Ben Payne • December 22, 2019
Caleb Kohl will be joining our church family March 19th-22nd to talk share about how the Lord is using him and his family to bring the name of Jesus to the people of Waren, Germany. They are in for their first home assignment since going to Germany to be hands and feet for the work of the Lord. Caleb and his wife Erin have four children in elementary school. There names are Viola, Lilly, Josiah, and Roselyn. As of right now it is expected that it will just be Caleb that is able to join us during the visit in March.
Please be praying for them as they continue to travel through several states sharing how God has been using them in their obedience to cross cultural lines and learn a new language in order to be obedient to the call the Lord has placed in their lives. States they will be driving/flying to include Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida. Home Assignment for missionaries is not a vacation. They will be traveling a lot of miles week to week pouring out their hearts and seeking partners to help come along beside them to see how we may be able to help carry some of the load in what God is doing in Germany through finances and supplies that we may be able to help them continue the work God is leading them to do. In the same way they are encouraging our hearts and bringing a word to us to remember that we have a part to play in the role of reaching the ends of the earth with the Gospel. And if we are not called to go, we should be helping support those who are called to go.
Please be praying for the Kohls as they travel. Pray for them that as they pour out of themselves that they will also be poured into and finding opportunity for rest while among the churches they will be at week to week. Also, remember to pray for how God may use you as an individual as well as us as a church body to welcome them and serve them well while they are with us. Thank you in advance for seeking the Lord in how you may be used of him for this event.
You can read more about the Kohl Family by going to https://www.cmalliance.org/worker/kohl-caleb-erin
To learn more about the ground work going on by the Alliance in Germany go to https://www.cmalliance.org/field/germany
Ben Payne • October 25, 2019
As the Lord continues to make opportunity for Christians in the United States to reach the nations in their own backyard, the Alliance is seeking to create a network to reach out to them. This network, RAIN, is seeking how to welcome, build relationships, and share the gospel with those from other nations who make the U.S. their home.
RAIN stands for Refugee and Immigrant Network. Their are areas that are already reaching out to refugees and immigrants in their local area and they are creating opportunities for others to join them in what they are doing. The garden that Betty and I have been working with through our CMA connections in Columbus is going to be one of the sites offering mission trips. Not only will mission trips through RAIN give opportunity to help be hands and feet, but they will be providing education on how to reach out with the gospel to individuals from other nations.
To find out more go to https://www.rainalliance.org/vision/ or talk with Ben and Betty Payne who would love to talk to you more about the initiative. Continue to pray for RAIN and the opportunities to share the gospel with international individuals that are in our own communities.
*Remember even AB University gives 4 academic years of opportunity to pour into international students that we have opportunity to sew seeds with and to be an example for. This doesn't mean we sit back and wait for them to cross our paths. It means we take initiative to see how we might make it a point to cross theirs. As we begin to take steps of faith, cultivating new ground with an intent to plant seeds that we pray produces multiplying crops...don't forget to pray for RAIN.
Betty Payne • October 06, 2019
Have you been looking for the just right time to take the opportunity to reach out and share Christ with someone in your life? Look no further! Now is as great a time as any to begin.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
School is back in session. Parents - do you get time with other parents? Students - is there opportunity for conversations with your classmates about the reason you go to church?
During October - Do kids come to your house for trick or treat or do you host a Harvest party in your neighborhood?
Thanksgiving is around the corner – what better time to share why we can “give thanks in all things” while families and friends come together.
Christmas isn’t far away – do you host your family’s or neighborhood’s Christmas party? Would you invite a few neighbors/friends/relatives for an informal Christmas party to share why Christ is the meaning of Christmas?
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. - Colossians 4:5
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil – Ephesians 5:15, 16
If you need ideas on how to talk about Christ with someone you have a relationship with, please speak with any church leadership. The church has resources and experience you can lean on.