The Big Canoe Chapel offers financial support and service to a number of ministries both regionally and around the world through the Missions Committee. These are all Christian-based ministries, through which the Big Canoe Chapel can witness to God’s love for us by showing our love to the people served by these ministries. We offer financial support only after a thorough review of the needs of the ministry and the numbers of people served by the ministry. Also, we serve these ministries through a number of short term mission trips, sponsored and endorsed by the Chapel with teams of Chapel members. In the past several years Mission Teams have worked in Nicaragua and Russia as well as in the inner city of Atlanta and in the storm ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The purpose of the Mission Committee is to empower Christian Ministries with Chapel funding and human resources to support their efforts to:
• Share the gospel
• Teach and nurture believers
• Show Compassion to people in need
• Demonstrate the grace and love God through Jesus Christ, our Savior
To grow people’s relationship with God, who draws us to himself in Jesus and with one another through worship, education, outreach, fellowship and involvement. We embrace core Christian beliefs and traditions and affirm the authority of Scripture and the importance of prayer, all in a multi-denominational setting. The Chapel will always provide a compassionate and caring central focus for the Big Canoe community and gladly share the monetary and human resources, entrusted to us by God, to reach out to people in need, both at home and around the world.
The Big Canoe Chapel Mission Committee identifies, evaluates and selects on behalf of the membership, worthy Christian humanitarian causes for the Chapel’s support. It is responsible for managing the annual mission budget and approving the disbursement of all mission funds. The committee recommends policies to the Board of Trustees regarding the Chapel’s missions programs.
Gary Gotfredson (leader) and his granddaughters, Leigh Gotfredson and Sarah Jenne; Jim and Connie Pollner and their grandson, David Derrico; Millann Funk, Deena Seifert (Millann’s daughter) and her daughter Libby Harley; David and Vee Thompson
We started our trip in Quito, Equator where we visited Dunamis Mission founded by Boris and Fernanda Salinas – see www.dunamisfoundation.com. We heard from Boris all about the mission, it’s challenges and goals and we were shown the newly constructed building to house the women in the mountains high above the city of Quito. We then set about planting trees around a perimeter of the property to provide future privacy.
We then traveled by bus through the spectacular Ecuadorian mountains and jungle to Misahualli which is south-east of Quito at the confluence of the Mishualli and Napo Rivers. We spent 3 full days there at the school of Jungle Kids for Christ. We taught bible school covering the Creation as described in Genesis 1 with lots of practical exercises for the kids to enjoy. This covered the mornings during school time. Each afternoon was spent helping on the new construction for middle school kids, painting the walkway, helping to get rid of bamboo and old wood and cleaning up the library. Each night we enjoyed a devotional and were sometimes joined the young American missionaries and their families.
We also visited a small Pusuno school down river where we met a wonderful teacher named Elena who commutes about 2 hours each way in order to teach about 10 kids who are at different grade levels. On the same day we visited a small Shinnipuno jungle village where we were hosted by a lady, Solodad, who had initiated a cultural tour for tourists in order to give the women some independence. In a male dominant society, she has shown tremendous courage. Her daughter attends the Jungle Kids for Christ school.
We then headed out by bus first to a small airport in Puyo where we took two small planes into the jungle to visit the Waodani tribe, who murdered missionary men in 1956 and were made famous in the movie ‘End of the spear’. We had a short visit there and then back into the planes to Puyo to visit the museum memorializing the slain missionaries and their gallant and successful efforts to bring Christ to the tribe.
Some spectacular sightseeing along the way before arriving in Banos where we stayed the night. The next morning we headed off by bus to Quito, spent the morning enjoying the city sights. Most of the group then headed to the airport for a red-eye flight back to Atlanta.
Misahualli, Napo, Ecuador