WEEKLY NEWS SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

THANK YOU NOTE

“It is such a blessing to be a member of this congregation. To all of you who prayed for me and my family, who brought food, sent cards, phone calls and visits! Those who came to the hospital to wait with my family (and waited and waited . . . . ).” Thank you so much!! I love you all, Norma Bryan

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

EATING OUT TOGETHER

Those who enjoy eating out together will meet on Thursday, September 12th, around 5:00 — 5:30 PM, at “Mama’s” in Burnett. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

LADIES BIBLE CLASS NEWS

Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 18th. Study will continue in last year’s book, and Leana Futrell will be the first teacher. Other teachers will be Gail Darnell, Brenda Miller and Mary K. Flanary. If you took food to Norma, your empty dishes are in the Fellowship Room! This is also the day for our next “Soup Luncheon” from 11:30 AM — to 12:30 PM.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs Shampoo, tooth paste! Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Mission Cambodia Update: August 2019 (Part One)

Please pray for the Welches and the work of the Gospel in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

Greetings dearest family and friends,

We are so grateful for each one of you and what it means to us to be in relationship with you. We treasure the times when we hear from you, whether that be through an email, a message, a note or card, or a phone conversation. Our lives are richly blessed by you in so many ways. Thank you for your love, encouragements, prayers and the amazing ways you support us and the ministry in Cambodia.

Ministry in Cambodia…What does that look like? As a matter of fact, ministry in the world, does it look similar? We live in a world where some have SO much—money and power—and others have SO little. But, we all live in a world where everyone has a desperate NEED. And that need is JESUS! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John3:16-17

It’s great when we can meet new people and make relationships and then, deepen those relationships. Often, here in Cambodia (probably everywhere), just to acknowledge someone can brighten their day and bring value to their life. Sharon goes walking early most mornings. For at least six months now she sees “the lady” rummaging through the trash in hopes of finding some treasures. Plastic bottles, cans, cardboard or any other item of value for resale. It’s still dark, and this lady keeps her head low and quietly keeps to herself. Others walk by, do they notice her? It was the same everyday. And each day, Sharon looked for an opportunity. Finally a breakthrough; eye contact and a simple greeting. Days following, the silence was broken and a relationship was being formed. They talk. She takes Sharon by the hand (a sign of endearment). And now, this woman is opening up and sharing bits and pieces of her life and her struggles. It’s just the beginning. We’re praying that she discovers that she is chosen, she has great value, and she is made in the image of God. Please pray Sharon is equipped by the Spirit with boldness and clarity to use the right words that will draw her closer to Jesus. Pray for “the lady” to hear the voice of God calling out to her through His love and light within Sharon. No appropriate photo opportunity has presented itself.

Rem and her grandchildren

We’re sure you have noticed that Dennis enjoys riding his dirt bike. About once a week he goes out for “exercise” (the intensity with which he rides gives him plenty of physical exertion). Often, he has a brother as a riding companion. Recently, while deep in the Cambodian countryside he met Rem, a middle-aged Khmer lady when he and a brother stopped for a cold drink. To our amazement she asked us, “are you guys Christians?” A delightful conversation followed in which we discovered that Rem has strong faith and knows her scriptures. As we talked more about the truth from God’s Word she showed us her Bible and it is well used with lots of highlighted passages. It was an exciting and surprising encounter in which we saw that God is busy even in her remote village. We’ve been back since to encourage her and try to get her connected with one of the SNACK village churches. Please pray that Rem continues strong in her faith.

Lots of love to you all! Dennis and Sharon Welch

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