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Doin' Work! Orthodox Mission Conference!

We're excited to invite you to join us at the first annual Orthodox Missions Conference. There will be speakers from the Ethiopian, Coptic, and Indian Orthodox churches! We will spend the day exploring what God is doing on the local mission field in North America and how we can join Him! The lectures and workshops will focus on "Doin' Work: Liturgical Evangelism". You will have an opportunity to get involved in a number of Orthodox Mission and Evangelism opportunities right where you are!

 

At the end of the conference lectures and workshop, we will actually be heading out for mission together! 

 

Cost: $20 in advance $25 on site

 

Registration: http://nihov.org/event/82

 

questions? info@ftftmission.org

FTFT! NC Welcome Raleigh, North Carolina!

 

 

We hope you had a blessed feast of Nayrouz! Good luck with those Coptic New Year's resolutions :)

One beautiful church started the year off in a pretty amazing way, if we do say so ourselves :) St. Mary's Church of Raleigh, North Carolina hosted the servants on FTFT! this past weekend. They allowed us to spend Friday evening sharing with them from the experiences and some of the biblical passages that just rock our world. The church youth group didn't stop there though. They wanted to spend the weekend out on the field serving the poor and the broken hearted. They seemed to have a sneak preview of the Gospel of the Nayrouz feast (Luke 4).  

So we spent the day on Saturday in prayer and fellowship in the church to prepare our hearts for the weekend of missionary service. After that, we hit the streets of downtown Raleigh with some pizza and with the love of God. Though there were some initial reservations, you wouldn't know it when you observed the scene in the park that day. It was like an army of 20 expert missionaries were in town to hand-deliver the love of Christ Jesus our Lord, with some extra cheese pizza on the side :) Everywhere you looked there were young Coptic people sitting at the feet of the poor of the community. Some were being prayed for or ministered to and others just had the rare opportunity of an open ear to hear their daily struggles. It was just a heavenly sight. An added contrast was made when a catholic group  (God bless them) were also present handing out food. But they left right after giving the food. They missed out on the best part of being able to spend personal time with Jesus in His clever disguise (Matt 25). 

The group was probably done by then right? NOPE! After loading up on the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, they decided to hit the nearest campus to share the blessing they received. They interacted with young seekers in NC State and shared with them the "Hope that lies within them" (1 peter 3:15). From Hindus and Agnostics to "former Christians," people were personally touched by the truth of Christ because these dedicated and loving ladies and gentlemen of the Coptic Church, loved the Lord way too much to stay on their couch. May God bless this amazing youth group as they shine like stars and serve as examples to us in "word, conduct, love, faith and purity" (you know this reference :)

As always, we encourage you to..."Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37)

The NBA Cares...and So does COYBL!

You might have seen the great initiative from the National Basketball Association that has stars such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James doing more than dunk a basketball...but lend a helping hand in their local communities. 

This year, for the first time, the Coptic Orthodox Youth Basketball League decided to do the same! The "COYBL CARES" campaign launched this season. Partnering with FTFT!, players and coaches from New York and New Jersey are putting down the basketball to hit the streets and show the love of Jesus Christ to those who need it most! Players, coaches and servants are going out and serving pizza to men and women who are homeless in New York City! God is blessing the efforts of these young men by showing weekly fruit! Tears of repentance are a familiar sight...hearts are changed, spirits are lifted, and GOD IS GLORIFIED! 

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