Mission Firefly News

During the month of January we will be giving updates and sharing testimonies about our mission work in Guatemala and other places through Mission Firefly.

We will be sharing about the water systems, medical clinics, educational opportunities, and child sponsorships we have been blessed to participate in.

On January 15th we will have special guests, Gerson and Crystal Cerritos, who work as partners with us in Guatemala. They will be sharing about themselves and their work there. After church we will be hosting lunch for them –“Alabama Style” – BBQ and fixings. If you would like to come to the lunch for Crystal and Gerson, please sign up on the Mission Firefly bulletin board by January 11th.

We will also be having our Sponsorship Sunday on January 29th. At this time you will have the opportunity to sponsor a child or give in other ways to support the work that is being done and will continue to be done.

Our goal is “To shine the Light of Christ…one child at a time”. We hope that you will join us in praying, giving and going!

 

Mission Firefly News

Mission Firefly Sponsors
We are asking each sponsor to pack a “Birthday Bag” for your sponsored child. Pack coloring books, crayons, small toys, t-shirts, hard candy, etc. in one gallon size Ziploc bag. Add a note and a photo for your child. Label the bag with your child’s name label. Bring the bags to the church no later than June 30. Keep in mind that these bags will be packed in our luggage and delivered to the children during our July trip. (Please no liquids, perishables, heavy or bulky items). See, Kim Hutto, Stacia Jones or Bonnie Richburg if you have questions.

Mission Firefly Update:
A team will be going to Guatemala July 7-14. Please pray for the events that will take place that week:
* Teacher Training and VBS in San Antonio
* “Family Day” in San Antonio with soccer games, a dinner for all the families and an evangelistic worship service.
* “Birthday Party” for our sponsored children in San Antonio
* Water System installation in a new village

A medical team will be going to Guatemala July 29-August 4. Please pray for them as they minister to children and adults and share the Gospel with them. Items needed for this trip:
* Children’s vitamins (No Gummies)
* Children’s Tylenol & Motrin (Generic is good)
* Benadryl Tablets (Generic is good)

A Word to Graduates

 A Word to Graduates from Bro D,

To the 32 of you High School and College Graduates, I say well done!  I love you more than you will ever know.  We have journeyed together many miles physically more importantly spiritually.  Remember there is nothing more important that I and your parents and leaders have tried to instill in you than-“Christ First”.  He is your life.

C-Commit yourself to being a follower of Christ.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-38)  The essence of Christianity is not that you prayed a prayer or got baptized or that you went to church.  It is –you are a Christ follower.

H-Honor Christ in your life.  “Whoever claims to live in Christ must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)  Live out who you say you are.

R-Read the instructions.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” “This has been my practice, I have obeyed your word.” (Psalm 119:105, 56)  Be a lifelong student of God’s Word.

I-Integrity must define you.  “A truthful witness gives honest answers, but a false witness tells lies.” (Proverbs 12:17)  Live your life in such a way that when people hear your name they say, “I can trust their word to the truth.”

S-Serve humbly.  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)  As you live, do what nobody else is willing to do in the name of Jesus.  There is nobody in this world so low that you can’t get lower than them and serve them.

T-Take Christ to your world.  “Therefore, go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20)  The overall purpose in your life as a Christ follower is to know God and to make Him known.  If you have a pulse then you are a missionary to the nations.  May your calendar and your wallet reveal that.

Fly well my friends and enjoy the journey!  I love you, Bro D (Matthew 6:33)

A Word for Parents of Graduates

A Word from Bro. David,

I came across this article that is very appropriate for parents who are releasing their children to a new stage in life.  The author, Dr. Stephen Graves, gives 5 pieces of Godly advice.  1. Let go, but don’t disconnect.  You will always be their parents but your role will change from “fixer” to “advisor”; from “coach” to “cheerleader” in many ways.  Remember, you want them to become who God created them to be.  Johann Von Goethe puts it this way, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots, the other, wings.”  2.  Inject mighty vision into their souls.  Release them catch God’s vision for their lives because His plans for them are greater than they could ever dream or imagine.  Antoine De Saint-Exupery says, “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”  3. Trust yourself.  Trust them.  Trust God.  Though there were things you would do different if had it to do over again, remember, you did what you thought was best in raising them.  Trust your children to remember their roots in Christ and to live for Him.  Above all, trust God because He is has them in His hands.  Corrie Ten Boom said,“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”   4. It’s time to celebrate.  Celebrate God’s gift to you of a graduate who has done well.  Celebrate the 18 years of life you have lived together.  Celebrate that God has wonderful plans for their lives.  Celebrate that God has use you to raise up a “world changer”.  Barbara Hoffman, “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”  5. Learn to enjoy the “empty nest”. God wants to grow you and use you in new ways to continue building His kingdom.  Invest in your own discipleship.  Invest in your church family.  Go on a mission trip.  Mother Teresa, Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.”

The things I love about May

1) I love the fact that we will celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our moms. Abraham Lincoln said: “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.”

2) I love the fact that we will dedicate babies on Mother’s Day. When I see parents who are dedicated to raising their kids in church, it gives me hope for the future of this world. They truly are the future leaders of God’s church!

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Children’s Corner

Children’s Ministry Meeting
May 22, 11:30 am, Chapel
Parents/Children please attend
Children’s Ministry Update & Camp Information

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News from the Student Ministry

 

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