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Archive for January, 2014


Jan 29

God’s Gospel Going Forth to International Students

2014 | by Clint | Category: Global,Iternational Students Incorporated,Local

Check out this story of God using a couple at DSC to spread the gospel to international students:ISI Logo

Paul and I have been involved with ISI for going on five years. It has been a blessing to pick students up at the airport when they arrive to Albuquerque and then host them for a few days as they settle in to an American environment at UNM. We then became their friendship partner for the time they remained in New Mexico.

This past fall, ISI offered a discovery Bible study to all the incoming international students. There was a need for facilitators for the Bible study and after a training session we were jumping in and asking God to help us, as facilitating was new territory for us. Every Sunday there were about 24 students attending the Bible study and they were from all corners of the globe.

Our small group consisted of a student from Nepal, Peru, Taiwan, and China. Joining the bible study was a perfect opportunity for the students to practice their English and learn truth from God’s word. Only one student indicated she was a believer. The discovery method in this study asked the same questions each week about the passage that we were studying, such as”what does this passage tell us about God? What does this passage tell us about the relationship between God and man.”

We had to trust the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of each student to what they were reading in the Bible they had been given the first week of the study.  It was such a blessing to see God at work in each of these students hearts. The first week after studying creation in Genesis 1, and the students were asked what does this passage tell us about God, one student answered, “that must God exist!” God was already at work! This study lasted 13 weeks and covered passages from the Old Testament (which included a prophesy passage in Isaiah) and the New Testament (including Christ’s birth through his death and resurrection). These students heard the Gospel message in its entirety. What a joy it was to learn that one student in our group accepted Jesus as her Savior and before the semester ended she had witnessed to a friend back in her home country and that resulted in another sister in Christ.

Seeing God at work in the lives of these students has been so much fun and rewarding to see the fruit of the Holy Spirit as they discovered the God of the world. We encourage others to get involved with these students through ISI, as there is fertile ground and what a better way to spread God’s glory wider than to show the love of God to these international students.        – Michelle

Want to get involved?  Paul and Michelle could use help with providing meals for the students that attend their studies on Sundays.  Maybe you and some friends or your Community Group can help out.  Here is a note from the local ISI director of ministries:

We started this semester’s Bible study this past Sunday. It is an evangelistic study geared towards sharing the Gospel with students from all backgrounds.  We have 27 students attending and 12 American Group Leaders – (approximately 45 people).   We are looking for lunch providers again for each Sunday. It’s a great ministry project for a small group, Sunday School Class or Bible Study.

The dates we still need lunches are are Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9, 30, April 6, 13, and 27.   

The study meets at 12:30 on Sundays. We eat at 12:30 and start the study at 1:15.  Paper goods and drinks are provided.  Detailed instructions and a reminder will be sent each week before the lunch.  There needs to be a vegetarian option at each meal due to dietary restrictions of some of the students.  Pork should not be a part of the meal.  If that time conflicts with your church service, the meal could be dropped off early.

Would you or your group be interested in providing lunch this semester?

If you are interested or if you have questions, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you’d like to get involved, email Cara@desertspringschurch.org and she will put you in touch with ISI directly.

Jan 25

Ministry Fair Preview – Love INC. (In the Name of Christ)

2014 | by Clint | Category: Local,Love INC,Mission Opportunity

The annual DSC Ministry Fair is this coming Sunday.  Look for opportunities after both services in the youth room to “Serve the Church,” “Serve the City,” and “Serve the World.”  We’d like to encourage each member of DSC to head into the youth room on Sunday, talk to a few ministries, and pick one to really invest in for 2014.  Where will you serve in 2014?

Read below for a preview of Love INC. (In the Name of Christ), one of our Local Mission strategic partnerships.

Associate Pastor Adam Kane of one of our Gospel Coalition sister churches says the following of their growing partnership with Love INC.:

“Our church has been working with Love INC for several years now and we have found that our service with them is responsible, Christ centered and truly helpful to those in need. We also really appreciate their desire to mobilize God’s chosen vessel, the Church as apposed to being content as para-church organization serving. We as a church are more effectively reaching our city due in part to our partnership with Love INC.”  – Pastor Adam Kane, Hope E.V. Free Church

We want our partnership with Love INC to grow.  They do a great job of helping those in real material need, including helping churches across the city assess and validate the real needs out there.

One way you can immediately help us grow this partnership is by helping with our upcoming “Money and Me” basics budgeting course that we are offering to folks that attended the Christmas store last month.  Sixty folks who attended the Christmas store signed up for this two session workshop on basic budgeting to help stretch those last few dollars.

Our prayer is that as folks take this course, they will feel loved by us, and ultimately by our Savior Jesus Christ, who first loved us, and calls us to love all people.  And what we need are folks to help us execute the course in February (20th at 6:30PM and 22nd at 9AM) and by signing up to be a mentor to one of the course participants.  Mentors meet with the class participant once per month for six months in order to encourage them to stick to the budget they will develop during the workshop.  All the while our hope is that a real friendship develops so that further service and ministry might develop as well.

Check out this video to get an idea of how Love INC is using stewardship and budgeting courses to help folks change their circumstances, all in the Name of Christ (INC).

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Jan 23

Ministry Fair Preview – Native American Partnership

2014 | by Clint | Category: Mission Opportunity,Native American

Ministry Fair is coming this Sunday after both services in the Youth Room.  Read below for a preview of what Chuck and Cindy Harper are working on for this year with Western Indian Ministires in our Native American Partnership.  Might God be moving in you to serve in some capacity in this partnership in 2014?  Meet us at the Native American Partnership table to learn more and get involved.

Our calendars flipped and our ministry jumped into high gear!  The staff and volunteers at Western Indian Ministries (WIM) are praying and preparing for a big year!

Planning meetings for the 2014/2015 school year jump-started us. Our new principal and his family are raising support, and Hilltop Christian Academy is gearing up to reopen in the fall of 2014, with Pre K – 6th grade. We still need God to bring the students and 5 new missionary teachers!

We hosted a Navajo Capital pastors meeting and were encouraged to hear men begin to share and pray with one another.  We hope to continue that on a monthly basis. Chuck then left for California to represent Native America at the National Network of Youth Ministries meetings, to be strategic about reaching more teenagers with the Gospel. Then he went on to Phoenix for 3 days of blessings with about 60 other missionaries, hearing how God is still at work in Native America.

WIM welcomed two new missionary families- both launching new initiatives for  WIM – a one year Bible Certificate training course, in partnership with Indian Bible college, and a new “tentmaker” mission project;  where we hope to empower gifted professionals to open the door for the gospel through relationship – in the workplace.

This past weekend, Jan 17-18, Western Indian Ministries/ Christ for Native Youth hosted our annual Wisdom Keepers Conference, focusing on “the WORD”, its authority and inspiration.  This was a gathering of “disciple makers,” who serve Native American youth.

OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD

There are many exciting opportunities ahead for partnership with Native America.

One developing opportunity is the need for reservation and staff housing at Western Indian Ministries and surrounding community. It is our passion to bring the Gospel, sacrificially and with our hands and feet, to our friends that live in poverty on the Indian reservations in our state.  DSC will host the next Housing Committee meeting on January 28, at 3:30PM. Join us!

WIM is also inviting friends and local churches to a community work day, in the Window Rock/Houck area, on Saturday, March 8.   This will be a special day of interaction with families and churches from the Capital of the Navajo Nation.

WIM is also remodeling an old chapel / Bible School building into a short-term missions dorm and retreat center.    This is a major project and we need help from DSC, both in construction labor, finances and unskilled labor. Our prayer is that this dorm will be a retreat center AND a great place for teams to stay while extending our construction into the housing community on the reservation.

At least one other way for you to be involved in Native ministry is through prayer…for a youth worker, pastor, teacher or family.       We hope to create a new leadership group to lead the DSC partnership in Native Ministry.  If you are interested please contact Clint or Chuck.   Thanks so much for your prayers and partnership with Western Indian Ministries, and the Native American Partnership.

Chuck n Cindy Harper

charper@westernindian.org

cindy@nativeyouth.com

www.nativeyouth.com

www.westernindian.org