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Jan 13

Cedar Hill Community Christmas – 2015

DSC Deacon Marvin Gibson writes:

On Sunday, December 20, about two dozen adults and children from DSC joined Cedar Hill Church in Counselor, NM on the Navajo reservation to celebrate Community Christmas with Pastor Tully Butler, his wife Mary, daughter Efren, and son Dino. The day before, a half dozen men delivered three trailer loads and three truckloads of fire wood to Cedar Hill church as part of our year round wood cutting ministry to the Navajo community. And two days before on Friday, a couple of men from DSC were at Cedar Hill to assist in the butchering of the sheep that DSC donated to the Community Christmas feast.

During the Sunday Community Christmas, DSC folks led a Christmas program for more than sixty Navajo children, many of who were hearing about Jesus for the first time. The seed was planted, please pray for fruit! As a church, we also supplemented the mutton stew and mutton posole with 300 hamburgers and 300 hot dogs prepared by some of the men from DSC. While the children’s program was going on and while the DSC men and the Cedar Hill ladies were finishing up the feast preparation, Pastor Tully and his son, Dino, were preaching God’s Word to the reached and unreached adults in the large Cedar Hill warehouse facility.  They were faithfully delivering the story of the coming of Christ. And Dino shared a powerful testimony about trusting Christ.  He assured them all that Christ did not come to make bad people good, but that he came to make the dead sinners alive in Christ.

After the messages, singing, and community feast, Pastor Tully’s daughter Efren organized the distribution of gifts, coats, hats, gloves, blankets, coffee and flour to all of the community in attendance. Cedar Hill Church is grateful for the gifts, wood, and sheep that Desert Springs Church was able to provide in the spirit of Christmas. But more than these material gifts Cedar Hill Church continues to be blessed by our ongoing personal partnership in the gospel.  They seemed thankful and joyful for the men, women, and children from DSC that are able to come to Cedar Hill with love, hugs, and labor together for His Kingdom.

 

 

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“I could really tell God was working because the children I was helping with were passionate to hear about the Word of God. Many of the children asked insightful questions about the Christmas story and how it tied in with the whole Bible narrative. We laughed together, learned together, and made some neat crafts. Such a special time with the children at Cedar Hill Baptist!” – Crystal

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“Even though we…have different backgrounds and life circumstances than folks in the more remote and desolate parts of the Navajo Reservation, the unity through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word is undeniable.” – Robert

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“It was awesome to see the Cedar Hill church members themselves participating, and this time around most of us from DSC were in the background supporting what they were doing as part of their annual Christmas celebration.”-Robert

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“I was blessed to be part of the DSC team to go serve at Cedar Hill church. I could tell God was working through us as I have seen all of the DSC team serve…Cooking, feeding, teaching, covered by mud… That showed me Christ and his command to love and serve one another as I saw every one striving to please and serve others before themselves. Praise be to Jesus.” -Feven

IMG_4643“What a team, what a God!”

 

Jan 8

Good News Church Christmas Store 2015

40 folks from DSC | 400 Gifts | 400 Hot Dogs | Measureless Glory to God

“I can tell that Pastor Eugene has given this community a source of hope through Good News Church.” – DSC Member Alwyn K.

Check out the photos and videos from the 2015 Good News Church Christmas Store here.  Thanks Alan & Beth for taking and sharing great photos!

 

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Nov 11

Christmas Store 2015! Buy, Serve, LOVE.

2015 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store

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Each year, Christmas offers believers a unique opportunity to point their loved ones, friends, family, and neighbors to Jesus.  We should thank God that this holiday is so pervasive in our cutlure, and that it is still a natural connection to Jesus.  It’s up to us to help folks make that connection as it is not as natural as it once was.  This doesn’t necessarily mean making sure you don’t say “happy holidays,” since that’s really not the hill worth dieing on.  But rahter, helping folks realize that a hill had to be died on outside of Jerusalem 2000 years ago.  And that God made a way for that to happen through Christmas, through Christ, our God, with us.

This year we’ve invited two elementary schools (La Luz and Los Ranchos) from nearby neighborhoods to participate in the DSC Christmas store.  As in years past, the DSC congregation will buy the gifts, and the parents of students from those schools are invited to come and shop at the store for their child.  While parents are shopping kids will be doing crafts in the Youth Room and decorating Christmas cookies.

We are also planning to join up with Cedar Hill church near Cuba NM again this year as they organize what’s called “Community Christmas” on Sunday December 20th.  This will mean missing church at DSC on the 20th, and traveling to Cedar Hill Church to deliver gifts and serve and fellowship.  They invite the surrounding community and over 50 families come for a meal, some groceries, and some gifts, all in the name of Christ.

Our prayer is that as families come here they will feel the love of Jesus in this place and through us as a people.

Will you buy some gifts?  Will you come and serve?  Will you help carry the love of Jesus to our neighbors?  To your neighbors?

Grab some tags in the foyer.  Sign up to serve at the kiosk.  And please bring the gifts (with the tags attached) back to DSC by December 6th!