CHICAGO, IL (November 24, 2020) – This year’s ECC #GivingTuesday campaign gives Covenanters the opportunity to support the work of global personnel and their partners around the world to share the gospel through faithful service and innovation.
They are helping “to turn the up-side down world right side up,” says Al Tizon, executive minister of Serve Globally.
One recent innovation was created by Joshua Shinar, an electrical engineer with Telcom experience who is serving alongside his wife, Lori, in Cameroon. He created TVs4Jesus in 2018 as a way to help mission hospitals better care for spiritual as well as physical and emotional needs of people who comes through their doors. The ministry provides low-cost equipment and software, as well as free Christian video and audio offerings that can be streamed continuously throughout the hospital.
Already TVs4Jesus is helping lead people to Christ and strengthening the faith of believers, Shinar says. In Africa, culture and healthcare economics often require families to stay with patients to help with their care, including cooking meals. That means they have significant opportunity to hear the gospel.
“Setting up TVs4Jesus was a big but important task for our institution,” shares one partner of Shinar from a hospital in Niger. “We only have three chaplains and see over 10,000 patients per year,” he adds. “A major focus of ours is to make sure every single person who steps foot in our facility has the opportunity to hear the gospel. In a country that is 99 percent non-Christian, that is a top priority. TVs4Jesus has given us the ability to achieve that goal. And our evangelists can have follow-up conversations with patients based on what they’ve watched.”
As well, Don and Lillian Dwight serve as global personnel in Taiwan where they have been pastoring the Filipino Jesus Covenant Church for the past 20 years. There is much to celebrate, shares Don. “The JCC church has been growing. The Bible studies are flourishing, and new people are coming to know Jesus as friends invite them.” As a result of this growth, there is hope that a Filipino pastor will be installed at JCC within the next few years. The Dwights also praise God for no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in 200 days, which allows them to gather together for fellowship in the church’s open-air atrium and nearby parks.
Anyone interested in contributing to the funding that supports these and other Serve Globally personnel around the world can donate here. To make a gift by mail, checks may be sent to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 8303 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631, with “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line.