Fellowship Deaconry Blog

Sharing Updates and Stories from Fellowship Deaconry Ministries

Is there a place for me in Global Missions?

Many believe that there isn’t a place for them in global missions, unless they sell all their possessions and move to a distant land.

You can contribute where you are right now! There is more than one way to get involved and whatever your skill or trade may be, it can be used to benefit the cause of Christ worldwide. 

If you don’t have time to offer, but have resources, consider financially supporting a missionary. God may plan to have you serve him abroad, and others may help in sending you! All of us must pray, as reaching he nations is God’s heart and desire. 

Come to CROSSroads 2017 global missions emphasis weekend sponsored by Liberty Corner Missions to discover how you can be more actively involved in fulfilling the Great Commission and find out how you can join!


CROSSroads 2017

Global Missions Emphasis Weekend September 29 ~ October 1

Liberty Corner Mission USA will again host three rich days of challenging messages, stirring testimonies and meaningful worship, all based on the theme of sharing the Gospel with the unreached, as well as making disciples worldwide. This year’s keynote speaker is YWAM’s Brian Hogan, PERSPECTIVES course speaker and former church planter to Mongolia. “Reaching the Nations ~ The Family Business” is the theme. Plan now to attend … you won’t be disappointed!

No registration or fee is required for any session; reservations are needed only for meals and overnight stays. Overnight: $37-46/room/night ($10 per person registration fee) Breakfast $7.50 Lunch $11 Dinner $14

To register, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with CROSSroads 2017 in the subject line, or phone 908-991-3212.











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Summer Blog Series Recap

This summer we had a weekly series of conversations with staff members of the Fellowship Deaconry. Thank you for following our interviews! In case you missed any, follow the links below to read and get to know some of our staff who make Fellowship Deaconry Ministries what it is today. We will be resuming this series again for a Winter 2017 Blog Series after Thanksgiving.

  • Emma - Camp Counselor from Australia
  • Chiara - Deaconry Volunteer from Germany
  • Renee - Director of Sunshine Preschool
  • Matt - Hospitality Manager and Ropes Course Manager
  • Sister Ruth - Passionate Gardener and Evangelist
  • Shanti  - Conference Center Manager
  • Sister Maria - Housemother of the Sisters
  • Paul - Food Services Manager


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A Conversation With Emma

This week, we sat down with Emma, one of our summer camp counselor managers for Day Camp Sunshine who comes all the way from Australia.

Where are you from?

I’m from a little town called Evans Head in the eastern side of Australia and I’ve lived there for 27 years.

When did you first come to America?

I first came on a school trip in 2005 where we did an exchange program, and I went to a school in Seattle for a bit. I started coming to America frequently in 2013.

How did you end up here today?

In 2013 I went through an agency called Camp Leaders. Basically you put in an application with this agency and camps take a look at your application. I had an interview with two camps before Day Camp Sunshine and I had to say no to them because they weren’t Christian camps, and my main purpose for coming over to America was for ministry. Day Camp Sunshine came along and interviewed me and now I’m here!

What do you do here?

For the past two years I have been the middler-camp manager. I oversee about 100 kids between the ages 5 and 8 for the summer. I work a staff with about 17 underneath me, and they work directly with the kids. Before that I was a camp counselor and I had the same group of girls for three years.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment I don’t have any. I’m a qualified teacher - I have a teacher’s degree specializing in early childhood, so there’s potential for me to go back to that. At the moment, my future is in God’s hands.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I live in a small beach town with a lot of sea-life, so I love to go to the beach and going for walks. I love spending time with my family and having coffee with friends. Australia has an awesome coffee culture.

What are some of your favorite movies or TV shows?

I love to watch the Gilmore Girls, The Office, and Friends.

Do you have a favorite scripture?

Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I love that one because we use ‘busy’ as an excuse to not spend time with people or God. I say I’m busy all the time but it’s important to draw back and be in God’s presence.

Any leaving thoughts?

It’s tough. You spend so much of your life with these kids - you’re with them everyday for three months of the summer, and I did that for five summers. So on Friday it really hit me when I said goodbye to like 10 of the girls and I lost it. We were talking about memories and how little they were. Then they started crying and I started crying. So I’m really going to miss it. A lot of my heart is here and I think it will always be here. This is where my life basically changed forever. I learned a lot over the past five summers and God has really changed and molded me to who I am today.



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A Conversation With Chiara Ege

This week, we sat down with one of our helpful volunteers all the way from Germany, Chiara Ege.


Where are you from?

I’m from Schiltach, Germany. It’s a small town of about 4,000 people in the black forest of Southern Germany.


How did you end up here?

I went to a conference in Germany looking for something to do after school for a year. There was the Marburger Mission and so I applied. I had to go to Marburg, Germany for an interview, and they made the connection here and told me I could come.


What do you do here?

In the beginning I was just working in the preschool, but then I began helping with housekeeping and the dining room. Right now I’m working with Clyde [Rengulbai] and the Sisters maintaining the guest houses, helping with the dishes and general cleaning.


What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I’m really into the arts. I like singing, fashion, design, reading, and hanging out with my friends.


When did you begin speaking English?

They started teaching us English in the second grade in school, but we didn’t really talk too much. I first came to the United States two years ago and it forced me to talk a little bit more in English, but since I’ve been here [at the Deaconry], I’ve gotten pretty good. I also sing and watch movies in English.


What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to apply for college to do something with art when I get home, but in the meantime I’m going to work. I still want to do mission trips and just travel a lot. I really want to see the world.


What places have you been to in the United States?

I’ve been to Arizona where we visited Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. I’ve also been to Las Vegas and San Diego. In Germany, I’ve always wanted to visit the United States. There’s so much to do in so many states, because in one state you have a desert and the next you have the ocean!


Any leaving thoughts?

I liked it here and I loved the people. I really learned a lot about myself, plus my English got pretty good! Overall, it was a nice experience and I would definitely do it again if I could.

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A Conversation With Renee Hartford

This week we sat down with Renee Hartford, Director of Sunshine & Infant Care.


Where are you from?

I grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and my husband and I have lived in New Jersey for the past nine years.


How did you end up here?

My husband and his father franchised a company from Kansas City up to New Jersey in 2008, and that’s what brought us here.  I was a graphic designer before and I didn’t like my job. I heard about an opening here with the toddler program just starting, so I applied and got hired as the first toddler teacher here.


What do you do day-to-day?

I am both the head teacher and director for the preschool. This means that I am responsible for working with the teachers on lesson plans and curriculum for the kids, giving tours and helping new families join our program, working with the families in our program to provide them a place that they love for their children to be at, continuing to improve the school and the programs we offer, as well as all the other little things such as the preschool budget and keeping our name out in the community.  I am a jack of all trades.


What are some of your hobbies/interests?

I have two little girls, so right now a lot of family time is really important to me when I’m not working. When I do have some spare time, I also really enjoy cooking or trying new foods. My favorite place to be is Colorado. It is where I was born and my family hopes to eventually live there someday.


What is your favorite TV show or movie?

For TV shows, it’d be This Is Us on NBC. And for movies, I’d say P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.


Do you have a favorite scripture?

Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

When things aren’t going right, just hold faith. Be sure about what you want out of the situation.


Any leaving thoughts?

I like that my job never allows for a dull moment. I have a graphic design background and I like that I get the chance to be creative and have fun with kids but at the same time I also spend time doing finances, and spreadsheets.


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