In Mark 16:15, Jesus told His disciples to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (NIV) Valley View Assembly of God firmly believes that The Great Commission is a mandate for all Christians.
Operation Christmas Child The Valley View Assembly of God church family recently packed 145 shoeboxes which are now on their journey to a boy or girl who will receive a gift and hear about the greatest gift of all - Jesus. We had so much fun gathering and packing gifts this year.
Operation Christmas Child is one of many ministries of Samaritan's Purse founded by Franklin Graham. We have participated in this missions opportunity for many years. For most of the children, this is the first gift they have ever received. These shoeboxes are distributed by local pastors and missionaries. After receiving shoebox gifts, children are invited back to participate in a 6 week program, The Greatest Journey. Through this 12-lesson course, which includes Bible stories and Scripture memorization, they learn how to follow Christ in their daily lives as they share Him with friends and family.
Eswatini We recently had an opportunity to help Rev. Mathokoza Simelane in Eswatini, a pastor who works with missionaries that Rev. Mark and Anjali Jones, missionaries that we support. The well pump had stopped working and needed to be replaced. Through our missions giving, we were able to send the funds necessary to provide them with a brand new pump. They now have clean water for their community! Below is an email from Rev. Mathokoza Simelane and some photos. To God be the glory!
Good day Mrs Sheila Olander!
This is Rev. Mathokoza Simelane from the Kingdom of Eswatini. I got your email from the Jones family who are missionaries to Eswatini.
I can't explain how happy and thankful I am to you and the church for the gift of love you sent me. You may never know how important this is to a rural pastor in Eswatini. Many rural churches don't afford the salary of the pastor because its membership is mostly comprised of people who live below the poverty line. In order to survive in ministry we often do small income generating projects, such as agricultural projects, etc.
Please pass my sincere thanks to the church. I have attached pictures of what has been achieved through your gift.