Swift Current Community Baptist Church
We believe children all around the world are precious, and we believe that Christmas is about giving. As North American citizens, we are abundantly blessed and privileged.
We have the opportunity through the Canadian Baptist Ministries gift catalog to share God's love by purchasing Healthy Child Packs for children in third world countries - to help reduce disease, sickness, and malnutrition through vaccination, vitamin supplements, and insecticide treated bed nets to protect against malaria.
Can you help us bless at least 25 children with these Healthy Child Packs? The cost of one Pack is only $15.00.
Please prayerfully consider adding one (or more) to your Christmas shopping list. We will have a table set up by November 23; but you may make your donation November 16 if you prefer. (Mark "Healthy Child Pack" on your envelope.)
Contact Penny as soon as possible if you want to participate in a Christmas Baking Night at Schimmel's Bakery on Thursday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. We need a minimum of SIX participants. Cost is $30/person. (Bring lots of containers.)
Today, many Christians are languishing in prisons around the world, enduring daily emotional and physical torture because they refuse to surrender to dictatorial governments and ideologies, choosing instead to remain loyal to Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are to "remember those who are in prison and those who are mistreated".
Writing cards of encouragement is a way to deliver hope to those who otherwise might feel forgotten. Join us on Tuesday (November 25) at 7:00 p.m. for approximately an hour to write cards and pray for prisoners.
“Twice a day, The Lighthouse cooks large bins of lugaw (a sort of stew made with chicken, rice, bits of vegetable, etc.) and does feedings in various neighbourhoods and villages. Handing out free food gives us an opportunity to have conversations with people and get to know their story a little, play with kids, and provide first aid for minor health issues. Going back to the same locations builds relationships and creates windows where we can talk about the love of Jesus. This often also leads to exciting new experiences for us racers as well, such as climbing palm trees to collect coconuts, hiking to waterfalls with the local children, or learning to chew on sugar cane without getting splinters in our gums.”
Read the rest of Madisson’s recent blogs here.
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
November 19, 2014 - "Minimize Regret" Edition
There is an old saying (also in a Joni MItchell song and an old 80's rock ballad), "you don't know what you got till it's gone". What makes this saying so poignant is that we all know what it means to lose something/someone and, afterwards, to feel like we didn't appreciate it/them enough when we had it/them. The list can include things like health, jobs, possessions, security, peace, and freedom. The list of people can include spouses, children, parents, and friends. Sometimes we know for an extended time that we are going to lose them, and we prepare and cherish our last moments. Other times they are taken away suddenly, and we find the shock overwhelming.
Regardless, we can actually prepare for loss, in advance. It's true! OK, it's mostly true. You're still gonna feel loss when you drop your phone in the toilet or your dog gets run over or a loved one dies... but, you can actually minimize that horrible feeling of regret by living thankfully. Yes, by simply recognizing the blessings in life, and giving thanks to God for them, you will find that when they are gone, your sense of regret will be greatly diminished. A heart that is always seeing how our things and relationships are a gift from God will then treat those same things/people as gifts from God... and treat them accordingly. It's hard to say hurtful things to a loved one when you know they are a gift from God. It's hard to kick your dog when you know he's a gift from God. It's hard to throw your golf club in the lake (after a really bad shot) when you know that club is a gift from God. It's hard to swear at your neighbour when you know.... OK, you get it.
Every good and perfect gift in our lives comes from God. Even those not so perfect gifts are from Him as well (we call them people). Value them. Be thankful for them. Miss them when they are gone...but minimize the regret in advance by seeing them as gifts.