Scattered SeedPastor's Blog coming soon!
...INSTEAD, CHRIS & DORA ARE HERE IN THE USA for a brief tour and they will be rocking the house (ok, maybe I'm getting a little carried away)...sharing their story of what God has been doing in Thailand over the past two years. Word has it that Chris will even be sitting in with the band and leading us in a song following their message (so, see, maybe they really will rock the house :-). It's also a time for you to renew your investment or purchase new stock in the BARBEE STOCK EXCHANGE! During the month of May you will have the opportunity to purchase shares (pledge support) at $10 per share per month to support Chris & Dora's ongoing mission in Thailand. The idea is that Hope Springs members and anyone else interested in supporting the Barbees through Hope Springs can give through the church. Each month Hope Springs sends a check to the Mission Society designated to their Thailand mission. And, the best part of it all? The Barbee Stock Exchange offers a guaranteed return on investment, no matter what happens in the world economy! Our Financial Advisor has promised such:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NIV
So, ask God what he would have you give, whether it be a single $10 share per month or 10 shares at $100 per month or anything in between, and let's sow generous seed into God's servants, Chris & Dora Barbee.
AND ONE MORE THING. Word has leaked out that the Barbees will also bring an opening act to the live show on Sunday! "Natalie and the Next Barbee" will also be making an appearance...ok, Natalie will make an appearance while "the Next Barbee" will be taking it all in by way of some kind of sonar sound waves or however it is that babies still in the womb hear what's happening around them, but you get what I mean. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON SUNDAY AT HOPE SPRINGS FOR A ROCKIN' GOOD TIME SHARING WITH CHRIS & DORA (& Natalie and the Next Barbee)!
OOPS! ONE MORE ONE MORE THING! While in the U.S. the Barbees will be traveling speaking in churches and sharing their story and raising support elsewhere. During June and maybe part of July they will be in need of a reliable car. If you have a spare vehicle or if you could do some carpooling and make one available for the entire time or even just a few days here and there, please let us know.
If you are unable to make it to Hope Springs on Sunday you can still hear Chris & Dora share by tuning in to the live brodcast of Hope Springs' Worship Celebration @ 10:45 am EDT. Click here to get to our Live Stream: http://www.hopespringschurch.com/content.cfm?id=2104