Is There a Doctor in the House?
You are in for a treat this weekend! Dr. Russ White will be speaking in Pearce’s worship services on both Saturday and Sunday.
If you know Dr. White from his previous visits to Pearce, you are already eager to hear this gifted communicator. If his name is not familiar, be ready to be challenged in your view of our world and of the work of the Kingdom.
Dr. White is chief of surgery at Tenwek Hospital, a 260-bed hospital in Bornet, Kenya. Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse has said, “Tenwek Hospital is one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches I know of anywhere in the world today.”
Dr. White, a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, specializes in esophageal cancer, the most common malignancy in Kenya. He has served at Tenwek since 1997.
I will resume our series, “The Authentic Life,” on the weekend of October 17 & 18.
Let’s Turn Up the Heat
Fourteen years ago, a 75 gallon hot water heater was installed in Pearce’s kitchen. At that time, there was little awareness of the many ways in which our church’s kitchen would be utilized in the coming years. Savory Suppers, weekday meals for P4K, resourcing Common Grounds, and catering for special events have placed demands on our kitchen far greater than originally anticipated. It is time to replace the aging hot water tank and install a new one, perhaps with 100 gallon capacity—one that is better suited to supply hot water to our active hospitality ministry.
Project #5 in our SWAG (Stewardship With A Goal) for this year is the installation of a new tank. The estimated cost for this project is $12,000. I encourage you to help us get this new tank installed and keep things hot in our kitchen!
To date, 135 individuals/families have contributed a total of a cool $57,631.50 towards SWAG projects. As a result of their generosity, we were able to make a $20,000 payment on the principal of our church’s loan this week. Thanks!
Update on Olive
Remember Olive Kamurera? Pearce sponsored Olive during her college years in Rwanda, through Compassion International. Last year, I had the privilege of celebrating Olive’s graduation by visiting her in Kilgali and presenting her with a laptop computer as a gift from our congregation.
In a recent Facebook message, Olive has mentioned that she continues to live with her 98-year-old grandmother. She will be finishing her internship with the Rwanda Development Board this December. She is now searching for a job and hopes to be able to study for her Masters. She asked me to greet the church on her behalf, so consider yourself greeted by Olive!