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1 Building Bridges Reflecting God’s Love Marg Pollon – Bridges of Love Ministry

2 “Divine gift love in a man enables him to love what is not naturally lovable – lepers, criminals, enemies, morons, the sulky, the superior, and the sneering.” C.S. Lewis 1.“ affection” – Natural Love 2.“friendship” – Natural Love 3.“eros” – Natural Love 4.“caritas” – Christian Charity, supernatural love of God Compassion – A Reflection of God’s Love

3 The church is only the church when it exists for others Compassion?? ♥Poverty-fighting through collective material transfer. ♥ Compassion through individual spiritual challenge. Compassion – suffering together with another, suffering with them…not just giving to them.

4 On Mission With God… As we follow Christ, the Master sets the direction and tells us where He is and where He is going. Where the Master is, the servant must be. The servant responds—not initiates. We are therefore part of God’s Mission. »Henry Blackaby and Avery Willis

5 Missional Church or a church with a Mission program? Missional Church – focuses all of its activities around its participation in God’s mission in the world. It trains people for discipleship and witness; it worships and practices mutual support before the watching world. Understands that the congregation itself is sent by God to proclaim and to be a sign of the reign of God. Mission Program – sees mission as one activity alongside many activities of the church. A church with a mission sends others to witness on its behalf.

6 Theology – Work of the People Involves:  A active & disciplined thinking of our faith, which provides the motivation and direction for the church’s ministry around the world.  Involves a communal process of conversion and witness guided by the presence of the Holy Spirit working in, with and through the disciplined thinking of the faith.  ALL members of the community are invited to participate in the direction of the church.

7 Joy of Discovery! Results:  Forming a context of mutuality.  Engaging in faithful conversation  Affirming the unity of the Holy Spirit

8 The Mission must come FIRST “The mission of the church is to participate in the reconciling love of the triune God who reaches out to a fallen world in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit brings strangers and enemies into God’s new and abiding community.”

9 “Now, What?” Application:  Pastors must translate intention into reality and sustain it.  Applied Christianity…putting faith into action.  Leaders to rally around something they believe in and then through a redemptive relationship with his congregation, reach their hearts with God’s ideas and mission thus achieving unity.

10 Recap Compassion  Supernatural love for God which results in an unnatural love for others.  Personal involvement, often sacrificial living.  Need time, commitment and total church involvement to have unity within the body.

11 Attempting the Ordinary… Being ‘authentic’: ♥Most Christians are closet member of CFJ, (Cowards for Jesus) ♥Most Christians are suffering from a malady called EFD, (Evangelism Frustrations Disorder). ♥Occurs when Christians insist on trying to be something they are not…namely brave! Steve Sjogren, ‘Conspiracy of Kindness

12 ‘a.k.a.’ LOST – Jim Henderson Traits of ordinariness and humanity - Christians who are on a mission get good at: 1.Stopping 2.Noticing 3.Listening

13 Into Reality…  We learn by doing, not simply discussing.  Training means ‘hands on’ – not attending a class.  The most significant aspect of our mission in the world is simply being there.  Unconsciously telling people about Christ, loving God and following Christ.  As we put Christ on display, people will react to us based on what they see of Him.

14 An open door for putting our faith into action… “Pandemic Preparedness” We have seen from past disasters, that a Christian response made a significant contribution to the apparent ‘miraculous’ growth of the church. The growth of the church, in part, was due to the practiced beliefs of Christians. “When all normal services break down, quite elementary nursing will greatly reduce mortality.” William McNeill, Plaques & Peoples.

15 Spiritual Readiness Prayer is the callisthenics that get us in shape for the marathon of service… Prayer leads into a deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, and will always give rise to concrete acts of deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, dying and the oppressed. Being ‘On Mission’ with Christ, is seeking his agenda and joining him through prayer.

16 Sacrificially meeting the needs of the sick and dying- actualized by those who are intimately connected to Jesus. Only those who walk closely with the Lord will have the strength to nurse the dying like the 1 st & 2 nd century Christians did in Rome. It depends, not so much on how merciful we are, but on how deeply we ourselves love the Lord.

17 Physical Readiness Personal commitments bring awesome power. Could a system be in place to be ‘On Mission with God’ to network, mobilize and equip brothers and sisters in Christ to be ready as the world becomes increasingly burdened with natural disaster, pandemics, poverty, disease and war.

18 Practical Applications Church building as a non-traditional site. Train members in elementary care-giving. Drivers, neighbourhood programs. House churches, counselling, prayer groups. Food banks, delivery services, child care. Communication networks, data bases.

19 Relational Readiness Do we know our neighbours? Are we ready to be more like Jesus and walk in His Steps? Are we ready to take the first step and set time to pray individually as well as corporately on how God would have our church prepare? Are we ready to take ‘action’ once God has made his plan clear? Let us put ‘feet’ to our faith and take ‘ACTION’ as Christians who Love the Lord.

20 A Spiritual Harvest Can you imagine the spiritual harvest that would naturally follow?

21 How does Building Bridges of Love contribute to the transforming of neighbourhoods? Facilitates partnerships with local churches, ministries, Relief & Development Agencies, Regional Health Authorities, and Government Agencies to enhance and expand the mandate of compassion within a locality to impact the community for Jesus Christ.

22 Vision A calling of the local church to have an on-going practical expression of Christ’s Love to the community. Demonstrating in tangible ways by sacrificial living, that we love God and our fellow man.

23 Mission Reflecting Christ’s Love in tangible ways through ‘Spiritual Readiness’, ‘Physical Readiness’ and ‘Relational Readiness’.

24 Questions?? Is Compassion just for the poor or does it transcend all levels of society? Can we do compassion without loving God and our neighbour? Is a church a church, if it doesn’t exist for others? Does God call us to be on mission with Him and therefore be prepared for an emergency – example a ‘pandemic’?

25 Principles Incarnational: Puts ‘feet’ and ‘flesh’ to the incarnation of Christ in the community. Intentional Community: Engages the church with the community. Passionate Spirituality: Prayer networks and personal prayer for hurting people. Radical Stewardship: Financial information and assistance. Policy making. Transformational Discipleship: Relevant discipleship to answer the ‘whys’, and hope for eternity to deal with the reality of the situation.

26 Commitments Training of trainers, Equipping churches to effectively care for their community. Mobilizing denominations, churches & agencies. Praying and gathering a prayer infrastructure. Networking with churches, ministries, health authorities, social services, communities… Developing appropriate structures within the body of Christ.

27 A Church Response As part of our research on how denominations are responding to the threat of a pandemic, a survey was conducted to assess their awareness. The questions asked and the results from the14 denomination leaders and 4 mission agencies who responded to the survey are as follows:

28 H5N1 Survey 1. Does your denomination / mission agency have a department that deals with –healthcare issues, –emergency response, or –relief and development issues?

29 H5N1 Survey 2. As far as you know, has your DENOMINATION considered the impact that a pandemic, which experts consider to be very likely in the next five years, might have on your congregations and their neighbours?

30 H5N1 Survey 3. As far as you know, has your MISSION AGENCY considered the impact that a pandemic, which experts consider to be very likely in the next five years, might have on your missionaries and the people they serve?

31 H5N1 Survey 4. Would there be somebody in your DENOMINATION or MISSION AGENCY that you could recommend we contact in order to pursue a more in depth dialogue WITH THE GOAL OF EXPLORING whether your denomination or mission agency might benefit from some early preparations?

32 H5N1 Survey Response Denominations Mission Agencies QuestionYesNoYesNo 1 a) Health Care Issues? b) Emergency Response? c) Relief & Development Considered Impact on Congregations Considered effect on Missionaries More information requested13131

33 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness The following is a presentation developed by Dr. Tim Foggin for Missionfest Vancouver January, 2006

34 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO: CONNECT WITH NEIGHBOURS CONNECT WITH BUSINESSES CONNECT WITH GOVERNMENTS

35 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness BEING PREPARED = CONTINGENCY PLANNING HEALTH IMPACT SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS ECONOMIC EFFECT EVENTUAL RESPONSE

36 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness BUT TODAY IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN PANDEMIC INFLUENZA… IT’S ALSO ABOUT: BEING READY FOR ANY EMERGENCY… BECOMING A “MISSIONAL CHURCH” ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITIES IT’S ALSO ABOUT CHURCH PLANTING

37 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness OUR PURPOSES: KINGDOM-BUILDING BRIDGE-BUILDING RECONNECTING CHURCH AND HEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES—THIS IS SHALOM!

38 Avian Flu May 2005 through January 2006 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

39 May 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

40 June 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

41 July 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

42 August 15, 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

43 August 31, 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

44 September 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

45 October 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

46 November-December 2005 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

47 January 2006 H5N1 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness

48 2006? 2007? 2008? 2009? 2010? 2011? 2012? Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness H5N1? H3N2? H9N2? H7N7? H2N2?

49 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR ANY FUTURE EVENT… FRAMEWORK: We must first ASSESS the RISKS Then consider how to MITIGATE and PREPARE for it And eventually RESPOND and undertake RECOVERY

50 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness OUR GOALS TODAY: ASSESS the risk of an influenza pandemic from a church perspective Consider ways by which to mitigate risk Consider the forming of a church pandemic planning group

51 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness What is the risk of being hit by an asteroid? What is the risk of having your house burn down? What is the risk of having an influenza pandemic this decade? What is the risk of having an influenza pandemic in our lifetime?

52 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC… WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN?! … and back for at least past five centuries…

53 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC… WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN?! AND WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?!! 1968… 1,000,000 deaths 1957… 1,000,000 deaths 1918… 20,000,000…to 50,000,000 deaths

54 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC… WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN?! WHAT WOULD WE DO IF WE KNEW ANOTHER TSUNAMI WAS COMING? WHAT IF WE KNEW 1,000,000 WOULD DIE THIS TIME ? WHAT IF WE KNEW 2,000,000 TO 7,000,000 WOULD DIE ? The 1918 flu pandemic killed more people in 24 weeks than HIV / AIDS has killed in 24 years… The 1918 flu pandemic killed more people in one year than the black plague killed in one century…

55 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC… WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN?! THE NATURAL HISTORY of the INFLUENZA VIRUS makes it VERY CLEAR THAT A FLU PANDEMIC WILL OCCUR AGAIN… Based on the 1968 pandemic, we can expect from 2 to 7 million deaths What if next time it were more like in 1918? How many million then?

56 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC… WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN?! While 10,000 to 60,000 deaths in Canada alone is already too much… Consider the implications of interruptions of public services… Consider the social disruption caused by altered routines of school, work, and leisure activities… Consider the economic impacts… if SARS, which “only” killed 44 in Canada, then what would a flu pandemic situation be like?

57 IN THE NEWS: THE PANDEMIC THREAT

58 20 th CENTURY PANDEMICS H1N1H5N1?H2N2 H3N Spanish Flu Asian Flu Hong Kong Flu million deaths1 million deaths

59 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness IMPLICATIONS for us here today… From a church point of view… From a para-church or from a mission agency point of view… For our families and neighbours…

60 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily

61 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness Missions Fest ® Vancouver 2006Panel discussion moderated by Dr. T.M. Foggin How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Public Health Effects: 25-40% of population ill?

62 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness Missions Fest ® Vancouver 2006Panel discussion moderated by Dr. T.M. Foggin How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Public Health Effects: 25-40% of population ill? Public Services: Decreased essential services?

63 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness Missions Fest ® Vancouver 2006Panel discussion moderated by Dr. T.M. Foggin How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Public Health Effects: 25-40% of population ill? Public Services: Decreased essential services? Social Disruptions: Community buildings closed?

64 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Public Health Effects: 25-40% of population ill? Public Services: Decreased essential services? Social Disruptions: Community buildings closed? Economic Impacts: Business continuity? Jobs?

65 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily

66 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Internal response: Caring for our own members?

67 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Internal response: Caring for our own members? Equipping for service: Members serving neighbours?

68 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Internal response: Caring for our own members? Equipping for service: Members serving neighbours? Community outreach: Working with other groups?

69 Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness How would the following impact you? churchagencyfamily Internal response: Caring for our own members? Equipping for service: Members serving neighbours? Community outreach: Working with other groups? Municipal cooperation: Working with government?

70 Contact Information Marg Pollon at: Dr. Tim Foggin at: If you would like to become a member of the Pandemic Preparedness Group, please sign in at: Preparedness Guide is found on our web site. Please feel free to copy this for your information and to share with your church. “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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