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Let’s do it!

Posted: June 8, 2012 in Missions, thoughts
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Feed My Starving Children

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Community, Ministry, Missions

Gang,

Drew Witvoet is coordinating the sign-ups for Feed My Starving Children through Cape La Croix Church.  Our class is working on 12/10 from 11:30 to 1:30.  Remember, children over 5 can go with an adult (one child per adult), and the children will be working!

Sounds like a great opportunity to get together and work for a great cause.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post a comment here stating who is working (adult and child).

Drew has to register each person—-there are 28 spots, really only 24 b/c Emily, Drew, Brooke, and Jackson are working.  No—only 22 b/c Andrew and I are working.  So FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!  Need 22 peeps.  Post now!

mg

Underwood Adoption Update

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Community, Missions, news

Gang,

The Underwoods mentioned Sunday in class that they were praying about adopting an older child from Ethiopia.

They have decided to move forward and adopt an 8 year old girl that is currently in an Ethiopian orphanage.  Nick can say it better than I can….so hear Nick–

I mentioned we were considering this last Sunday in class, but at that time we were only considering it.  Quite frankly, we were reluctantly considering it, actually asking for God to provide a home for her, hoping that it would be someone else. We want to be obedient and it became very evident that we were supposed to get this child.  Someone else was looking at her file, and when they said no, we said yes.  We don’t know that many details, but she is 8 and she is developmentally and physically normal–or at least that is what has been represented to us.  We really thought that we would receive a much younger child, but in retrospect it appears that was just selfishness poking through.  I am scared and excited all at the same time.  If God wasn’t in this, it would truly be impossible. 

What a great example of humility…to openly share about their struggles with this.  Thanks for being open, honest, and real.  Thanks for being obedient.   Let’s all pray for the Underwoods as they continue to be in the process of adopting.  This girl could be rescued from a life of no hope—pray that it will happen.  In the words of Meredith Ogburn, Underwoods—you rock!

So great to do life with folks that are real and willing to take the mask off.

mg

New Testaments Anyone???

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Missions

Gang, check out the video—-shows how important it is for people to have the Bible in their own language.  Alex, Meredith, Bro. Mark, and myself are heading to Tanzania in February.  Let’s take up some $$$$ the next several weeks and provide some New Testaments in Swahili.  How awsome would that be???!!!  Could be life changing for those people.  It could be a tool that leads someone to the Lord.  It could be a tool that helps someone grow.  It could be a valuable tool in their spiritual battle.  We will pass a hat around the next few weeks—let’s see how many New Testaments we can provide!

mg

Can You Lend a Hand?

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Ministry, Missions

Gang,

See the below message from Alex:

A co-worker of mine has family who have resettled in Cape (Bloomfield Road) earlier this week.  The family has been on a rough road and is in need of basic kitchen and
household items. The parents are Jeremiah & Jessica and they have a son in 8th grade, 6th grade, daughter in 3rd and a 5 month old baby.

I think this is a great opportunity to minister through our LifeGroup. The items I know they need include:

Kitchen Chairs–Broiler Pan/ Pots–Cookie sheet(s)–Dish drainer–Sheets (queen bed)–Other kitchen or household items.

They have very little of anything. If anyone has a heart to help, I will be happy to coordinate.

Sincerely,

Alex

If you can help, please email Alex @ aogburn@sfmc.net

Thanks Alex!

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Families, Missions, thoughts

Gang,

Good sermon on Sunday.  Ever thought your child ran your home?  Ever seriously thought about the role of the child and the role of yourself, the parent?  God loves us and one of the ways He shows that love is through giving us order in the family.  By following the plan put forth in Scripture, the family will function better, b/c that is how God designed it.  Do you remember Mark’s points?  Here they are…

What is the role of the child?

1) the role of the child is to obey–they hear and do.  Obedience is a protection for them and it is an external action.

2)  the role of the child is to honor their parents–an internal action…more of a heart issue

What is the role of a parent?

1) Assume responsibility….which means that we a) build our children up b) nurture them c) discipline them and d) instruct them

We need to be courageous and teach our children what the Bible says about what they are to do in the context of family, and also explain to them our role as parents.  God will bless this.

In class…great discussion.  Thanks to all for being honest.  Much of our discussion centered on going and sharing the Gospel, but to what extent?  The Great Commission was given by Jesus 5 times…1) Matthew 28:19 2) Mark 16:15 3) Luke 24:47 4) John 20:21 and 5) Acts 1:8.  We need to understand that Jesus is not asking, not giving us an option, but rather telling us to go….commanding us to go.  None of us are perfect in this area.  Haven’t we all rationalized in our own minds reasons to not go.  I have.  Haven’t we all justified in our thinking that it is ok not to go?  I have.  Maybe we get caught up in the “doing”.  John Marshall says this “….missions/evangelism must become not what we do, but who we are.  Every activity must in some way be tied back into the kingdom mission.  The kingdom motto is ever, ‘To the ends of the earth, beginning next door.”  Jesus does not say Africa only, or Asia only.  Sure there are places far away that have never heard the name “Jesus”.  But the kingdom has also not penetrated every Western heart.  So even as we strive to extend  the kingdom’s geographical boundaries, we must strengthen it in places already exposed to it.  This is why Jesus command us to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts.  He didn’t say just Jerusalem, and he didn’t just say the uttermost.

Let’s all pray that God will give us a desire to make the name of Jesus famous.  Everywhere.  Next door and around the world.  People are dying and going to hell every day….people in Cape and Jackson, and people in Africa and Asia, etc.  That should move us to go next door and get on a plane.

Remember from the book Radical….there is no plan B.  God’s plan to share the Gospel is the church!  4.5 billion people in the world today are without Christ, and more than a billion have never heard the gospel.  Re-read chapter 7 in Radical!  Check this out…

Have a great week!

mg

Sunday and Stuff

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Community, Missions, news

Gang,

Sunday we will hear from Christy Martin, and hopefully the Clippards about their trip to Swaziland.  I think it is always good to hear personal experiences and testimony of how God has been working in people, and He clearly led them to Africa…He used them while they were there, and he touched their hearts.  It will be good to hear their story, and be challegned to go as well.

I will be at a family reunion (rather be with you all!).  When the group is done sharing about their trip to Africa, I thought it would be good to have a prayer time for Swaziland, as well as praying that there will be more laborers for Christ.   Bro. Mark, the Ogburns, and myself are going to Tanzania in February and cannot wait!  I know others have been abroad as well.  Some (Underwoods and Lancasters) are adopting the mission field.  Awesome!  If you have never have been on a mission trip, try starting here.

Also, please remember to pray for Barb Crain and my mom as they battle cancer (BTW, my mom and dad went to church in Jackson TN Sunday—mom has read all of Matthew and has started John…she asked me, “Is that the best one?”…great stuff)

And remember August 7th—Kurt Lancaster and Michael Wilson are starting a new class that will meet at 9:00.  We are moving to 9:00 am worship.  No more showing up at 9:15!

Also, remember Christy Brey’s plea for help in the preschool area—-Sherry Ford told me after class she has accepted the call to preschool.  Good goin’ Sherry.  Will keep you in the loop.

Will miss you all Sunday….see you on the 7th.

mg