Swift Current Community Baptist Church
After the presentation by Karen R. about Voice of the Martyrs, it was decided to form a group to meet monthly and print cards of encouragement to persecuted prisoners. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to come.
If you cannot participate but would like to make a financial donation to help pay for postage ($2.50/card is needed), it would certainly be helpful.
Please plan to come help us on Thursday evening, October 9 as we get ready for our anniversary weekend! We will need people to move pews, set up tables and chairs, and do general cleanup around the church.
If you can't help that evening, let us know if you can come sometime earlier that week.
If you have registered to teach or help with Sunday School, please come to a meeting on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Thanks!
Please note: College & Career will now be held Friday evenings instead of Thursdays (7:00 p.m.).
Invite your friends!
“Madisson and the entire squad of about 40 have arrived safely in Manila, Philippines where they started out doing a wide variety of jobs including devotionals, window washing, and working with children. She was then assigned to two major duties, which are helping (primarily with paperwork) at the pregnancy crisis centre and food distribution in slum areas. She says that everyone is doing well, although the work is emotionally draining. Many of the women at the pregnancy centre are young, are undernourished, or have gone through many miscarriages. Food distribution essentially is scooping a rice/pasta/veggie/meat mixture from a pail into whatever containers people arrive with – i.e., a plastic grocery bag, a broken travel mug, or a disposable food container. It is very difficult to walk away from hungry, crying children when there isn't enough for everyone who comes to be fed.
The team is being housed at a mission compound and is working with an organization called Kids International. Their accommoda- tions are good with beds and sheets, showers, laundry facilities, and a spa (manicure - $3, one hour massage - $6). They also have access to a swimming pool, which they use regularly for swimming with large numbers of local children (many of them orphans).
They came through this week's typhoon largely unscathed, although Manila is in the aftermath of widespread flooding. Madisson was surprised that we had heard about the storm as she is getting very little news and was unaware that her new part of the world was making headlines.
The team will be in Manila until October 3 when they travel by bus south to Tacloban - a trip that will apparently take somewhere between 13 and 26 hours and land them on another island entirely.
Current prayer requests include:
- continued good health. (A number of team members have contracted what could be parasites under the skin, as well as head lice.)
- bonding and unity among team members, as they are still in the early stages of really getting to know each other.
- effective ministry in situations where they are at a disadvantage with both culture and language.
- enthusiasm, stamina, humility, and balance in all things.
Oh, yes... transportation apparently includes piling as many people as possible onto a single motorcycle and driving off. Her current maximum number experienced is nine.”
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
October 1, 2014 - "The Future" Edition
Do you want to know the future? Many dramas have been written with the plot line featuring someone finding something out about the future (prophecy, time travellers, dreams, etc.) and then spend the rest of the show dealing with the impending consequences. Actually, you may think that your answer is "yes, I do want to the know the future"....but you might be surprised and change your answer when I give you some more details.
A fellow once sat down with me and shared that, had he known the suffering that he was going to go through after having open heart surgery, he may very well have not opted for the procedure in the first place. He recounted the hours of stress, pain, and discomfort. The lingering post-op issues with the leg from where the surgeon harvested some arteries. The extended time it took for him to feel normal again. In other words, had he specifically known the effort he was facing, he may have opted out. However, at the same time, he was glad to have had it done! This is the dilemma that knowing the future brings.
God's plan with telling us the future is simple: you will know enough to know that things work out properly. You know who wins. You know you have a God who cares for you. The details, however, may be too much to absorb at once so God delivers the future to us...one day at a time.