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August 30, 2016, 12:22 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 28, 2016

Good Morning Family,

          I want to encourage you to read your Prayer Concerns page from your bulletin.  In it you will find the hearts of many that you serve alongside at church.  The prayer needs are varied and of a diverse nature.  However, at the same time, we must know there are many unspoken requests within our body as well.

          Today, in your bulletin, we are going to begin including some of the prayer concerns voiced by our children and youth on Wednesday nights.  Just as we take time in many of our Sunday services to voice our prayer concerns, we do this weekly with the children and youth.  I want to include these in our bulletin, because we as the Body of Christ should pray for the many needs of those that are in our care.  I have said before that this church has a special shepherding ministry for the children and families of this area.  This is part of the ministry, being aware of prayer needs in our community.

          The requests can be as simple as “help in finding my lost dog” to as complicated as “my parents are divorcing”.  Those are two actual recent requests.  These children feel comfortable sharing their hearts with the workers on Wednesdays and I cannot say how much that means to the Lord.  I strongly believe that we have the most capable and caring staff for children and youth ministry with which I have ever worked.  They weekly share the love of Christ and the Gospel with these kids.  This is no “babysitting” or “childcare” job.

          They faithfully teach the scriptures, sing worship songs, and lead the children to an ever increasing knowledge about Christ, which will result in some of them coming to faith in Him as the Lord directs in His time.  At the same time, the all volunteer staff on Wednesdays seeks to remain apprised and connected to the kids on a very personal level so as to keep an eye on what may be happening at home as well.  At times, it can be quite heart-breaking, but we know the Lord can work through any circumstance to reach a soul in need, if that soul is open to Him.

           As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15


Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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