“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” Acts 8:4
Dear fellow Americans,
Recently we performed our sacred duty and exercised the privilege of self-governance by voting for those we wanted to represent us in government. We have so much to be grateful for as Americans - including the right to vote.
We enjoy many freedoms in America, including religious freedom. We have been free to gather with others to worship God without government control. On the other hand, Christians have been persecuted throughout history, with their rights being violated and, at times, even being killed. The early church suffered violent persecution for Christ as He warned, “You will be hated by all people because of My name.” Luke 21:17 How did they respond to persecution? Did they abandon their faith in God under threats of torture and prison? No, they stood strong, strengthened by the Holy Spirit. “You shall you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 They stood together and continued their mission after being scattered they “preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” May we be inspired by their example, and by God’s love for us, to preach the Good News!
Atlanta House Church – We have been reading and discussing Fathered by God during our men’s meetings. John Eldridge’s book has stimulated our minds and hearts and the fellowship has been rich. We have had a new couple meeting with us this past month. I met the husband about 5 years ago when he came over to purchase honey. He was raised Jewish, but he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior 2 years ago! God answered our prayers! A lesson to learn: Relationships with unbelievers often take time to build trust, which is often essential to their trusting Christ as their Savior and Lord.
We are still meeting together outside. The cold weather will make things interesting. Time to be creative!
Regional Ministry Our Pastor’s Conference last month was on Zoom for the first time. We could all say, “2020 Zoomed By!” A year we will never forget! And we still have one more month. 😉 Some leaders chose to attend in person in Jacksonville, Florida. All our hearts connected through prayer, fellowship, and meaningful teaching. Pray for our churches to minister creatively to one another and unbelievers during this challenging times.
Wilhelmina Good news! Our granddaughter’s latest bloodwork revealed no cancer! She is learning to use a prosthesis, even kicking the soccer ball. Beatrix, her four-month-old baby sister, has been cleared for adoption, which is scheduled for December! The extended family is rejoicing in God’s kindness!
Granddad’s Animal Adventures is now available in hardcover, as well as paperback and e-book. Children can learn valuable lessons about God's love, prayer, faith, friendships, how to handle failure, and more through Steve’s fun and bizarre adventures in God’s creation. You may want to purchase a few copies for your children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces for Christmas gifts! If so, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/y67ys3bx or find it on Amazon.
Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Pray we would continue building relationships with unbelievers and assimilate new Christians into our spiritual family.
2. Our Country Pray for revival in America…beginning with us – God’s church!
3. Grandparents Ask God to give us quality time with our children & grandchildren over the holidays.
4. Year-End Giving Please consider a special gift for our work in evangelism and discipleship. We understand it has been a financially stressful year for many of you, so please do not feel obligated, but your prayers are coveted and needed. Thank you so much to each of your who makes our work possible!
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Thank you for your love, prayers, and support!
Steve & Danelle