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Like most of the country, Guinston was shocked and saddened by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and most recently Hurricane Sandy. So, Guinston decided to send a mission team to the areas most greatly effected as a means to provide direct aid to the disaster victims. Guinston calls this mission team, the Guinston Gutters. The Guinston Gutters consist of ordinary people giving a week of their time to travel to impacted areas and do the challenging work of debris clearance and house gutting. Through this work, Guinston has been able to reach out and help one family at a time with rebuilding their homes and in turn their lives. More recently the Gutters have turned their attention closer to home and are helping families and ministries with much needed home repairs or renovations.
If you are interested in becoming a Guinston Gutter, would like to support this effort through a monetary donation, or would like to learn more please contact Walter Blumenfeld at email@example.com. You can learn about our upcoming trip to South Dakota here.
Please be in prayer as the team travels and serves in this powerful and ongoing way.
Lastly, below please find trip reports from previous Guinston Gutter efforts.
Ensuring every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to read the infallible word of God is a mission of utmost importance. Because of its importance, Guinston supports organizations like The Gideons International as they distribute Bibles around the world. If you don't have a Bible and would like one to read, we invite you to join us for worship Sunday morning and we would be glad to provide you with one. Joining in worship and Sunday school will help you better understand it better. Helping people understand and apply God's word in their lives is very important to us.
In Matthew 25 Jesus makes it clear how important it is that we care for each other and help those in need. Ultimately he says, any act of kindness shown to another person is something He considers an act of kindness to Himself (Matt 25:40). It is for this reason that we make an effort to meet the physical needs of those in our community. In addition to supporting a few local families with food, and financial support, we also support several local food ministries such as: York Rescue Mission, Mason-Dixon Food Locker, Bethany-Stonepile Food Pantry, Our Daily Bread, and Elijah Outreach Ministry.
As Christians we know that our body is a temple to the Holy Spirit. For this reason we also support ministries that care for the health and well being of individuals such as the American Cancer Society.
We also support the ministry of Human Life Services as they minister to women with crisis pregnancies. We recognize that every life is precious to God...the life of an unborn child as well as the life and well being of the mother in tough circumstances. Human Life Services works to preserve life and support women in need.
Katallaso in Greek means reconciliation. At Katallasso Family Health Center (FHC) reconciliation is at the core of what
we aspire to do. By building trust through aggressively sought out relationships, we will work to help people reconcile
with God, family, Church, and their neighborhood using a biblical model. We believe that these four relationships fully
functioning together allow people to live a fulfilled life stretching a person beyond what they believe they currently
are capable of doing. This will all be done through the vehicle of health care and wellness programs.
Because the congregation has needs as well, we have called and installed a certified parish nurse. She is in worship regularly on Sunday and is ready for consultation as needed. Sue willingly gives those in need rides to doctor's appointments and sits with them to help them interpret the situation.
As a witness to the community we support our local volunteer organizations like Airville Volunteer Fire Company, New Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, and Brogue Ambulance. The volunteers put their lives on the line and we appreciate that. In addition to supporting our local heroes, Guinston also supports our nation's military through prayer and giving to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., and the York County Veterans Treatment Court.
Through "The Great Commission" (Matt 28:18-20) Jesus makes it clear that our
responsibility is more than just our local neighbors. We are to support the spread of the Gospel around the world. It is for this reason that we support gospel based missions work around the world.
Mike and Kay Killar and their family with Woman at Risk International work in Thailand to help prostitutes escape that life and find true love in Jesus Christ. The Killars also teach those in the program marketable skills necessary to survive.
The Ramsey family founded LATCOM in Bolivia nearly half a century ago and they continue to work with the indigeonous peoples to spread the Good News through many different venues: building homes in the jungle, running a retreat center, and leadership development courses for government agencies using the Bible as the core curriculum for ethics.
The Ethiopian Outreach Ministry, based in York, PA, broadcasts radio over all of Africa, most of the Middle East, and Europe declaring messages to Ethiopeans around the world. They also have a prolific publication arm that sends tracks, pamphlets, and other written material to Ethiopian enclaves abroad.
G and C are missionaries in a sensitive area working with an oppressed people group in a Muslim nation. Because of security their names, the nation, and the people group they are working with will not be listed here.
J and G are working in another sensitive area in a Muslim nation. They are in Africa. Because of security, their names, and the nation in which they are working will not be listed here.
Ryan and Heather Murphy with AIM (African Inland Mission) teach at the Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary's children. They are teachers and mentors acting in this service support capacity enabling missionaries all over Africa to serve and give testimony about Christ.
Brandon and Liz are Evangelical Presbyterian Church Missionaries currently serving in a leadership capacity. They are teaching and preparing missionaries who are about to hit the field. They have served in sensitive areas and plan to be back on the field next year.
Rob and Lisa MacEwen are professors at East Asia School of Theology in Singapore. EAST was established by Campus Crusade for Christ International in 1992. The school began with the purpose of developing and equipping Christian leaders for East Asia and the world. To date over 300 men and women have graduated from EAST. They are scattered across Asia and around the world. Over 90% of them continue to serve in full-time vocational ministry.
K and J, are leaving to start a new mission outreach to the people in the Northern Caucus region of Souther Russia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. They are EPC missionaries and will be reaching out to some of the unreached people in that region. Due to security reasons their identity and specifics of their work are not posted here.
Intervarsity: Evan Smith is the Intervarsity(Link) worker at York College. His ministry is to reach out to college students and help them draw closer to Christ during their college years rather than the
more typical wandering from Christ.
New Life for Girls and New Life Center for Mothers and Children: New Life for Mother and Children and New Life for Girls, together form a Christian discipleship program. It is committed to meeting the emotional, physical, spiritual, and academic needs of women with life controlling problems such as drugs and alcohol. The Mothers and Children come directly from New life for Girls once they have successfully completed the required instruction to continue the program. This is a gospel based ministry that incorporates the whole being of those enrolled in the program. This includes mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
Thank Offering Service - The Sunday before Thanksgiving the Women's Association of the church organizes the Sunday morning worship service and designates a special offering to a ministry of their choosing. It typically is some sort of ministry focused on women's needs and issues.
Veteran's Recognition Service - The Sunday before or after November 11 (Veteran's Day) Guinston takes time to recognize and thank the veterans of the congregation for their military service. The vets lead the worship service and collect a special offering to give to a military ministry of their choosing.
Souper Bowl Sunday - The first Sunday in February a special offering is taken during a soup luncheon and designated for a ministry focused on hunger.
Ecumenical Thanks Giving Service is done in conjunction with other local churches the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. The offering taken is given to a local ministry that helps families in our community.