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Pray for One Another
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Our pastors and their families
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The many unspoken requests
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Bible Reading Plan
Congratulations on participating in our New Testament read through! I would love to hear about what you may have learned this year while reading scripture. Email me and I will post it in the next newsletter.
For 2022, we have a new plan coming where you can read the whole Bible or a portion in a year. I'm looking forward to what God has in store for us next!
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Verse of the Week
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When You're Not Sure Where This Is Going
Sitting in a nice little apartment in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2018, I began to reflect on a weekend that I had spent in Ethiopia, near the border with South Sudan. The war in Sudan has created hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom have been living in camps in this region.
On that Sunday morning in Gambella, Ethiopia there was no time to discuss the politics of the war-torn region, but simply the opportunity to look around and realize that we were not sure how the Church of the Nazarene got here, but God was in our midst. The churchyard was filled with at least 100 children, some of whom had been orphaned. They were having Sunday school and learning about Jesus. Their smiles were beautiful.
In the midst of such difficult conditions, we aren’t sure what the future holds for this burgeoning group of new believers, but we are committed to walk beside them as they follow the leading and the prompting of the Spirit.
In the book of Acts we discover that the disciples were also learning about the journey that had no clear end in sight. Peter “went here and there among all the believers.” Traveling to Lydda, he found a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed for eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” Immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord” (Acts 6”34-35, NRSV)
It is Dr. Luke who writes about this incident, which set the stage for the expansion of the ministry to the Gentiles. Peter had a vision that eventually leads him to the house of Cornelius. Like breadcrumbs on the pathway, Peter was simply following the leading of the Spirit as he ministered. The New Testament church was about to explode with new converts. But at this moment in the journey, Peter had no idea what the future held. Peter might not have known where the path was leading, but he did know that he would never take personal credit for what was happening. All the glory belonged to Jesus.
Likewise, the Spirit of God has been at work in the refugee camps in Sudan; in one camp alone I learned that there were 17 Nazarene churches. It had been eight years since the last General Superintendent, Dr. Stan Toler, had visited this area to ordain one person as the onlookers rejoiced. In the years since, believers have set up pastoral education right in the refugee camps, and on that day I was to ordain 24 individuals as elders or deacons. Unfortunately, because of road-blocks, two couldn’t make it. What is God up to, that we would be ordaining individuals held in refugee camps? We are not sure where this is going, but God is making a way!
As the day continued to warm up, we enjoyed the beauty of Christian worship and fellowship. Jesus was lifted up as the people sang and danced and praised the Lord. Regional Director Daniel Gomis shared the scriptural story of the young exiles, Daniel and his three friends. The Bible tells us those young men, living as refugees, did everything they could to be faithful servants of God. When the young people in Ethiopia heard the story of Daniel’s friends and the fiery furnace, they flocked to the front of the church to commit themselves to faithfully follow Jesus, even as refugees in a foreign land.
When it came time for the ordination, I was overwhelmed. Where had God led me? To a hot and dry land filled with struggle, and there I saw Jesus. Jesus was in the face of every ordinand. For the first time ever, women were ordained in the Horn of Africa; we ordained sixteen women and six men. I watched them, some with visible physical ailments, one with TB, covenanting to serve the Lord and the Church. The joyful celebration that followed is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, as the people rejoiced knowing that God’s hand was upon their lives.
I am learning to be careful of questioning where God may be leading, even when circumstances are difficult. We may just find Jesus is in the midst of something we don’t understand. Peter had no idea how his journeys would change his life and the future of the church. He lived on, in faith, following the nudging of the Holy Spirit every single day.
As I traveled the African continent, pre-COVID, I had the privilege of encountering shining examples of Jesus in the people of South Sudan and Ethiopia. I wasn’t sure where I was going, but I think I found heaven on earth.
Carla Sunberg is a General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene.
Holiness Today, January/February 2022
Opportunities to Give and Serve
Mother's Of Preschoolers is underway! We need people to cuddle babies while parents receive Godly guidance and support just once or twice per month.
Contact - Bonnie Strunk (480) 296-1831.
Donations of clothes for infant to adult are currently being accepted.
Thank you so much, for your continued generosity of both time and resources.
Your gifts make a difference!
Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925
Things we need: ➤Your Time ➤Diapers and pull ups in Newborn, 1,2,3,4,5 ➤Wipes ➤Baby Food (no formula) ➤Lotion ➤Your Monetary donation ➤Canned Food
💚Green Drop box in Foyer💚
You may always designate how you would like your offerings to be used for Mosaic Ministries besides our general fund. Here are some ministries in which you may want your offerings to go:
✎ LoveWorks ✎ Children's Ministry ✎ MOPs ✎ Prison Ministry
✎ Outreach ✎ Women's Ministry ✎ Facilities Upgrade Fund
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M O S A I C K I D S
This weeks topic is:
Follow God's Lead
Social Distancing Guidelines
Please practice social distancing on the church property as much as possible
Sanitizer and masks are available at the front table
If you feel sick or have a temperature, please stay home
Communion elements will be available on a table as you enter the church
Offering will be taken as you exit the church after service
Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitized
Thanks for respecting the guidelines and one another!