Message from Anthony
EVANGELISM PT 3: Making Disciples
We are in the business of true, life-changing ministry, that invests in people and their lives, meets the needs that come up around us, and builds relationships that lead to sincere partnerships as teacher and disciple for the gospel. The people whom we evangelize are thrown to the wolves if we fail to disciple.
I remember a young man I baptized named Mark. He was a great guy coming out of a devastating addiction, and he was trying to start over, this time on the right foundation. We had attended a men’s retreat together, and had spent a considerable amount of that time together sharing our respective stories and I would offer bits of encouragement and prayer as he would allow.
As the weekend went on, he was more and more open to hearing the gospel and my story of coming to Jesus. At the end of that weekend, as we were getting ready to head home for church in the morning, I invited him to come. He agreed, and sat in the front row along with my wife and daughter.
As I preached on building our lives on the Word, and laying the foundation on Jesus Christ, I connected with Mark through my words and the time I’d invested in building a relationship with him. He accepted Christ that day and I baptized him following the service.
Over the years now, we have become good friends, and I’ve mentored him through his daughter’s battle with brain cancer, his outreach service during the hurricanes in Louisiana, and through his new marriage.
He is a strong man of faith today, and I am honored to call him friend. But it could have been a different story if I’d have simply led him to the decision and then left him to figure out his faith on his own.
We are like little children when we accept Christ. We’re excited, scared, and often a little fuzzy on what being a Christian in everyday life is all about. If we don’t partner with a mentor to help us grow and learn when we are young believers, we will often stagnate and walk away from the faith due to our frustration.
Discipleship matters, and without it we would never have seen Peter grow from a loud-mouthed fisherman into the father of the church. Without those that set the example for us, we wouldn’t have learned to exemplify Christ for those whom we disciple.
Meadowbrook families host youth group activities
Our Youth Group met off-campus in June thanks to the gracious Meadowbrook families hosting the kids at their homes. In July the kids will continue to meet on Thursday evenings between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. for fun activities and the promise of yummy food! See Anthony if you have any questions.
July 1 – Anthony & Sophie Knotts home
July 8 – Wendy Kapusta home
July 15 – Matt & Brenda Cox home
July 22 – Anthony & Sophie Knotts home
July 29 – Tim & Carol Howell home
Sisters in Service is holding a garage sale
The Sisters in Service garage sale is scheduled for August 19-21, and will be held on the church grounds this year. Money raised at the sale will allow us to shower blessings on people in our community.
We welcome all clean and gently used household items, tools and children’s books. Items not accepted: clothing and large furniture (such as couches and bookcases).
More details will be published in the August Messenger. Please see Cathy Podvin if you have questions.
Some recent updates to share with you.
First, we are welcoming Matt and Brenda Cox as the newest members of the Missions Ministry team at Meadowbrook! The team is now four strong, and we are still looking for another member (or two) to join us in praying for, and maintaining regular contact with each of our supported missions.
Secondly — based on the reduced amount of Faith Promise commitments for this year, the missions committee has made the following changes. We are discontinuing support of 3 missions, and adjusting the monthly amounts for the remaining missions. Our hope is that the reduced funds are a temporary situation.
These changes will enable Meadowbrook to continue providing regular monthly support to 11 mission organizations, and also provide approximately $100 toward our contingency fund each month. The contingency fund is used to provide assistance for special requests received from our missions. When additional Faith Promise commitments are made, we will again review our supported missions and make decisions to increase and/or add new missions for regular monthly support. For those of you who have made your Faith Promise commitment, thank you for your part in helping support ministry in many parts of Michigan, the U.S., and the world.
This month, we are sharing two recent updates from our newest mission, South Karamoja Bible Study Center. Duncan Ojiambo is the director of this mission. Their objective is to train up teachers and preachers in the South Karamoja region of Uganda, one of the poorest regions on earth. Meadowbrook began supporting this specific project in 2020.
Duncan’s most recent update indicates that the government in Uganda has placed the country on lockdown for 6 weeks, beginning June 7th. Some of the lockdown resolutions are listed in the following excerpt from Duncan’s letter:
I hope you’re doing well. Here in Uganda we are back to Lockdown as Covid-19 second wave escalates. Our president addressed the nation on Sunday June 6th. And he enforced the Lockdown guidelines here below.
LOCKDOWN……FOR 42 DAYS.
*Resolutions as stated by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni about Covid-19 as in today’s address!!!*
- All schools and institutions of learning should close for 42 days starting tomorrow(Monday) 8:00am.
- All teachers MUST be vaccinated before returning to school.
- Communal Rites and prayers in Churches, Stadiums and Mosques are suspended for 42 days starting tomorrow.(Preaching should stay on radios, TVs and social media.)
- Public gatherings and meetings apart from cabinet and legislature meeting. All the rest have been suspended for 42-days
- Travel from Category A countries (mostly India) remain suspended till further notice.
And we received the following prayer request from Duncan just last week:
Yesterday I got a call from some of our students in South Karamoja asking us to stand with them in prayers, the cattle raiding (insecurity) has started in the region. On Saturday last week, raisers (robbers and murderers) from Central and Northern Karamoja ambushed families in South Karamoja and raided cattle, demolished homes and left 2 people dead. Some of our students and church members lost their cattle and other properties. Please pray for security in this region, which has suffered many calamities and hostility for years.
In Him, Duncan
Please keep these situations and needs in prayer. Thank you for your faithful prayers and your generous giving.
Cindy Esterline – July 9
Eric Klaus – July 12
Tim Howell – July 16
Carol Howell – July 16
Dona Thomas – July 16
Hector Urteaga – July 18
Ken Small – July 19
Sandy Krugh – July 21
Mike & Sue Rose (Anniv.) – July 21
Mike Rose – July 22
Brenda Cox – July 22
Harry Thompson – July 24
Joyce Tingley – July 26
Eunice Salminen – July 27
Marian Murphy – July 28