FOCUS - Fellowship of Christians United to Serve
Focus is an acronym for Fellowship Of Christians United to Serve. The origin according to John Nishimuta: "It was about 2:30 am in late summer of 2015, when I was awakened by a strong sense that God wanted us to be instrumental in uniting the Christian community of this region. The sense was an event that would invite the participation of many churches and ministries to be a time of enjoying each other, setting aside any sense of competition, and becoming aware of the goodness of unity (Psalm 133:1) while sharing the combined strength of our ministries to the broader community."
A daunting task indeed! Casual days of retirement for John and Bea soon took another turn. Not knowing where to start, they met with a person experienced in working with other denominations to find the best way to proceed. From there, they were pointed in the right direction and began contacting other Churches. First stop was with the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church. Then consultations with pastors of Fellowship of the Hills, Antioch Baptist, St. Francis of Assisi, The Vineyard Church, The House of Prayer, and New Life Family Church. Other Ministries soon became involved as well: Joshua's Warriors, His Victory Riders the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, interdenominational prayer groups and independent churches in Hiawassee and Hayesville.