Each year at Eastbrook Church, we designate the offering for our Thanksgiving Day service to help international partners who are in the midst of challenges or have a pressing need. This year’s offering focuses on two wonderful ministries in Africa. If you haven’t had the chance to contribute to this year’s Thanksgiving offering, you can do so during worship services or online by designating your gift to the “Thanksgiving Fund”.
Rev. Francis Omondi has been a long-time friend of Eastbrook, and we are partners with his mission organization reaching out with the Gospel along the Kenyan border with Somalia. A few weeks ago, we were asked to join him in prayer for his field workers in Kiunga. They had received regular threats on their lives from Al-Shabab. Each night, stones were thrown at their homes from sunset and continuing into the night. Al-Shabab then destroyed the area’s cell towers and placed mines on the only roads to the area. They were preparing for a final attack.
As a result, Sheepfold, with the help of Missionary Aviation Fellowship, evacuated their workers on November 1st. Part of this year’s Thanksgiving offering will be used to support these workers and their families during this difficult time of being displaced from their homes.
Our friends at the Congo Initiative provide education for the future leaders of the church as well as for the development and public sectors in Congo. Their main location is located in Beni, which is also ground zero for the current Ebola outbreak. In this instability, local militias have moved in and made the main campus unsafe for classes. As a result, part of this year’s Thanksgiving offering will pay for the rent needed to move the college to a safer temporary location in Beni to continue this year’s classes.