All Saints Day, Missions and Development Offering
We take a Missions and Development Offering each year on All Saints Sunday, the Sunday closest to 1 Nov (All Saints Day).
The Offering is taken up from CEC churches and individuals and then sent to the ICCEC offices in New York.
The four General Secretaries in Africa then invest these fund into expanding or developing new micro-businesses.
The Patriarch’s 2019 Missions Message
MISSION SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019
Since the early days of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, we have taken an annual offering to support international missions. Over the years, this money has supported numerous projects and missions, including equipping the church in developing nations in becoming the three streams. After several years, we have been led to assist the church in Africa in becoming self-sufficient. This led us to develop micro-businesses in various regions and financially support a multitude of projects.
The generous offerings from people throughout the North American Church have built and supported cathedrals, churches, a seminary, schools, orphanages, and ministry to poor children. This is in addition to the phenomenal work already done by our Diocese in Africa. Not only does the work continue to be self-supported, but there will be additional projects that I will be able to see in my 2020 visit.
Perhaps the most exciting thing in the life of our communion is that I will install the first Kenyan CEC Archbishop in Kenya. The Most Rev. Joshua Koyo will be installed during my visit in August 2020. Bishop Koyo was one of the first CEC Bishops in Africa. He is a holy man of God who has a heart not only for convergence but for bringing the Gospel to the least, lost and the lonely. He is a man highly respected by his brother bishops, by area clergy, and by secular leaders.
Africa continues to have many difficulties. There are civil wars, corruption, disease, lack of medical services, hunger, HIV/AIDS, child soldiers, and the ever-present danger of terrorism or war. Our bishops and clergy are in the center of this. They are where the conflicts and struggles are the most evident. Many are struggling to spread their message without transportation, materials, adequate housing, and in some cases, food for their families. Yet, they never complain. They look to the Lord for Him to provide and rejoice in their relationship with the CEC.
These men are our brothers!
I pray that we can even be more generous than we have been in the past, If we can purchase some more fields for growing crops, more rice culling machines, pigs, cattle, and buildings to store the crops. If we can expand our present micro-business, we will see a people who trust in God being able to feed their children physically and spiritually.
Join Cathy and me in giving the most generous amount you can imagine. Every penny will go to ministry. No money goes to administration or travel. It goes directly to the ministry.
Be assured of my prayers.
Under His mercy,+Craig W. Bates,Patriarch, ICCEC
The CEC seeks to make a lasting change in developing countries while helping those in need today.
We provide funds and guidance to help those in need, develop their own profit-making micro-businesses. The profit from these businesses will produce more income over time, with more local control.
100% of the funds go to General Secretaries. No part of the funds are used for travel or any administrative fees. Any fees required to transfer funds are taken from the Patriarch’s office tithe, which goes to support missions.
We recognize that there are needs today, so we set aside 20% of all our funds to provide for those who are hurt, hunger, and helpless. The local Bishops distribute these funds as they see the need.
This allows the local bishop to meet the need at his local area for those needs he sees. Just some of the ways these funds have been used are medical help, medicine, crutches, feeding, support of families with the breadwinner jailed, the refugee crisis, funerals and other acts of mercy.
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Vestments & Church Items
Many churches are in desperate need of the most basic items to conduct mass, such as Bibles, Prayer Books, chalices and patens, albs, stoles, cassocks and surplices If you have items you would like to collect and send to the African Churches.
Please mail them to: ICCEC Development, Attn. Vestments and Liturgical Wares, 50 Saint Thomas Place, Malverne, NY 11565-1635
All items will be mailed or brought over with people traveling to those areas Missions Offering
Why do we take a Missions and Development Offering each year on All Saints Sunday, the Sunday closest to 1 Nov (All Saints Day), this is 6 Nov this year. The Offering is taken up from CEC churches and individuals and then sent to the ICCEC offices in New York. The funds are recorded online, so each Rector can see that their funds have been received and credited properly. The four General Secretaries in Africa are then given the amounts they can expect to receive. -Bishop Gogo (Uganda, South Sudan and Southern Congo)
-Bishop Koyo (Kenya)
-Bishop Sekelwa (Tanzania)
-Bishop Emmanuel (Rwanda and Northern Congo)
With 80% going to start or reinvest in micro-businesses and 20% designated for mercy needs (medical, disaster, refugee, food etc). The General Secretaries then account for last year’s funds and their successes, and provide the plans for the upcoming year.
The funds are starting to bear fruit, by providing the local Bishops with their own funds to build churches, schools, buy transportation, and to create jobs. They are becoming self-sufficient and standing on their own.
It is often said, “Give a man a fish and eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” But in Africa we must ask the question, what if the man has no fishing pole? Let us help provide the means to help them break the cycle of poverty and dependence. Thank you. Donate
Our primary Missions offering is All Saint’s Sunday, but we collect offerings all year and distribute them in between Jan-April following All Saints Sunday.
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