Equipping The Saints
La Gran Familia
Our relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi continues to bless us with their prayers, their strength in adversity, love and brotherhood. We build together this Church on a foundation of rock. God's children doing our best to live, worship and love one another as God commands us. Learn More
We have a long term relationship with this mission that serves children who have been abandoned and children in the community whose families can no longer take care of them. Love children? There are programs that allow us to make a huge difference in their lives. Honor a loved one during the diocese Mother's Day In-Gathering , Sponsor a Child.Learn More
The call to the great commission requires a thoughtful and knowledgeable response. Mission training prepares those who take on the mantle of mission work. The diocese strives to provide appropriate training for teams preparing for their mission trip.Learn More
We are a member of the Anglican Global Mission Partners. A network of Anglican global mission-committed organizations and individuals. As you discern your role in mission work it may be helpful to know about others who have found their way to serve God's people. Learn More
Your Prayer is Needed
Please pray for peace, safety, and security for the children, youth,and employees of La Gran Familia. Also for the community of Cuauhtémoc to protect them all from gang violence.
Cross Cultural Ministry:
What You Need to Know
February 18-19, 2017
The second Sunday before the end of Epiphany is World Mission Sunday, and that day this year is February 19, 2017. Learn how you can make this special day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging and practically motivating!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Isaiah 12:4 we read, "In that day you will say: 'Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.'"
I know that in our churches we are giving praise to God and proclaiming his name, but are we making known among the nations what he has done, so that all peoples can proclaim, with us, that his name is exalted?
I rejoice to say that much work and partnership IS taking place around the globe, but there is much more still to be done to inspire and encourage us to participate in God's global and great commission. We have designated the second Sunday before the end of Epiphany as World Mission Sunday, and that day this year is February 19, 2017.
The Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to make this special day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging, and practically motivating. Please visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at www.newwineskins.org and a special video "God's Passion for the World" that we prepared just for this occasion, along with a promotional trailer that you can use in advance of Feb. 19.
You can plan a mission training day, lunch or dinner event, invite a guest speaker, or host a special Sunday School class focused on world mission and play the "God's Passion for the World" video. There is even a study guide you can download. You can highlight those mission projects and partners that your congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.
Other resources offered on-line include a prayer Litany for Mission, special excerpts from the Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy, and other links to videos that will help educate your parish on "the task remaining" to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel message! A listing of AGMP partners, who are available to speak, train or preach, can also be found at www.newwineskins.org or contact email@example.com if you need assistance.
Thank you for your partnership in proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed throughout the world.
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America
Grant LeMarquand is Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, Wendy is a practicing medical doctor. This article is about their ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia. Visit Bsp. Grant and Dr. Wendy's Blog.
This video is Bsp Grant's presentation at the 2016 New Wineskins Conference. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
Recently a group of Christians met with a camp official to discuss plans for a priest to come to the camp to give Holy Communion and baptize their children. The camp official claimed that these refugees “have no God” or rights. In fact, they do have these rights, and despite the effort against Christian worship in the camp, attendance in the church at the camp has increased. It seems these people do have a God after all.
At another camp nearby, every evening at sundown children and young people gather outside St. John the Baptist Anglican Church to sing, read scripture and pray for the sick. Other camps have seen this and started modeling after them. One day while worshipping, the police arrived and took the pastor and children to jail, saying that what they were doing was illegal. The pastor said, “No, we are allowed to pray. We will pray. If you want to imprison us for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will suffer gladly.” They were finally released, as it seems it was too much trouble to keep them locked up.
These stories and attempts to dehumanize are in sharp tension with the over-arching story we find in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the face of the attempts to dehumanize them, our people simply continue to sing and to pray, to build churches out of the mud and the sticks because they know that one day all will become clear. One day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess ... that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Reprint with permission from SAMS
Favorite Activities: Loves to play fútbol, watch TV, and live in harmony with others.
Ricardo arrived at La Gran Familia in 2007 when he was 7 years old. His father had abandoned the family and his mother could not afford to send him to school.
Upon his arrival at LGF he began his first year in Primary School. He has always achieved excellent grades. He has participated on several fútbol (soccer) teams and won several championships throughout the years.
He was recently awarded a full academic and athletic scholarship to a school in Mexico City. There he will finish high school and be groomed to become a professional soccer player. He hopes to play for the National Spanish soccer team, Real and to help those in need just as he was blessed at La Gran Familia.
Ricardo Daniel (Ricki): 16 years old - His birthday is on the 22nd of July.
Call to Mission:
A Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop
Bishop Grant & Dr. Wendy LeMarquand's ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia.
Celebrating the success of Ricki Daniel we wish him God's peace, love and joy.
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker