ANOTHER STEP FORWARD
As you may know, we have been following a modified mask policy in recent weeks. The elders believe this has gone well, and in view of improving conditions, we believe it is time to take another step toward what used to be “normal”. The vast majority of our congregation is now fully vaccinated from the COVID virus, which allows us all to be more confident about the future.
Beginning on Sunday, August 1, we will be making masks optional for all fully vaccinated persons. We encourage the unvaccinated to continue protecting themselves with a mask, but if you are fully vaccinated you can choose to go without a mask if you desire to do so. If you feel that you need to continue wearing a mask, then please do so. Please note that we will also no longer dismiss by rows at the end of services.
We need to update our “In the Military“ list. If the people on the list are your relatives or friends, please let me know their current status, if they are still in the military or not.
Please call me at the office number, 325-388-6769, Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Leave a message if there is no answer.
Thank you for your cooperation.
MAN UP: HOW IRON SHARPENS IRON
An upcoming event for our men and preparing to Pass the Baton to the next Generation.
On September 18th, the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers and have fun doing some “manly” things. There will also be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men. More information will be in upcoming bulletins.
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15
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We love to hear from those we support in the mission field and hear what they are doing in the places they labor for our Lord. This is part one of a two-part Mission Cambodia News & Update: July 2021 from our fellow workers, Dennis and Sharon Welch. Please keep them in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
GREETINGS FROM CAMBODIA
Dearest loved ones, we are incredibly grateful for each of you who have journeyed with us and stood beside us from so many miles away. Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers, love, support and encouragements.
Dennis and his three little helpers moving rocks to stabilize the riverbank. Photo by Dennis & Sharon Welch
Our health and welfare has remained good as we are getting regular exercise, mental challenges and restricting our exposure to disease. Our spirits remain high and uplifted because we dwell with Jesus in peace and hope…and we have amazing relationships with spiritual and physical family all over the world. That said, the brief news you read below may mislead you into thinking we are discouraged. We are not. We remain hopeful in the grace, peace and love of Christ Jesus.
While we hear good news coming from the USA and Europe, Asia, including Cambodia is in the most difficult period yet for the spread of COVID- 19. Our country took early precautions that worked well for over a year. Then, a group of four foreigners broke the quarantine rules, visited many locations and cities/towns before they were found to be positive. Since then the rate of cases and deaths per day has steadily increased with cases detected in every province of Cambodia. The jabs are not yet available to our area. Even our daughter who works at the hospital has not yet received hers. Please pray for Cambodia and all of Asia.
It seems that the spirits of people are lighter now in the West. Here, and other places in Asia there is a dark, heaviness about. As you can imagine, this makes any face-to-face ministry more difficult. However, so much of various business activities have moved online that it has been easy to put more effort into online ministry, like our coaching activities.
In brief, we are blessed to spend most of our evenings (like working second shift) online with Zoom doing coaching related work — coaching, training, coaching course development, coach training prep and professional development. Embracing the Solution Focus (SF) approach to ministry, parenting, grand parenting, personal development and professional development has been a game-changer for us. It is just a better way to allow the Spirit of God to work His will in us and through us. We pray that God will continue to use us to spread the word about SF, and to use SF to spread the Word. If you would like to find out more we would be happy to share more with you.
In which quadrants do our thoughts and communications dwell? While we sometimes spend too much time in the lower two, we’re striving to draw and build from Box #2, headed toward Box #1.
Photo from Dennis & Sharon Welch