Linked with Love Anniversary
This weekend, our community of faith celebrates our first anniversary of partnering with the school in Nzige, Rwanda. Over the past year, families at Pearce have committed to sponsoring more than 100 children in Nzige, and two teams have visited the village to build relationships between our two communities. I feel that our partnership, known as Linked with Love, is off to a wonderful start and I look forward to watching this relationship grow and develop in the coming years.
To help us celebrate, we have two very special guests with us.
Bishop Samuel Kayinamura is spending this week with us, having arrived from Rwanda this past Monday evening. (Above is a photo from this past Tuesday evening, when the bishop gathered with the members of Pearce’s Great Commission Leadership Team, the group that oversees the Linked with Love partnership.)
This is the bishop’s third visit to the United States. He previously visited North Chili as an honorary delegate to the 2011 General Conference of the Free Methodist Church which we, along with RWC, hosted that summer. Bishop Samuel oversees a thriving and growing ministry of more than 170 churches in his homeland. He has served as bishop since 2004.
Dr. Linda Adams is no stranger to Pearce, having joined us on numerous occasions to preach from our pulpit. As the director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM), Linda tirelessly travels to help ICCM care for more than 20,000 children in over 30 countries around the globe.
Linda proposed Pearce’s Linked with Love partnership in the fall of 2014. Bishop Samuel has been an enthusiastic supporter of it from the early stages of development. I am grateful to both of these gifted leaders for their dedication to Christ and His Kingdom, and their service to Pearce Church and the children of Nzige.
Sponsoring a Child
Not all of the children in Nzige have been sponsored! Although we celebrate that more than 100 children from the village have been “adopted” by Pearce families over the past year, we’d love to touch even more of these young people with Christ’s love. This weekend, an additional 47 sponsorship packets will be available at a table in the narthex behind Pearce’s sanctuary. If you haven’t yet sponsored a child, why not consider stopping at the table and learning more about how you can impact a young child’s life?
If you aren’t able to be at Pearce this weekend, a limited number of sponsorship packets are kept on hand in the church office. Contact Kim Brittin at 594-9488 for more information.
Pearce Board Retreat
This past weekend, members of the Pearce Official Board and their spouses gathered for a time of retreat at Houghton College. The weekend provided an opportunity for the board to discuss, in depth, items that often get pushed aside by the demands of monthly agendas. Chairman Jim Morton led the sessions, encouraging the board to consider where God is leading our congregation in the coming years.
The board did discuss at length the future of two properties that are coming under our church’s ownership this summer. The two houses on either side of the Orchard Street entrance to our parking lot, which have been used as office space by RWC, will be torn down this fall to provide for future development of additional parking and green space for our congregation.
The board considered proposals to keep the house on the south side of the parking lot entrance, the “bungalow,” as a venue for ministry, such as an expanded food bank. The decision was made to tear down the house, largely because of the strategic location of the property for green space and parking uses, the availability of other Pearce-owned properties for possible ministry venues, and the financial investment necessary to maintain the property.