Thursday, February 4, 2010

Haiti Relief

Dear Friends,

It’s been 3 weeks now since the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. It’s been over a week since the Haitian government has officially called off the search for survivors. The Hope for Haiti telethon is over. The headlines on most network news websites have moved on to things like budget deficits and Super Bowl storylines.

Our world has a way of moving along. That can be good. That can be not so good. For the people in Haiti…there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a very long road to recovery. For the homeless, jobless, injured and orphaned…moving along is going to take longer than the headline cycle of network news websites.

Three weeks ago at Victory of the Lamb we were privileged to hear from one of our own members, Becky, who’s gone down to Haiti every March for a number of years. She’s been going there with a team of surgeons, doctors, and nurses who have volunteered their time and skills to help the people of this 3rd world country with needed surgeries.

Becky and her team have made a lot of contacts in Haiti over the last couple of years. They have friends there. For the last couple of weeks, Becky has been working to scramble a trip together to get down to Haiti and help as soon as possible. This week she is actually getting to go down there, to camp out, and to perform surgeries and other needed medical care. Becky and her team will be on the front lines of providing medical aid. There are plenty of people who still need it.

I guess I just wanted to share all of this with you for a couple of reasons. First, to say thank you to all of you who contributed medical supplies or cash donations to buy supplies for their trip. I was very moved by Becky’s talk after church 3 weeks ago, and I know many of you were too. Particularly her comments made me think…on how she thought God could make good happen out of this catastrophe, maybe allowing a better government to replace the corrupt one that used to make life miserable for all the Haitian people.

Likewise as word got out about Becky’s trip, so many of you called or asked how else you could help. I think our response to help was pretty special. It certainly is evidence of God’s love that fills your hearts. I thank God for your faith put into action. Becky told me yesterday after church, and I know she’d want me to share it with you, “I’ll always be grateful for how everyone has helped.”

But there’s one more thing I’d ask all of you to do to help Becky and her team. And that’s pray for them. Half of the team leaves this Tuesday. Becky and the other half of the team leaves on Sunday. If you don’t know what to pray, feel free to use the following:

“Dear gracious God, we know that every good and perfect gift comes from you. You have given us the gift of your Son and through faith in him have promised us your protection. Please be with Becky and her team as they travel to and through Haiti. Keep them safe. As they camp out, send your angels to camp beside them. Bless their work. Use them for the good of many and to your glory. Work through the disaster in Haiti so that many will seek and find you through your Son, Jesus. Finally, bring Becky and her team safely home to be with us again. We pray this according to your good and gracious will in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Bible 101 class update: I just wanted to share my excitement at having 15 people total in my new Bible 101 class. That’s special to me because it’s the most I’ve ever had in one class. I praise God for the opportunity to dig into the Bible with those people.

It’s also special because there are people in the class who have never even attended a Victory of the Lamb church service. I think that’s pretty cool because Bible 101 class to me is an opportunity for anyone to learn what the Bible says, ask questions, and explore faith without any pressure. I figure...just in general...the Bible’s a pretty important book. It has some important things to say about God, you, me, eternity. It’s made a huge impact on billions of people throughout history. And so it makes sense to me at least that everyone should have an opportunity to learn what the Bible actually says. Just keep that in mind the next time you hear about a Bible 101 class starting. You don’t have to go to Victory of the Lamb or even plan on it to take the class. Just so you know.

Sunday Morning Worship: We worship every Sunday at 9:30 am at Showtime Cinema movie theater in Franklin. Everyone is invited! Kids welcome. Come early for treats and coffee. For directions and more information visit our website: www.victoryofthelamb.com

Bible Quest: is our Sunday morning children’s ministry for kids ages 2-10 which takes place during the regular Sunday morning worship service. It is completely free. There is a safe and secure check-in process. Just bring your children a little early to register them with Cassy, our Children’s Ministry Director.

Adult Bible Fellowship Group: is a Bible study, fellowship, and fun group that meets to discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon and to explore further how the Bible text applies to our everyday lives. We meet this Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm at CESI (Competitive Edge Software, Inc.). 9850 S 54th St. Franklin. All members and attenders are invited and encouraged to participate.

In Christ, Pastor Ben

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