WEEKLY NEWS JUNE 19, 2016

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

VISITATION PROGRAM Team #2 (leaders: Cary & Brenda Miller) will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

Coming Workday

World Bible School workday is coming up on Thursday, June 23rd. The workers will meet in the education building at 9 am and work until all is done.

Monthly Fellowship

Our next Fellowship Luncheon will take place on Sunday, June 26th. As a cool summer treat, the suggestion was made to make it a “Salad Luncheon”. Make your plans to attend and either bring a meat salad, a veggie-salad, a tossed salad, a fruit or other kind of sweet salad, but by no means, leave out the scrumptious desserts to top of the meal! All will be enjoyed and appreciated by everybody!

Would You Like to Improve Your Bible Teaching Skills?

The Central Texas Bible Teachers Workshop is coming up on July 22-23 (Friday & Saturday) at the Cameron Road church of Christ in Austin, TX. Make your plans to attend. It will be a great experience!

human-footprints_318-46627Beautiful Footnotes . . .

We were honored and blessed this spring to be able to help support Troy and Leanna Futrell’s granddaughter Madison on a reading literacy mission trip to Rwanda with Harding University. What follows is Part One of her reflections on the trip.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

Now that I’ve had time to reflect on my trip to Rwanda, I have come away with a few lessons. As cliche as it is to say, the kids and people of Rwanda taught me many things.

Love everyone no matter what the past holds – Some of the most friendly, loving, and kind people live in Rwanda. We were greeted with nice smiles and waves as we walked along the street or entered the market places. Kids would run after our taxis and come up and hold our hands. Meeting new people would mean a hug or a hand shake was about to happen. It is a truly wonderful atmosphere. The last Sunday our group was there, we went to the Genocide Memorial. It was really hard to read about what had happened, but what was even harder was thinking about how the people we had come into contact with lived through this horrific time. People one year older than me lost family members and friends in the genocide. How are these people so loving and filled with so much joy? The only explanation would be forgiveness. If they can forgive people that took their family, we should be able to forgive someone who has wronged us. “Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Those are the type of people that live in Rwanda.

Be thankful for EVERYTHING – This is a lesson I needed to learn. I take so many things for granted and I don’t even realize it. We have paved roads, clean drinking water that comes out of our sinks, ice, air conditioning, clean clothes everyday, and so much more. We are blessed and lucky to have all of these amenities, but are we thankful for them? I spend too much time complaining about what I don’t have instead of being grateful for the many many, many things I do have.

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