Sunday, January 30, 2011
Even if you didn't see the Praise Bee flying around this week, he saw you! He saw all the great music and testimonies. He wants to give Pastor Sue a big jar of honey for being faithful in leading prayer and preparation time! Sister Janice Ames also deserves a jar of honey for the wonderful sloppie joes a couple of weeks ago! He was buzzing around the Fellowship Hall and watched John hook up a new stove! He saw Pastor Ames deliver another great message! More jars of honey for jobs well done! He may catch you next!!!
"Thanks bee unto God for His unspeakable Gift."-2 Corinthians 9:15
Thursday, January 27, 2011
A Commentary by Keith Kiper
"A group of nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations.
Fears of court challenges compelled the state Senate to end prayers, making it the first legislative body in the nation to do so."
We hear much about so called tolerance on a daily basis from the pop- psychiatrists to the talking heads on the nightly news. After reading the above story about the Hawaii senators, I had to pause and say a few things. As most Christians realize, society at large is "tolerant" of almost everyone except the true Christ confessing Born Again Christian. When someone is allowed on one of the so called news programs, the liberal-progressives try to shout them down sounding like Pee Wee Hermon and his, "I know you are, but what am I routine!"
I am reminded some of the facets Wesleyan Quadrilateral when considering the Christian history and background of our great nation. The Bible clearly outlines the consequences of nations and kingdoms that ignored God and continued in their pagan practices. History also paints a clear picture of nations who rejected God. Sadly our nation persists in continuing down this path that leads to nowhere at warp speed. Abortion on demand, same sex "marriage", spending like drunken sailors. As far as Reason, the world at large can't see the folly of their ways. Its up to us to show them!I am thankful this group of senators had the backbone to stand up for what they believe. I hope and pray the rest of us will join them.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Blaming "incendiary language" is a tool of ideologuesFr. Frank Pavone www.priestsforlife.org
After Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric.
Many singled out Sarah Palin's now-infamous "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!" tweet and her 'Crosshairs' campaign map, which included Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' district, as a sign that some politicians have gone too far in stoking vitriol against their political opponents. (Since the shooting, Palin reportedly emphasized in an email that she "hates violence.") Others reject any connection between the shooter, who does not appear to espouse any coherent ideology, and our current political climate.
What are the ethical and moral implications of incendiary political language?
One of the ethical and moral obligations that is uppermost in my mind regarding this debate about "incendiary political language" is the obligation to preserve freedom of speech and the further obligation to accept personal responsibility rather than blame one's actions on what someone else said or did.
I know from personal experience what it's like to be the target of such blame. My highly visible work in the fight against abortion has earned me the wrath of abortion advocates across the nation. Though the work of my ministry is completely non-violent, and though I have even gone so far as to offer and ultimately bestow a reward for information leading to the conviction of those who do violence against abortion providers, I have nevertheless been the subject of accusations and public protests because I am, allegedly, an inciter of violence.
My public declarations against violence have forced my detractors to admit that yes, Fr. Frank "says" he opposed violence. But because I also say that abortion is an act of killing, I am told that I share the blame for those unstable individuals who have shot abortion doctors. In fact, in 2001, a member of the New York State legislature organized a protest against me in New York City, calling together the leaders of NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Catholics for Choice, and other groups, blaming me for violence because of what I say about abortion.
So imagine my surprise when, pretty immediately after the Tucson tragedy, people started blaming it on "incendiary political language." This is a favorite tool of some ideologues in our society.
Actually, it has been for a long time. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to defend himself against such attacks in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. He wrote to the clergy who criticized his peaceful activism:
"In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God -consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the Federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber."The bottom line is this. Like it or not, we are each responsible for our own actions. Furthermore, we are in fact influenced by one another, but unless you want to live in a hole in the mountains, you have to accept that fact while avoiding the temptation to abandon that personal responsibility. And to attempt to "keep the peace" by chilling, or somehow prohibiting, freedom of speech, is simply another form of violence against the human spirit. By Fr. Frank Pavone | January 12, 2011; 8:12 AM ET Save & Share:
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Saturday, January 8, 2011
(November 19, 1921 - January 7, 2011)
Nyla B. Allen, 89, of Fort Branch, Indiana went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. She was born on Nov. 19, 1921 in Warrick County to the late Quency and Sadie M. (Hester) Brown. Nyla was a member of the Fort Branch Wesleyan Church. Besides her parents, Nyla is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Edward G. Allen who passed away on Jan. 1, 1985 and a brother Clifford Brown in 2000, and Rev. Gurnade Brown in 2009. She is survived by 4 children Brenda Krieg of Fort Branch, IN, Mary Ruedlinger of Evansville, IN, Jeanette Starry of Evansville, IN, and Tonya Macer of Evansville, IN. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Norma Black of Tennyson, IN, and Linda Duncan of Evansville, IN. She also is survived by 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Services for Nyla will be on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at the Stodghill Funeral Home located on Hwy. 168 West in Fort Branch, IN, burial will be in Owensville Cemetery . Visitation will be on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The family request that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Fort Branch Wesleyan Church.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Looking back at 2010
Genesis 22:14 "Jehovahjireh-The LORD will Provide"
God has done some amazing things in our lives over the past year; here are just a few highlights.
·January- We started full-time deputation
·February- Our support level hit 25%
·May- God sold our house & provided housing
·June- God sold our truck & provided a car
·July- We moved into a rental house
·August- Pledged support passed 50%
·September- School & Sports in full swing
·December- God provided another car!
Also in December we hit 60%!
Looking to 2011
Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength"
We're so excited to think about what God is going to do in the coming year. We eagerly anticipate our biggest move yet, to the Dominican Republic! In order for us to be in the DR this June, we need to hit at least 90%. Our goal is to gain 15% by March. That would put us at 75% and allow Toni to transition home from her job. Then we hope to raise at least an additional 15% by May, putting us over 90%.
That's a lot of numbers and here's the bottom line: we don't need "numbers" we need people, partners in ministry. We are truly humbled by those of you who have already taken a stand with us by investing in this ministry. And we look forward to seeing how God will continue to build our team. To reach our next goal of a 15% increase, please consider one of the suggested pledges.
In His Service,
Josh, Toni, Kinsey, Elle & Gabe
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Summer 2011 Mission Trips
As mentioned, the Hilgemans will begin Village Ministry after arriving in San Pedro. Village Ministry will start with 10 weeks of a VBS like ministry starting the first week of July and running through the first week of September. We need teams to fill those 10 weeks to assist in this ministry. Please contact us if you are interested in more information.
Fun note, take 2...
Like a Rock?
Yep, unmovable! :)
Last month we mentioned that our van had hit 250,000 miles. Well, we no longer have that van since the engine gave out shortly after sending that newsletter! But God (ever notice how many times you say that) had a plan, as He always does. God took our Chevy but gave us a Caddy! That's right, God provided us with a free 1999 Cadillac to drive during the rest of our deputation time. We thought to make mention of our new ride, first of all to praise God for taking care of us yet again and secondly to explain why we're cruising around in a Caddy. God certainly has a sense of humor.
Goal for 15% increase
Let's count it down!
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4 pledges @ $25/month
3 pledges @ $50/month
2 pledges @ $100/month
1 pledge @ $200/month
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Monday, January 3, 2011
“It is the Bible that gives us the mandate, the message, the model,and the power we need for world evangelization. So let’s seek to repossess it by diligent study and meditation. Let’s heed its summons, grasp its message, follow its directions, and trustits power. Let’s lift up our voices and make it known.” –John R. W. Strott (p. 26)*
*Used with permission from the William Carey Library and taken from Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. A Reader. 3d ed. Edited by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne. Pasadena, California: William Carey Library, November 2004.
There will be times when we will not use the last names of our missionaries or nationals, or we will not use names of people or cities at all. This is to help ensure safety in this age of technology.
1Pray for God, the source of hope, to completely fill our missionaries with joy and peace. (Romans 15:13)
2Pray for Butch and Tricia Alexander, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
3As a result of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, GP’s rebuilding Haiti phase continues. Pray for these efforts.
4Pray for Greg and Heidi Edmonds, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
5Pray that every Wesleyan in North America would be involved in Great Commission ministry this year.
6Pray for Rodney and Michelle Geiszler, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
7Pray for the two new Koi people believers who accepted Jesus as their Savior last November.
8Pray for Carl and Maya Gilles, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
9Pray for renewed evangelistic efforts taking place in Zimbabwe. At least 72 people came to Jesus last November.
10Pray for Berry and Beth Gould, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
11Pray for God to financially provide for our missionaries. Pray for them to be able to rest in His promises.
12Pray for Justine Iskat, missionary to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
13Pray that both the weekly English classes in Japan and monthly events would be used to sow seeds of God's love in hearts.
14Pray for Cory and Kris Thede, missionaries to Haiti, Caribe Atlantic area.
15Pray that a book written by an Albanian Christian & given out by our mission team would help bring Albanians to Jesus.
16Pray for Dennis and Gwen Jackson, missionaries to Europe. Dennis is also the GP Europe area director.
17Pray for unity to exist among our missionaries and other Christian workers as they work together for God and His kingdom.
18Pray for Matt and Caryl Aukerman, missionaries to Albania, Europe area.
19Pray for a new Wesleyan church in Mexico that is located in an area with increased drug violence.
20Pray for Ken and Dawn Bishop, missionaries to Albania, Europe area.
21Pray for the more than 400 Guatemalan children who opened their hearts to Jesus during November’s VBS.
22Pray for Kevin and Michelle DeRossett, missionaries to Albania, Europe area.
23Pray that students on Wesleyan college and university campuses would heed God’s call to join in the harvest.
24Pray for Katie Hawkins, missionary to Albania, Europe area.
25Pray for our missionaries to give all their concerns & anxieties to the Lord and be encouraged in His loving care.
26Pray for Nichole Schara, missionary to Albania, Europe area.
27As GP JESUS film teams boldly go forth proclaiming the gospel, pray for the Spirit to prepare people to hear & receive truth.
28Pray for Allan Stevens, missionary to Albania, Europe area.
29Praise God for our growing ministry team in Bosnia. Pray for our team as they look to expand ministry to two cities in the next year.
30Pray for our missionaries to Bosnia, Europe area. (For security purposes we cannot give their names.)
31Pray for wisdom and guidance as church leaders & pastors throughout the Caribe Atlantic area face many challenges.