A while back the political crisis in the country of Ukraine was front page news. But the crisis there has been overshadowed by Isis, eboli and the mid-term election. However, for the people of Ukraine the tumult there continues. Of course, the Ukraine is on the other side of the world, but people are people no matter where they are, and some of them are our brothers and sisters in Christ. And in addition to that, as God’s people, we should be very much concerned about the evangelistic efforts there.
While the work of Eastern European Mission is not limited to the Ukraine, the work there is a major part of their efforts. Probably you already know, but in case some of us do not, they have been able to provide Bibles and other religious literature in many of the public schools in that country. Furthermore, the study of the Bible has been made a part of the curriculum of the public schools. What a door the Lord has opened for the spread of the gospel!
We are invited to the Eastern European Mission benefit dinner on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. It will be a buffet dinner and program at the South Fork Church of Christ in their Event Center. In addition to a good meal and an opportunity to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, it will be an opportunity to get the inside information on how our brethren are doing and how the evangelistic work is progressing. And even more, we will have the privilege to be a part of this great work by making a financial gift.
If you plan to attend the dinner, please sign the signup sheet in the back hall so that we may notify them as to how many will be attending.
It is time for the Change for Children Campaign again. This is a funding raising effort of the Southeastern Children’s Home. You will find the cans for change on the tables in the foyer and the back hall. Please take one of the cans and fill it with your extra change over the next few weeks.
God has always expected his people to be concerned about the wellbeing of the orphan. Consider these two passages, one from the Old Testament and one from the New:
“The stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and shall be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest.”
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27).
What can you buy for fifteen dollars? It could buy two tickets to the movies for a couple to have a night out (at least for seniors). Of course, that would not include refreshments. Fifteen dollars could buy about four gallons of gasoline. I guess that would get you to Statesville and back depending on your gas mileage. You could even buy a steak dinner at a reasonably priced restaurant for fifteen dollars.
What in the world am I talking about? Just this: there is something else you can do with fifteen dollars. You can feed a family – not just one meal, not just one day – but on and on and on.
Healing Hands International has devised a wonderful plan whereby they can feed a family in third world countries perpetually for just a one-time expense of fifteen dollars. Hunger and starvation exist in those countries because of drought. You cannot even grow a garden to feed a family without rainfall; unless, of course, you irrigate. Healing Hands International is providing families with a simple irrigation system for just fifteen dollars. They teach each family how to raise enough food to feed the family; and since the climate in those countries is always warm, gardens can be grown year round. All a family needs is a fifteen dollar irrigation system.
Healing Hands International
455 McNally Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37211-3311
Do you have fifteen dollars?
Helping others is very much a part of Christian living. Paul wrote to the churches at Galatia: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) James tells us: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
We have many opportunities to practice pure religion by helping others. One way in which we can help the fatherless is through support of the Southeastern Children’s Home. At this time of year they have a fundraising drive called: Change For Children. Many of us picked up a can a few months back. It is now time to return them. Next Sunday, September 30, is the deadline.
If, like some of us, you did not get as many coins in the cans as you would have liked, feel free to put a check or some folding money in.