Baltimore Rescue Mission – We provide financial assistance, as well as clothing donations, carpentry help and IT support. The Baltimore Rescue Mission is a faith-operated mission whose key purpose is to proclaim Jesus Christ to every person who enters its doors.The mission’s staff instructs believers in the Word of God, conducts Christ-centered preaching and teaching services, and offers one-on-one counseling sessions. The rescue mission also provides food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance, a five-day drug and alcohol detox center, and the Karis Home for women and children. During a typical year, more than 3,000 homeless men, women and children come to the mission seeking help of one kind or another.
Project Echo, Inc. – We provide a monthly dinner and christian fellowship to residents at Project ECHO, Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to homeless people in our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also perform maintenance and renovations to the property, when the need arises. With a capacity of 40 beds, ECHO House offers a safe, sober place to stay overnight to homeless men, women, and children on a short-term basis. The maximum time of residence is 90 days, the average is 15 days
Operation Christmas Child – Even though this event happens in November each year, we support it monthly by bringing different items to the church each month. Check out the OCC website – (www.SamaritansPurse.org/occ) for monthly gift suggestions…Kip and Staci Sanborn are our OCC Team Leaders. Call the Church Office (301-327-5132) for contact information.
Purpose • The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world.
Scope • Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories through Operation Christmas Child. • In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children. • Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain and the U.K. • More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping and distributing shoebox gifts.
Process • Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. • During National Collection Week (Nov. 16 – 23) Samaritan’s Purse collects the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. • Operation Christmas Child also offers a year-round opportunity to pack personalized shoeboxes online. Go to samaritanspurse.org/occ to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world. • Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the U.S.—Atlanta; Baltimore; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Denver; Minneapolis; and Orange County, Calif. • Samaritan’s Purse and its partners will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries. • Participants can follow their box online to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Discipleship • More than 4.7 million children have participated in The Greatest Journey, the Samaritan’s Purse discipleship program that is offered to many children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. The Greatest Journey is implemented through a global church network to help children learn how to know and follow Jesus.
Pablo & Sarah Cenepo-Torres
Missionaries with CMML
Hello from the Cenepo-Torres Family! We have been in Trujillo, Peru (9 hours north of Lima) since November 2002 and we are involved in various ministries with our focus being in the areas of Church Planting, Leadership Training and Discipleship. God has blessed us with 4 precious daughters. They are gifts from God that we treasure each and every day. We know that our marriage and children should be our first priority after our relationship with God and we are thankful that God is gracious to us as we seek to do things in the right order.
My desire to serve in Peru was born out of the time I spent with veteran missionaries Herbert and Colleen Elliot. It was while they were serving in the town of Yurimaguas that Colleen assisted my mother at my birth. A few years later, when I was 6, my parents divorced and for a while I struggled growing up without a parent at my side.
When I was 9, despite the hardships of life, the Lord was faithful to bring me to the knowledge and further acceptance of His salvation in His Son. It happened while attending Vacation Bible School. My grandmother was a faithful Christian who noticed my withdrawal from church after my parents divorce. One summer however, she pushed me to go to VBS and I went hesitantly. During one of the sessions the VBS teacher taught about the death of Christ and its meaning to each individual. As young as I was, I knew hell was not a cool place to go in every sense of the word. I stayed behind after class was dismissed and was led to accept Jesus into my heart. I did not feel a colossal weight lifted off my shoulders; but I did find out progressively about the truth of passing from death to life and the more I learned of it the more I realized that I’m no one outside of Christ. I was in my mid-teens when, mainly due to my need for further education, the Lord re-united me with the Elliots in the coastal city of Trujillo and they became like much needed parents to me.
In the summer of 1988 I made some good friends from Canada who came to Peru to help build the chapel in Trujillo. Through their initiative and efforts I attended New Brunswick Bible Institute in New Brunswick, Canada. The Lord later led me to attend Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD. Upon my graduation with a bachelors degree, I returned to Peru to help Bert with whatever there was to do. I arrived in Trujillo at a crucial time for the recently founded “Elliot Christian School” and I became one of its first teachers. Two years later the Lord blessed me with a scholarship to attend Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. I graduated from there in May of 2001. A few years prior to my graduation, I met a beautiful missionary minded gal from MD by the name of Sarah. We were married in the summer of 2000. After finishing my studies we continued to sense the Lord leading us as a couple to Peru to continue the work I learned to love as a boy.
I was born into a Christian family and have been attending church since I was three weeks old. As a child I thought of church as enjoyable because I got to play with friends, hear the bible stories, and draw pictures on the back of the bulletin during the services. As I grew a little older I started paying more attention to what was being taught. One Sunday after the church service, my mother was cooking dinner and I asked her what a Christian was and how I could be assured that I would go to Heaven. She took me into my room and, with an open Bible in her hands, told me about how much Jesus loved me. And that before I was even born, He loved me so much that He died for me so that my sins could be forgiven. God raised Jesus from the dead three days later and now He is in heaven sitting at the right hand of God the Father. She explained that I could go to heaven also if I believed in Jesus, that He died for me, and was raised from the dead. I realized that I was not the perfect little princess I thought I was and that I needed Christ. At the age of six I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and at that moment He became the Lord of my life.
I was so excited following that day because I knew that I was going to spend eternity in Heaven. Not long after that, I remember telling my best friend about Jesus one morning on the school bus. I also remember a missionary coming to our church named Sarah Ann Blazer (she has since gotten married and changed her last name to Beckley). I thought it was neat that she had the same first and middle name that I had so I started sending her letters all the way to Africa where she was a missionary. And she would write me letters too. I remember thinking that maybe I would want to be a missionary doctor in the jungles of Africa when I grew up.
After graduating from high school, I attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in May of 2000. During my junior year, I went on a missions trip to Jamaica to help build a village for deaf adults, work with children who were deaf and with other children in an orphanage. We shared with them the same thing that my mom shared with me when I was young the love of Jesus. After I got back from spending 10 days in Jamaica, I knew that God was calling me to be a missionary. As Pablo and I were getting to know each other, I learned very quickly of his desire to return to Peru to serve the Lord. In November 2002, we moved to Peru (after being married for a little over 2 years and myself a little over 2 months pregnant with our first child).
Sam & Rachel Paulson
Missionaries with PIONEERS
Samuel and his wife, Rachel, both received Christ as Savior at an early age. Samuel came to America to pursue a career in electronics, but the Lord touched his heart in a special way and he surrendered his life to full-time ministry. During his studies at Washington Bible College and capital Bible Seminary, the Lord refined Samuel’s burden to reach the unreached Indians for Christ. Upon graduation in 1982, Sam and his family returned to India. Sam Paulson has served for over 20 years as the National Director for Pioneers-India. Under Sam’s leadership, national believers are evangelizing and planting churches amongst the least-reached peoples of India. Sam and Rachel have three grown children.
Mohan & Leina Zaigirdar
Missionaries with ABWE
Mohan and Leina Zagirdar continue spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the joy and fulfillment that can only be found in the Christian faith throughout Europe reaching as many Asians as possible. Mohan and Leina appreciate FCBC for their generosity, the support for their mission, and the continued prayers.
Dan & Amparito Brooks
Missionaries with BEMA
The G Family
Missionaries with FIM