President's Letter

 

March 2019

 

 

Dear FFC Member,

 

It’s the middle of March and we have some exciting updates from FFC International. But first, I want to share some thoughts on how to grow closer to God. In order to hear His voice we must be in constant prayer. We have to ask ourselves:

 

1) Is there any conscious area of our lives over which Jesus Christ is not Lord?

2) Is there anyone, or anything, that we love or desire more than God Himself?

3) How do our relationships stand in the presence of God? Have we forgiven everyone? Are we walking by faith in the love of Christ?

4) Are we allowing the Lord to bring us into a life of true worship and obedience to the Holy Spirt of God?

5) Is there some command or calling that the Lord has given us that we have chosen to pull back from or ignore? Are we walking in all the light the Lord has given us?

 

When it is all said and done we want to hear His voice, go where he wants to take us and accomplish His work. Get rid of anything that would prevent us from accomplishing His perfect plan.

 

Psalms, 139:23/24 NTL

 

Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve.

 

In Jesus name,

Joe

 

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FFC INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

NEW BOARD MEMBER

Please join us in welcoming Mike Bell, our newly installed board member. Mike is a retired fire chief from Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Fire District. He has been a member of FFC for over 35 years and has been a faithful chapter leader for over 26 years. Mike and his wife Diane reside in Rancho Cucamonga and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

 

PHILIPPINES TRAINING MISSION

Eight FFC training team members traveled to the Philippines in January for what has become an annual training/mission trip. The team broke into groups and taught Auto X, Swift Water Rescue and Wildland. The gospel message was given at graduation and was well received.

 

ANNUAL MARRIAGE CONFERENCE

The LA City chapter sponsored their eighth annual one day marriage conference in February with great results. Around sixty couples attended and marriages were strengthened.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FFC INTERNATIONAL MEETING/HUME LAKE RETREAT

Our annual FFC International Meeting in conjunction with the Hume Lake Firefighters Conference is rapidly approaching. The international will be held March 27-29. The Hume Lake Firefighters Retreat will immediately follow March 29-31. Reservations are still available.

 

Contact Hume Lake: hume.org

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTRUCTOR’S CONFERENCE (FDIC), INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

From April 9-13, FFC will host a booth FDIC, which is the largest Fire Expo and Training in the world. As of this time, over 33,000 firefighters have registered and are planning to attend. In past events, we have had firefighters from around the world stop by our booth and we’ve been able to pass out FFC Bibles and literature as well as pray for many firefighters and their families.. Our staff this year will include Paddy & Wendy Quinn (FFC Northern Ireland), John Skillman (FFC Lake County, IL) and Jerry & Jennifer White (San Diego, CA). If you are planning to attend FDIC, please stop by the booth to say hi.

 

For more information contact Jerry White: jwskier@hotmail.com

MISSION POSSIBLE (MP) 2019

This year’s annual outreach will be held in Northern Ireland May 4-27. MP is a unique mission. Active duty FFC firefighters are paired with a Northern Ireland firefighter (NIFRS) and will go on duty in the fire station with their NIFRS partner. International firefighters have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas in a way only firefighters can on this short term exchange program. More important, they are there to represent Christ as they serve. This call to Mission is both a privilege and responsibility.

 

To get a flavor of Mission Possible take a look at the link below: http//www.firefightersforchrist.co.uk/events

 

For more information, contact Pat Stilson: midslope@icloud.com

 

FIREFIGHTERS FOR CHRIST: THE NEXT CHAPTER

This event is a time for leaders and those interested in the ministry of Firefighters For Christ to gather and connect with other chapters and to hear from FFC leadership regarding the vision for the ‘Next Chapter’ of the ministry. It will be a time of inspiration, fellowship, equipping and encouraging one another in our faith at home and in the firehouse.

 

May 19, 1:00-5:00 PM

 

LA County Fire Museum

16400 Bellflower Blvd.

Bellflower, CA. 90706

 

For more information, contact Mike Bell: westendffc@charter.net

 

TRAINING MISSION IN PERU

June 20, 2019 through July 1, 2019, FFC will participate in this massive missions outreach called “1Nation1Day” organized by a missions group called “Mission.Me”. The vision is to reach the entire country of Peru for Christ in this 10 day mission.

 

FFC’s part in this outreach will be to train Peruvian firefighters in the different disciplines (Swift Water Rescue, Wildland and Auto X) in order to share the gospel with those they train. Firefighters from all over Peru will journey to Lima to participate in this training where they will hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Wives can also join this mission and serve in other areas.

 

Catch the vision by watching their video at: missions.me

 

For more information, contact Dan Rodriguez: dan.rodriguez.ffc@gmail.com

 

WORLD POLICE AND FIRE GAMES

Three FFC members will be traveling to Chengdu, China this August to compete in the World Police and Fire Games. Craig Neill (from Northern Ireland), Victor Laveaga and Paul Steusel (both from the USA) will be competing in various track and field events. In addition to competing, FFC will have a booth to give out Bibles, tracts, bookmarks and messages to international athletes. FFC has had a continuous presence at the WPFG from the 1980’s when the WPFG began. The games are held every two years. We encourage FFC members to participate in the games, either to compete or to ‘cheer’ on our athletes and share the gospel. The next games (in 2021) will be held in the Netherlands.

 

For more information, contact Victor Laveaga: us4gsus@gmail.com

 

MAINE STATE FIREFIGHTERS ANNUAL CONVENTION

Chapter Leader, Jared Blake wrote, “This past September at our State’s Annual Fire Convention, we were blessed to have a table on display with Bibles, as well as gospel tracks and other items to give firefighters.” This year our Maine chapter will once again host an outreach table. To take this one step further, they plan to place an ad in the convention’s yearbook which will give the gospel message. The convention will be held at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds this September 13th-15th.

 

For more information, contact Jared Blake: ffemtjblake@gmail.com