We have spoken previously in a Tenth Press article about some of the ministries that we at Tenth will be supporting this year through our Easter Sacrificial Offering. As a reminder, those ministries are: SIM Galmi Hospital, Sight for Souls, Jiyii-nun, Forgotten Voices, and Rock Spring Church in Liberia. The final two ministries that round out are giving recipients this year are the Merkinch Church Plant in Scotland and the Integration House Ministry in Greece.
Merkinch Church Plant
The Merkinch church plant is located in the Merkinch community of Inverness, Scotland. The area is among the most deprived areas in Scotland, with many facing low income and poor overall health. The Merkinch Free Church has set out to serve the community by establishing a church that engages the gospel and provides believers with a place to fellowship with one another. Funds from the ESO will enable the Merkinch Free Church to continue in their goal of making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ through mission and evangelism. Here is a video explaining how the church is actively working.
Integration House Renovation
The Integration House is a Christian based initiative of the Exarcheia Church in Athens, Greece. It operates as part of the Exarcheia Church’s ministry by providing aid to those who arrived in Greece during the refugee crisis of 2015. Integration House provides initial housing, assists in job and education placement, and aids the families in finding low-cost apartments. Funds from the ESO will provide funding for needed building renovation that will provide further housing for refugee families and a new place of worship.
Paul says in Galatians 2:10, “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Jesus says in Matthew 25:40, “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’.”
Here is an awesome thing to contemplate. Our spiritual ancestry traces back to the early ministry of Paul in Greece and to the later work of Protestant Reformers in Scotland. One might say that we owe a debt of gratitude to these lands for the spiritual blessings we have received from them. How fitting it is that at this time, through ESO, we can be a blessing to them for both material and spiritual needs.
If you have already contributed to ESO this year, thank you. If not, please do so as soon as you are able. Every little bit helps.