Summer School of Missionary Evangelism
Family Missions Company (FMC) is a Catholic apostolate of lay singles and families engaged in foreign missionary evengelism and service to the poor. Our work has its roots in the missionary lives of Jesus and His Apostles.Today FMC has trained and sent out lay missionaries who have served in Mexico, Ecuador, the Caribbean, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Spain, Ghana and other countries around the world. We live and preach the Gospel while working to assist the poor in any way we can.Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Mission of the Redeemer, says that “Missionary activity renews the Church, revitilizes faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others!” We believe you can discover this fresh enthusiasm for the faith through mission life. Every Christian is a missionary by virture of baptism, and it has never been more urgent that we live out that call! “The harvest is plenty and the laborers are few” (Lk 10:2). We need thousands of missionaries yesterday. The need is urgent and the call is now!
This Summer 2013, Family Missions Company will be hosting their third annual SSME, Summer School of Missionary Evangelization program. SSME will afford participants the chance to join full-time missionaries for a month-long mission immersion program learning about the Church’s mission while living it out!Participants will enjoy an intense life of daily community and personal prayer, fellowship, service in various apostolates and Christian formation through study. The curriculum will include an in-depth study of the Book of Acts, excerpts from the Documents of Vatican II related to evangelization, Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Mission of the Redeemer, and core teachings from FMC’s Sí Señor program designed for forming FMC’s own full-time missionaries. Study will also include various guest speakers and a teaching workshop which will equip the missionaries in methods of evangelism.
Along with study, SSME participants will have the opportunity to engage in the apostolate. Each day attendants will spend time in daily personal and community prayer. All will work in a number of corporal and spiritual services, including visiting the elderly, praying with the sick/hospitalized, visiting schools, participating with the local youth group, working alongside the local Church in their ministries, feeding the hungry, working with at-risk youth, street preaching, sharing testimonies and giving talks. We are very excited about the profound opportunities for growth as we encounter Jesus in the “least” of our brothers and sisters.If you feel you are looking for more than a one-week trip and want to journey deeper into the Church’s mission, then our SSME program is designed for you. Consider spending a month with us this summer, growing in servant leadership and the ability to evangelize, while learning how to apply your missionary experience to everyday life!Vatican II tells us that missionary activity is the “greatest and holiest duty of the Church”! and we invite you to come and join us in living out the Great Commission of Jesus, making Him and His Church known to the ends of the earth!
If you are interested in participating on a mission trip, or simply knowing more about the ministry of Family Missions Company, please feel free to contact James Franke, Short Term Missions Coordinator for FMC by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling at 337-893-6111, or to writing to the address below! We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Family Missions Company
12624 Everglade Road
Abbeville LA, 70510
SSME Brochure/Application, and Informational Flyer for Summer 2014 are on their way!
SSME – Malaybalay, the Philippines – TBD (Summer 2014 – Please e-mail if you are interested!)