Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Forward Edge: Ordinary People with Extraordinary Purpose

Forward Edge International exists to share Christ’s love with those affected by poverty, disaster and sickness in the U.S. and around the world. By mobilizing hundreds of people each year to participate firsthand in their long-term, need-meeting projects, they help to empower individuals, churches, campus fellowships and businesses to be "the hands and feet of Jesus" in a world desperate for His touch.

To illustrate their mission, Forward Edge founder and president, Joseph Anfuso, often tells the story of a man with a bucket of water approaching a building engulfed in flames. Near the building is a row of sleeping firemen. The man must make a choice: Does he throw his bucket on the building, or on the row of firemen? Forward Edge International has made its choice: they are waking up the firemen!

Forward Edge International ‘wakes up the firemen’ and addresses urgent needs around the world by mobilizing volunteers to help initiate and sustain long-term projects and relationships. They believe everyone should have an opportunity to change a life.

Forward Edge mobilises hundreds of volunteers each year to alleviate suffering through disaster-response work, health care projects and programs for vulnerable children. Since 1983, more than 15,000 volunteers have served with Forward Edge in 35 nations, including the U.S.

So what does partnership with Forward Edge International offer?
    Life-changing Adventures—individuals are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God.
    Decades of experience— they have been organizing short-term mission trips since 1983! 
    Long-term ministry partnerships—deep relationships built on trust with key ministries in the locations they serve.
    Customized Trips—plan a trip that matches the gifting and calling of your team.
    Training and administrative support—proven training materials and complete logistical coordination before and throughout your trip.
    On-site, knowledgeable Field Staff—dedicated servants who support your group leader(s), ensuring all your team’s needs are met while on-site.
    Worldwide service opportunities—we have relationships throughout the world and can help you answer God’s call.

No matter who you are, where you live, or in what stage of life you currently find yourself, God can use you! Get in touch with Forward Edge International and let them know how God has called you to reach out to those in need and they will do all they can to help you meet that calling.

Here are some ways of how you can help:
Serve on a Team—join a short-term missions team! The mission teams are available to anyone who wants to reach out to local and global communities. They are generally one to two weeks in length. Why wait? Begin planning your trip today!
Pray—join their Global Prayer Team! Become part of a global community of committed prayer warriors for the people and projects Forward Edge supports. Add your voice to the chorus of voices already raised in prayer.
Volunteer—there are many opportunities throughout the year for volunteers in the Portland/Vancouver metro area.
Partner—share your passion in a way unique to your skills, resources and personality that will inspire others to follow.
Sevenly are selling tshirts, jumpers and hoodies to support Forward Edge as their chosen cause this week! Buy online here!

Remember: You Really Can Make a Difference!
Ronell x

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