As we prepare for Advent, we want to invite you to consider giving above your regular offering to our 2022 Advent Giving Project. All gifts will be divided between two focus areas as outlined below. If more than $35,000 is received, the extra funds will be given to the Panama project.
Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift? Perhaps this year, you could give a donation to our Advent Giving Project on someone’s behalf! Here is a card you can download and send to them.
Global Church – Panama Security Wall Project
This advent, we would like to raise funds for our partner churches in Panama to help with the completion of a security wall at Casa del Sembrador (Juan Diaz Center) in Panama City.
The IEU – (United Evangelical MB Churches of Panama) own a property in Panama City that they have discerned a new vision for, which will allow them to serve the churches all over Panama, including missionaries and others who travel to Panama. The income from the center will also help them become more self-sustaining. They have already contributed over 90,000 USD themselves to the development of this property.
The property includes the conference office and space for meetings, and several apartments that are being rented by Wounaan as well as a few apartments that are being renovated as places to rent out to others on short-term basis. Lavern Pratt, a Multiply global worker from FGCC is living on the property and helping with renovations as a landscape architect.
The urgent need is for a security wall that is being constructed out of cinder block and steel around the perimeter (210 m) as there have been thefts and security threats. The other area of need is with landscaping and creating a better flow for water as flooding happens often in rainy season which can damage the apartments.
The fence has been started with 75m completed so far. Work is being done by Wounaan who volunteer their time but have expenses for travel and food that need to be covered as well as all the supplies for the wall.
Buckets of Hope
MCC Saskatchewan continues to work with local partners to raise funds and labor to build relief buckets that are then shipped around the world to areas of natural disaster and war. The need for these buckets continues to be great.
Buckets cost about $50 each. FGCC would raise the funds and then MCC will purchase the supplies. We will then build the buckets together at MCC on Sunday, December 18 from 2:30-4:00pm. We will need around 40-50 people, children included, and invite all sites to take part in this hands-on activity.
How to Give
We hope to raise a total of $35,000! Donations to support the Advent Giving Project can be done in the following ways:
- Credit Card through Church Center: choose “Advent Giving Project” in the drop down menu.
- Bank Transfer: Follow the instructions listed here, and include “Advent Giving Project” in your email to the Financial Administrator.
- NEW! E-transfer: Follow the instructions listed here and be sure to specify the “Advent Giving Project” in your message.
- In-Person Cheque: made out to Forest Grove Community Church and designated to “Advent Giving Project” on the envelope.
If you’d like to give a gift to this project in someone else’s name, here is a card that you can download and send to them.