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The Flame March / April 2011

The Flame March / April 2011

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The Flame. A magazine of Christ Church. Fairview Heights, IL 62208. mychristchurch.com
The Flame. A magazine of Christ Church. Fairview Heights, IL 62208. mychristchurch.com

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Published by: Christ Church on Apr 11, 2011
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The Flame
The magazine of Christ Church
Rev. Shane Bishop
Senior Pastor
Rev. Allen Miller
Associate Pastor
Donna Harrison
Justin Aymer
Director of Communications
Service Times
Sunday8:30am, 10:30am, 6:00pmSaturday5:00pm
Barbara Germany
Proof Reader
Christ Church339 Frank Scott Pkwy EFairview Heights, IL 62208618.277.4659For a complete listing of the ChristChurch Staff and to learn more aboutChrist Church please visit:
© Copyright 2011, Christ Church.Questions about the Flame?Contact Donna Harrison at:donna@connectingwithchrist.com
A Note From The Editor
Lamentations 3:22-23(NIV) “Because of the LORD’S great love we arenot consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new everymorning; great is Your faithfulness.”The Lord remains faithful in all of life. I can be assured that He willbring the Spring rains along with a host of new life springing forth fromthe trees. He is especially faithful when I give my whole life to Him; myhusband, children, grandchildren, nances, time, fears, pain and sin.My desire is to be a faithful steward of all He has blessed me with. Mayyou too trust Him this Spring with all you have and all you are.In Christ,Donna Harrison
Woman At The Dumpster
By Karen and Marvin Steinke
The World As I See It
By Rev. Shane Bishop
Spotlight On Ministry
What You Need to Know about God’s Mission
By Demian Farnworth
By Janet Baechle
Driving Down The Debt
By Brian Safarian
Getting To Know You
By Larry Weber
Giving Generously
By Rev. Allen Miller
Easter: A Beautiful Disaster
By Rev. Shane Bishop
Imagine No Malaria
By Rev. Shane Bishop
Passion 2011
By Rev. Don Frazure
Watch Us Grow
Woman At TheDumpster
By Karen and Marvin SteinkeAs our taxi drove the dark, muddy streets of RioBlanco at midnight, that fateful Friday night inNovember 2003, my life changed forever. There shewas, a young Honduran woman with a child strappedto her back, digging in a dumpster looking for foodfor herself and child. I asked myself, why, how, andon and on the questions keep creeping around in myheart and mind. As we approached our hotel, withclean sheets, decent food to eat, hot water and a/c,the woman at the dumpster kept her vigil in my mind.As the week progressed, she stayed with me, neverleaving my thoughts or my heart. Honduras is a verypoor country with a handful of rich but a mountain ofpoor people with little or no food. Unemployment ishigh; gangs prey on the young children by promisingmoney and food for acts of violence and crimes. It ishard to imagine that in a world of plenty and a worldof waste there are those with so little. Soon our weekwas over and back to a world that was far differentthan the one we just experienced in Honduras . Thewoman and her child made that trip home with me inmy mind……. Finally I prayed that God would showme what He wanted me to do about her and manyothers like her. Marvin and I both knew deep down inour hearts that God was about to open doors for us,and there was no question that we were going throughthem. The question is simple and so is the answer:Is there need in the world? YES!! Does it have to bein Honduras where you are obedient to God’s call?No, it could be anywhere. But for us, Honduras waswhere God’s obedience spoke to us. It doesn’t matterwhere in the world you nd a place where your heart,mind and soul can put those who are less fortunatebefore the Nike shoes, diamond tennis bracelets, newSUVs’, etc. You get my drift, obedience to God’s callfor us to care for the “least of these” could be downthe street, around the corner or around the world. Weinvite you to come with us to Honduras; experiencethe OTHER side of life, life without hope, a life withoutfuture, a life without. Let God’s call scream at yourheart, mind and soul. There will always be NEED inthis world, but those of us who are willing, able andcheerful can make a difference.John 21:15-17Dios Le Bendiga (God Bless You)

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