Encouragement from Rwanda
When we first began exploring a partnership with the school in Rwanda, we expressed our desire that it be a true partnership with both parties benefitting from the relationship. We didn’t want it to be all about Pearce ministering to Nzige, but also about allowing Nzige to bless us.
This past Saturday, I sensed the special nature of our “Linked with Love” relationship upon receiving an email from Niyigena Ephaste, the Rwandan Director of International Child Care Ministries (ICCM). Ephaste wrote:
Greetings from Rwanda.
Our local and national radios & television update us about the situation in the USA since the presidential campaign started, with lots of comments of the journalists. I personally take time listening to the voice of America, BBC and French International Radio to be aware of the news.
The purpose of this email, friends, is to let you know that we pray for the States.
Tomorrow, in Sunday Service, at Nzige, the congregation will take like 10 minutes thinking and praying for you and for the leadership of the elected president, Mr. Donald Trump and his coming leadership. They will pray also for their children sponsors.
We trust that the Lord takes control of everything. Here, we know that the Lord has chosen the States to bless and be the light of several other countries around the world.
Meanwhile, please send our thanks to every one who donate to build classrooms at Nzige. The photos show where we are today, and we hope to be done with the funds available by next week.
How wonderful to think of the people of the Nzige Free Methodist Church gathering this past Sunday for worship and taking time in their service to hold a time of special prayer for us, our church, and our country. I hope you feel blessed and encouraged by Ephaste’s email!
Light on Dark Days
As I write this edition the Dangling, it sure doesn’t feel like the dark days of November. It is sunny and relatively warm for this time of year! But this morning, I read the forecast for next week and was assured that the dark, cold days of November are just around the corner.
This weekend, I’ll be taking a look at Isaiah’s 49th chapter. The title of my message is “When the Light Breaks Through” and will focus on God’s plan to bring transformation to the entire world. God speaks through Isaiah about the scope of his salvation: “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” So this weekend we’ll be thinking about how we participate in announcing the good news of Jesus’ salvation to the ends of the earth. I hope you’ll join us!
Don’t forget that we’ll be packing Thanksgiving Boxes beginning at 9am this Saturday morning. Come help us out! If you are able, offer to help deliver some of the boxes. If you want to deliver, come to Pearce’s Family Life Center between 10am-4pm on Saturday, 12-4pm on Sunday, or 9am-4pm on Monday.
Ten years ago, five American pastors imagined a better Christmas practice for the churches they served. Out of their reflection emerged Advent Conspiracy, a global movement of people and congregations resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption. Advent Conspiracy is all about choosing a revolutionary means of observing Christmas by worshiping more fully, spending less on gifts, giving more to those in poverty, and, through it all, loving all people.
Pearce has participated in Advent Conspiracy for several years now. How we participate is quite simple. We ask those in our community of faith to spend less on Christmas gifts and, instead, make gifts or give the gift of presence to our friends and family. Then, as a result, we free up resources for a great need of our world: clean drinking water.
I invite you to join this movement. We’ll be receiving a special offering the weekend before Christmas that will go to Clear Blue Global Water, a ministry committed to bringing fresh water to impoverished areas of our world. If you’d like to read more about Advent Conspiracy, check out their website at www.adventconspiracy.org.
Never Know Who Will Show Up at Pearce
After last Sunday’s worship service, I was able to greet Rev. Brad Button, the superintendent of the East Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Brad was in town to visit his daughter, a student at Roberts. Brad was talking with the Everetts when I saw him. Norm and Jennifer shared with me that Brad was in their wedding back in 1992. At that time, Brad was Norm’s friend and co-worker at Chase Bank. What a delight to have old friends visit Pearce!
Financial Forum Update
Thanks to the many of you who attended this past Tuesday’s Financial Forum. Parmerter Chapel was filled with 146 people, all who care deeply about our church and its financial health. I sensed a wonderful spirit throughout the meeting and am grateful for this community of faith.
My thanks to the Finance Committee, under the leadership of Chuck Cockrell, for their work in preparing the presentation and the proposed 2017 budget. Also, I am appreciative of the work of our administrator, Honna, and Pastor Jeremy in putting together the evening. One final word of thanks to the Heeks for supplying the salad and the members of our Official Board for purchasing the delicious pizza.
I invite you to pray along with me that the Lord will supply our congregation’s financial needs in the coming year. We have certainly seen evidence of His faithfulness in the life of this church many times in the past!