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Projects done by churches in Oregon that received Mission Match® funds

July 2008

Congregation in Oregon sends a member to Turkey to work with refugees   (click to open/close)

A Christian Church/Churches of Christ in Oregon had someone "who has grown up in our midst be called into full time missions work." According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the funds raised by the congregation were to be used to help this church member join "a church planting team in Turkey." According to the materials, the government of Turkey sends many of the refugees to outlying towns where the new believers meet together in house churches. Comments from the church member missionary stated, "There are more groups of believers who need someone to come and help them form a good foundation in their faith, and new refugees are arriving every day. I am joining this team pursuing God's glory by planting 20 churches. I will be ministering to women and families, offering friendship and hospitality and taking opportunities to share the Gospel and train new believers." Follow-up comments from the congregation on the Mission Match matching funds said, "This has created a sense of excitement and knowing that if we all work together we can accomplish more than we thought we could. The Mission Match gave us the challenge we needed to assure us that with God's help 'we can do it.' Our congregation has become much more aware of missions."

May - June 2008

Congregations in Illinois and Oregon purchase a truck for crop to market transportation in the Congo   (click to open/close)

Three American Baptist churches, including one in Illinois and two in Oregon, combined to help a Christian mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the Mission Match application of one of the churches, "The goal was to purchase a seven-ton transport truck and establish regular collection routes for fresh manioc tubers and fresh palm fruit bunches." Another church wrote, the Ag Center in this part of the Congo "helps families improve production so they can feed and support their families. They must hand carry their crops across difficult terrain, 22 rugged kilometers, to get them to market." According to the application materials, other Christian organizations were assisting in the financial support for this truck along with these three Baptist churches. According to materials, this truck will aid struggling farmers, as well as help provide better food access and thus stop child deaths in the area. A truck had been only a dream for years because there are no bank loans available in the Congo. One congregation involved in this project said, "We wanted to help provide the truck and use the project as an education tool for our congregation. The response was terrific, as they understood the way a truck will help all the families. The 4th and 5th grade Sunday school classes asked the missionary in the Congo what project he would suggest for kids. The kids then raised funds to buy packets of seeds. They are excited about missions!" Comments from another congregation said, "Mission Match provided an incredible incentive to go above and beyond our normal giving habits. What a great opportunity to see God work."