Mission Board Report for July

Now that we are in August it is time to be thinking about going back to school. This month please pray for North Park University, North Park Seminary and Tim Sales with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. North Park University started in a Minneapolis church basement in 1891. In 1894 they were offered land in the North Park neighborhood in Chicago and moved there. “Now North Park is Chicago’s city centered Christian university. It serves nearly 3200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world. Within a diverse, close-knit community, it offers a values-based education to students through more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate and continuing education in business, non- profit management, nursing, education, music and theology.” North Park Seminary is the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church. “The mission of the seminary is to serve both the global and local church. They intend the community life to be hospitable to the diversity of God’s creation. Their
educational philosophy seeks to relate the Great Commission (Matt. 28:10-20), the Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-50) and care for creation (Gen. 1) critically and creatively to the university campus, ecclesial communities, and the marketplaces of life. Their devotion to the spiritual formation of their studies aims to cultivate their personal holiness, apostolic identity, intellectual, integrity, evangelical witness, and ethical commitment.” Tim Sales/InterVarsity: Tim oversees several chapters of InterVarsity in
Northern Illinois. “InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.” They have 1121 chapters on 772 campuses. “They minister to students and faculty through small group bible Studies, large group gatherings, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, and life changing mission trips.” Intervarsity is a great way for students to get to know other students especially for those who are new to college life.

Peter & Ruth Dutton-Thailand

Praise- Unity of spirit and purpose and a combination of new young leadership with wisdom of older church elders at their Thailand Covenant Church.

Pray- Courage, vision, and humility for their Thailand Covenant Church pastor and leaders to lead the church in the direction God has for them.