Screen Shots from India Trip
by Sheila, Kara, Ron & Renee
Sheila, Kara, Ron & Renee share glimpses from their recent mission trip to India. Screen shots of heartbreak and hope.
He bent awkwardly forward shielding his bandaged hand from the water. I held his other calloused and wrinkled hand in mine gently rubbing each of his gnarled fingers with soap. As I worked up a lather on this old man’s hand, I prayed over him. He had walked from one of the surrounding villages to this Good Shepherd School in order to receive treatment at the medical camp being offered this day.
I marveled that I was in India pouring water from a bucket over villagers’ hands and scrubbing them with soap; I marveled that many had stated through a translator during my teaching session that they hadn’t known how to wash their hands or that washing decreases the risk of infection and disease. I marveled that God could use me, a simple music teacher from Stow, to share Christ’s love in a very dark part of the world. But He did. He didn’t need me, but He allowed me to have a small part in the work He’s doing in India. So I scrubbed hands, wrists, and arms while I gazed lovingly into beautiful brown eyes and prayed that the God who could somehow use me would somehow reveal Himself to them. –Sheila
The title “prayer warrior” gets tossed around, but there are some who truly embody it. Long-time Chapel missionary, May Oliver, passed away in September at age 95. A dear friend, James Harris, wrote this letter providing some insight into May’s life, and her faithful service until her last breath.
May Dorris Oliver was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada on July 26, 1918. May was 18 years old when she went to a Christian Camp. One of the teachers was a missionary to China. She led May to faith in Jesus Christ. The missionary asked May to do a very important first mission to which May agreed to accept. The mission was to tell both her parents what she had done regarding her new faith in Christ as soon as she arrived home. She told us that this was difficult to do but she did it. Her mother, hearing her testimony of accepting Christ, thought she was crazy and her father told her that it would never last. It did last; in fact it has lasted for over 77 years.
The Scandal of Silence:
Global Persecution of Christians
Nearly every week there is news of another outbreak of persecution of Christians somewhere in the world. Recently, Muslim terrorists at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya separated the Muslim hostages from the Christians and shot the Christians. In September, Taliban suicide bombers in Pakistan entered the historic All Saints Church and killed nearly one hundred Christian worshipers. In Egypt, the eight million Coptic Christians represent ten percent of Egypt’s population. Yet, in recent days many Coptic churches, homes, orphanages, and schools have been attacked by various Islamist groups. Throughout India, Christians are under a constant threat of attack by Hindu radicals. The Chapel partners with Operation Mercy in a country we cannot name where believers have been assaulted and killed in their homes, churches, and businesses.
by Amy Katzer
As I was preparing my lessons for the Mozambique trip, I prayed about what to teach. God gave me the title “Beautiful Mosaic” as a theme of how He uses the brokenness of our lives to create a beautiful masterpiece out of our sufferings. God wastes absolutely NOTHING!!
In preparation, my daughter and I painted pictures on china plates, signifying brokenness, spiritual bondage, fear, abandonment, etc. My husband made cross molds to lay cement as the foundation (representing Christ as our firm foundation). This would hold the broken pieces to create a cross mosaic.
While I was teaching, I explained the plates and talked about how Satan uses the very things we struggle with against us. But through the blood of Jesus, He can set us free from any chains of bondage and lies the devil may throw at us. The ladies came up and broke plates under sackcloth as a representation of their individual personal struggle. As they did so, we were singing worship songs and I prayed with them individually. After all the plates were broken, we pulled the pieces and placed them in a dish. We continued to sing, and it was a beautiful time of reverence and worship! Every woman came up and placed one of the broken pieces in the cross mold.
More Than a Meal
by Michele Henry, Benevolence Admin
Have you ever wondered how your food pantry donations impact people? Do the donations really make a difference?
Just joining the team in January, I have been amazed to see what occurs at our food pantry. The most exciting thing is to see people building their relationship with Jesus by taking time to read the Bible and pray with our staff. Our food ministry provides food, but more importantly shares the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As I watch those in need come in for food each week, I see growth and positive changes. I see barriers breaking down and hearts opening. I want to share a few of the lives affected by your donations.