Pastor Dennis Ortega and Lee Welkley (Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, Calif.)
News from our Urban Consultants Lee and Caroline Welkley
Let us make healthier churches! Let us plan to plant new churches! Let us plant new urban churches in areas of population concentrations!
In Galatians 6:7b-10 CEV, we read, “You will harvest what you plant. … if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. Don’t get tired of helping others. … don’t give up. We should help people whenever we can … ” This teaching highlights the importance of great thought and care being given to what is planted. The New Testament also teaches that Jesus is the head and builder of his church. Will you help?
News from our World Outreach Director Jeffrey Walsh
It’s a familiar conversation in churches. You want to give to missions, but you have questions about how your gift is actually going to be used. For example, if a giver wants the gift to be used for sharing the gospel among street people in Timbuktu, he doesn’t want a good portion of the gift to be used for something else – say, a replacement computer for the finance office. To be sure, stewardship questions are right and necessary. Proper stewardship of resources is vital, whether you are a giver or a receiver. Without it, the giver and receiver don’t have a trusting relationship. But more importantly, our Lord commands good stewardship. So insisting on principles of good stewardship is the right thing to do.
News from our Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting
FAILURE, FLIGHT OR DUST?
Successfully proclaiming the gospel is often measured in numbers: converts, baptisms, memberships, building programs, etc. I would like to offer a different picture of successfully proclaiming the gospel. Successful proclamation is going where the Lord tells you to go, regardless of how tough that area may be, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, delivering the message of salvation in Christ alone, whether they listen to you or not. If they do not receive you “shake the dust from your feet” and go somewhere else. You have pleased God and that’s SUCCESS.
News from our Latin America Area Director John Gilbert
If you missed the trips to Honduras with Cristo Salva in the past, your next opportunity is in April, April 17 – 24. It is an awesome chance to grow spiritually and to get an expanded view of God’s world through “new eyes.” Please make contact with Cristo Salva through Pastor Ray Marco at email@example.com or Carol Cline firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookout with some friends
URBAN MINISTRIES NEWS
Bethlehem Advent Christian Church, Augusta, Ga.
(Submitted by Pastor Nathan Dean)
Her request at the start of prayer time caught me off guard – “I would like you to pray for dead mice.” I was almost tempted to laugh, but she was serious! She went on to explain that her mice’s dying was critical to knowing that her research was on track. So as a church, we began to pray for her mice to die.