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July Newsletter 2017                                                                                                

 

It is a beautiful morning as I look out the window and see the sun shining and hear the birds singing.  On the first night of Vacation Bible School we asked the question, “Who made the world and who made me?”  It has been fun to see the kids’ faces as we talk about all the things that God made and share with them that God made them.  What a wonder to participate in bible school!  There were so many people giving of themselves and sharing their gifts with the children.  It is such a blessing to be part of this community.

It has been a year since Dan and I arrived and I have enjoyed it all.  God certainly had a plan when He brought us to the Faithful Followers Charge.  We have had some wonderful celebrations and some of you have been stretched in your faith by trying new things.  We have had some difficult times when we had to say goodbye to those we love and will miss greatly.  God has carried us through those times.

Now that we have gotten to know each other a little better, there will be more challenges and more opportunities to stretch our faith.  The last night of bible school we talked with the children about what Jesus wants us to do while we are waiting for Him to return.  Jesus command was very clear, “Love each other as I have loved you.”  (John 15:12) 

There are many ways we can share our faith with the world.  In Paul’s letter to Philemon, he says, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”  We share our faith when we tell others about the wonderful things God is doing in our lives.  That is our witness. 

Is God doing wonderful things in your life?  Do you see God every day in his provision?  Do you talk with with God each day in good times and in bad?  Do you believe God is providing you each day?  Is God speaking to you through the Word as you read your bible?   Do you have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ?

There are enough judgmental, angry, frustrated, and desperate people in the world.  As followers of Christ, let’s be different.  Let’s be kind when others are not.  Let’s be patient even when we don’t feel like it.  Let’s share what we have even if the other person does not deserve it.  Let’s love others as Jesus showed His love to us by giving up His life for us on the cross so that we could be free of our sin.  We can do all this by counting on the power of the Holy Spirit which is given to us when we declare our faith.  Through God’s gift of the spirit we can do anything.     

Pastor Joni

 

P.S.  Would you all pray with me this month as I prepare to travel to Guatemala with Moving Mountains Mission?  I will be gone from Sunday, July 23 through Sunday, July 30.  We appreciate your prayers for safety and for God’s presence and power as we minister to the people of Santa Marie de Jesus. 

 

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