Costa Rica's Church Construction Site, and...
...a Volcanic Sight
By Don Crook
Maranatha Volunteers International normally requires a presite visit for final oganizational details before a project construction can begin.
Such a visit was made in late November by Sheryl Baker, chief food planner, Fred Krall, construction superintendent and Don Crook, project coordinator.
During this visit, group arrangements were made for food, housing at our Adventist college in the outskirts of San Jose and local transportation. A visit was also made to the building site in the village of Turucares where the church will be constructed. Project dates are February 1 to 15.
Sometime ago, an Adventist layman and family moved to Turucares, began visiting the village people, giving them literature and organizing Bible studies. There are now approximately sixty people meeting regularly for Sabbath services under a tin roof held up by poles. Following our construction of the new church, the Costa Rica mission will send a pastor to conduct evangelistic meetings in the new church. Predictions are that within one year, the church will be filled to capacity.
Each volunteer is responsible for $1,000 to apply toward expenses. The prayers and financial assistance of all who are interested in the McDonald Road Cost Rica Mission church construction project will be very much appreciated.
The Day I almost Died
One fine Spring Sabbath afternoon our family went on our usual walk through the Indiana woodland. We walked to the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks with my cousins and some Aunts and Uncles and my parents. About a mile from home we came to the old abandoned coal docks where the steam locomotives used to take on coal and water. The water was pumped out of a brick lined pond whose sides went down on a steep angle to the middle where the water was 10 to 12 feet deep. The weather was warm and we sat on the edge of the pond dangling our bare feet in the warm water. Green moss covered the bricks and tad poles swam lazily just out of reach. I was probably six or seven years old and did not know how to swim. I must have stretched out too far in attempting to touch a tad pole and quickly fell into the water screaming. My cousin Terry happened to be nearby and quickly reached out to try and catch my hand. Just before I went under she seized my hand and pulled a wet sputtering, choking boy back to safety. I am constantly grateful to her for saving my life.
All of us at one time or another are either slipping into the water needing help or we are standing on the bank and able to help.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 "If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
Our church has been standing on the river bank helping many folk this past year. We have completely paid for a new church which will soon be built in India. We have spent over $60,000 to help needy students receive a Christian education. This church is standing on the bank able to help. But, the church is also personally in need of help from its supporters or it will be drowning in red ink. You understand don't you?
God says: "A generous man will himself be blessed" Proverbs 22:9 Your church appreciates your continued generosity. In 2001, which is the beginning of the new millennium, we are urging each member to be absolutely faithful. We are nearer to Jesus coming than ever. Are you nearer to His true desire for your life? A lot of people are slipping away. By helping your church to help them, you become a benefactor to many who otherwise might be lost. Let's each do our part this year.
God's "JustInTime" Delivery
by John Lamb
The woman on the phone was desperate. "My washing machine just quit, and I can't afford a new one. My mother is bedridden, and I have to do two loads of laundry a day to keep her bedding clean," she sobbed. "What am I going to do?" The Community Care Nurse thought for a moment and said, "Working washers are not donated very often, but let me see if we have one." Silently praying as she went, the nurse left her office at the front of the Samaritan Center and walked through the thrift shop to the donations processing area. "Do we have any washers?" she asked. "No, we don't," replied the workers.
Stepping out onto the loading dock, she asked another worker if he had seen any washers. He pointed to the ground where a washer was sitting. "It was just donated a few minutes ago," he said. The nurse instantly realized that it had arrived while she was talking with the woman who needed it. Little did the person who donated it know that God used them to answer a prayer!
While not always so dramatic, your donations of useable items to the Samaritan Center are frequently answers to the prayers of individuals and familes in need.
Please call 2387777 for more information about how you can be a part of the Samaritan Center's ministry.
The Road to Tomorrow
Adrian V. Boyer
How long is the Road to Tomorrow
That leads to the Perfect Day?
The Sign by the Roadside points Westward,
But how Far it does not say.
No Traveler has ever returned
Describing the Distance there,
Or what to expect in Tomorrow,
Or how Long the Thorofare.
Maybe it's Somewhere past Sunset,
A little beyond Today,
Or maybe it's just a Mirage,
A Myth that passes away.
Wherever it is we Mortals
Pursue it with hopeful Zeal,
Trusting we'll one Day discover
If Tomorrow is really Real.
Now if there be such a Region,
However Remote it seems,
Perhaps on Life's Westward Journey
We'll reach that Haven of Dreams.
Attitude of Gratitude
In 1 Thess. 5: 8, God tells us to give thanks in everything. We are to be grateful! At one time Kipling was being paid $100.00 per word. A man in the crowd asked him sarcastically to give him a word worth $100.00. Kipling replied, "Thanks".
Phil. 4: 6, 7, also tells us to be thankful. We need to be thankful in everything. We can find things in a bad situation to be thankful for. God is in the situation, so look for the positive like this man who was robbed. He said, "I'm thankful for three reasons: First, I was robbed and not the robber; Second, they didn't get much; and third, I wasn't killed." If we could have the veil taken off our eyes and minds, we would be able to see how God uses a bad situation for our good and for His plan for usMaybe we have a lot of rough corners to sand down!
Gratitude is a mark of a growing Christian. We need to awaken the spirit of gratitude in our children. Parents who give this gift to them will give a greater gift than all the riches of this world.
Most of the following thoughts were gleaned from God though Ellen White.
No matter how dark our day, we need to keep the sunshine of patience, gratitude and love in our hearts. Life-giving power comes with cheerfulness, unselfishness and gratitude. No matter what, put on a smile and soon you will be smiling inside.
The spirit of gratitude and praise promotes health of your body and soul. It's our duty to resist discontented thoughts and feelings as much as it is to pray. We should be the happiest people- -After all we are going home! Do we see the thorns when we look at the roses? We can see the bright side because Jesus is in our hearts.
What we say encourages positive or negative thoughts and feelings. What we think, we are_inside. Express your faith and rejoice in the blessings you already have_the great mercy and love of God_and you'll have more faith and joy. Learn to appreciate the goodness and love of God.
We need to train ourselves to be hopeful and positive. Always remember you are a daughter or son of the King! By letting the peace of God rule in your heart, you will have a calm inner feeling.
Each day thank God for just being alive. If you want to please Satan, continuously talk about your sorrows and sufferings. Let's give thanks for God's power to bind up all our interest with His own. One good way to fight that down feeling is in singing praises to God.
We should not keep our attentions on ourselves and our problems. Actively look for things to be grateful for. Keep looking for the silver-lining of God's blessings. In Isaiah 58:7-11, there is a prescription for health and true joy of life. Life can feel like the pits, (that's where true life begins) but God wants us to express thankfulness in everything. Keep you heart full of God's promises so you can give comfort and strength to others.
We need to forget ourselves, ever looking for opportunities to show gratitude for favors we have received and watching to cheer others to lighten their sorrows and burdens. This should start in our families and drift out into our communities, helping to make up life's happiness. Neglect to do this equals life's bitterness and sorrow.
It's all in the attitude_All in the outlook! It's all up to youdown on your knees in the new year.
Health & Temperance leader
New Year's Plans
During the month of December, a number of McDonald Road members came together to discuss many different ideas, possibilities, and plans for the next couple of years. During this planning session outreach was brought up again and again. It is evident: our church family wants to reach out to the world around us.
I am excited about our church's interest in doing more than warming pews each Sabbath. I truly believe that the end times are near. And, it is our job to finish God's work! I have recently talked with my fellow youth group members and we have interests in outreach programs as well. I am excited to see this constructive spirit in our church family in all age brackets.
Rather than making a list of "New Year's Resolutions" I thought that it would be interesting to make a list of things we would like our church to accomplish over the next couple of years. Here are some ideas that the youth of our church would like to see take place:
"We could have a `healthful potluck supper' or a Christmas dinner for those who aren't fortunate enough to have one," --Kelly McFarland
"We need to go back to the Regency Assisted Living Center. It was really cool when we went there before," --Jenny Wiley
"Collecting food and outreach are what we need to go for," --Becky Walkowiak
"Going to the Soup Kitchen would be fun and can collecting would be a good outreach too," --Andrew Bauer
"We [teenagers] need more input in the functions of the church," --Bonnie Wiley
"Going to the Soup Kitchen, passing out flyers, inviting people to church," --Chris Walkowiak
This year, let's not focus on how many pounds we need to lose or how much money we want to make either. In Matthew, Jesus tells us: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well," (Matthew 6:33). If we seek Christ first surrender our lives to Him and serve Him with all our hearts then everything else will fall into place.
Let's focus on Christ above all, this year. We can do this, first of all, by strengthening our own personal spiritual experience with Christ. Then, when we are strengthened inwardly are true love for Christ will shine outwardly through service to those around us. Our King said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me," (Matthew 25:40).
Shall we, as a church family, glorify Christ's holy name by
how we meet others' needs? It is my prayer that we will find many
new avenues of service over the next two year period. Our
nominating committee has done its job. Now, it's time for us to do our's.
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