SCA Update 6/16/06
Turning Point Ministries and Somebody Cares are finalizing dates and location for the ministry’s 25th anniversary celebration in October. Details coming soon! In the meantime, you can post your note to Doug and the ministry on the TPMI blog at www.tpmi.org. We are also collecting video greetings, notes, and photos for a commemorative DVD and program. Please mail to the address at the bottom of this page.
UPDATE FROM FIJI
Doug Stringer is in the Fiji Islands as a facilitator for the Sentinel Group’s “Global Summit.” The summit is being held in Fiji because of the amazing Transforming Revival that has been occurring there in recent years, touching every aspect of the community and the culture from the ecology to the economy. Doug has met with Pastor Suliasi Kurolo, pastor of World Harvest Centre—the largest church in the southern hemisphere—about Somebody Cares Fiji, which was officially launched at the Somebody Cares International Conference last July. This Sunday, Doug will be speaking at the church’s English-speaking worship service. (The time will be 3:30pm Saturday in Houston, for those who would like to pray for the service.)
Upon his return from Fiji, Doug will be speaking at Arise 2006 in Medford OR, a day for the churches in the area to call upon the Lord for revival in the Rogue River Valley. Jason Upton will be leading worship. Before returning to Houston, Doug will also be meeting with Michael Walker, SCA board member and pastor of Church in the City, regarding Somebody Cares Denver.
CONTINUING HURRICANE RELIEF
Somebody Cares Houston continues assisting Katrina evacuees, including one man this week who received assistance with car problems that had been keeping him from work. In Kirbyville, Pastor Charles Burchett from First Baptist/Somebody Cares Newton-Jasper Counties, is heading up CORR (Citizens Organized for Rita Restoration), with an initial goal of repairing 5000 roofs. Rebuilding efforts continue with Somebody Cares Southeast Texas, Somebody Cares Picayune/Resurrection Life Church, and Somebody Cares East New Orleans/City Cathedral, as well.
NEW SCA CHAPTER LAUNCHED
Somebody Cares Warren PA/Jamestown NY held the first of two regional pastors gatherings to kick off Somebody Cares in that area. Each pastor attending this meeting, held in Warren, received a complimentary copy of Doug Stringer’s book, Somebody Cares. Next Thursday, pastors will meet in Jamestown. Holly Aipoalani is the chapter’s executive director and Julie Blick is the disaster response coordinator. Pastor Dale Haight from Praise Fellowship is pastoral advisor to the team, and an advisory board will be formed in the near future. The core organizational team currently consists of about 30 people. Join us in welcoming this new SCA chapter!
REPORT FROM SC NEW ENGLAND
Somebody Cares New England received a truckload of disaster relief supplies, paper and personal care products, housewares, household items, and water from Compassion Coalition of Mount Zion Ministries in Utica NY, which was distributed to eight agencies and churches directly working with those who have been impacted by the flooding. “The community was amazed at the product that was donated,” says Marlene Yeo, director of SCNE. “Everyone was so appreciative and willing to help distribute the goods.”
In other news from New England, Marlene Yeo was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as a five-year member on the Board of Trustees for Northern Essex Community College, and the Somebody Cares television show was filmed last week with two young adults from Chain Reaction, hosted by SCNE and Community Christian Fellowship in Lowell, MA, as the guests. The show is filmed once a month and airs six-nine times throughout the month, Marlene said.
Your gift supports the ongoing work of Somebody Cares locally and globally. Please make checks payable to Somebody Cares and send them to PO Box 570007, Houston TX 77257. For credit card donations, please call our office, 713-621-1498 , or visit our website, www.somebodycares.org Somebody Cares reserves the right to apply funds toward the greatest need. Your donation is tax deductible.