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September Kids Happenings

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Hello Church Family,

           September is here and school has been in session for almost one month.  As a parent of 2 teenage girls, I remember when they were younger.  I would get a folder from their teacher and sit with them at the kitchen table helping them with their homework, making sure they stayed on track and understood what was being taught.  Now as they get older... I check their grades regularly and consistently ask them if they have their homework done.  Of course, my husband and I will help them with their work when asked and only assume by their grades that they understand what they are learning.  When I think of our involvement with their academic life I think about our involvement in their spiritual life.  Are our priorities in the right place?  Do we ask the right questions to know if they’re rooted firmly in His word?  I have to be honest with myself, in my heart and in my prayers, my children’s spiritual walk is first priority.  But through my actions, my girls would probably tell me that I’m more interested in their academics.  What kind of message am I sending?

I want my girls to know that the most important thing in their life should be their relationship with Christ.  Sure they need good grades to raise that GPA and get into the college of their dreams and have a good job that they love, but without a solid relationship with Christ all of that is lifeless.  Kids today have so much worldly, evil influences pounding down their door.  If us parents aren’t careful we will aid in those influences by showing them what is or isn’t  priority.  Talk to your child daily!  Never have to wonder where they are in their walk with Christ.  Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.  The more guidance you can give them the better off they will be.  Thank you for the opportunity to love on your kids.     

 

September Women On Mission

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This is a sampling of prayer requests from the U.S. and around the world.  Please be in prayer for all our missionaries. 

PRAYER FOCUS - SUB SAHARAN AFRICIA:
The Anuak people live in South Sudan where they herd sheep and goats and grow small gardens.  They live in clans within the villages that are self-sufficient and isolated from other villages.  The Anuak people have a belief in animism.  They practice divination and magic, putting curses on one another.  “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1John 4:18).  Pray for this unengaged, unreached people group, now living in fear, to live in the perfect love of Jesus.

PRAYER FOCUS - SUB SAHARAN AFRICIA:
Warring with or running from their neighbors, the Hema (HEM-ah) of Uganda are a wary people.  Reportedly 10,000 Hema fled from fighting and massacre west into the Democratic Republic of the Congo several years ago.  The Hema need hope.  They need to hear about a Savior.  Ask God to make a way for more than 35,000 Hema people living in Uganda to hear the John 3:16 story - that God loves them so much that He made a way for them to live with Him eternally through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

PRAYER FOCUS - BELGIUM:
A small group of believing North African women in Belgium recently talked about their journey from Islam to Jesus.  Over and over, each person talked about how she was stunned by the love of God when the truth was revealed to her.  Ask God to reveal Himself to many more.

PRAYER FOCUS - ALABAMA:
Diane Smith serves as missionary through Mission Service Corps (MSC) funding.  Pray for her and the church plant she partners with as they minister to and mentor six homeless people.  This church has stepped out on faith, renting a home in which they can live.  People are partnering financially and have donated all the things needed for the house, called
Pro-Ject Life.

PRAYER FOCUS - TENNESSEE:
Margaret Cole is an evangelism catalyst in Tennessee.  Pray for those in her community who are considering abortion.  Pray they would be led to the center, Margaret’s team would be able to effectively share truth in love, and hearts would be changed.

PRAYER FOCUS - NEW YORK:
James Roberson is a church planter, serving as lead pastor of The Bridge Church in Brooklyn.  Pray the eight recently baptized individuals would be obedient to Christ.  Pray for people to commit to the church’s vision and be held accountable to exercise their gifting, thus accomplishing that vision.  Pray for a young woman to be raised up from within or sent to New York City to serve Long Island University-Brooklyn as a collegiate minister.  Also pray for developing
partnerships.

 

Stocking caps for the International Seafarer’s Center are due September 16th.  We plan to ship them in late September.

 

Women on Mission will meet for their annual Potluck at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14th in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a favorite dish.  All our ladies are invited to be with us for this time of food and fellowship.

 

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