“To love God who we can’t see, we have to look for that we can see and then we love them.” Hear what those in our community had to say about love(ing) God & love(ing) people to those in our student ministry.
Thank you so much for everything you all have done.
The ladies were so moved by the school supplies. Many of them stated how nice everything was. They could not understand why anyone would spend that kind of money on them and their kids. Many do not feel worth the attention because of their past. I told them that God says He loves us while we are yet in our sin.
God looks at us and sees us as worthy not because of us but because Jesus died to cover us.
Mercy is not Mercy when it is deserved.
The Love that was given by your church members will be a lasting impression on the hearts of these women.
I am so thankful that God has put us together for the good of these Ladies.
The story below was written by “T. ” She is a member of CFC who has been a part of several short term disciple trips and has developed a heart for the Muslim people.
Read Kelsey’s story about how she is becoming a Fully Functioning Follower of Christ. God has worked in her life and her relationships with both her friends and with Him. When she asked for help from God, He put the right people in her path to help her grow in her faith.
I’d been told that college is the perfect place for people to find themselves and figure out who they want to become. I can personally agree with that statement. I chose to attend college here in Evansville at USI. I thought a lot of my friends would do the same as me: live on campus, meet new people, and learn more about ourselves. Instead, almost all of my friends went to different campuses/colleges, and the people who did go to USI, commuted.
After one semester, I realized I was spending too much time trying to make relationships work with people that weren’t strengthening my relationship with Christ. As Jeff Kinkade stated, “You can influence people, but cannot change people.” I had personally tried changing someone for 6 months, praying that my friend would want to grow in Christ as well.
I finally hit a point where I realized that all the effort I had put into one relationship contributed to me getting to one of the low points of my life. This person knew that he needed to grow as a person, but he didn’t want my help. I was somewhat lost because I felt that I had lost all the friends I had made since coming to college. I thought that I wouldn’t ever be able to be happy again. It was then that I realized how many people cared about me and wanted me to be myself again. My teachers, friends, and coworkers had all noticed that I wasn’t the happy, bubbly, person that I once was when they first met me.
I became really depressed my sophomore year through some more hard experiences. One night through my tears, I prayed to God that I could meet people who had the same beliefs and could help me to become closer with God.
God’s guidance soon led me to my step aerobics class with my instructor, Cathy Hesse — who wasn’t even initially supposed to be my instructor. I knew she had worked with the college group at CFC because I had attended the group at her house a few times previously. Little did I know then how God was working out His plan. She mentioned to me about coming to college group, and I agreed to go. After that, I decided to get involved more at CFC, the church that I have attended for 20 years. I signed up to help Josh Schuler with the light show, and he invited me to the college group. I still had not attended the college group but definitely felt God leading me to meet more people.
Serving at the CFC light show allowed me to meet new people and affirmed my desire to meet even more new people. So I signed up to start serving in the nursery on Sundays. I absolutely loved doing it, and I finally felt like I was starting to be myself again. Instead of only doing it one Sunday a month like many people, I wanted to keep doing it every Sunday!
The next step was when I became a Resident Assistant at USI this past spring. Joel Fehsenfeld (who also attends CFC) was my boss. Now that I crossed paths with three people from the CFC college group, it was obvious that God was planting big “clues.” Joel invited me to come to the college group because he knew that I attended CFC. It didn’t take me long to realize that God had answered my prayers.
My first year and a half of college felt like a roller coaster. Jeff Kinkade stated in one of his sermons that sometimes it takes people to just admit that they need help. I honestly don’t believe I would be in the position I am today if I hadn’t done that. It’s amazing how one prayer can change a person’s life. Now, I have friends in my life who encourage me in a positive way and encourage me to get closer to the Lord. God didn’t stop at answering my prayers; He also brought a new amazing friend, Travis May, into my life.
Through this season in my life, God made me realize how powerful He is and what He can do in such a short time. Since then, all I want to do is spread the gospel and show others what He can do for them too. Instead of me laying in bed crying to God for His help, I am crying to God thanking Him for all the blessings He has provided for me!
How does God want us to treat our neighbor? Read this story from Kevin Miller who served at our June 2nd Saturday.
While I was working the early shift helping setup for the River City Bicycle Race as part of the Second Saturday project, I noticed a guy riding around Garvin Park with what looked like everything he owned strapped to his bike.
Read why Vicki Wagner, a nurse practitioner in the Deaconess ER, continues to travel to Uganda with our short term medical teams. Although the medical treatment the team provides may not provide a long term cure, the team shares the Good News of Jesus Christ, who will provide the ultimate healing.
Something unprecedented happened Monday March 5th. A video was released on the internet that by the following Wednesday received 10 million views. By Thursday night it had over 32 million views. If you haven’t seen it you can go here to view it. http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.invisiblechildren.com/index.html
It’s really worth watching. It’s called Kony 2012. It chronicles the activities of Joseph Kony.
You might be saying, “I’ve never heard of Joseph Kony.” Well that’s the point of the film. Most people have never heard of him. The film aims to “make him famous.”
This story was submitted by a member of CFC:
My husband and I have been avid supporters of Samaritan’s Purse from the comfort of our computer for many years! However last week after the tornados hit in Indiana, Samaritan’s Purse contacted us and asked if we would be willing to stay at a church in Madison and help with debris removal. Since both of us are convinced that God wants more from us than the ‘comfortable’ path that we have been on throughout our lives, we agreed to go and help.