When we get the board of directors of the BWM together, it is amazing to hear the many memories of mission service shared around the table. We thought it might be fun to share some moments with the outside world, so here is a compilation of photos and short reflections from our board members!
Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
Hilda Victoria Vera de Regalado
Rev. Dan Miller
Rev. Dan Miller is a Board Appointed member to the BWM. He offers a reflection from a trip to Nicaragua.
Lisa represents the Western District of the Northern Province on the BWM. She has traveled to Ahuas several times, and shares some pictures and stories from her time there.
Taylor is a representative of the Western District to the BWM. She shares a reflection from a trip to Peru in 2014.
Mission and service has been a passion of mine for many years, and since retiring from teaching a few years ago, it has become a major focus for me at church and in my community. Two projects hold a special place in my heart, one local and one global. I have worked with other church and community members to establish a local food pantry for those living in our church neighbourhood and experiencing food insecurity. Being able to help struggling families put food on their table and getting to know some of them on a more personal level is heartwarming. I have also had the privilege of traveling to Cuba on a few of occasions. In 2016, I accompanied a team from Christ Church in Calgary who went down to help with renovations of the Comenius Centre in Havana. While in Cuba, I have come to know Bishop Armando Rusindo, and Pastors Tonia, Obed and Alay. The work they have done to build the Moravian Church in Cuba and to reach out to those in need in their community is truly inspiring. I often think that in Canada and the US we “do mission”, while in places like Cuba, they “live it”.
Rt. Rev Chris Giesler
Chris serves on staff of the BWM as the Director of Mission Engagement.
Sheila is the administrative assistant for the BWM Southern Province office. She shares some reflections on the ministry “Family Promise”.
Once a quarter the fellowship hall, kitchen, and upstairs classrooms at Macedonia Moravian become a hub of activity. Preparation is in progress for the families that will be staying overnight in our facilities for one week. Macedonia, along with over 20 other congregations in Davie County, are coordinating with Family Promise. It is a national organization which helps homeless families with children become self-sufficient and move into homes.
It is a good way that we can help to make a difference in the lives of people finding themselves marginalized in our community. Many members of the body of Christ have come together to share Christ’s love through service to others. We volunteer to help in many ways during our host week – setting up beds, staying overnight, providing meals and snacks, enjoying fellowship at dinner, playing games, and often worshipping together. It is also an opportunity to interact with members of the community who contribute by repairing cars, preparing meals, transporting beds, staying overnight, and donating furniture.
Through the leadership of two members at Macedonia, Eileen Dunn and Anna Beauchamp, who followed their passion to serve Christ through this ministry, we at Macedonia have experienced growth in our personal faith journeys. Empty classrooms that were being used for storage now provide comfortable living space for people in transition. Our prayer is that God will use our humble service to expand his Kingdom in the lives of others.