WEEKLY NEWS, DECEMBER 3, 2017

Dinosaurs UNLEASHED!

These books for teachers and others who are interested in them, are here. Each book costs $9.00. Please talk to Joe if you would like to have one.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

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

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited for Food and Fellowship on December 4, 5:30-7:30 PM, for a Come and Go Holiday Open House at the Miller’s Home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane.

HOLIDAY FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Next Sunday, December 10th, this is the date for our Holiday/Fellowship Meal. Instead of exchanging gifts, we decided a number of years ago that we would collect stuffed animals and/or dolls to be given to Seton-Care-A-Van. Those toys are to bring comfort to children in the hospital. Only bring toys that have embroidered eyes and make sure they are in the Fellowship Room before Sunday the 10th.  Make your plans to stay for this special meal, which takes place after our morning worship assembly! After that we are dismissed for the day.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Tooth Paste and Bath Soap

Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!

MANY THANKS…

…to all who so generously contributed to these two good causes:

Up to November 13, $925.00 was collected for World Christian Broadcasting.  November (19th & 26th) $7,640.00 was collected for Eastern European Missions.  God’s blessings are with those gifts and the generous givers.

footprints-hiBEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are blessed to be able to support the Solar Player work of Sunset International Bible Institute and, as deliveries continue, reports convey the excitement, thanksgiving, and praise that resulted from each delivery trip. This report concentrates on just one of those trips: the journey to El Salvador and Costa Rica made by Luis Melendez, recently returned to the United States from serving as a missionary in Costa Rica and Brandi Kendall, SIBI’s Dean of International Studies for Asia. The 3,000 solar players for Phase III are continuing to be delivered. Upcoming deliveries are scheduled for Ecuador, Cuba and Bolivia. Please continue to keep this work in your prayers help them finish and look forward to the next Phase of the Solar Event. For the elders, Ken D

Covering El Salvador from East to West, by Luis Melendez

We traveled with 240 solar players to El Salvador, from the 20th to the 25th of September. Thanks to God, we had no problem at customs. We then distributed solar players at four events. First, on Friday we gathered with about 60 preachers from the central part of the country. We met in a church building at La Miramonte, San Salvador. Second, we went to the eastern part of the country to San Miguel. On Saturday we met with over 100 church members and preachers from the surrounding cities and towns. Later that day we distributed solar players to 12 Bible students in Santa Tecla, San Salvador. Finally, on Sunday we gathered together with over 60 Christians on the western part of the country in Ahuachapán.  This trip was intense and very successful. We were able to bless about 70 of the 100 El Salvadorian Iglesias de Cristo congregations with solar players. Praise God!

Returning to Costa Rica – I went to Costa Rica on the 28th for a five-day trip. I brought 80 solar players. I arrived at 8:30 p.m. at the Juan Santamaria International Airport. As I was heading out with my luggage to pass through customs, knowing that customs officers can be a little difficult, I prayed to God for a good outcome. Two customs officers asked me to open my luggage, and right away they wanted to know its value. I told them it was a donation to Christians in Costa Rica from the Sunset International Bible Institute. I showed them the letter to prove it, but they were not convinced. They then asked me for the church where I was going to take the solar players. They wanted to know its name and location, so I told them. It turned out that they were from Palmares (the city where I had planted the congregation) and were familiar with the church and its location, so they let me go, tax-exempt. Certainly this was God’s providence in action!

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Thanks to God, I was able to give away all 80 solar players to the Christians in Costa Rica. About 15 congregations and a Bible institute were blessed with these gifts. Among those who received a solar player were preachers, Bible students, church leaders, active members, the old and the young, men and women. Those who received a solar player were very excited and thankful. It was rewarding to see their faces full of gratitude and enthusiasm! They promised to use it for the purpose intended and to bring glory to God. All of them sent greetings and thanks to SIBI. Praise God! I personally enjoyed serving in this noble cause. -Luis Melendez

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