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“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:7 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.

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Missio Nexus Issues Case Study on Embrace Catoctin

missio nexus logoHow are local churches responding to the Great Commission opportunity that comes with immigrants, refugees and international students arriving in their communities?  That was the question Missio Nexus presented at the Church Connection Tour in five cities during the month of June 2014.  Pastors, church planters and mission leaders explored approaches, resources and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees and international students.  The Missio Nexus mission is to advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission.

Five case studies were presented during the Church Connection Tour. One of these studies focused on Embrace Catoctin a ministry of McLean Bible Church (Loudoun Campus) that works in close partnership with Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia. Embrace Catoctin operates within a broader partnership umbrella of Embrace Loudoun, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit designed to equip and network churches and other community stakeholders to build thriving communities.  Click on this link to download the Embrace Catoctin Case Study.Missio-Nexus-Case-Study-Embrace Catoctin-1

The case study tells the story of how a local church seized opportunities to bless an entire community by meeting the needs of that community.  Many transferable concepts are presented that can be applied in contexts beyond immigrant populations.  Topics such as strategies for identifying needs, developing trusting relationships, addressing obstacles, recruiting and equipping people for mission and stories of transformation are included.  Howard Levin, a Director with Embrace Loudoun was interviewed by Casely Essamuah, Global Missions Pastor at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

Key quotes:

“Our primary idea is that, through relationships, we will be able to know people, serve people better.  And you know as we get to know each other, we can’t help but share what’s important in our lives—that being Christ and our faith.”

“Stepping out into the proximity of needs has cultivated greater compassion. God has provided all we needed when we needed it, increasing our faith in His promises and provisions.”

“Seeing lives changed and being used as God’s ambassadors has brought greater meaning, and a deeper sense of fellowship with those serving and those served.”

Additional Case Studies from the Church Connection Tour:

Click here for Cedar Springs Outreach to Refugees & International Students
Click here for Cherrydale Baptist Church Ministry to Immigrants
Click here for Embrace Catoctin: Ministry to Students & Their Families
Click here for Truro International Programs & Services
Click here for Svetmiru Ministry to Russian Speaking Immigrants

 

The Great Exchange: Making Christmas a meaningful reality as we serve others

Dear friends:

As the Christmas celebrations continue to draw us into the heart of the story of the first Christmas, we have been meditating on the idea of some “exchanges” that took place in the Biblical event and how we should follow the pattern of sacrifice we see there. Consider:

Christ exchanged the highest throne for vulnerable humanity.

J. Hudson Taylor, the courageous 19th century British missionary to China observed this:

“Let us reflect on what he gave up on leaving heaven’s throne to be cradled in a manger. Having filled all things and wielded omnipotence, he became a feeble infant and was wrapped in swaddling . . . → Read More: The Great Exchange: Making Christmas a meaningful reality as we serve others

Combined Federal Campaign

Thank you!

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the local campaign for Federal employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Recently, Embrace Loudoun, became an approved charity.

If you are a civilian or military Federal employee, the campaign is starting September 1st. We ask that you prayerfully consider designating #20245 to impact our immediate local community. Last year more than $61 million in pledges were made for participating local, national and international charities!

Embrace Loudoun uses donations to help our neighbors who are experiencing crises. Individuals and families are referred by partnering schools, homeless shelters, other non-profits and churches. Such referrals assure us that . . . → Read More: Combined Federal Campaign

Next Steps for Food Backpack Programs

On March 16, 2013 over 60 providers, school administrators and community stakeholders involved in food backpack programs met at a workshop hosted by Galilee UMC in Sterling, VA. The purpose was to share lessons-learned and explore possible next steps in serving Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) students who are facing food insecurity and other needs. In preparation for the workshop, Embrace Loudoun developed and administered a survey of LCPS principals, school liaisons and other involved personnel to obtain feedback on how well needs were being met, to seek suggestions for improving service and to strengthen community partnerships. The following presentation summarizes the survey findings and statuses coverage.

Embrace Loudoun’s . . . → Read More: Next Steps for Food Backpack Programs

Embracing Generosity for Our Neighbors

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:10 NIV

Friends of Embrace:

I want to rally your energy, passion, and resources around a BIG idea that God may be calling us to do together.

We want to see our community become a place where caring neighbors help everyone thrive!

We believe that God has showed us how to accomplish this vision and that He will amply provide the resources we need. Our main opportunity is to activate . . . → Read More: Embracing Generosity for Our Neighbors

More than a movie!

UNCONDITIONAL is more than a movie, it’s a call to ACT! Embrace Loudoun is partnering with UNCONDITIONAL and other ministries across the US serving at-risk children and youth in our communities. Please visit the Embrace Loudoun page on the UNCONDITIONAL website.

UNCONDITIONAL is a full-length feature film currently screening in theaters nationwide. The movie follows Sam, a white female whose husband is killed in a “bad” neighborhood. After years of seeking closure, the case is unsolved and Sam is defeated. On the third anniversary of her husband’s murder, Sam goes to the alley of his death, intent on ending her life as well. Before harming herself, Sam is stopped . . . → Read More: More than a movie!

Contrasting Strategies for Embracing Loudoun

This post is the first in a series focusing on uniquely contrasting needs in Loudoun County and strategies for meeting these needs. Data is from the 2010 census, 5 year data.

Approximately 14% of the community has visible needs and 4% have significant needs because family income falls below the Federal poverty standards. These families experience hunger, housing and health problems, as well as educational, language, vocational and transportation challenges. The needs in the remaining 86% of the community exist in less visible forms that impact the quality of family and community life, e.g. economic, vocational, marriage and pace of life stresses.

Loudoun County has the highest median family . . . → Read More: Contrasting Strategies for Embracing Loudoun

Food Backpack Programs Flourishing

A group representing school partnerships at over 25 Loudoun County public schools met on July 10th at Catoctin Elementary school in Leesburg, VA. The participants shared many stories about how food backpacks were helping to curb hunger for hundreds of students. The meeting also focused on lessons-learned and networking to improve service. The following points highlight what has been working and challenges. Future posts will address plans for ongoing collaboration by the group.

What’s working:

Personal relational networks have been the most effective in communicating needs and connecting into food donors. Listening and being dependable in meeting any needs expressed by school officials. Maintaining 24/7 drop-off points for food donations. . . . → Read More: Food Backpack Programs Flourishing

Community Needs Being Served Through Public Schools

 

Representatives of churches and others in the community met on July 10th at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, VA to share stories and lessons-learned in providing food backpacks and meeting other needs of students and families in the communities served by over 25 Loudoun County public schools. The food is collected from donations and distributed to students to supplement free and reduced breakfasts and lunches provided at the schools for consumption in evenings, weekends and holidays. The other needs being addressed include reading & math buddies, tutoring, remedial or enrichment work, homework help, adult English Language Learning, recreational activities, family life coaching, transportation, medical, meeting other physical needs, . . . → Read More: Community Needs Being Served Through Public Schools

Embrace Loudoun Recognized

On May 1st, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recognized Embrace Loudoun as the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Organization for having “demonstrated exceptional community change and filling a community need.” McLean Bible Church – Loudoun Campus is a founding partner of this recognized collaboration in the Catoctin community of Leesburg that includes Catoctin Elementary School, the Loudoun Literacy Council, businesses and other non-profits.

On behalf of the partners, Howard Levin from MBC Loudoun and Director, Embrace Loudoun accepted the award from Carol Barbe, President of the Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors.

Representing the partners at the Loudoun County Government Center, and shown below from right to left are Jim . . . → Read More: Embrace Loudoun Recognized