WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2021

LADIES BIBLE CLASS

Sixteen ladies have signed up to attend the Ladies Class that will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.

The ladies will continue in the previous study book, starting with “James.” Ladies, if you cannot find your book, please let Gail Darnell know, so she can order more books. Also, if you are new in our congregation and want to attend Ladies Class, let Gail know that and she will provide you with a book.

Several ladies will teach again, at this time we don’t know which teacher will be first.

MASK WEARING

Since the vast majority of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated from the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

MEN’S SPECIAL GATHERING

Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: 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.

There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the auditorium. Men, please sign up before the dead-line, SEPTEMBER 1ST !

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

Photo by Adrianna Calvo on Pexels.com

We are pleased to hear from the Emperados in the Philippines in part one the following report. Remember them and the work of the Gospel there. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Family and Friends,

Howdy! From February to July, the MOSES team collectively had 28 baptisms. Despite the lockdowns and restrictions, the MOSES team still does the best we can to do outreach and help sustain the churches we have planted. A few of these churches though, I could not reach due to lockdowns and travel bans. I can’t even ask the evangelist on the neighboring province to check on these churches because they are not allowed to cross borders.

Photo from Becky Emperado

I was hoping to be able to travel and visit churches in April, it seemed like the government was slowly lifting some of the travel bans. Things change here quickly, the governor of Negros Oriental, where we live, declared once again a strict lockdown order for the past three months. On July 16, the strict lockdown was lifted, but traveling outside of Negros Oriental is still difficult. The restrictions for exiting or returning to Negros Oriental is very complicated. It is very frustrating.

However, it doesn’t stop my “outreach work” through the radio, Messenger, Facebook, and YouTube. Technology really works though I am technologically challenged, but I have found new friends and partners who have helped me at the radio station (sound engineers and technicians). I really appreciate their help a lot.

Through the radio, I have made contacts and established new relationships. I am invited by a denomination to speak to their young people. Several adult-livelihood groups invite me to their gatherings every weekend to speak. Every Friday night I teach on online counseling techniques and relationship enrichment class with members of the church in Manila. I have several weekly counseling sessions over the phone or through Zoom with people who contacted me from the radio programs. God has really opened more doors for the Emperado family mission.

My counseling program has reached a very unusual client. His name is Ace, he is an American Filipino from California, near Hollywood. He studied film making from the University of Southern California. His classmates are the guys who made Spiderman and Star War movies. He is planning to start a film making school at a beautiful white sands beach property in southern Cebu. I am having counseling sessions with him and his Filipina girlfriend. Since I don’t charge any counseling fee, the film maker offered to help and improve my counseling programs and online classes I am doing. He is helping me set up my office like a little soundproof TV studio, so I can record my programs better. I am thankful for his patience. I am a slow learner! He is helping to train my daughters, Jennylyn and Jennylou on how to help me record and do film editing. If I can get this figured out and set up, I will be able to teach, encourage, and counsel folks in all the churches we planted, particularly the MOSES workers and preachers, regardless of the government long lasting travel bans between islands. Please be praying for all our efforts.

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