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    FriFridayAugAugust31st2012 KSBC hosts over 70 international students
    byAngela Humphrey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Good conversation, great food, new friends, and a new ministry is underway! Several KSBC families took advantage of the opportunity to host a total of over 70 new Purdue international students for a brunch and tour of Lafayette/West Lafayette last Saturday, and the feedback is overwhelmingly exciting! Read what these families and some of the students have shared, and be sure to sign up early next year so you won’t miss this exciting and fun way to serve!

    The Davis family: “What a fabulous time we had today with our 5 new Chinese friends! It was so refreshing to get to spend some time welcoming them to the USA. We look forward to getting together again soon with them. Our children also had a wonderful time connecting with the students. They were so warm to all of us, perhaps especially Noah. When they left he stomped up to his room and pouted as he was quite disappointed that they weren't spending the night.”

    Tom and Linda Brelage: “Our experience was very pleasant. We had 3 grad students from China that were great conversationalists. They are so curious about so many things, and led us into complimentary enquiries about their home environments.  All of them expressed an interest in visiting our church (even before I could ask them). All in all, it was a fun time and we look forward to further interaction with these students in the days and weeks to come.”

    John and Andria Sprunger: “We had a great experience! We went on our tour of Lafayette and made an additional stop at the Farmer’s Market as well as walked through the church. None of them had ever seen a Bible or knew very little if anything about Christianity. I was able to give them a Bible and invite them to church. One of them texted Saturday evening and asked if she could come to church the next day, which she did. We look forward to getting to know these ladies more and are already throwing dates around for our next meeting.”

    Dave and Betsy Ayers: “We hosted students from Japan, Korea, and China. As a matter of course, we explained our family tradition of praying before we eat and offered up a brief prayer prior to eating. Interestingly, the student from Japan told us that although he himself was not a Christian, both his grandmother and mother are Christians. What are the odds of that, given that only about 1% of Japanese people are Christian? In like fashion, the Chinese student also reported that his grandmother was a Christian. The Korean student is a Christian and has visited Kossuth the past couple of Sundays. We had a good time showing them sites around town: Happy Hollow Park, various Asian food stores, topped off by picture next to a giant wind mill near the wind farm.”

    Allen and Carmen Gilbert: “Carmen & I enjoyed the time we had with our students. We enjoyed getting to know them and learning about their home life as we ate brunch. Carmen & I are both amazed at the bravery of these students to leave home and to go so far away from family and friends to attend college here. We believe they enjoyed this time together as well.”

    And from a student’s perspective: “Thank you so much for inviting me to spend the fantastic Saturday with your family! This was great experience to me and it was so nice to meet Geri and Erica. I just do not know how to express my appreciation to you. I wish happiness will always be with your family and wish we can gather together again in the future.”

    And another student says: “I want to thank you again for having me over. I had a really good time. It was nice meeting you and your lovely family. I would love to visit the church sometime.”

    These are only a few testimonials from folks who participated but as you can see, a great time was had by all! Of course, “a great time” was not our only or most important goal, but we pray it is the beginning of relationships being built that will allow us to share the gospel with our new friends from around the world. 

    WedWednesdayAugAugust22nd2012 Church picnic pictures
    byConnections Staff Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Here are some of the sights from this year's church picnic, courtesy of the photography skills of Matt Hodson. Thanks to all who came out and made it a great afternoon!

    TueTuesdayAugAugust14th2012 New member spotlight (8/14/2012)
    byMark Ridge Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    The Membership Ministry Team would like to welcome the following new members. Joel & Sarah Jo Lau, Jennifer & Jana Minich, Matthew (Matt) & Esther Prelock, Stephen (Scott) & Melisa Van Der Aa, and Julia Jaeger. They were voted in as Full Members at the August Family Gathering. Please introduce yourself as you see these new members and welcome them to our family.


    Joel and Sarah Jo Lau are finishing their respective studies at Purdue University in Aerospace Engineering and were recently married in May 2012. Joel and Sarah Jo are regular attenders and involved with SLCF and are moving from Watch Care members to Full Membership.

    Jennifer and daughter Jana have been attending KSBC since Dec 2010 along with Jennifer’s husband Mark and their 3 boys Phillip (19), Evan (7), and Andrew (5).  Jennifer is a stay at home mom and homemaker and Jana will be a junior in high school. Jennifer is a regular attender in the Sojourners ABF and Jana attends the KSBC HS Youth Group and is involved with AWANA as a helper with the Cubbies. 

    Matt and Esther are longtime residence of the Lafayette area and have been attending KSBC since December, 2011.  Matt is a 30-year employee at Caterpillar in the millwright section, and Esther is a piano teacher and a homemaker. Matt and Esther are also owners of Prelock Blueberry Farm near Dayton, Indiana and they have 2 adult children Aaron (27) and Joe (24).

    Scott and Melisa have been attending KSBC since March 2012 and are regular attenders in the Harvesters ABF. Scott is originally from Winamac, Indiana and Melisa is from Mexico. Scott is a Spanish teacher and wrestling coach at Harrison High School, and Melisa is a homemaker/stay at home mom to their 3 children Mariana (4), Catherine (3) and Sara (1).

    Julia, originally from Bloomington, Illinois, has been attending KSBC since 2008 and is a regular attender of the Koinonia ABF. Julia is a Registered Nurse with IU Health for the past 10 years and is currently the Education Coordinator in their Home Health nursing area.

    FriFridayAugAugust3rd2012 Advancing the gospel in Ghana
    byMary Bolander Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    This summer, I had the privilege of living in Ghana for six weeks. I went with a missions agency called Pioneers and was able to work with their national missionaries as well as work in the local clinics and hospitals.

    We started out as a team of nine in the capital city of Accra. The team consisted of 5 pre-med students, two nursing students, a future marine, and a future pastor. After a few days transitioning in Accra, we left for a small village about 9 hours away. The village was located at the foot of the mountains right on the border with Ivory Coast. Every day, we would walk to the local clinic and work there for the morning. It was a small clinic and the only one for miles. The staff was two nurses, a midwife, pharmacist, lab tech, office workers, and a few assistants. For the resources they had, they did an incredible job. It was such a pleasure to learn from them and to be able to assist in multiple different ways. Throughout our time at the village clinic, I was able to assist with multiple births, draw blood, give IV's, stitches, etc. It was an incredible time of learning as well us understanding how to improvise when the resources are not sufficient.

    I loved being able to actively help the people physically, but then also following up and helping them spiritually as well. You can help people physically all you want, but if you do not share the gospel with them, it means nothing. On the other hand, how can you tell someone about God's love if they have never experienced love before? While on this trip, I learned the beauty of Matthew 25. I have seen the importance of clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and then sharing with them about the only Creator, our Loving Father, and the Great Physician.

    After our time in the clinic or sometimes in the local hospital, I was able to experience what it means to reach the truly unreached. On one occasion, we drove an hour down an unpaved road and then about two hours through the African bush to reach a tribe that had seen white people only a handful of times. None of them were educated, so we had to tell them the stories of the Bible because they had no way of reading the Bible for themselves. I had no idea what it meant for people to be truly unreached. I am so thankful that the Lord opened my eyes to that reality and that we were able to share the gospel with them. On top of the villages, we were able to do door-to-door evangelism, Bible studies, river baptisms, and lead prayer meetings. God worked in and through us and His name is being praised in our lives and the in the people of Ghana.

    I learned so much about myself and my Savior during this time. The kids and the people taught me about love, sacrifice, sorrow, and so much about joy. I still do not understand everything that I saw and experienced, but of this I am sure; I am changed. I am not the same person that I was eight weeks ago. The eyes of my heart have been opened to God’s plan for me: sharing His name to the ends of the earth. Thank you for all your prayers and support of me during this time. 

    You can read more about my trip at my blog.
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