Our congregation is involved in helping refugees from Houston who have come to our area. We will also be sending funds to the brethren sending supplies through Disaster Relief Effort, headquartered in Nashville, TN. If you would like to participate, please give your donation to one of the elders or Joe; the funds are used to help the hurricane Harvey victims. Mark your check: “Hurricane Relief”.
Our church family provided breakfast for about 170 evacuees at the Inks Lake State Park on Thursday morning. Most of these people came from rural places in the Houston area. They are grateful that the state of Texas opened up all the state parks, free of charge, to those in the greatest need of their lives. Some stay in the available cabins, others may even have to stay in their vehicles. Today Mary Kattner is passing out a list of items we will provide for the evacuees to take with them when they will be able to return. The items will be stored in classroom #3. Please check periodically what has already been brought, so you can buy items that are in short supply.
VISITING FOR THE MASTER
VISITATION PROGRAM Team #1 (leaders: Joe & Teri Winnett) will meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE CLASSES
Starting on September 6th, teachers will switch classroom locations. Both, Joe and Ken Darnell, will repeat the classes previously taught. Ken will teach “Seeing the Unseen” in the auditorium and Joe will present the lessons on “The Book of Judges” in the Fellowship Room.
This is a good arrangement because everybody can hear both of these excellent topics eventually. If you haven’t attended Wednesday Evening Bible Classes before, this is a good time to start doing so; both topics are very interesting and extremely enlightening.
The Dinner Group will meet at “Mama’s Home Cooking” in Burnett on Thursday, September 14th, starting at 5 to 5:30 PM. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 (ESV) “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.”
What follows is part one of the newest newsletter from the Emperados reporting on the work in the Philippines. Let us all continue to keep them in thought and prayer that God by His power may fulfill all the good works of faith in the Philippines. For the elders, Ken D
Dear Family and Friends,
Howdy! We hope this newsletter finds all of you having a great summer. Emperado clan has been doing well. We arrived back in the Philippines the end of May, after a good furlough. We enjoyed visiting family and churches in Texas and Oklahoma. I think we drove close to 5,000 miles from the middle of Feb. until the end of May. We got to be real pros packing and loading the van. Jennylou and Jennylyn enjoyed sharing about their time as apprentices at the Bible Study Center, training and teaching. Grant finished up high school, so I am glad to be finished with that part of our life. The three of them are going to spend the next year being their Dad’s interns and travel with him helping him plant churches and nurture churches we have planted.
We hit the ground running once back in the Philippines. School started about a week after we got home, so we had to help get all our orphans enrolled in high school or college in Negros and help with funds for the ones in Cavite. We are very thankful that several of our supporters were able to help us with funds to continue to help the orphans go to school. In Calag Calag, we have six Dolino orphans still with us. We have two girls in high school, 3 in college, and Riselle graduated college and is studying to take her board exams for teaching. We also are blessed to help Rodelyn, the sewing teacher, go to college as well. In Cavite, Moises and Nina are taking care of four orphans, Jaypee & Jennylyn are in grade 6 and Jay Mar and Jennifer are in grade 9. We also are blessed to help Moises and Nina’s son, Hidenell, who is autistic, go to a special school for him, and he is in grade 9. We are thankful for the help we receive from Sugar Grove church, the Refuge church, North Garland church and other supporters that make it possible for these children to go to school and help with basic food and welfare needs.
Love, Richard, Becky, Jennylyn, Jennylou, & Grant