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The Congo Is Calling!

Over the past few years, Dr. Mossai Sanguma and CEUM President Mboka have been asking Pastor Steve to come to the Congo and teach at the Pastor’s Conference in February 2015. In the past, there have been several reasons that this trip has not worked out. However, this February this opportunity is becoming a reality. 
On February 2, Pastor Steve will leave for Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first week will be touring the Gemena area where many of our Congo Kids live. This part of the mission trip is making connections for Minnehaha Academy, as there is a desire and need to strengthen the educational process for the students in the region. The hope is to build a reciprocal program for educators within the Covenant Church to encourage and equip educators in the Congo.
The next leg of the journey will take an 18-hour drive on single-lane roads to Yakama, DRC, where about 2,000 pastors and church leaders will gather for the weeklong conference. As President Mboka told Pastor Steve when he was in the Twin Cities in November, “You will be teaching every day you are here.” This is a great privilege and
opportunity! Following the conference, there will be another 18-hour drive back to Gemena. Pastor Steve is looking forward to being with Dr. Sanguma and his wife, Sabuli, as he concludes the tour of education sites that are supporting the Lydia Project. These last few days in the Congo will also be spent with a team from World Vision that is partnering in the project.
One of the draws for Pastor Steve when he accepted the call to Redeemer Covenant Church was the mission focus of the congregation. This trip is just one more way that he sees Redeemer living out the call of Christ to “make disciples of all nations.” It is very important that this trip is covered by the church family’s prayers. You may also want to contribute a gift, over and above your regular giving, for the costs of travel and ministry. These gifts can be marked, “Pastor Mission Budget.” Any extra funds remaining after
this trip will be made available to cover other ministry team member’s mission opportunities.
Redeemer Covenant Church is a global mission! Right now, the Congo is calling!

Zanewood Community School Gives Back

Zanewood blankets
The Zanewood school staff are grateful for your continued donations of school supplies and winter outerwear, and they wanted to give back. Four beautiful, warm fleece blankets were made by 4th-6th grade ESP students and given to Ms. Amy Long, Director of Children and Ministry at Redeemer. When she told the staff the blankets would be used for Families Moving Forward 2015 at Redeemer in January, one of the staff members teared up and started crying. Ms. Amy was also able to share with one of the students who had made the blankets how they were going to be used. We appreciate this gift of the colorful, warm hand-crafted blankets. 
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at our adopted school and to donate supplies. This past season, the following winter outerwear items were donated by the Redeemer
family for elementary-aged students at Zanewood including:
  • 30 jackets
  • 7 pairs of snow pants
  • 21 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 25 hats plus 1 hat/scarf set
  • 12 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of boots

Thank you for your support. 


Recognizing Veterans

Sunday, November 16, 2014, we had the extraordinary opportunity to hear one mother’s moving testimony of strong faith in Christ, even through the hardest of life situations. We shared the life-changing story of the Olsen family who paid the ultimate sacrifice for service to this country.
2014 Veteran Olsen
The WCCO news anchor’s words on April 3, 2007, said it all.  “A U.S. Marine from Eagan is the latest Minnesota casualty of the war in Iraq, according to his parents. Lance Cpl. Daniel Olsen, 20, died Sunday in Anbar Province. Gwen Olsen, Daniel’s mother, got the news Monday morning from two U.S. Marines, an Eagan police officer and chaplain. 'It was tough,' said Gwen Olsen. 'It really has not sunk in. Probably the fog we're in is a blessing. On top of that, just our belief in heaven and that we will see him.' Daniel Olsen had just turned 202014 Veteran Olsen family and enlisted in the Marines on his 18th birthday on March 15, 2005. Olsen went on to graduate from Eagan High School, where the administration is prepared to address grieving students. Olsen's sister is currently enrolled there as a senior."

Pastor Steve invited Gwen and the Olsen family to be with us on the Sunday following Veterans Day at Redeemer Covenant Church to share her story of faith, which has been strengthened by these events. Gwen and Steve worked together for Brown Photo back in the early '80s but had not been in touch for many years. Pastor Steve has prayed for the Olsen family since seeing the original story on the news in 2007. This past summer, he reached out to Gwen to see how she was doing and found a deep and strong faith had grown in her.

We were blessed by her story.  Listen online >>


In the News: Raising Awareness for Youth Homelessness

Two recent articles on the Covenant website highlight the work being done in our community by Pastor Steve and many others connected with churches, the city, and other organizations, with a focus on the new Brooklyn Avenues youth safe house. Read more:

Pastor Todd and other youth pastors spent 48 hours on the roof of Discover Church to raise awareness of youth homelessness and raise funds for the new Brooklyn Avenues safe house for youth. Read the story here >> 


Reflections from Pastor Seth on Families Moving Forward

Redeemer Covenant, you continue to amaze me! Let me start out this article by saying thank you to all who helped make this an outstanding week (January 12-18, 2014). Whether you were here every night, one night, wrote a check, prayed, or made some food, we thank you! Without that kind of all-church support, this ministry would not be possible. Here’s a small glimpse of a powerful week.
I had the chance to go to the prayer night with one of the boys on Wednesday night and it was humbling to say the least. To be alongside a 1st grader as he writes his prayer for a home for his family was gut wrenching, but there was no wallowing for him - no sense of “woe be poor me,” but rather a sincere desire for a place of permanence, security and warmth - and most importantly (in his mind), medicine for his grandpa’s foot. This young boy never once asked for anything for himself. Every prayer he shared that night was for his family as a whole or his grandfather’s health.
Because of the work and family schedules of a couple of the guests, we got to know one family very well. These three young men, who while in the midst of experiencing homelessness, still had plans and dreams for their future and would readily share them with us. They realized that this was a temporary situation for them and they would not let themselves get “stuck in the system.” When talking to Mom about their situation, she shared, “two more churches….just two more churches and then we can move into our place.” Counting by days made it seem too far away, so she counted by churches.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. During this week, we were able to see God’s strength at work - not in those of us who were helping out, but in those families who were holding each other up, supporting one another in the midst of circumstances that seemingly should merit anything but hope and strength.
When we serve our God, we get a front row seat of Him at work. Thank you all for the opportunity to serve alongside our church family as we reach out to families in need.
Pastor Seth

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