Thursday, September 22, 2011

FUNDRAISING DINNER Tickets: There is still time to reserve your tickets for our Dinner Fundraiser at Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant Downtown on October 2nd (5.30pm-7.30pm) Onsite Childcare is available for $5 per child (max $10) Tickets for the Dinner are $20 ($25 includes a $10 Blue Orleans Gift Card). If you come to Calvary Chapel Chattanooga we will be selling tickets before and after all 3 services this weekend. AUCTION: Gray Family Auction: Online Silent Auction (click on link to view auction)  is available for viewing online-many more items still to come, you do not have to attend the Dinner to bid, but bidding will be open till 7pm at the dinner...come join us for a wonderful evening, and be a part of what the Lord is calling our family to be a part of in Southern Africa.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bear much fruit...

How we are but dust, but in and through Him, that dust can be turned into something eternal, something of infinite value, that no amount of money can buy, or sustain eternally.

We live in a society that screams materialism, that revolves around how much you have or don't have.  One of the elements of going on the mission field, is money, the need thereof, and oh how we need it, we cannot go without it, but lately through trying to raise support and trying to 'get what we need' I am slowly realising that God knows that need, that no matter how much we market, or campaign, or send letters or emails or have fundraisers, God knows that need and will supply it.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"  Phillipians 4:13.  The Lord does not need our works, yes we are called to be obedient to His call and to do what He asks of us, but does He really need us to do anything? He is God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the very breath that we breath, the one who hung the stars in place and knows them all by name - by name!! I can barely remember my kids names day to day in the busyness of life.  How so much higher and wiser are His ways than ours!

In the stilllness here of the night I realise that all He really wants is a relationship with me, for me to talk with Him and walk with Him, and how in doing that I start to see the plan He has for my life, and then in turn how when I am obedient to the things He asks of me, I in turn find myself in deeper realtionship with Him whick in turn leads me to start getting relational with others, yes He could just drop us a check into our bank account for what we need to go on our trip, but oh how sweet are the relationships we are developing along the way, how refining is the process for us to become more and more like Him.

In the effort to raise support, how sweet are the friendships that are deepening through this process, and some more than others, some are being refined or even blown away like chaff, but how sweet is the fruit in the lives of those around us as others see and watch us Walk and Talk with our Lord, may we all be a blessing to each other, and truly use what He has gifted us with - whether it be finances, time, prayer, encouragement, acts of service...22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22 and 23 

 In our current walk and talk with the Lord we are seeking to raise our airfare to go to Zim and South Africa, there are a few fun ways to get involved by either coming to our Yard Sale this Friday 2-5pm and Saturday 8-2pm, or by joining us for a sweet evening of Fellowship at Blue Orleans in downtown Chattanooga on October 2nd from 5.30-7.30pm (tickets available through Thursday 22 Sep)  or lastly by bidding on our Online Auction, see tab at top right of Blog page...

May the Lord bless and keep you and make His face to shine upon you, may He be gracious to you and
give you His peace....