2018 Fundraiser Recap [Photo & Video Journal]

2018 Fundraiser Recap [Photo & Video Journal]

God Party!

On April 7, 300 of our friends and ministry partners gathered to celebrate 80 years of EGC ministry in Boston! Our theme for the evening was ABIDE—a reminder both of our ongoing need for God's power and of God's faithfulness for eight decades and counting! We also highlighted the work of two of EGC's ministry teams, Greater Boston Refugee Ministry and Starlight Homelessness Ministry.

But the event also felt a little different this year. We at EGC find ourselves called by God to enter hard spaces in deeper ways. We felt led to give a prophetic challenge to the church in Boston.

So this year's event included two presentations that challenged us all to abide with Christ in the issues facing the Church today. God continues to prune us, His branches, for greater fruitfulness. 

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, and volunteered to make the evening a success!

PHOTO Gallery

This year's theme was ABIDE—a humble reminder that Christians who abide in Jesus are fruitful only because of God's power. Watch Rev. Dr. Emmett Price give God glory for 80 years of His faithfulness to EGC and Boston:

Rev. Dr. Emmett Price, EGC Board member and Director of the Institute for the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, gives God thanks for his faithfulness and asks the guests to give to the ongoing work of EGC.

Team presentations and videos by EGC Films also highlighted the work of two EGC teams—the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry and Starlight Homelessness Ministry. 

 

Greater Boston Refugee Ministry

 Sarah Blumenshine (at podium) and Rev. Torli Krua (third from the left) and team representing the  Greater Boston Refugee Ministry . 

Sarah Blumenshine (at podium) and Rev. Torli Krua (third from the left) and team representing the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry

Greater Boston Refugee Ministry, by EGC Films.

Saffron, by EGC Films.

GBRM trains and accompanies churches forming holistic, "wrap-around" communities for refugees in the Boston area. These communities of 8-12 members from local churches form a loving team of "ambassadors" to walk alongside our refugee friends as they adjust to life in a new place and culture.

 

Starlight Homelessness Ministry

 Rev. Cynthia Hymes-Bell, Director, and team representing Starlight Ministries.

Rev. Cynthia Hymes-Bell, Director, and team representing Starlight Ministries.

Starlight Ministries Video, by EGC Films.

For over 28 years, Starlight Ministries has equipped individuals to build life-changing relationships with people affected by homelessness. Starlight trains individuals and groups to build communities where all can experience personal transformation through Jesus Christ. 

 

ABIDE: Past, Present & Future

The event included two presentations that challenge the church to abide with Christ in the issues facing the Church today.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
— John 15:1-5

Lament & Challenge

Stacie Mickelson delivered a brief reflection and lament based on Nehemiah 5. The message implores Boston Christian leaders to consider ways we have been sabotaging or hindering each other across the city. She laments lingering inequalities and abuses among the Christian community, and she envisions how much stronger the gospel's impact could be if we addressed them.

EGC's Director of Applied Research & Consulting Stacie Mickelson delivers a message from Nehemiah 5.

Spoken-WorD Prayer

Caleb McCoy, EGC Development Manager and OAK Music hip-hop artist, delivered a prayer for EGC and city. This spoken-word piece reflects on God's faithfulness, our hope in Christ, and the work we still have yet to do.

Spoken-word prayer for EGC by hip-hop artist Caleb McCoy.

If you would like further conversation with Stacie or Caleb about their messages, they would love to connect with you.

Our heartfelt thanks to the many leaders who have attended, donated, volunteered, prayed for, supported EGC in obeying God's call over the decades. Thank you for your partnership with us in ministry!