Yesterday we heard from Al Serhal, the representative with Hippo Valley Christian Mission.  This ministry is located in Zimbabwe and Al gave us an update on the work that God is doing in that area.  Attached are page 1 and 2 of the July 2021 newsletter and contains details of the work currently in progress.  Please take a few minutes to read this newsletter.  It is very exciting to hear about the work God is doing.
Al then presented a sermon titled “A Mission Mindset”.
He began with Mark 1:16-20…the calling of Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John.  When Jesus spoke to them they immediately followed Him…a Mission Mindset!
In todays culture we are all about what can I have?, where can I go?, etc.  Some of us may want to do mission work but fear of the unknown holds us back.  Reflect on Jeremiah 29:11….For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.To become mission minded Al suggested the following:
1. Be God centered, not self-centered.  Think about God’s agenda rather than your own.  Philippians 2:20.
2. Global Orientation, not just local. The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19 says to make disciples of ALL nations.3.Think about Eternal values, rather than temporary.Read about the rich farmer in Luke 12:16-20.  Verse 21 – This is how it will be for anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.
4. Sacrifice for the Kingdom, not security. Romans 12:1. When we offer our bodies as living sacrifices this is holy and pleasing to God.Al closed with one word habits to develop a mission mindset – Pray…Give…Go…Send.
Finally he quoted from the hymn “O Haste Zion” – this song can be found on YouTube.  One verse says:                

  1. Behold how many thousands still are lying,
    Bound in the darksome prison house of sin,
    With none to tell them of the Savior’s dying,
    Or of the life He died for them to win.

Pray for a mission mindset, pray for those in the mission field.  May God receive all the Glory!

Prayer Requests:Nancy Stallings surgery will be this Thursday, August 5th.  Prayers that this surgery happens and that Nancy’s recovery will be swift and complete.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday:        Helping the Community in New Palestine  6:00 pm Sugar Creek Woods Apartments
Thursday:       Bible Study at church 10:00 am 
Friday:            Craft Sale 9 – 2 pm
Saturday:        Craft Sale 9 – 1 pm
Saturday:        Feed The Homeless downtown     Sunday:          Bible Study 9:15 am

Preschool Help Needed:  If you have time to help with a few jobs at the church (painting, playground work, moving items from the shed back into the church, etc.)  please contact Davinna.  Work days are THIS WEEK – August 3rd, 4th, and 5th. (Tuesday – Thursday).  Even a couple of hours would help.Scrapbooking Annual Garage Sale:    Friday  Aug  6th 9 am – 2 pm. Saturday.  Aug 7th 9 am – 1 pm.                        
UPDATE on Road Closures: