Midweek Article

Like what your kids like, even if you don't like it.

I want to take this opportunity to encourage parents and grandparents to like what your kids like, even if you don’t like it. Don’t just tolerate it. Don’t just tell them “we support you in that.” But actually force yourself to like it. Get in and learn about it. Participate in it with them, don’t just observe. This will speak volumes of your love for them.

Just Along for the Ride

Christmas morning 2008 we visited the homeless on the streets of Akron. Little did I know at that time that God had a much bigger plan than mine. The things my family and I have seen, the people we have met and the stories we’ve heard, are mind boggling. The journey has been amazing. Had the Lord shown me the big picture, His heart, His plan at the beginning, I am ninety-nine percent positive I would not have taken the first step. My fears would have crippled me. But God, in His faithfulness, has led us each step of the way.

Hope Ministries International Update

Dear Friends at Evermore,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  We hope you have a Happy New Year.

Were has the time gone?  It seems like we just sent out our 2015 end-of-year letter!  Thinking back on the past year, we are reminded of some of the many positive events for the ministry in 2016 and the faithfulness of God to us and to Hope Ministires:

Hello From Thailand

We've been here in Bangkok for about two months now and it has been flying by! We are excited about all that has already happened here. The first month was filled with language classes Monday - Friday from 1-3 in the afternoon. We also spent our time volunteering at a coffee shop business set up to rescue, restore, and empower women involved in the sex trade. They learn life skills like sewing, baking, and learning English. We spent three mornings a week with those 13 women while they had time off from working.

Finally Home

“Do not be afraid”. 

These are words that are said a lot in the story of Christ’s birth.  As the angels came to deliver the messages from God they often began with these words.

As we have watched the advent videos during the worship service when the angel comes to the people he is speaking to, they are driven to their knees.  Why does this happen?  Are they startled?  Are they afraid?  Is the wonder and glory so magnificent that it is hard for them to stand?  Maybe a little bit of all three.

PRAYER~

On Sunday, Ross spoke to us about the power of prayer. Since we know the Holy Spirit hears our prayers, it made me ask the question, "So, what do we pray about?". On the subject of World Missions, every major movement of the Gospel in history began with an exorbitant amount of prayer... So, why don't we pray more.

FIVE SECONDS

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.   Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil.  Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.     James 4:13-17 

Reflections

On Sunday morning, Eric shared a great sermon on the Word of God in the life of a follower of Jesus. His sermon entitled, “Eat This Book”, was part of the Unless the Lord builds the house …those who build it labor in vain series on discipleship that our pastors are preaching from this fall.

Two things that Eric said in his sermon on Sunday morning spoke to me and emphasized a weakness in my life that I continually need to work on and be aware of; maybe these points spoke to you too. The first statement was something like this -- and I paraphrase.

Moment in Mission From Ethen

I have been home for about a month already and it has been such a good time of relaxing and processing. Processing what has happened and processing the next steps for me. As some of you know, I am coming off of a 4 month outreach with Island Breeze. We spent most of the time in South Korea and then we spent about 5 weeks in the Philippines. It still amazes me every time I go on outreach, the faithfulness of God, seeing Him show up every single day. We had a total of 5 weeks in the Philippines, with 4 of those being full on ministry.

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