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Volume 5, No. 18
May 13, 2013
Reflection
Secretly Awesome

"... time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword... [people] of whom the world was not worthy..."
-- Hebrews 11:32 -38

I was at a gathering for people involved in planting Friends Churches. Among others, I met two guys you have never heard of: Paul and Gerald. Both are pushing 70, both went to smallish towns (one in Kansas, one in Ohio) where they restarted dead churches. Paul has seen almost 70 drug addicts and spouses become followers of Jesus. He has a Celebrate Recovery program with 45 participants. 
 

His biggest complaint? "Our worship is painful," he told me, "we don't even have a guitar player. I long for the day when we have a real worship leader."  But the church is growing and Paul is starting a restaurant so he can teach his disciples how to work and help them find real jobs.
 
Gerald found an open door at the local prison in his town. He has seen over 100 prisoners become Christians. His high point? When a judge who attends his church prayed over two new church members-both of whom the judge had put in prison! It gets better! The judge wept as he prayed for them and when he finished he told them, "I am not your judge-I am your brother in Christ." I'm not done; Gerald told me that the two guys went to prison because they were from different gangs and had gotten in a knife fight. Now they worship together.
 
The writer of Hebrews recounts a list of brothers and sisters who walked faithfully whether or not they saw their faith realized, whether or not they remained anonymous. In Love Does, Bob Goff notes that of the two guys considered to replace Judas (after the ascension of Jesus), the one not selected was named Justus. Then he writes, "... I've always wondered, what happened to Justus? We never hear about him again, yet he did all the right things, saw all the right stuff, knew who Jesus was, and was a faithful guy. The thing is, "Justus" sounds a lot to me like "just us." God's plans are full of just-us kind of people. I would say probably the majority of us are just-us people, folks who don't get [superhero] capes or stained-glass windows. We just get the opportunity to do what God wants us to do without a lot of fanfare."
 
Like Paul and Gerald. Like you and me. 
 
What secretly awesome service is God inviting you to do?
alan with book
Greetings!

I just returned from "The National Friends Church Multiplication Conference". It was great.  Great stories, great tools, great connections.  It came at a moment when I needed to recalibrate and listen.  God lived up to His name once more: Jehovah Jireh-the Lord will provide.  Hope I see some of you at Pastors' Retreat.


His/yours,

Alan Amavisca
Multiplying Ministries
Ministry Updates
 
Update from Cambodia:  Fede Hernandez and Scott Sward gave care to a man dying of rabies (the unsaved husband of one of the new believers from their Bible study).   Scott and Fede got all their shots according to schedule. All the doctors are sure that they'll be fine, and we're all breathing a little easier now.  Continue to pray for the man's widow.  She is also getting shots.  Human transmission is rare, but prayers continue to be appreciated.
 
Mardella Newkirk, wife of Fred Newkirk has now been in the hospital for a month: There have been a series of complications and Mardella is weak from the on-going battle. Please pray with Fred and family for a miracle. Right now it is her heart that is giving her the most trouble. Mardella is at Long Beach Memorial. The family requests no visitors for now because of her weakness, but Mardella does love flowers.

SAVE THE DATE: June 10, 12:00 noon at Rose Drive Friends--The second annual New Church Development Pastors and Leaders Luncheon. Find out about our newest church plants and meet our church planting apprentices. Lunch is free. Email Lori Anderson with your reservation.

Family Camp 2013--Love on Fire: From July 4 - 7 we'll be up at Quaker Meadow exploring the work of the Holy Spirit in God's people; speaker: Alan Amavisca. Philip cox will offer a spiritual formation track for young adults and others interested in a retreat environment. Register here.  

Not Today the Movie--41 more theaters have committed to showing the movie. Thanks for your support.

Marketplace Ministries Worldwide (MMW): MMW started as a conversation within our mission board but we encouraged the founders to become an independent ministry. Five years later, they continue to grow. Check out their website.
News from the Office
  • May 13-15:  Pastors' Retreat
  • May 27:  Office closed for Memorial Day
  • June 3:  C. W. Perry Golf Tournament
  • June 10:  NCD Pastors' Luncheon
Book Review
Love Does--Bob Goff:  
I'm not sure how to describe this book.  Kirsten (my daughter) loaned it to me and said I would love it. Goff is more hyper and more impulsive than yours truly, but his frenetic self is coupled to a brilliant mind and an uncanny ability to go for broke...and pull it off. Mainly, he wants to invite readers to love recklessly and see how God responds...because He will. Even if you don't want someone to challenge you to live audaciously, you should read it for the stories.  He's hilarious.
Great Quotes

"I once heard somebody say that God had closed a door on an opportunity they had hoped for.  But I've always wondered if, when we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because he wants it for us and it honor Him. Maybe there are times when we think a door has been closed and, instead of misinterpreting the circumstances, God wants us to kick it down. Or perhaps just sit outside of it long enough until somebody tells us we can come in."  

--Bob Goff, 

Love Does, p. 44/45

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