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    FriFridayJulJuly27th2012 Share your story
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    ThuThursdayJulJuly19th2012 God's abundant provision
    bySarah Menefee Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    A few weeks ago, I purchased a much needed car for ministry. My 2008 Subaru Impreza has only 25,000 miles on it, and it’s a great way to transport students. The best part of this story though, is that I couldn’t have bought this car on my own. At the June family gathering, the congregation approved a $10,000 gift towards the purchase of a car for me. I was blown away! I think it took a few days before I could talk about it without tearing up. This gift from my KSBC family was more than I could have ever imagined when I began praying about the need for a car.

    Probably one of the biggest challenges for me in ministry is trusting God with finances. Admittedly, raising support is not the easiest thing for me. Over the past couple of years, I haven’t been able to reach 100% of my funding. But God has been so gracious. He continually meets my needs and grows my trust in Him. I can truly say with the Psalmist that “the Lord has dealt bountifully with me (Ps. 116:7).”

    When I think about the gospel, about all that I have in Christ, I know that $10,000 is small by comparison. Still, it serves as a reminder every time I get in my Subaru that God sees and knows me; that He meets needs and hears prayers; that He has blessed me with a loving and generous church family that sacrificial partners with me in ministry.

    Please pray for me in the days ahead—that I will be quick to remember how faithfully God has met my needs. Pray that this car will be a tool to advance His kingdom and make His name known. Thank you, KSBC, for your consistent, gracious partnership in ministry! I’m humbled and so grateful for this overwhelmingly generous gift. It serves as a daily reminder of God’s provision and of the precious church family I am so blessed to be part of. It has been a joy to share with others this story of God’s provision. An out-of-state supporter, who is also a single gal in ministry, recently sent a note to KSBC thanking you all for your care for me. Friends and family members who have known of my need are rejoicing in God’s goodness. And it is my prayer that God will use this story in the lives of my unbelieving friends as well.
    MonMondayJulJuly2nd2012 Students serving in Joplin
    byJ.D. Schaumberg Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Last month, four KSBC young men were challenged to put the lessons learned in Sunday school and Bible study to work while on a trip in the storm-battered city of Joplin, MO. The trip was a capstone to their years together as a high school discipleship group, and the mission was to worship God and share his love through service work. On the trip the men hoped to develop an understanding of their individual worldviews, share the gospel, and develop lasting relationships. Through quiet time and personal reflection, group discussions, and interactions with many different people, the men were able to grow and develop their faith while understanding how they fill an important role in God’s world. 

    While in Joplin the men worked on two different homes, and volunteered at a community event in the FEMA housing neighborhood. The first home was owned by a grandmother who survived the storm under her dining room table. The men had the opportunity to rebuild her dining room ceiling, a back room and bathroom. At the start of the workday they would pray with the homeowner and the leader from the volunteer organization, Americorps. It was a great time to build relationships and share Christ’s love.   

    The second home was owned by a couple in their late-70s to early-80s. They had most of their home back to normal but still needed some help with the ceiling drywall and a small patch of roofing. The husband of the house, Bill, was retired from the Navy and a little rough around the edges. He was an “uphill both ways” kind of story teller. Bill had a lot of knowledge and the men had a great time listening and learning from him at lunch. It was not until the end of the day in prayer when Bill added a complete confession of faith, a moment that touched the men as well as Bill.

    Over a 6 day period the men challenged themselves physically, spiritually, and emotionally. They built lasting relationships with people from all over the country and shared Christ and their faith through their service and speech. These men--Matthew Collicott, Zach Musser, Tyler Ridge, and Evan Briggs--will be going to college in the fall having a confidence in their faith, and the ability to worship God and share His love with an understanding of the world in which they live.

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