Volume 13, No. 9
Nutrition Day at BLC
"I Do...And It's About Time!"
"Jesus said to her...the man you now have is not your husband" -John 4:17,18
Working with the poor introduces some unusual challenges. Of 140 pupils in Barner Learning Center, half are internationally sponsored children of poor families. Since the government requires a birth certificate for every BLC pupil, some of our children might have to change their names!
Six of the poor couples with kids in the school could never afford a wedding, so they had just "shacked-up" & raised children. Now, since many want their kids to carry the father's name, they want to get married. Churchgoing is one of the requirements in the sponsorship program, thus these couples plan to marry in our new church.Our governing board sat down to decide how to handle this. If we have a great big mass wedding for six couples, some neighbors might get the wrong idea and think we're a marriage cult. To build fellowship in our fast-growing baby church, we've planned monthly pot-luck dinners, yet were running out of ideas for things to celebrate during those get-togethers. The wedding idea turned out to be just the thing needed. So we planned the monthly calendar for the rest of the year, and 2002 as well, with frequent weddings- every other month. Maybe by the end of the year it will seem like we are stuttering..."I do...I do...I do..."
|DO YOU HAVE A VACATION
BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) MISSIONS PROJECT? HERE ARE A FEW NEEDS THAT WE HAVE
GREAT THOU ART!
"Sir, could I please recite a presentation to the class?"
Bible class I teach at a Korean college, a new student stood up and made
this request. How could I respond politely? This was his first day in
our class on the book of Acts, and I did not know what truth or heresy
he wanted to share.
suggested, "Sure, but I'd request that you do it at the end of
class, so that if anyone has a schedule to meet, they can feel free to
leave." This was agreeable to him, so we continued until 5 minutes
before the end of class.
final prayer, I gave him the floor. With a tattered piece of paper in
hand, he burst out with a song that he'd written- the tune somewhat
resembling "How Great Thou Art," yet the notes and words kind
of jumbled and mismatched.
me the copy of the song he wrote, after applause from the class. The
pastor of the church that hosts this class shared with me a few minutes
later about this unusual student. His brain is a little scattered, as he
is in rehabilitation from years of taking drugs. Now, with the
acceptance of believers for his budding talents, he is developing a new
life-style...and purpose in life.
BLC's Reception to Recognize the 18 New PTA Officers for the School Year 2001-2002.
ON YOUR DOORSTEP
since the pastor is out, could you suggest a name for our new baby
church family to have a new baby girl, while the mom hadn't even been
pregnant & was in her 60's was a surprise.
The new dad
explained that someone had left this 3-year old little girl inside
the door of his small house. They did not have the heart to give
her to the state, so they decided to process the papers themselves to
have her join their family.
The next Sunday, little Elvie-Joy was there in Sunday School with many kids, smiling, clapping her hands and hugging all. Other kids say nothing about the distended stomach from malnutrition, nor about the cigarette burns on her face and neck. Now she is safe. She is part of her new church family.
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