Our Church By-Laws direct the Missions and Social Action 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.

December Newsletter
December 30, 2020
Providing Hope and a Future+++++++++++++++++++++++++
Thanks so much for your faithful support, encouragement and prayers during this challenging year.

 We know we’re not alone in breathing a sigh of relief as we watch 2020 come to an end!

At the same time our hearts are overflowing with joy and gladness, because with all the challenges and difficulties The Lion of Judah Academy experienced during 2020, we’ve seen yet new demonstrations of God’s provision and faithfulness…very often through the prayers and generosity of you, God’s people!

So THANK YOU!  And Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!
 Just a few brief notes as we close out 2020.

Classes at The Lion of Judah Academy begin very soon.  Instead of the normal long December break, the term ended on December 18 to allow more opportunity to make up time lost during the COVID Tanzania school closings.  The new term begins in just a few days!  Please do pray for the students and staff, that they will be rested and renewed, even following such a short break.  We will post more information about the start of school very soon.

The December Facebook Fundraiser ends in just a day or so — but it is still running and receiving donations now.  100% of all contributions to the fundraiser will be send directly to the school, to support the ministry there.  Response has been strong, though we haven’t yet reached the goal of $15,000.  We have, however, fully met the $15,000 challenge to receive the matching challenge gift!  Praise God for the generosity of His people!  You can visit the fundraiser here.

If you would be interested in supporting a specific project before the end of 2020 here’s a link to some possibilities:  Current Projects at The Lion of Judah Academy.

Upcoming Trips and Teams — For the first time in 20 years we did not have a team visit the school this past year…obviously due to COVID travel issues.  But we are already planning to make up for lost time and we’d love to have you join us in 2021, if you are interested.
     We have at least two teams forming for July and there’s plenty of room for more.
     First is a special dental training mission scheduled to begin July 18.  This team consists of dental professionals, and will be training a group of Tanzanian medical workers in badly needed dental skills.  This was initially scheduled in May, 2020, but had to be postponed.
     There will be at least one other team, and perhaps more, in July…and plenty of room is available for more team members.  Please contact us if you’d like more information.  You’ll be hearing more about this opportunity in coming weeks.

From the very earliest days of The Lion of Judah Academy there has been a chant which is often repeated by students and staff of the school…you’ve probably heard it in other settings as well:

               ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

2020, with all its problems, has been another demonstration of that truth at The Lion of Judah Academy.  We thank God for His faithfulness, and for using you.

If you’ve missed news of the many challenges at the school take a peek at some of the blog posts…that should catch you up on what you’ve missed!

We will be in touch with you again in early 2021.  Until then, have a blessed and wonderful New Year.

Highlights from Nic and Christy Brenner’s Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) missionary work at Cornell, SUNY Cortland and a few surrounding colleges.  Four on the Cru team focused on Cornell in 2020 and Nic focused on SUNY.  Christy is also directing a home-school community locally made up of 15 or so families with education through a Biblical worldview.

Goal:  To disciple students (some as new believers of Jesus) who then make new disciples

● It was a year like none other in campus ministry in many ways

● God was on the move in students’ hearts—they’d never seen students so hungry for one-on-one interaction

● Skepticism was replaced by openness; distrust by true curiosity

● It was harder than ever to gather in ways they’d always been able to do

● During the one month he was allowed on the SUNY campus (due to COVID):

● Nic’s team gave away hundreds of evangelist materials (bags, sunglasses, masks, Bibles and books); they invited students to online Cru missional community groups 

● They attracted the usual handful of students looking for a solid Christian community as well as those unsure about Jesus/Christians and plugged them into the Cru movement, building relationships which translated into opportunities to share the Gospel

Plans for 2021:

● Sow seeds through the new freshman they plugged into Cru ministries

● Labor to see students discipled in the knowledge and love of Christ resulting in them being multiplying disciples as they continue in their college careers

● Have students see every friendship/relationship they’re a part of as an opportunity to share and show the Gospel.

● Have as many students as possible take advantage of a summer mission opportunity with Cru (but not internationally this year).

● Transcend the apparent limitations (e.g. Zoom) that the pandemic is presenting

Financial needs:

● Reach their funding goal by securing an additional $1000/month of support

● Replace one of two high-mileage minivans this coming year

Please pray for their

● Financial needs, endurance, teamwork, relationships, leadership and wisdom during this time of harvest in the coming academic year.

We support The Oratory of the Little Way, nestled right next door in Gaylordsville! Oratory of the Little Way

Other Overseas Missions: Latin America Mission. United World Mission. Lion of Judah (Tanzania, Africa) — 53+ students are supported by our congregation in addition to helping with facilities improvements such as water

Local Missions and Social Action Quarterly Support:

  1. The Oratory of the Little Way (healing ministry, Gaylordsville, CT)
  2. Loaves and Fishes (New Milford Food Pantry)
  3. Radio Bible Class (RBC)  (Daily Bread, bringing the Gospel around the World)

Special Collections:

On the third Sunday of each month, the congregation gives to special needs.

Examples of these collections include:  Hopeline, The Conservative Congregational Christian Church emergency fund; Westconn Ministries serving Danbury; Christian camps; Soldier Relief care packages; CRU Cornell University; Community Relief Christmas Eve Collection.  Every year the slate of special collection ministries is reviewed and revised.

Community Relief:

Through the generosity of many, we collect funds throughout the year for our neighbors, which is overseen by the Missions committee and the Pastor.  Monies are forwarded directly to services/vendors to help with heating, mortgage and other dire family needs.  With the economic downturn affecting so many, this ministry is crucial to alleviating want in our community; we feel God has truly blessed this ministry.

Other Special Projects:

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse; cookie plates given to those in need of cheer, get-well wishes, sympathy, or “Thank you for all you do.”

In the words of one of our most loved past Mission Chairs, “Truly, you have loved one another.  May we all continue to grow and serve the Lord as we become like Christ and make him known.”