Archive for April 2010

Thanks in all circumstances

April 19th, 2010 — 6:43am

The last weeks have been different for everyone here at Agora… From time to time, we have had nothing to do!  We are all enjoying the short break before we find Agora packed with little children all day long :) The last weeks have been all about catching up on all the things we neglected during the past months while our main focus was finishing the childcare.

Currently we have two little “students” enrolled in Little Gems Early Learning & Childcare.  Most days we work on spreading the word and getting more students enrolled.  So far it is looking good and we have had a lot of parents express interest.

This past week we hosted a youth group from Tennessee that came over their Spring Break.  It was the group’s fourth time here and we enjoyed them just as much as each time before!  The group was a huge blessing to us.  They completed several work projects around the church including work on the roof and deep cleaning.  In addition, they spent each afternoon going from door to door telling people about Little Gems.  One afternoon several of the girls spent time with Becky, ministering to a Mom that Becky has been working with for a few months. Like I said, the youth group was a blessing to us and to the community.  They were so full of energy and willingness to help out wherever it was needed.  Thanks guys!

Church this past Wednesday night and Saturday night were definitely highlights of the week.  On Wednesday, Pastor Rich talked with the teens about being enslaved to the world and the excuses that we make for our own enslavement.  He spoke about the freedom that Christ has for us.  Many of the teens really participated in the small group time and shared about their various struggles with drugs and lust.  Please pray that what they learned on Wednesday will not be forgotten and that they will find freedom in Christ!

Saturday was also a powerful night for everyone.  As you may remember, Lukas (a German volunteer) was diagnosed with cancer last month.  He has already completed two rounds of chemotherapy.  Saturday he came home from his second round of chemotherapy.  He had spent a week in a hospital bed, exhausted and sometimes sick.  Yet when Rich went to visit Lukas before church, Lukas shared 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Rich shared this story with the children and teens on Saturday night and I am sure that it made many of us think hard about our own lives.  How many things had I complained about just that day?  Too many.  And from the mouth of someone facing a life-threatening disease we were reminded to give thanks in all circumstances.  Not some, not many, but ALL.

Prayer Requests

  • Lukas- pray for continued healing.  In the next weeks and months he will have to undergo surgery and several more cycles of chemo.  Please keep his family in your prayers as well since they cannot be with him right now.
  • Pray for continued interest and enrollment in Little Gems

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