by: Katherine Jones
This morning we're continuing our series: "A New Way of Thinking" - and with it, we're learning the keys to change and growth! I hope to see you at BCBC!
THE FAIR IS THIS WEEK // Plus, Training Update
Along with many, many others in our county, we're excited about the Berrien County Youth Fair - and all the fun community connections we can expect to make! Our VISION tent is being set up this afternoon - and our volunteers will be out in force starting tomorrow!
THE START OF FALL PROGRAMS
We're glad that this year we'll be able to empower more people as disciples - of all ages! Next Sunday morning (8/22), we'll walk through the various opportunities our church will offer/host this fall. If you're willing to learn, serve, grow, and share - there IS the opportunity for you! Most of these opportunities will be kicking off on Sunday, September 12. A few others may get started later in the fall. We'll explain everything next week - but I wanted to ask YOU to pray.
Two things to pray:
1. Lord, would you like me/my kids to take advantage of a church-based discipleship opportunity this fall?
2. Lord, is there any way you'd like me to volunteer to serve?
PRAY FOR FREEDOM
On a more solemn note, there's a lot to be concerned with in the world today - particularly in Afghanistan. Western governments, led by the U.S., are evacuating their troops and embassies, and town after town is falling to the radical, and brutal, Taliban. And this - after all the blood, tears, and treasure that we as Americans have invested into this area of the world.
I heard that a house church network there has already been threatened by the Taliban - and many rumors are emerging from within the darkness involving systematic executions, beheadings, rape, and destruction over the past few weeks. Many people are losing their freedom as the Taliban expands its territory, and many are losing their lives in inhuman, torturous ways. Believers will be under particular pressure, and likely murders and martyrdom will be commonplace in the weeks ahead. Let's pray for them - and for this whole nation, that God would intervene.
Lord, our world needs you!