April 2022
Reflections - God's Protection
While David was in California, we experienced issues accessing one of the external hard drives where we'd been storing data the last few years. Upon walking into the office, there was a weird smell. As close as we could tell, it was a cross between dust, something electrical and even something sweet at times. We opened the windows to try to "clear the air" but each time we closed the office up and came in again, the smell would be there. We tried multiple times during the course of those days to discover where the smell was coming from but were unable to pinpoint it. After David returned to the office, he tried to get the external drive up and running and found that the battery back-up the unit is attached to was turned off. (For those of you unfamiliar with battery back-ups, the battery back-up unit is designed to give power and protect equipment when power goes out). He powered it on, only to have it turn itself back off. Right before it did however, he noticed it reported the batteries were no good so he took the lid off in order to replace the batteries. In the process, he discovered that he was unable to remove the batteries as they were very swollen and had melted wires and plastic inside the battery back-up unit. Eventually, the unit was disconnected and taken out of service. That could have ended very differently.
We are so thankful for God's protection as that could very easily have started a fire. Had the safety measures not kicked in and the circuit shut down, we could have had major catastrophic damage. How often does God protect us in our daily lives when we do not even realize it. We are also thankful for passages like 1st Peter 1 which says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." The passage goes on to talk about various trials that are distressing the people of that time. What a great comfort it is to read and know that those who have placed their faith in Jesus and received redemption through the blood of Christ, are not only protected by the power of God while here on this earth but will one day share the promise and glory of heaven.
S&E Board Notes
So who makes up the S&E Board? That is a question we hope to be addressing in the coming months and will be adding as a section in our email newsletters. We’d love to introduce each one to you individually in more detail. For starters, HERE are their names so you can be praying for each one of them by name!
Chairman:               David Erickson
Vice-Chairman:        Gerrit Kamp
Treasurer:                  Joel Rinehart
Secretary:                  Courtney Hicks
Director:                     Tim Hansen
Director:                     Andy Meinzinger
Director:                     Christine Rinehart
Director:                     Steve VanVleck
Director                      David Moore            
Prayer Requests and Praises
  • Praise the Lord for the video "shorts" series on Seven Reasons Not to Worry. This series will wrap up in a few weeks. Pray for the development of the next series of "short" videos.
  • Praise the Lord for volunteer Shane who will be recording the weekly topics on Genesis-The Life of Abraham and Isaac.
  • Praise the Lord for the opportunities David had to share about S&E while in California – both in churches where he spoke and in special events and meetings.
  • Pray for wisdom as we file the required government 990. There will be a new process to learn this year due to added requirements of filing online through an authorized channel.
  • Pray for wisdom as the S&E board considers the possibility of utilizing summer employees this year.

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as we seek to glorify God as we grow in Christ and serve our Lord together.
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