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    FriFridayMarMarch30th2012 Perspectives from DC
    bySarah Menefee Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Here are some thoughts from both a student and a sponsor who participated in the SLCF International spring break trip to Washington, DC. 

    Thoughts from Viktoria, a German student in engineering:
     
    The international students SLCF Spring Break Trip to Washington DC was joined by people from Uganda, Malaysia, mostly China, Germany and of course, America. My main reason to join the trip was to get to know America and Americans. For me it was perfect to live in an American host family with Linda and Sarah. Our family had two children who made us laugh all the time. I loved to try a different American breakfast everyday, but I also enjoyed the German dinner our host family cooked for us. During our host family Bible study, I learned a lot about the personal relationship of everyone to God. I hope that this will help me to establish my relationship with him. The other evenings we had dinner, Bible studies and long talks sharing the new experiences together at pastor Ron’s and his wife’s house.
     
    Thoughts from Linda Van Dame, KSBC member who joined the DC trip for the first time to serve and minister to international students:
     
    My first impression was: How am I going to get to know these students and interact with them? Having a long drive ahead of us was a good starting point. I'm still amazed how easy it was to get to know everyone, I saw God's hand in it from the start. How else would you explain people from different generations and different worlds coming together for the first time and before the trip was over sharing new experiences together, laughing together, sharing our personal lives with each other, and most importantly learning God's word together?

    Upon arriving in D.C. we were met at the church by many families who were willing to open their homes to all of us. Everyone was obviously tired and ready for bed. Along with Sarah Menefee and Viktoria, I had the pleasure of staying with the Porter family, Viktoria was one of our students and was from Germany. The Porters were wonderful hosts and I really enjoyed getting to know their two young children. They made their home inviting and I enjoyed sharing our adventures of Washington D.C. each evening. Each day their faith unfolded before us; this was evident in how they interacted as a family and with all of us. We spent Wednesday evening having dinner with them and doing a Bible study, opening God's word together gave us the opportunity to share our faith and we spent time in prayer for each other. This time was a very open and honest.

    Throughout the week I came to know many of the students and we did a lot of laughing! Along with the fun of seeing all the sites came times for sharing meals together and sharing personal stories about families, school, their lives back home, and their understanding of who God is and the Bible. One finds out that we all share struggles in our lives and have a desire to seek answers to things we don't understand. Each evening we all came together at the pastor's home to do a Bible study and share a meal together, with the exception of Wednesday, where we all had the opportunity to spend an evening with our host families. We read Scripture and learned through various stories how God is our Savior, how much we all need him and how he can transform our lives. It was an open time to ask questions and share our thoughts. At one point the pastor asked the students if they had ever held a Bible in their hands before coming to Purdue and many said “no.” This was a point where it became so real to me that these students needed to hear God's word and learn about the power of salvation. I was blessed to have the chance to share with many of the students my own personal experiences.

    Through this trip I met some great people and I plan on getting to know each of them better, continue to share God's word and invite them into my own home. God gave me such a wonderful time with these students and has planted a desire to become even more involved in the international students ministry. If you haven't had the chance to meet any of the students who have attended Kossuth, please take a moment and do it, you'll be amazed at how God will bless you.
    TueTuesdayMarMarch27th2012 Spring break in Gatlinburg
    byBria Cooley & Taylor Ruble Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Two SLCF students, Bria Cooley and Taylor Ruble, share about the SLCF spring break trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee:

    Bria: SLCF decided to head to Tennessee this spring break for a time of relaxation, fun, and fellowship. We stayed at a beautiful cabin in the mountains, a few minutes from Gatlinburg. We filled our days with an extended quiet time in the morning, followed by a full day of activities (like hiking or shopping), and a lesson with worship in the evening.

    Taylor: I had high expectations for the spring break trip to Gatlinburg. I had heard from multiple people last year that the trip had a big impact on their walk with God. They all said that the trip was one of the highlights of their year.

    Even during the van ride down, the trip was already living up to my expectations. Before we had even made it to Indianapolis, we were listening to a sermon and discussing what it had to say about witnessing. It was so cool to see a bunch of college students discussing biblical topics and challenging each other even during the car ride. This pattern carried on throughout the remainder of the week. Any free time we had, whether we were hiking or hanging out around the cabin, was punctuated by the sound of “What did you read this morning?” or “What have you been learning on the trip so far?” It was great to experience such encouragement and accountability.

    Bria: It was so awesome to see God working in our hearts over these few days. Abraham taught on Psalm 23, giving me a new appreciation for the Psalm and revealing the essential character quality of God as Shepherd. I especially loved talking about the rod and staff, used to fight off enemies and grab hold of the wandering sheep. This illustration is a perfect reminder of how lost I am sometimes, and how God, time after time, comes to recue me.

    Taylor: One of the most beneficial parts of the week was the time alone with God in the mornings. It was a little daunting at first to spend two hours every day in time alone with God, but after just the first day I was already looking forward to the next morning’s devotional time. It was very beneficial to be able to slow down and take part of the morning to pray, reflect, and study Scripture. Most of the growth and learning I experienced on the trip occurred during these times. 

    Bria: God definitely grew relationships within the SLCF ministry during the trip, too. It was very encouraging to see the hearts of people open up as they shared how God was working in their lives. A highlight of the trip, for me, was simply getting to know others better while preparing meals together, praying on hikes, playing sardines, or chatting in the van. I am excited about how God worked on the trip, and pray that He will continue to unify us and grow us closer to Him.

    Taylor: If I had a chance to go on this trip again, I would take it up in a heartbeat. And I would encourage any college student to do the same. I could not have asked for a more beneficial spring break. 


    FriFridayMarMarch23rd2012 Few hours of prayer
    byDon Whipple Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Tomorrow, at 9:00 am, we are spending a few hours in prayer together here at the church building.

    Please join us.

    A favorite quote from an old church growth book:

    If we are convinced that growth comes from God and is therefore supernatural, and if we are equally convinced that we are dependent on him for lasting results, then prayer will be at the top of our corporate priority list. If God causes growth, then we must be in touch with him. If we are not, we labor in vain, spinning our wheels in a flurry of spiritual activity without the corresponding spiritual results.  It is not enough for our spiritual machine to be well oiled. Genuine spiritual change will occur only in answer to prayer, as we learn to depend on him. The focus must shift from ourselves to God.

    Hungering for genuine spiritual change in your life and our community? See you in the morning!
    MonMondayMarMarch12th2012 New member spotlight (3/12/2012)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome the following new members: Mark & Ashley Harkleroad and Kara Osborne. They were voted in as Full Members at the March Family Gathering.

    Mark and Ashley moved to Lafayette in August of 2010 and have been attending KSBC since May of 2011. Mark is a self-contractor and Ashley is a homemaker. They are regular attendees of the Builders ABF and also are beginning to work with the teenagers of the KSBC youth and family ministry.

    Kara is from Indianapolis, Indiana and she is currently a junior at Purdue University working toward her degree in Management and Wildlife.  Kara has been attending KSBC since 2009 and she is a regular attendee and involved with SLCF.  

    Please introduce yourself as you see the new members and welcome them to our family. 

    MonMondayMarMarch5th2012 What's happening in AWANA?
    byTim Depue Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Have you stopped by the church on a Wednesday evening lately? You will find a lot of energy and excitement filling the building. While there are several ministries going on during this time (something for all ages) the AWANA program can’t be missed. Over 100 children are actively learning verses and enjoying Bible lessons as well as some fun activities.

    While there are goals and awards that the children get for their achievements, each of the leaders spends time helping the children not only learn their verses but asks questions to help them understand what they mean and why they are important for their lives. As leaders we do have fun with the children, but what really thrills us and makes the effort worthwhile is when we see the memory work make a difference in their lives.

    One example of this happened recently when a group of 18 AWANA T&T clubbers participated in AWANA quizzing. This is an extra event that takes place each year between different churches that have the Awana program. This year the quizzing was held a few weeks ago in Kokomo. Here are some words from the Quiz leaders Curt & JoLinda Steger:

    The children spent about 2 months studying their handbooks and improving their knowledge of the verses and the Bible. During this time, we saw those students really hide God's Word in their hearts.

    Not only did they grow in the knowledge of God's Word, but we saw them grow to be more Christ-like also. These clubbers really began to understand that they are representatives of Christ. For the third year in a row, we have gone out for pizza to celebrate after quizzing. Our group has grown every year and this year we had around 55 people. Each year, the waitresses have commented on what a polite, well-behaved group we have.

    This has opened up an opportunity to talk to the waitresses about Bible quizzing and church. This has been a great chance for the quizzers to realize that they can shine for Christ in their everyday life, not just when quizzing. It also gives them a chance to put one of the verses that they learned into practice.”

    1 Timothy 4:12: Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

    So what’s happening in AWANA? Fun and excitement but most importantly, life change and spiritual growth! To learn even more ask a leader or contact Pastor Tim ( ).  Better yet, come and join the team. Not only will you see children grow, but you will too!

    ThuThursdayMarMarch1st2012 What is fellowship?
    byMikel Berger Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Fellowship is a pretty common word to hear around our church. But what does it mean?

    Honestly, when Jessica and I first came to Kossuth I thought that fellowship was the Christian term for hanging out. There were "fellowship" events and they were a lot like hanging out with my friends in college. We would play games, eat dinner, or go to an event together.

    But as I've been around Kossuth over the years, as I've read the Scriptures, learned from our teachers, and most importantly as God has opened my eyes, I now see that biblical fellowship is meant to be so much more. That doesn't mean any of those activities are bad; just don't fool yourself into checking the "fellowship" box because you attend an event.

    Our word fellowship comes from the Greek word koinonia. Koinonia is used in the Scriptures to show people sharing together, living in community together, and participating in activities together.

    But those kinds of things can happen in lots of different organizations, not just the church. Let's look at how it is described in the book of Acts.

    And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    (Acts 2:42-47 ESV)

    There is a lot in this short passage! I don't have time to go into every point, but look at what the passage describes as the results of their fellowship. The believers had glad and generous hearts and they praised God which resulted in God blessing them and adding to their number, which I have to believe would have resulted in more worship to God. Fellowship is a vicious cycle!

    The key to biblical fellowship then is that it is enabled by the Holy Spirit, and what we share together is Jesus Christ. That is what makes fellowship exclusive to Christians. 

    So the key to fellowship is to start with God. The relationships with other believers will naturally follow.

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