, which begins in January and ends in November

— thanks to a very successful end of the year matching gift challenge, we were able to close out 2022 with all our bills paid, and a small buffer going into 2023.  This is the first time we’ve had a significant concern about that.  Food prices/shortages really hammered us hard in 2022

— so far the food shortages/prices show no sign of moderating in 2023, so that will continue to be a concern

— those concerns interrupted the plans to get the vocational school operational by December.  We still hope to get that going in early 2023.

The vocational school is important primarily for three reasons:

             1 — our students, who have no interest in pursuing university studies, could really benefit from a good, reputable school teaching vocational skills.

             2 — it will have significant potential not only to be self-sufficient, but also to generate income for the other school programs; in fact, it is being designed with this objective in mind.

             3 — this is the final (and often delayed) part of the vision God initially set out for us back 20 years ago, when the adventure began.

Prayers…

— for the students and staff, as the school year begins.

— for the financial pressures, especially the food shortages and prices, which we are currently facing.

— for the completion of preparations for the vocational school, and the successful launch of the project.

Mission Update

Subject: Magreth update January 2023

Greetings Everyone,

Lynn and I spoke to Mtebe this afternoon and got an update on Magreth.

It turns out that just yesterday, Mtebe met with her for the first time since her surgery!  She’s still all the way over in Dar es Salaam so she can be closely monitored until around April.

But…she’s doing quite well and all signs are looking good.  To him she looks and acts both happy and healthy, which is wonderful to hear.  She will remain in the Dar es Salaam area until mid April…about 6 months following her surgery.  She is still being cautious about crowds, and needs to be cautious about exposure to potential infection.  But if all continues to go well she will be released to return to her home and resume her normal life in April.

I will continue to keep you updated as I learn more about her progress.  But for now…for all of you who have been praying and supporting her and her husband, Kambira…”Well done!” 

Praise and honor to God!

Thank you,   Hart

Dear friends who have been praying for Magreth, her kidney issue, and her family,

I received word early this morning (Wednesday) that Magreth’s kidney transplant was performed yesterday — that would be Tuesday, November 1.  All signs indicate the surgery was successful and the recovery for both Magreth and her donor (her nephew) will be complete and swift.

 The message actually arrived in the middle of the night, though I didn’t see it until I woke up this morning and checked my WhatsApp account, which is how we normally communicate with our Tanzanian friends.  Mtebe would have written this message about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Tanzania time.

Mtebe, in his message, wrote to all of you who have been thinking, and praying, and financially supporting this effort: 

“We take this opportunity to thank God for His goodness to us.  He has been so faithful.  We also thank you for being used by God.  We thank all of the people who were touched by God to support financially, and also through prayers.  We have nothing to pay back your hospitality, but praying that God pays you back accordinging.  As I was speaking this morning to Kambira (Magreth’s husband and our board member) he insisted me to thank everyone who has been involved in this.  I believe that he himself will be able to write as soon as he is able.  May our almighty God bless you all!”

God is indeed good!  Lynn and I also thank you for your support.

Mtebe said it is expected Magreth will remain in ICU for about six days, then into another room for further recovery and observation.  The donor will remain in the hospital three days and then probably be discharged.

By the way, I don’t think I’ve ever really made clear the fact that the name, “Magreth,” is pronounced in Swahili almost just the way we pronounce, “Margaret”.

Lynn and I also want to thank all of you for your support, encouragement, prayers and contributions.  It has touched us deeply, as well as more than you can know of our Tanzanian friends and fellow believers, to see how folks who know nothing of Magreth and Kambira, other than their need, have responded with such generosity and faithfulness.  Thank you!  God has been, is, and will continue to work, speak and act through you.  Jesus’ light is shining through you.  Magreth, Kambira and their family are being healed and restored…and all the glory is going to God.

I’ll keep you updated as I receive more information.

Hart Inlow


2022 is the 20th Anniversary of The Lion of Judah Academy!

The actual celebration activities are planned in November. Lynn and I will be going over, and we want to welcome anyone else who might like to come over. I think it will be a very special time. Co-incidental to that is the fact that the board is preparing to launch a program to develop what will be the final “piece” of the vision God gave to us 20+ years ago, when we first started: a vocational training school. We have always believed God wanted a vocational training school to be part of The Lion of Judah Academy…but for 20 years there has always seemed to be something more urgent.

This vocational school will begin relatively small, but our hope, prayer and anticipation is that it will be a turning point toward helping the school become more self sufficient…and that is one of our long-term goals – for the school to be, by God’s grace, self sufficient financially.


What we envision is offering students who have no interest in university level studies, but are more inclined to trades and entrepreneurship, have an educationally strong, Christ centered environment in which to learn trades and vocations ranging from auto mechanics, plumbing, and electricity, to tailoring and clerical skills, then onto nursing, dental technician, and others.

We have been working to develop the kind of reputation and relationships which can be a solid foundation for this effort. We need some additional classrooms – which we believe we already have funded. We need to register the school, find the necessary equipment and resources, find good teachers…then get started.

Lynn and I hope this could become a reality before the end of this year. Again…starting small…but excited to see where God might take things.

We have no illusions God is finishing developing the school and the ministry!  When I say “final piece,” I’m merely referring to the last item of the original vision God gave us back in 2001.  He has added many “new pieces” since then, and we are confident there will be more!

There are real challenges, however.

1, We are finding ourselves more and more compelled to minister to the needs of poor clergy and church worker families…and there is no end to the needs.  But they are unable to make significant financial contributions to the work. Unfortunately, our resources are always limited. So…money for school fees is an ongoing and unending challenge.

2. That always becomes more intense in times of drought and food shortage issues…and Tanzania is finding itself, once again, in a time of food shortages and drought.

Your prayers are always much appreciated for those things.

Note: Magreth, wife of a board member of LOJ, has had a setback in her kidney disease. Her relative, who had agreed to give her one kidney, became so frightened of having this surgery that she backed out.  Magreth is now living in Dar es Salaam and is on dialysis 3 times a week.  They are praying that a new kidney donor can be found, or that the relative may change her mind.   So keep praying.

Thank you! Hart Inlow

Cru: Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell and SUNY Cortland

First Cycle of Momentum

Oct. 11, 2022

Friends, Family and Partners for the Gospel, My engineering days are long gone by, but sometimes I do still like me some technical language 🙂

In Cru, the “First Cycle of Momentum” represents the space of time from our Cru Preterm Retreat to the Fall Getaway.  It’s a critical five weeks of time that seems to come and go in the blink of an eye.  If the semester were a piece of clay, the First Cycle of Momentum is when the Cru movement is most malleable as it takes shape in the hands of the Potter.

The First Cycle of Momentum at SUNY Cortland and Cornell has been exciting and hugely encouraging.  As we write these updates, I try to be sensitive to not share just the good side of things that (sadly) results in painting a picture that is more ideal than real.  We have had our hard times for sure, and you all have been instrumental in praying us through that.  This semester, it seems as though the fog is lifting and we’re witnessing a renewed desire in students to know and seek after the God who loves them and made them for Himself.

How has this semester been encouraging you ask?  Here are a few observable high points…

As I mention in our prayer letter, I’ve talked with three freshman in the last week who all testify to the fact that God found them at their lowest point as High School students during the pandemic.  As they opened their Bibles the words “came off the page” and produced faith in their lives.  Amazing!

More of our students are not just prioritizing showing up to Cru but even more importantly they’re prioritizing showing up to church on Sundays.

Student leaders are taking greater ownership of the movement as they learn to disciple and take the initiative to reach out to new students.

The Cru Movements represent an increasingly diverse group of students in personality, in ethnicity, and in spiritual background who are being brought together by a shared love of Christ and as a result, a shared love for one another.

We’d be so grateful if you would pray for God to continue to work in these ways and that the second half of the semester would be even more fruitful than the first.  Pray for our family and the Cru movements to remain dependent on God and to not “lean on our own understanding” in the weeks to come.

As always, feel free to let us know how you’re doing and how we can come alongside you in prayer.

In Him,

Nic and Christy

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