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Refreshing Others
June 2, 2020, 1:59 PM

As the New Testament was being written, the church in Jerusalem was facing a desperate situation.  Because of persecution and the Roman economy, believers there were impoverished.  The churches in Macedonia—Thessolonica, Philippi, and Berea—heard about this news.  Now what is particularly interesting is that these three churches were themselves going through a very difficult time financially.  They had very little themselves.  And yet, they begged the apostle Paul with much urging for the opportunity to give to these believers in need (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).  It was a tremendous expression of love—not out of their abundance, but out of what little they had.

Recently, one of our churches made me aware of a great need of Baptist churches in India.  Because of the coronavirus and their government lockdown, food is very scarce.  The prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” is a reality for them.  In our association Executive Board meeting last week, we agreed to make this need known to our churches to be able to provide help.  A pastor there writes, “Greetings in His precious name. COVID-19 Lockdown puts our people at deep trouble.  Especially the church members, their struggles are heart-breaking.  Kindly pray for our poorest people/Church members as more needy are waiting in the villages where we serve for the basic food provisions.”  

If you or your church would like to give to this need, you may do so at https://app.clovergive.com/app/giving/clodo-gracebiblefellowship.  

Proverbs 11:25 speaks to God’s blessing on us as we bless others: “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  May the Lord continue to bless us so that we may be a blessing to others in this challenging time.

Pastor Ron Prosise
Director of Ministry

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