01 December 2014

November Newsletter - #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday
   Generous gifts to the Offering for Global Missions allow us to stay on the field in Slovakia and serve with CBF in the many areas we minister: Coordinating Roma work in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, partnership with Baptist World Alliance at the United Nations in Geneva, and service on the Board of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre – Amsterdam.  Our student.go short-term co-workers - Ashleigh Bugg in 2014 - are also funded through the Offering. 
   Additionally, the gifts to our projects allow us to be involved in ministry since our CBF budget does not provide any ministry funds. 
   Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving – everyone goes shopping.  Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday.  The following Monday is Cyber Monday.  And the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called Giving Tuesday. This year, we challenge you to join the #GivingTuesday campaign by making an additional gift to the Offering for Global Missions or one of our projects.  Your gifts make all the difference!

In All things Giving Thanks
   We are intentionally sending this email newsletter just before Thanksgiving because it gives us an opportunity to share our thanks with you.
   Dianne and Shane are in the US right now, completing a speaking tour in Alabama and Georgia.  We cannot express enough how thankful we are for the partnership in ministry with the Roma to wonderful churches like Vestavia Hills Baptist in Birmingham, AL; First Baptist Church in Athens, GA; First Baptist Church, Warm Springs, GA; and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA.  These churches have either sent short-term ministry teams, are planning on serving in Slovakia in 2015, and/or have partnered with us in prayer for years. 
   We are thankful for the leadership of Alabama CBF and CBF of Georgia which have either facilitated additional meetings or provided us with the original contacts with these churches years ago to demonstrate their strategic and catalytic role in connecting churches to ministry opportunities with CBF Field Personnel. 
  Joyous thanks for the reminder that we have Birthday Prayer Partners. When in Warm Springs, GA, Shane received a big hug from a woman who shares the same birthday (3 December).  She has been praying for Shane every Wednesday since her church began to focus on Missions during their mid-week church services.  Shane was also able to share specific prayer requests for another Birthday Partner – Gennady Podgaisky who serves in Kiev, Ukraine who is experiencing back problems. 
   Thanks for the opportunity to share more widely about the Roma.  While in Athens, GA, we met with a professor in Anthropology who teaches about the Roma and specializes in the Roma Holocaust.
   We were thankful to meet in the Presbyterian Student Center at UGA where the photographs of Ashleigh Bugg, our student.go volunteer this past year, will be on display for a couple of months.  If you would like to see a selection of photos and discover an opportunity to connect with Ashleigh in support of an anti-human trafficking campaign in Slovakia, you can watch this video:  Ashleigh’s Slovak Roma Video
   or you can work through the Prezi found at this link:  Ashleigh’s Slovak Roma Prezi  
   Our cup of thanksgiving overflows.  You, your prayers, and your financial gifts to the Offering for Global Missions and our Projects are also a reason for us to give thanks.  Blessings to you and yours as you gather this week and remember all the relationships and reasons you have to give thanks!

McNary Projects - Make sure to include a note indicating MCNARY PROJECT along with the project number in your description as well. 
SK/CZ Roma Mission Support (Project #89751)
Roma Health & Hunger (Project #89754)
Samuel Project (Project #89757)
Mail checks to: CBF, PO Box 102972, Atlanta, GA 30368-2972 or give online at The Fellowship (you will need to enter a project number).  It is also possible to set up a recurring gift.
If you have set up a recurring gift, please remember to keep your bank card information up to date. When your card expires, your gifts stop.