Ekstrands Coming to Bethlehem!
Pete and Cindy Ekstrand were commissioned to long term missionary service with Covenant World Mission in 1981 followed by French studies in Belgium before beginning their service in Zaire (Congo) in July 1982. Upon evacuation from Congo in February of 1997, they spent 2 years in the United States before returning to Africa in August 1999 to Yaounde, Cameroon where they served as the Africa Regional Coordinators for 10 years. The Ekstrands changed ministries and countries and returned to Congo in March 2010.
The Ekstrands ministry includes advising church leaders, participating in women’s ministries, encourag- ing community health evangelism and providing administrative support. While based in Congo, the Ekstrands also continued to serve as coordinators for the relationship between Covenant World Mission and the Evangelical Covenant Churches of South Sudan and Kenya and they have visited these churches once per year.
Bethlehem Covenant Church is excited to be hosting Pete and Cindy Ekstrand, whom our church sup- ports, here the weekend of February 13-16, 2014. There are several events planned to enable as many of us as possible to meet them and for them to get to know us. Please make every effort to be a part of any or all of these events and gatherings scheduled as follows:
•10:00 am Bible Encounter with Ekstrands as guest teachers in the narthex
•3:00 pm Coffee and casual conversation with Ekstrands in home of Marge and Evie
•6:30 am Pete to join the men’s Bible study and prayer breakfast in the Community Room
•9:00 am Cindy to join the women MOA walkers at MOA
•9:00 am Brunch and presentation/Q&A with Ekstrands in Fellowship Hall
•5:00 pm Family night Chili supper and games with Ekstrands in Fellowship Hall
•9:45 am Ekstrands presenting in Adult Sunday School in Community Room
There may be additional small group gatherings in homes on Friday and Saturday afternoons which will be published in upcoming Sunday bulletin inserts and on the church website. If anyone would like to schedule an informal meeting with Pete and Cindy (which they are open to do), please contact the church office or Deb Shold, Chair of the Mission Commission (612) 729-4598.
Let’s be the “wind beneath their wings” and show our support for the Ekstrands as they share with us about God’s calling on their lives and their ministry in Congo!
Deb Shold Missions Commission