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Student Ministry - April 2022

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Dear Church Family, 

Spring is in the air, and I hope it has brought you the nicer weather and the beautiful sights that normally come with it. By the time you read this, I should be enjoying our newborn baby girl. It is appropriate for her to be born in the Spring when everything in nature is pointing to the power of God to bring life into the world. That is partly because she is a new life coming into the world, but another reason this is a timely event is because we have decided to name her Anastasia.

We picked the name Anastasia because of its meaning. It comes from the Greek word anastasis which means resurrection. Spring is the time every year that we are reminded that God is the God of life. Spring is also the time of year that we celebrate Easter: the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the many different reminders that God is the giver of life, and not just life right now, but eternal, resurrected life to all who believe in Jesus as their risen Lord and Savior. This is the truth that I cherish the most, and Anastasia will help me to remember to believe it. Let me explain:

One of the most striking conversations in the Bible is recorded in John chapter 11 when Martha said to Jesus that if He had been there when her brother Lazarus was sick, then Lazarus would not have died. I can’t help but wonder what all she was thinking. Was she confused why Jesus delayed in coming to see them? Was she upset with Jesus? Was she simply stating a fact and wondering if there was anything Jesus could do now that Lazarus had actually died? All of those scenarios are plausible and unremarkable. But what is remarkable is Jesus’ response to her.

Jesus tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” This is an astonishing statement! We know from the rest of the narrative that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. He really did it! Jesus called Himself the anastasis and then actually proved it in real life. But before He proved it, He asked Martha an important question; He said, “Do you believe this?” Well, do we? 

We named our daughter Anastasia so that we will constantly be reminded to keep believing the truth; that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. When life gets hard, when hope seems to fail, when questions, worry, frustration, and confusion get the best of me, I want to remember that Jesus solved my real problem. He purchased my life for me, and I can take it easy knowing that He will raise me up to an everlasting life. In Him, I will never truly die. There is nothing that can stop those of us who believe this truth from living with all our might for the glory of God. So, will you commit to believing the truth? Will you live without fear? Will you live for God’s glory, which is your good? I hope Anastasia will help everyone she meets to do just that.

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Women On Mission - April 2022

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Bill Wallace, Christian Martyr

Bill Wallace made the decision to become a medical doctor in 1925 at the age of 17. That decision took him to China where he served through various uprisings, the Japanese invasion, and World War II. He performed surgery with bombs bursting around him. After the Communist takeover, he remained in China. When America entered the Korean War, anti-American sentiment ran strong in China. Mission boards urged their people to leave. Bill refused. Although he was known as one of the best surgeons in China, and many Communists profited by his skill, the Communists did not spare him. He was sent to prison on December 19, 1950 and accused of being a foreign agent. Two months after his arrest, Bill was found hanging in his cell. His captors claimed he killed himself, but his body told a story of terrible abuse. Armed guards tried to hide their handiwork by burying him in an unmarked grave. Faithful Chinese risked their own lives and buried him with a proper ceremony. Above his grave they placed this sign, “For Me to Live is Christ.” “He was so identified with the Chinese that they considered him one of them, “ said a missionary nurse who worked with him. A book of his life was written in 1963 by Jesse Fletcher. It is titled, “Bill Wallace of China.” A children’s book, “Bill: An American Doctor in China” was written especially for fourth to sixth graders. The author is Ann Lovell. It is available on Amazon.

Send Relief
Send Relief is the Southern Baptist compassion ministry that meets physical and spiritual needs around the world. Send Relief is bringing help and hope to displaced families in Eastern Europe during the Russia-Ukraine war. 

Send Relief is a collaboration between the International Mission Board and North America Mission Board. They respond to natural disasters, care for refugees, fight human trafficking, support adoption and foster care efforts, and provide clean water and medical aid around the world.

 Women on Mission will meet Thursday, April 7th at 1:00 pm in the Grace Ladies’ classroom.  All our ladies are invited to join us.

Our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering goal is $10,000.00. Prayerfully ask the Lord what he would have you give.

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