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13 December 2017

Semester End, Camp to Come!

Greetings friends! I hope you are well and enjoying this holiday season. This season is so important as we remember the birth of our Saviour. Romans 5:8 reads that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (NIV). This season is the start of that great story of redemption, Christ coming to die for us. I hope and pray that the Lord will bless your celebration with family and friends this Christmas season, and that He will restore a spirit of thanksgiving in your worship and remembrance of His work. 
       In a few days, I'll be headed to Eastern Europe, where I will be able to share the gospel with refugee and at-risk youth at a youth camp in Lviv, Ukraine. I will also get to be involved in some Christmas outreach and Samaritan's purse distribution. I will also get to spend time with some of the students I met in May, continuing the conversation about following Jesus. 
      I will send shorter updates throughout the trip, but here is my update for the rest of the fall semester as well as my plans for the mission in Ukraine.Thank you for reading and partnering with me! 


Your co-laborer,
      James Fleshman 
Ukraine Itinerary and Updates
 
        In a few days, I will be traveling to Eastern Europe, where I will join with the ministry going on in Ukraine and Hungary. This Thursday, I will be flying to Budapest to spend some time in Eastern Europe. After that, I will spend a few days with field workers in Debrecen, Hungary from 26-28 December. From here, I will connect with my friend Clinton, who lives in Ukraine, to travel together to Uzhgorod, Ukraine, where I will be based for my time in Ukraine. This is a strategic corner of Europe for reaching many different peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
      During my two weeks in Ukraine, I will be involved in many different ministries. I will be teaching at a winter youth camp for refugee and at-risk youth in Lviv, Ukraine. Many of these students have fled from the Eastern part of the country, and others will be left with nothing to do, leading to challenges with alcohol and drug abuse.  During the time, I will be teaching from Romans 6, sharing the gospel of freedom in being a follower of Jesus! 
          It will be a powerful way for them to start 2018, and it may just be the start of their new life in Christ.  On top of this, I will be able to lead worship, be a part of Christmas outreach (January 7), and share the love of God with the underprivileged Roma community. I am so excited for how God will be glorified in this time!

If you would like to sponsor a student to attend winter youth camp, please check out this link: 
http://www.rdcampsukraine.com/

Discipleship Update

This is a quick update on the house group/church that I mentioned in the last email. Throughout the course of the semester, God has greatly blessed the house group, and has also created opportunities for us to grow together in following Jesus. The picture above is NOT random! In mid-November, I was able to go with a few other people in the house group to a discipleship retreat (through my church for Judson students). That weekend, we talked all about what it means to be a disciple and how to make disciples. We were also able to connect with other believers on campus who are passionate about following Jesus and making him known, which I believe will be a great community for our little community to fit into. As God calls us on mission, we go! 
     We continue to work our way through the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus continues to blow our minds about what His kingdom really looks like. Jesus continues to challenge us in following him, and that has been exciting to see developing both in my life and in the lives of the other people on campus. 
      Next up, we will go through the book of Acts to see how the early church multiplied. As we continue to follow as disciples, we trust that God will continue to multiply disciples through our group and on our campus. Please join with us in praying that God continues to grow the church at Judson!
The past few months have been really great with friends and with my research with NAMB! The top picture shows the PuiTak Center in Chinatown, Chicago, which is focused on outreach to Chinese immigrants and families in Chicago. I have been attending prayer meetings for an organization of missional Chinese pastors, and the last meeting was at this center. It was great to be able to prayer walk through the streets of Chinatown and also hear updates of how God has been using the Chinese church in Chicago! 

Bottom left- Me and my friends, Dan, Rebekah, and Ruthie. Before leaving for break, we made a quick trip to the city for the German Christmas market - Christkindlmarkt.  God has blessed me with sweet friends to share life with, which has been a great encouragement to me over the last few months. 

Bottom right - When I was D.C. at Thanksgiving, we were able to attend the new Museum of the Bible. This was the beautiful view from the top floor of the museum. Despite the controversy surrounding the museum, I believe that God will do great things through this museum as the story of the Bible is brought more and more into the public discussion. Trusting Him to use this medium!
Please pray for: 
  • Winter Youth Camp in January - that the Lord would speak through the Word.
  • Multiplicative discipleship and growth of the house group. 
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  • Unreached people group research with NAMB, and the ability for new members to be added to the team so we can have an effective outreach.
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  • Continued discipling relationships in Ukraine. 
Thank you for reading and praying with me! Please shoot me an email, I'd love to hear how you are doing!
-  James
a bit more about me: 

In the past few years, God has solidified a call to missions and ministry on my life. I have been blessed to serve on many national and international trips. Particularly influential to me was the six-week summer missions program I was a part of at Surfing The Nations in Hawaii.  In this time of prayer for international communities, God solidified in me a call to missions, particularly in Eastern Europe. I have grown up going on mission trips and learning about the gospel, but every day it becomes so much more real to me as I realize how vital a task we, as Christians, have. Desiring to focus my efforts, as God leads, I am committed to sharing faith on trips to Russia. I’m in awe of a God who works all things for His glory!

       Now, I'm a student in Chicago, striving to serve Him on mission in my new city!

If you have any questions or want to chat, please feel free to email me at jamesrenwickfleshman@gmail.com.  I'd love to hear from you!
In addition, please remember to pray for the people in this email while keeping all information completely private, without forwarding this email. 

Thank you!
    James Fleshman 
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