• Magic of Christmas Advent Reading

    Join together on the YouVersion Bible App to prepare for the coming Christmas season through the daily Advent Reading: The Magic of Christmas!

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    Samaritan's Purse

    Operation Christmas Child is a program of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love!  Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ.  Grateful to have such an amazing organization still at work in our community assisting with Hurricane Harvey clean up!

    Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift.  After opening their shoebox gifts, many of the children read Gospel literature in their own language telling them about God’s love through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many of their parents were reading the booklets as well. 

    They have a helpful phone app to guide you into what to include in your boxes.  You can bring your finished boxes to church on Sunday, November 19th.

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    Code 2:20

    Hurricane Harvey brought much destruction, but in the Spirit inspired words of Nehemiah 2:20... The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build... As a church family, we have an opportunity to reach out to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighbors in the Coastal Bend with the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

    We have set up a Remind 101 App area for you to get immediate alerts of pressing needs. You can join by texting to "81010" and in the message put "@code2-20".

    When you get a "code 2-20", let our first reaction be PRAYER.  One of the things I have appreciated about our study through Nehemiah was that his words also reflected a change of heart!  Let's begin by taking every concern to the Master!  Secondly, RESPOND.  If you can physically respond to the the immediate need by showing up to lend a physical hand or a comforting hug, then Godspeed.  Thirdly, GIVE.  Many of our friends even outside of the Coastal Bend are looking for ways that they can help.  By giving offerings using our online system and marking it "Code2:20", we will use all of these funds to assist the needs.

    Some of our family and friends outside the area have asked if they can send supplies.  At the present, the infrastructure in our areas are compromised and the best way to help would be to give and let us use these funds towards things like generators, chainsaws, clean up tools, tarps, water, and housing assistance.

    Thanks in Advance! 

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    God @ work

    Nehemiah teaches us that work is not a prison, but a platform to reflect the glory of God.   Nehemiah's faith in God fueled the way he did his job and cared for others.

    Colossians 3:23-24, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

    Rick Warren has a powerful acrostic based on Proverbs 16:3 and our God given design to work.

    Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will SUCCEED. Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)

    Start working enthusiastically.

    Understand who you really work for.

    Concentrate on building your character.

    Care about the people you work with

    Exceed what is expected of you

    Expand Your Skills to SUCCEED at Work

    Dedicate your work to be used for God's purposes.

    God sees how you work and considers it worship when done unto Him!

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Kolkata, India

God has opened the door for me to be a part of a team traveling to Kolkata, India.  **Post a comment that you will commit to be a part of the prayer team!

We will be serving Kolkata Christian Fellowship, Mother Theresa's Home for the Destitute & Dying, Sari Bari (Christian based rescue, training, and employment for girls), New Hope School.

It is a very dark and oppressive place and culture. I ask you to be in prayer for the other members of the group and that the LORD’s purposes will be accomplished in each of us, in our team, and through us in all our interactions.   As you are most likely aware, India does not recognize missionaries.

Below is a picture of New Hope School


The volunteer teacher was excited over being given transportation.


The people in the village of Uddyan Pally live in one-room bamboo huts. Usually, there are more than five people to each hut, which are not equipped with electricity, running water or a proper sanitation system.

4 comments (Add your own)

1 Rebecca - Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 3:15 PM

I will be praying for God's will to be done, safety, open and ready hearts to receive the Truth, and for you and your team to serve. Bless you!
2 Rick - Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 4:21 PM

I pray they will see the hands and feet of Jesus and that their hearts will be receptive to God's word.
3 Stacey - Sun, February 17, 2013 @ 9:17 PM

I am praying, of course, for your safety. I ask that you be protected from accidents, violence, illness, etc. and that you come safely back home to us. I am very proud of you for doing this, because I know how much it is out of your comfort zone. I am praying for God's work to be done in a mighty way. I will be praying for you constantly while you are gone. I love you!
4 Joshua Abel - Mon, February 18, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

I'm praying... Very much for your safety. I know you feel you are being sent to impact someone there. I guess I'm feeling and praying that God is taking you to India at this specific time in your ministry because he has got God-sized things for you to accomplish here in Portland through Northshore Family. May God break your heart even more for the people of Portland and surrounding cities. May the foundation and vision you've already laid down be further impacted by those God has appointed you to meet. Gonna miss you.

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