Dear Church Family,
Earlier this week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. As I was listening to the coverage of his death, I heard a quote of his that I thought was worth sharing:
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed….If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
Friends, as we continue through the season of Lent we are only a few short weeks from celebrating the element of our faith regarded by some as the most foolish of our beliefs. To believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, from the world’s perspective, is seen as incomprehensible. But for those of us with a personal relationship with Christ, we have a faith in things that can be known even when they are not seen. I urge you to heed Justice Scalia’s words even in the midst of a world that frequently scrutinizes the very foundations of our faith.
On another note, I want to thank those of you who have already made commitments toward the 2016 Operating Budget. To date, we have received pledges from approximately 200 households. Members from our finance leadership team will begin making calls to those of you who have given in the past or are giving currently but have yet to make a commitment so that we can better understand and confirm your intentions to give in the coming year. If you have not yet made your commitment you can do so here.
I hope you’ll make plans to join us for the World Vision Experience the weekend of Feb. 26-28. This is a unique opportunity for you to not only grasp a better understanding of the needs in some of the darkest parts of the world, but also to be a part of the solution through a one time gift or a child sponsorship.
Jennifer and I have been blessed to sponsor two children from Ethiopia through a similar organization. Seadu and Samuel both live in Gunchire where they are among the poorest in their community. Seadu is an 11 year old girl. She likes to study english at school, loves to jump rope with her friends and wants to be a teacher some day! Samuel is a 10 year old who lives with his parents and sister and dreams of becoming a doctor someday. Without our sponsorship, neither of these children would be able to continue in school which is obviously a critical component of them being able to achieve those dreams.
Friends, the social injustice around the world is overwhelming. So much so that it’s easier for most people to do nothing than to try to sort through all of it and come up with a plan of action. I think child sponsorship can be a critical first step in the right direction. Through child sponsorship we have the opportunity to change the trajectory of the life of a child on the other side of the world in a way that will impact generations to come. These children are the future of their communities and no one is better equipped to infuse change in a community than the people who live there. So through child sponsorship, we have the ability to lift a family out of poverty who will in turn infuse change into their communities and perhaps even the world!
I hope you’ll take time to tour the exhibit, and if you have time to serve for a few hours, we need volunteers to help staff it as well.
Finally, I hope you’ll join us on Sunday for our second week in our Making a Messiah series. This week we’ll visit the garden of Gethsemane.
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