GUIDING THE BLIND

He hasn’t done it all, but he’s done a lot.

Erik Weihenmayer has summited Mount Everest as well as becoming one of the 150 climbers in the world who had, at the time, climbed the other 6 highest peaks in the world. He has kayaked the 277 miles through the treacherous white waters of the Grand Canyon as well as ascending the 3,000 foot nose of El Capitan in Yosemite.

Besides having appeared on the cover of Time magazine, there have been three documentaries made about Erik’s accomplishments.

Why would so much attention be given to Erik Weihenmayer’s accomplishments? Because he’s blind.

And, while so much focus has been on Weihenmayer’s achievements, he has made sure to give credit to whom credit is due.

D457F89D41AC454FAB5040C2E7CD5A21Erik has easily acknowledged that he couldn’t have completed any of his feats without the help of his many guides. Rob Baker, Eric Alexander, Luis Benitez, and Jeff Evans, are just a few of the people who have willingly and ably guided Erik to his many successes.

There are spiritually blind unbelievers all throughout the world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and Christians are called to guide them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16).

Similar to Erik’s guides, Christians must be willing to take the responsibility of guiding the spiritually blind to Christ.

Guides must be more than able to lead the spiritually blind.

Guides must be in better shape spiritually.

Guides must be connected to those they are guiding.

Christian guides must themselves be familiar with the way to get to Christ.

Even for the sighted Christian, the narrow way to salvation is treacherous and difficult to stay on (Matthew 7:14). Blind unbelievers aren’t very likely to find their way to salvation without being guided (Romans 10:14).

  • Troy Albers, Rosenberg, TX
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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 22, 2018

REMEMBERING OUR SPANISH WORK!

Salvador SanTillian is ready every Sunday morning to teach a Bible class in Spanish. This is a worthy endeavor. Do you have friends who would benefit from this Spanish Bible study? Let them know about it by giving them a warm, personal invitation.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

APRIL FELLOWSHIP MEAL

. . . next Sunday, April 29, 2018, Noon!   Hosts & hostess will be: Ken & Gail Darnell, Bill & Mary K. Flanary and Myron & Janet Fietz.

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN. . . .

Summertime is approaching and with it comes Bible Camp in early June! For several years now our congregation has been involved in sponsoring the children of the congregation so they can attend the “Heart of Texas Bible Camp” in Brady, TX. We would like to continue this ministry in 2018.  The cost per child is $125.00 which the church will pay for our kids who want to attend. The sessions are:

Session I (June 3rd-8th) — Ages: 4th — 7th grade

Session 2 (June 10th-15th) — Ages: 8th —12th grade

In the past some members have chosen to sponsor a child and relieve the church of the cost. If you would like to help in this worthy cause, please talk to one of the elders. – Joe

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs:  Deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste

Thank you for your support of this ministry!

THANK YOU NOTE

Dear Church Family,

John and I want to thank everyone for all your prayers and concerns.

We expect treatment to begin soon and if it be God’s will, recovery will follow, as we know God has a plan for us. Many thanks,

In Christian love, Ida & John Brewer

AN ACT OF KINDNESS HAS NOT GONE UNSEEN

Thanks to those who met Thursday for our monthly “eat out”. A great fellowship. When it came time to pay, I noticed a couple paying for one of our sweet ladies. No names given here — this act was unseen by many, but I am sure, the Lord took notice. Thanks to all!  Bill Flanary

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are looking forward to getting to see our fellow workers, Dennis & Sharon Welch in June. What follows is part 2 of their latest report. Please pray for them and their prayer requests. For the elders, Ken D

Mission Cambodia News & Update: January – March 2018 Pt 2

Other news and highlights…

Faithful servants with Prayer Circles Cambodia (PCC) have traveled over a half a million kilometers (310,000+ miles) of prayer travels in Cambodia and Laos as “prayer warriors” asked God to flood this place with His grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, righteousness and justice. Dennis is thrilled to be a part of this team as they pray for workers and encourage churches. We continue to pray that the Spirit of God will go before them and prepare the way for His Word, Isaiah 55:3-11. We’re praying that the Lord blesses all who receive Him with the full benefit package as in Psalm 103. We’re praying that the Light of the Word destroys the darkness. John 1:1-13. See also, Luke 10:2.

Sharon was invited by an organization in the U.S. to go and encourage local women in India. Especially to help a group of women eager to learn and serve in disciple-making themselves. It was a blessing to see how God is at work among the local Christians and to meet new people. We pray our efforts and partnership with the brethren in Kakinada, India and beyond will bring glory to our Lord.

Volunteer Opportunities —The longer we are in Cambodia, the more we see God continues to open doors we didn’t expect. This allows us to meet new people, learn about their ministries and work and be blessed with spiritual fellowship. Sharon continues to help with the library at PEACE International School, has joined a ladies book club and is reading “What Every Church Should Know About Poverty.”

WELCH 1Thank you for praying with us…

In addition to the prayer requests within the text above, please pray for our planned trip to the States in late May through June. We hope to see you then!

We beg you to join in our prayers for our community as we continue this local outreach ministry to make disciples who are one-and-all competent to make more disciples.

Finally, as we look to our long-term future in Cambodia we are praying and planning on where to reside and what our next steps might be. As this begins to take shape we ask that you pray for us to remain in the heart, in the center of God’s will for His servants in Cambodia. He constantly amazes us by His answers.

We’re grateful to God that He uses you to bless us and our work through your faith, love, encouragement and prayers. May God pour out His blessings on you for your faithfulness. PLEASE PRAY!  With love & blessings, Dennis & Sharon

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PSALM 121

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1I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?

2My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot slip — He Who watches over you will not slumber;

4Indeed, He Who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep.

5The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

7The Lord will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life;

8The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121 was traditionally known as a traveling song. In times past, sojourners would sing this psalm as they set out on a journey.

Our lives are in many ways a journey. From birth to death, God keeps us always in His care. Even when troubles come, we are kept in His care. When illness threatens, we are kept in His care. No matter what happens, God is our keeper, and He ultimately will have the last word. That last word — the word He has for us is this: Faithful child, you are mine forever.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~~ Romans 8:28

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 15, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Under the direction of the elders, the deacons will initiate a preliminary planning meeting to address potential safety incidents that could occur at the church. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19th at 10 AM in the fellowship room.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, April 25th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

LADIES RETREAT

Remember the 40th Annual Heart of Texas Ladies Retreat on April 27 and 28, Friday night through Saturday noon, at the Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady.

The flyer and a sign-up sheet is in the back of the auditorium.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are looking forward to getting to see our fellow workers, Dennis & Sharon Welch when they visit us the first weekend in June. It will be such a blessing to hear 1st hand what the Lord is doing in Cambodia. What follows is part 1 of their latest report. Please pray for them and their prayer requests. For the elders, Ken D

Welches Grapevine for the glory of God – Mission Cambodia News & Update: January – March 2018

Blessings from Cambodia. We pray that the Lord has blessed you and you have found strength in Him in the time since we last wrote. We are so thankful for your support and prayers. We know that God is hearing your prayers and answering our cries. What an amazing God we serve who takes care of our needs before we know we even have them.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words” — Romans 8:26

Praise & Thanksgiving…

We are giving praise and thanksgiving for Sharon’s recovery from her fall down the stairs in late December. The last 3 months have kept her pretty busy with lots of physical therapy. We are happy to report she has made good progress and now has about 75% usage of her hand, wrist and arm. Thank you all for your prayers.

We celebrated the 7th year spiritual birthday of our middle daughter, Theary on January 2nd. Our hearts are filled with joy as we see her growing in faith and spiritual maturity. Theary continues to be such a joy and bright light to those around her. Join us in a prayer of thanksgiving as we celebrate the new life God has given her!

The Lord has blessed us richly with our Cambodian daughters. We are grateful for the ways they have helped us learn and grow in our ability to understand Khmer culture. Two of our girls, Theary (26) and Sreypov (21) celebrated their birthdays in February. We enjoyed a wonderful time of reflection, good food and family time out in the countryside.

We are extremely grateful to have new neighbors in our area, for community and fellowship. During the last few months we have had some of our dearest friends move closer to us. We are especially thankful we can join together to minister and outreach in our communities. Since we moved into our community a little more than a year ago and started praying for this neighborhood we are now aware of four churches on our street alone. Praise God! Please join us as we pray we will have a positive impact for the Kingdom in this community and Cambodia.

We recently joined an intensive workshop “Coaching for Christian Leaders.” This workshop was refreshing and left us encouraged. Coaching methodologies include powerful ways to help others, increase effectiveness and impact the Kingdom.

prayer riderOrality Network — We continue to look for ways to be a positive influence on the Body of Christ, and to make disciples of all people. Before writing was developed, cultures passed along their cultural traditions, including their history, identity, and religion through their stories, proverbs, poems and songs. We continue to reach out to the people groups of Cambodia with the common goal of making God’s Word available to oral learners in culturally appropriate ways that enable the Good News to spread everywhere

We’re grateful to God that He uses you to bless us and our work through your faith, love, encouragement and prayers. May God pour out His blessings on you for your faithfulness.  PLEASE PRAY!

With love & blessings, Dennis & Sharon

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WORDS

Words Have Power ConceptThere are many ways we use our words each day. In a recent study researchers found that on average, women speak 16,215 words per day and men speak 15,669 words per day. Some people use very few words and some people seem to never stop talking, even to talking in their sleep. By the time we are one year old, most of us are using words and our vocabulary only grows from there. Today, let us begin to look at how we spend our words. Most of us use at least some of our words each day in a negative way. Gossiping, lying, backbiting, cursing, telling coarse jokes, and complaining are all ways of spending our words. When we spend our words in these fashions, the cost will often be far more than we ever imagined. We may lose family, friends, spiritual brethren, credibility, the respect of others, and possibly even our own souls. Jesus said, “I tell you on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37 ESV). Paul exhorted, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). How we use our words each day can have a great impact on our lives and the lives of those around us. We can spend these words in a careless even destructive manner or we can use them in a productive way, to build people up. Brad Tolbert, Monticello, AR

The Great Lie:

“Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me”

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 8, 2018

YOUR HELP IS APPRECIATED

Please check . . . . . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best. Please cut out the “Continue to Remember…” list for your own prayer sessions. We need to reduce this list; of course, continued prayers are very important. Your help is very, very much appreciated!

DINNER TOGETHER

The group will eat together on Thursday, April 12, 5:30 pm, at the Grand Central Café in Kingsland. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

LADIES RETREAT

The 40th Annual Heart of Texas Ladies Retreat on April 27 and 28, takes place at the Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady. This year’s topic is: “More Precious Than Rubies” from Proverbs 31. Friday night activities from 6 to 8:45 PM and Saturday activities from 8 AM to 1:15 PM. A Salad supper will be served Friday evening and Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Saturday. The flyer and a sign-up sheet is in the back of the auditorium.

WELCOME “NEW” MEMBER

Vicky Parr has been a “member at large” here for many years. She and husband, Jay, had divided their worship attendance between here and the Cherokee church of Christ close to their other home, the ranch in Cherokee. After Jay’s passing, Vicky is now making her home “fulltime” in Kingsland. All her information is in our current directory. Just delete the Ranch address and other info. that does not apply anymore. Welcome, Vicky, as a “new” but familiar and faithful member!

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

“And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.” Mark 13:10 (ESV) We have been blessed to have been long time supporters of Gospel Chariot Missions in spreading the gospel in Africa. What follows is part of the 1st quarterly report from Brother George Funk. Please continue to keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

WEST AFRICA Update 2018

Hi Everyone. Hope this finds you doing well. This is the GCM West African report for the first quarter 2018. As mentioned last week, we are going to break the report up into regions due to so much happening and not wanting to bore you with one loooooong report every time. Last week we sent the report for East Africa, this week West Africa and next week will be Southern Africa.

WEST AFRICA There is some exciting news regarding this West African region. The new Nigerian Gospel Chariot is complete and has just started reaching out. We now have 5 gospel chariots working in West Africa, namely Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Here is our goal and prayer for 2019 come 2020. We are in discussions with Isaac Daye to upgrade his mini chariot in Liberia to a Big Gospel Chariot that will then go into, not only Liberia, but Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and Gambia, Wow! But that is not all, we are also speaking to George Akpabli about going further into the French speaking countries. George has said, if we can help with a Big Gospel Chariot that will be based out of the Ivory Coast, he and other West Africans will then oversee it going into Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. It is all pie in the sky now, but God loves it when we dream and think ahead and how amazing this would be as we take Africans to reach out to Africa and in this case regions that are very Muslim. PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.

GOD IS GREAT AND WORKING THROUGH US ALL NIGERIA The New Nigerian Gospel Chariot is now complete after two years of many issues and how we have learnt not to give up and know that we are not in this alone and that our Heavenly Father goes before us. Below shows the chariot being built in Nigeria and the chariot being commissioned by a public presentation in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, South Eastern in Nigeria. The chariot will be in Calabar, Cross River State, from March 28 till April 4, then it leaves for Aba in Abia State. It will work in Abia from April 5 – 8 and return to base on April 9. Arrangements are in place for the chariot to work with congregations and World Bible School team in Lagos till the end of April. It will then work in Kogi and Abeokuta in May, Akwa Ibom throughout June and Abuja in July.

Amen, PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS NEW GOSPEL CHARIOT…Thank you, thank you to all. To God be the Glory. In Him, Love Brother George Funk

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ENCOURAGING EEM REPORT

An Encouraging Report from Eastern European Missions

For several years now our congregation has been honored to participate in the annual “Million Dollar Sunday” collection for Eastern European Mission (EEM). The report for 2017 has just arrived, and I thought the results were worth sharing. Last year’s goal of 2.3 million dollars was reached and this resulted in Bibles and Bible-related materials being delivered all over Eastern Europe.

Sweet-babyBibles have been sent to Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Croatia and Romania. Many public schools in those areas have been supplied with materials and Bibles for use in the school curriculum. Bibles and related materials have been requested and delivered to 2,200 libraries in Ukraine. 16 Christian Ethics Teacher Training Seminars have also been funded for the public school teachers in Ukraine. A Bible designed for teenagers has been produced in Arabic and Farsi and distributed among Muslim refugees who are flooding into Europe. The final total for last year was nearly 1.2 million Bibles and Bible-related materials sent into Eastern Europe. This represents a 57% increase over the work done in 2016!

What now? We need prayers of thanksgiving to God for His love and power that works through this effort. Pray that these Bibles will find their way into the hands of honest, searching hearts who seek to know the God of Heaven. And don’t forget….there will be a new collection in the Fall of 2018 to fund this good work for another year! Start praying and planning to participate in the EEM offering later this year. – Joe

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