These are the current Missionaries that Bridge to Grace Covenant Church supports:
Physician Assistant (PA) Medical Missionary to DR – Congo
Here is a brief overview of plans of ministry for the next couple of years, and she talks about it a little in the video.
- She has been invited to work at a different mission hospital in DRC – Vanga Baptist Mission Hospital.
- She hopes to work at the hospital the first 6 months, developing relationships with new Congolese and missionary colleagues. She may also be doing some language study during that time. They do speak Lingala in the area, but they also speak Kituba.
- September – PCP is planning a Medical Ambassador trip to the CEUM area. She is planning to travel from Vanga to Gemena in late August with hopes of remaining in the area for 6-8 weeks.
- She will return to Vanga in late October to keep working at the Vanga Hospital.
- Sometime in 2022, she hopes to help the Vanga Baptist Mission hospital implement the program Helping Babies Breathe. This is a program that has been done in the CEUM area. She would like to bring down two nurses from the Karawa/CEUM area to help with training at the Vanga hospital.
Fabio and Johnna Muniz, Missionaries to France
Newsletter February/March 2023 (Edited)
Their mission to Serve Globally facilitates the practice of the five priorities of the ECC across cultures and around the world through: equipping local congregations for mission, training the people of God through formal and informal theological education, sending missionaries to strategic places, cultivating partnerships with churches and organizations in strategic contexts.
Some of the Opportunities they participated in:
1 Peter 1:8-9 – Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Johnna preached at Community Covenant Church in Springfield, VA over Zoom. She talked about Thomas’ honesty in saying what was blocking him from believing and connected that to our principles in ministry here in Lyon. When people around us are similar to Thomas and have trouble believing, we find that just walking with them, listening, and doing random acts of kindness are some of the ways to be intentional and meet them where they are. She then talked about when we go through moments of doubt and suggested we get honest like Thomas, then try to be open and curious about life, then practice gratitude. Doubt is not the opposite of faith as we often think. Some say fear is. The Jews cried out to God in their “doubt”, meaning they didn’t lose faith that God exists. .
The Cultural Fusion Cafe has become a hub where people from our groups and events come together to enjoy a cup of coffee, have a chat and use the co-working space at our partner location, La Causerie. M, M and C: We continue to see the cafe as a meeting point and refuge for people from all over the city. Please pray for M, M and C, three women who are quite marginalized for various reasons.
Fábio has been partenering with a Brazilian Mission school. He recently finished his first Church History course. He trained and taught for four months through videos and on Zoom. His next group will start after summer vacation.
We organized our first gastronomic workshop at La Causerie.
Our Italian friends led an excellent and delicious experience. It was an 8-hour experience with 5 courses: caprese salad, pasta with veggies, pasta with fish, pasta with beef, dessert.
Fábio has been leading a Lectio Divina & Table Fellowship once a month. Fábio was invited to pray for South America during the ecumenical gathering in Lyon. Anglicans, Catholics, Orthodox, Coptic Christians among other traditions got together at Temple du Change. He was also invited to share his spiritual journey with a group of French regional leaders on Zoom.
We also organized our “Burger and Languages” at Café Perl. These events have helped us to get to know people better and serve the city as bridge builders.
Fábio was honored to be interviewed by Diana Waring, a well-respected historian in the Christian education field today. He talked about the Roman Empire and early Church History in Lyon (formerly called Lugdunum). To watch this interview: https://streamyard.com/y895nkqrgerq
Thank you for your faithful giving and partnership!
We could not be here without your prayers, words of encouragement, phone calls, emails, texts and giving.
Joel Zamorano serves with Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Joel and Valdinete Zamorano Approaching the end of the year once again we want to thank God for His infinite faithfulness and care for us. We have seen his provision, his care in every moment. We thank each one of you who through your prayers and offerings are part of these miracles. Thank you very much and our prayer and desire is that God bless you greatly and supply each of your needs in glory through Christ Jesus.
Alicia is almost on vacation! She is doing very well at school with very good grades and received a diploma as an example of a follower of Christ, showing love to other classmates with her good testimony and service.
Isabela is also doing well, she continues to teach at school and in June she finishes her Japanese course, she has a very good lever now, thank God. She also continues preparing to go as a missionary to work in Japan, in 2023. She is raising her finances for that.
During these months we have continued with our ministerial work:
Supporting the church with preaching and the girls with worship.
Supporting another ministry with short-term teams (translation, evangelism, transportation)
Valdinete continue with the counseling for mothers
Camp for children and teenagers – Light in Action Camp
Thank God we were able to carry out the camps with the teens and it is a blessing to see them grow in the knowledge of the Lord. It is a great reward to invest in this generation to see them make a difference with their words and actions. Now in December we hold the camp celebrating Christmas with them. We were able to offer a nice Christmas dinner for the children and a Christmas program for the parents at night, where their children danced, sang and we listened to testimonials and together we shared a tasty hot chocolate. This thanks to the generosity of brothers who joined with their offerings.
- Prayer Requests:
For our family
For our physical and spiritual health
By Isabela to raise the necessary finances.
For our ministry here
Thanksgiving for all that the Lord has done and will continue to do. He is faithful.
A big hug to all,
Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year.
Joel, Valdinete, Isabela and Alici