C3 Missions NewsletterRich Stigall
1,100 Children and Growing Strong
Last month we chuckled at our “dream” to one day build 5 – maybe 10 – homes; a couple hundred children. Today we marvel at what God is doing through this ministry. On Sunday, August 12, 2007, we welcomed 250 orphaned children into their new homes in Haiti. That put C3 beyond the first 1,000 children! Here is a snapshot of where we are today
– 27 homes up and running;
– 1,100 children;
– 46 new homes approved and in process.
We pause now to thank God for His blessing, and to thank you for pulling on the oars. The Lord has used the first 1,000 children to educate us on how to catalyze the local church to care for and love His children. He has given us a replicable model that really works – for very little money.
Rwanda Update – A New Horizon
In July, Mike and Beth traveled to Rwanda with Rick and Kay Warren. C3 connected with Saddleback Church to explore a partnership to provide holistic care for the orphaned and abandoned children of Rwanda. Through Saddleback’s PEACE initiative, the government of Rwanda seeks to become a “purpose driven” nation. Saddleback has done an absolutely incredible job working with the local church and the Rwandan government to implement pastoral training, health care initiatives, HIV/AIDS care, etc. All of this progress is taking place through the Christian Church in Rwanda, with the express blessing and affirmative involvement of the government. It is truly a unique situation in Africa.
Within the PEACE approach, the local church in Rwanda will facilitate foster care and adoptions. The problem, of course, is reality: the demand for orphan care is too great for the supply of foster and adoptive families. What does the church do with the remaining hundreds of thousands of orphans? That is where C3 will come into play.
The trip proved affirming to C3’s mission, and C3 is now actively discussing orphan care through the local church in Rwanda. C3 is exploring orphan care through the cluster model for children the local church cannot place in foster or adoptive families. We expect to finalize our plans to start building homes in Rwanda in the coming weeks. This could mean dozens of new homes; it could mean hundreds of new homes. We covet your prayers that we’ll have wisdom and courage in this venture.
To hear more detail about the Rwanda trip, check out the Fox Report at www.c3missions.org. And stay tuned.
Our C3 Team Has Grown
Peter Wilhelm has joined the team. Peter coordinates our marketing, event planning, and IT needs. If you came to our June event, that gives you some idea of what happens when Beth and Peter get together. If Mike and Joe planned that event, you would have been eating Ballpark franks and Chocodiles. It’s good to have Pete around! His e-mail address is PeterWilhelm@c3missions.org.
Angie Enegren has joined us as our Administrative Manager. A bright professional with huge business upside, just starting her career, Angie has opted to serve orphans. When you get a minute, ask her why. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Peter and Angie are two ultra-talented believers who’ve exited business to help the children in our sights. Please take a minute to welcome them.
Conclusion and Request
Please, make this your personal ministry. Your family’s ministry. Your company’s ministry. Your church’s ministry. God is at work here, and it’s not about any of us at C3. It’s far bigger than us. As each of you make this your ministry, and engage your circle, this ministry will become a viral Movement. 1,100 children will become 10,000, and 10,000 will become 100,000.
If you are one of our existing partners, please consider increasing your C3 commitment. If you have not yet partnered with us, please consider doing so. If you can engage others in this Movement, please do so. If we can help, just say the word.
Thanks for all that you do.
Mike and Beth Fox