Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Get Rejuvenated! October 26, 2012


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I love my family very much, but I think we all need a little time away to clear our heads and get refreshed. The best way I have found to do that is to attend the Women of Faith annual conference with my sisters in Christ. It is a great weekend to socialize with other women and be lifted up by the talented entertainers and speakers at this event. In the 3 years that I’ve been able to attend, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Sandy Patti, Amy Grant, Selah, and Mandisa have performed on stage. It’s like going too a Christian concert! Plus, we get to listen to some of the best speakers share their faith stories. We laugh at comedians sharing the faith through humor and then we cry at some of the trials and tribulations shared with us.

 

When I come back home after WOF, I am filled with the love of God and my faith has been strengthened. Check out the schedule and see when there is an event near you. Get your tickets in advance and put it on your calendar. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child October 19, 2012


I attend the Church of Christ at Milan, in Indiana. For the second year, we are participating in the Operation Christmas Child ministry sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Last year, as a church family, we donated 47 filled shoe boxes! The shoe boxes are filled with everyday items that are very much appreciated by the children in countries all over the world who receive them. This year our goal is to fill 100 shoe boxes for this outreach. Collection week will be November 12-19, 2012. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, check out the website for a list of suggestions for items to include and how to pack the boxes: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ . Please be in prayer for the success of this project. If you live in the Milan, Indiana area and would like to participate you may contact the church office at 812-654-2177 or our website at www.milanchurch.com . If you live far from us, there is a link on the OCC website that will help you find a drop off site near you! Let’s all get involved and see how God touches this outreach project!

 

Overcoming Fear October 11, 2012

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“Father, when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in You. Yes, I will trust Your promises. And since I trust You, what can mere man do to me?” – Germaine Copeland, Prayers That Avail Much

There are times in life when we worry about where the money is going to come from to pay our next bill or we fear for the safety of our children. It’s not always easy, but we must give these concerns over to the Lord and trust that He is in charge! If we’re not careful, fear can take over our waking moments and prevent sleep. I am thankful for all the times that I was able to give my fears up and trust that God would take care of the situation. He knows better than I the best way to deal with each given situation. I pray that I would be given the gift of discernement so that I would recognize when God communicates to me.

 

Father Christiaan Kappes Makes It To Safety! October 8, 2012


Father Christiaan Kappes and his translator Ioanna Lakakou have made it safely out of Greece. Father Christiaan Kappes has contacted his family and will be returning to the US in the next few days. What relief flooded over me as I read the most recent post on his sister, Nadia’s, Facebook page! Fr. Kappes last spoke to his family on Oct. 1st. There will be more news forthcoming later today. Many thanks to all of the people who have been praying for this whole situation!

 

Searching for Father Christiaan Kappes October 7, 2012


Friday evening, we sat in a local restaurant with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, when my husband informed me about a call he had received that morning. He said to me, “You aren’t going to believe this one.” He proceeded to tell me about the disappearance of Father Christiaan Kappes in Greece. Immediately, my stomach got that sick feeling. Chris, as we knew him, is the step-son of a very dear friend of mine. Jenny Johnson Kappes was my field hockey, basketball, and softball coach when I attended Franklin College during my college career. We have kept in touch through the years. Jenny was maid of honor in our wedding and is my daughter, Ashley’s, godmother.

I called Jenny as soon as we got home and she confirmed what Todd had told me. The family is extremely concerned for his safety and that of his translator, Ioanna. At first, it was very difficult to get any help from the U.S. Embassy, who had denied help when Christiaan and Ioanna had gone to them for help. After many hours and days of phone calls and making contacts via the internet, Christiaan’s sister, Nadia Charcap, feels some relief that she is getting the word out and it is on the news and in the media in Athens. The authorities there are finally on the job. The family is asking for prayers that Father Christiaan and Ioanna are found and that the thugs that have threatened them and may have hurt them be brought to justice. I am including links to some info about this case.

Please keep Father Kappes, Ioanna, and his family in your prayers. We hope that they are found safe and sound, but they have been missing since Monday, so it is imperative that we pray for the safe return!

 

 
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