Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
On Tuesday we had a wonderful time working together as about 30 Bethlehem staff members (including several pastors/elders) pitched in to chain-saw and haul brush in North Minneapolis.
If you have free time over the Memorial Day weekend, more Bethlehem volunteer times have been added.
As I worked today in North Minneapolis with several others from Bethlehem to help with post-tornado clean-up, I was ...
Tom & Mary Lou, global partners serving near Tokyo, sent us this quick update today:
Our global partners have been encouraged by emails and prayers from Bethlehem people. Here is an update from Jon & Chieko, church planters serving in the Tokorozawa area near Tokyo.
Our family and our church people are safe and well. Let me give you a few items for prayer, followed by opportunities to donate toward relief efforts.
Reports continue to filter in from our global partners serving in Japan. We are grateful that all four Bethlehem households are safe and continue to ask for grace for our dear sent ones serving in this country.
Here is an update from Greg & Asa, global partners living near Tokyo.
A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. We thank God that Bethlehem's four global partners in Japan are safe, and they would value our prayers as they reach out to their communities.
Our church’s Global Diaconate task force is actively communicating with many regarding possible responses. We recognize the great devastation in the country and also the reality that Japan has many resources.
Late last night an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred off the coast northeast of Tokyo. We have four global partner families living and serving in Japan. We heard from three households this morning letting us know they were safe and only slightly shaken.
Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.—Galatians 2:10
This year Bethlehem Baptist Church has continued to have the opportunity to strategically care for the poor around the world through Bethlehem’s generous giving from Treasuring Christ Together. The Global Diaconate task force has met monthly to make decisions on behalf of the church for the careful distribution of these funds.