October 29, 2000
Volume 10, Number 44


An unknown author once wrote, "A missionary is one who never gets used to the sound of far away footsteps on their way to a Christless eternity." Another said, "A missionary is one who is unable to bear the sight of a congregation of many Christians rejoicing in their own salvation, while millions are perishing lost." Someone else has said, "A missionary is one who has discovered that neither his money nor his prayers will ever prove an acceptable substitute for his presence." Each of these expressions is an attempt to capture in words the spirit of those brave souls, ancient and modern, whom we call "missionaries" - people who sacrifice much, leaving the comfort and security of home to carry the gospel to strange lands.

When Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son," (John 3:16). He wasn't just speaking of the people we know and are like us. He was speaking of a world of people that includes those in far away lands - from every corner of this planet. He was speaking of those alive when He walked the earth and all those who would come after, right down to you and me and every human being who will ever be born into this world.

Before He ascended back into heaven He said, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature..." (Mark 16:16). It is likely true that some of us have never developed much concern for people outside our own circle of friends. I don't mean that we aren't glad when someone is concerned about these things, but beyond that, it's mostly "out of sight, out of mind." Christ has saved us to be concerned for the lost - to have a similar concern to what He has. Are we so concerned? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me." And, "Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." The Apostles said, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." Without Christ, people will go to an eternal Hell without God. Jesus told a certain parable about a man who was robbed and beaten on a road that led down to Jericho. If you recall, several people came upon the man, two were the very religious Priest and Levite who, after taking in the situation, went on about their business and did nothing. When it comes to helping those in need - do we feel more like those two that passed by than like the Samaritan who stopped to help? Let us consider our own life. Are we really that concerned about those who are different from us? Is Jesus pleased with our concern? We must grow and mature in our understanding to the point that God's concern for the eternal destiny of every person is our concern. When we reach that point, it is then that we will be concerned the way God is concerned.

Perhaps most of us don't feel called by God to leave our homes and become missionaries; but certainly if we give it much thought, we'd surely feel the call to help out wherever we can. Surely there is something that each of us can do to help in the missionary cause. Here are suggestions for you to consider: Begin regularly praying for the Lord’s work both at home, in Ghana and throughout the world. Consider "adopting" a missionary project for you and your family to support regularly. If you can't go, you can surely help support the work.

When they were building the Tennessee Valley Dam, all the people in the valley had moved out but one old man in a cabin. He was given every kind of notice that he had to move, but he steadfastly refused. An engineer asked if he could talk to the man and went to see him. The man invited him into his cabin. The engineer said, "Sir, this valley is going to be flooded and you must move or be drowned. Why do you refuse to move?" The man pointed to the fireplace and explained, "Do you see that fire. My great grandfather built this cabin, lit the fire and kept it burning all his long life. When he died my grandfather took over and he kept the fire burning all his life. He died and my father kept the fire burning all the time he lived here. Sir, I have been living here for over 60 years and I am not going to let the fire go out." The wise engineer said, "Sir, I understand your feelings, and if you will let us, we will bring in a mover and move the whole house in tact and keep the fire burning while we move it." With that promise the man readily agreed to move.

O how we Christians need to keep the fires of concern for the lost in other lands burning in our heart's - that same fire that started when Jesus first saved us! What ever it takes, let's get concerned and stay concerned.

Today, two dear friends, Christian and Lizzie Nsoah, are visiting with us from Tema, Ghana. Renee and I first met Christian and Lizzie in 1980 and since that time we have had the opportunity to work together with them on many occasions.

Back in 1981 I made a trip to Tamale, Northern Region with Christian. Since that time Christian and Lizzie have helped pioneer much of the work that is now being done in Northern Ghana. Christian will be speaking for us at our services this morning and giving us a report on many of the great things that are happening in Ghana.

Ted Wheeler

"There is enough jewelry, gold, and silver plate buried in Christian homes to build a fleet of 50,000 vessels, ballast them with Bibles, crowd them with missionaries, and supply every living soul with the gospel in a score of years. Only let God take possession and the gospel will wing its way like the beams of the morning."

A.T. Pierson

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Remember in Prayers:

Smitty Tiller - Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Andrew Seaman - Leslie Johnson - Walt & Jeanette Thompson

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Viola Morinier

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The question is not,
“Can I afford to take on the needs of the world when I’m so troubled by other things.”
The question is ...
“Can I afford not to?”at you don't have.



Building Program: This past week we received our plans from the architect. We also have our permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. After reviewing the architect's plans - we hope to begin getting some bids on the work in the very near future.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 29. (6:30 PM)

Sunday’s Lessons:

Mission Work in Ghana (Mark 16:15-16)

Song Service (Colossians 3:16)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


David Coffman



Christian Nsoah

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Charlie White


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Don Douglas


David Coffman

Our Record - Last Week


Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Jim Treece



$ 1743.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Dick Navarre
Weekly Average (yr):

Delbert Leavens

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