November 19, 2017         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

WANTED: OCC VOLUNTEERS

The key in our hand to unlock hearts is OCC Shoe Boxes of Samaritans Purse

Today we are remembering our Veterans and honoring them for what they have done for our country and this is important, but we need also to look forward and consider who will take the place of the veterans of our church.  When one of our members goes to heaven we should be concerned who is going to step up and take their place.

This is the day that we collect our small amount of boxes and after church Pastor will take them to the collection center at College Baptist Church in Hillsdale, MI.

Have you thought about what the Lord wants you to do for Him right here in Litchfield Baptist Church and this community?   If you don’t know what to do speak to me or the pastor and we will explain the steps that are necessary to take,  to be qualified to minister in this church, such as salvation, baptism, church membership. I am sure that we could give you some choices to prepare you for a way to serve the Lord. Ask yourself, am I spending more time on my interests and hobbies than I am for the LORD.

If you know Christ as your Saviour you have a mandate, the authority to carry out a course of action found in Mat. 28, The Great Commission.  “GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.” Operation Christmas Child/Samaritans Purse could become the KEY in our hands to unlock hearts all around the world beginning right here in our small world.

I want to challenge you today to begin today by committing your heart to this worldwide ministry. Volunteer to be the person who will organize this ministry or be a helper. Meet one day a month or even quarterly to organize and plan how to get this project before the people in our community and become a collection point right here.

If you are God’s child you need to share the truth.   You just need to have a burden for the lost and a  willing heart and God will do the rest.

OCC is also a way to grow our local ministry by involving the community and reaching out to local businesses, and social groups to help fill these boxes.     To be a worker in this church you need to be saved, baptized in obedience to the Word of God, and a member of this church.   You can’t teach a class or hold an office without being a member.   You cannot vote or make decisions about the ministry here without that important step.

I am so THANKFUL today that God isn’t looking for people with a big head, but with a heart for service.  God wants hearts that are willing to serve Him now; not waiting until this or that event passes or till someone else does it. Let’s not be on the outside looking in.

Ask yourself,  if everyone does just what I am doing,  where will this church be in the next few years.   Don’t wait until you become a memory.  Let’s get involved today?

August 13, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …PASTOR’S HELP MATE.

Prayer Needed

This article was posted by Franklin Graham on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017,   as reported by  Africanews.com.

Thirty-four adults and children were killed in a horrific bus crash on their way to a church service in Madagascar a few days ago.There are reports of entire families being lost in the carnage. Samaritan’s Purse has worked in this country for many years. We just heard yesterday that 8 of those killed were local volunteer teachers in our Operation Christmas Child The Greatest Journey discipleship program and 12 were children who had just recently graduated from the program. I’m thankful they knew the Savior and are now in His presence. Would you join us in praying for those who are grieving their loved ones and for the many injured?

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Prayer Reminders:

·   Praise God for the 16 countries that have received shoe boxes and volunteer teams

    who are now working hard at Outreach Events to share the Good News with over

    1.65 million children.

·   Pray for the over 9.47 million shoe boxes still en route on ships to children in 49

    countries.

·   Pray for tax exemption of shoeboxes in ten countries.

·   Pray for customs clearance of sea containers filled with shoe box Gospel                   

    Opportunities in three countries.

·   Praise God for the miraculous tax exemption received for over 152,000 shoebox

    gifts in Tanzania.

 –  Operation Christmas Child-

Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

Most recommended items to pack in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox:

  • school supplies – chalkboards with chalk, pencils, scissors
  • toys – soccer ball with pump, dolls
  • make-your-own crafts – add your personal touch
  • non-liquid hygiene items – bar soap, toothbrush
  • clothing accessories – tops, shoes, socks, hair bows, gloves, scarves
  • a personal note from your family – if you include your name and address it’s possible that the child could write you back!

Items that should not be included in your shoebox:

  • Candy
  • toothpaste;
  • used or damaged items;
  • war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures
  • chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid) liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins
  • breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

This year, National Collection Week will be November 13–20