Excerpts from a “M” Family…

Note: This is from the Jack R. family. He spoke in a church a few years ago, as they were going to North Africa for their first term. Having now completed a “States Side” furlough, they have just headed back for another term on the M-field.

Post Christmas greetings!

As we have experienced the advent season in America this year, we have been struck with a heartbreaking reality. Across the world, men, women, and children are living their lives with no redemption to celebrate and no glorious gift of salvation to rejoice in. In our North African city, they swap bowls of assida (a sweet creamy dish decorated with nuts) to commemorate the birthday of their prophet on December 24th. Our prayer and hearts’ desire is that more and more of them would be saved by the tidings of comfort and joy that we as believers have to proclaim, and that multitudes would be transformed by the good news, to the eternal praise of His glory!

As we return to our city to begin our second term overseas, we just have a few thoughts we want to convey with you.

  • For those of you who gave sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, your gifts are actually providing for our groceries, dental work, vaccinations, kids’ education, housing, and ministry costs (among a host of other categories). We praise God for his provision (through you) for our family and for so many others serving all over the world. May your gifts multiply and yield a great harvest of kingdom advancement in the days ahead!
  • We ask that you would pray for us as we travel back, re-enter the culture and the work, reconnect with local friends, and re-focus our energy and effort on how to effectively spend our time most purposefully. Ask Father to fill us up with his Spirit, and that he would grant us opportunity, boldness, peace, and wisdom as we go. Our hope is that the Lord would do abundantly more than we could ask or imagine in the weeks and months to come.

We are thankful for you and we treasure your prayers and partnership in the gospel.

– Jack R. Family

The Sanctity of Human Life

sanctity of human lifeThe psalmist says to the Lord,

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well (Psalms 127:13-14, ESV)

And the Lord tells us clearly,

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward (Psalms 127:3, ESV).

I believe that God intends to communicate that life from the moment of conception is precious to God. This speaks against abortion, bullying, human trafficking, and so much more. Today, let us celebrate life, while being aware that these same lives are eternal beings.

They still need to hear the Good News of the Gospel.

Desperate for God

As the deer pants
for the water brooks,
So pants my soul
for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come
and appear before God?

Psalm 42:1-2

On our Pastor’s heart

A Testimony to Our Faithfulness

Pastor Luckey, I want to let you know that my kids are becoming active in church again. God is answering our prayers!

said one of the Ladies in our church last Sunday evening.

Just last week I wrote encouraging us to be faithful – to make a difference in our homes, our church, and our world. Then Sunday, one of our church members, a grandmother, came and shared about her family. Her kids do not go to our church, but this lady, her husband, and many of their friends have been praying for their kids to go back to church.

What I love is how God chose to answer these prayers. He chose to use a small child. He used a grandchild, some grandparents, and at least one faithful teacher in our Children’s Ministry – maybe a half-dozen faithful teachers. The grandparents committed themselves to bring the grandchildren to church when the children were in town. They brought them to Sunday School, to Children’s Church, and to VBS. God, the Holy Spirit, was at work in the hearts of these grandchildren – one grandson in particular. The Holy Spirit was preparing him for salvation.

One day, not knowing what God was doing, one of our faithful teachers explained God’s Word and asked questions during the Bible Study. Later that day, the grandson came to the grandmother saying he wanted to be baptized because he had trust in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! Now the whole family is back in church attending regularly.

Praise the Lord, right?

That is faithfulness – faithful praying, serving, and teaching. That is the history of our church, and I hope it will continue to be our future for the glory of God the Father.

Thank you Church; and thank you Lord Jesus!

TeamKID Time

TeamKidIt’s that time again to kick-off another semester of TeamKID for our children.

TeamKID happens on Wednesdays at 5:55 p.m.

TeamKID (Kids In Discipleship) is an exciting environment of Bible study, music, and recreation.

Please help us get the word out to children everywhere!

Wallace Mobile Healthcare Clinic

I want to thank everyone who helped make the clinic a success: the planning team, the Wallace Mobile team, those who passed along the flyers, those who worked at the clinic, and most definitely those who prayed for God to work in our midst. And to God goes all the credit, all the praise and all the glory for everything clinic related. Thank you!