Dear co-laborers in Christ,
I trust that the God of all grace is blessing you abundantly. I love your willingness to partner together with the saints of God to do His Kingdom work. All to often in the church today Christians reflect the narcissistic plague of our society. It’s not that we don’t want to keep people happy, but the church is called to mission, to do God’s will together. I love your willingness to step up in partnership with your time, energy, money, and prayer. We are doing together what we can’t do alone. We are not perfect yet, (LOL) but we are progressing and the bottom line is we want to know and do God’s will for our lives personally and corporately. Obedience is better than sacrifice. We are glad later, when we make good choices now. You are an amazing group of Disciples.
With the arrival of winter, there has been an increase in the requests for help from our mercy, benevolence, and helps ministries. We are running short in food resources for our Pantry. Larry Snider tells me he can always use the large cans of hearty chunky soup. So when you are shopping how about picking up some extra and make a contribution to our food pantry.
We have increases in maintenance and utility costs. It is good to share our building with CrossPoint, New Life, and Gospel Community Churches. We appreciate their financial help in covering our facility costs. But like our own home costs these days, money is really tight. We work hard to be good stewards of our mutual financial partnership and there are few attendees who do not give something to partner in this way. Thank you for your tithes and offerings.
We are rejoicing in God’s continuing favor upon our gatherings and ministries. What an amazing series of Sunday morning gatherings we have been experiencing. The Body is ministering to the Body by the power and gifting of the Holy Spirit. Again, we are doing together what we cannot do alone.
Our small groups are thriving. The Truth Project is proving to be a very valuable learning experience. Our Wednesday evening School of the Holy Spirit is well attended in the five classes we are offering. I feel like my study on Old Testament characters is going extremely well. I think the class we had last Wednesday is the single best group sharing we have had for a long time. Find a group and grow. Or make one. We will help. Do it before a crisis comes and you will be amazed at the support and help that will be yours from your fellow believers.
We are launching our campus outreach at IPFW this month. Kristen Strom from KU, Called to Greatness, is here as a catalytic missionary to help jump start our campus ministry. It is exciting to think of the many lives and cultures that we can redemptively touch on our university campuses.
Our involvement in the city church is highlighted this Saturday as the March for Life on the 40^th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. 55 million babies have been murdered. May God have mercy on America, forgive us, and send revival to our land. I will be marching with other clergy from the area declaring our conviction that all human life is precious from conception.
I continue to work with 11 different networks and denominations to cultivate evangelism, discipleship and church planting. When the enemy comes in like a flood God will raise up a standard of up righteousness and Kingdom life and work. These are days of great challenge and great opportunity. Let’s do Kingdom business till He comes. Maranatha. Come soon Lord Jesus.
May the Blessings of God rest upon you all,
Ron Allen for the Heartland ministry support team