Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fall 2015 Wineskins

The next Wineskins fellowship is November 6-8, 2015.
The conference will begin on Friday, November 6th, at 6 PM; you may check-in beginning at
3 PM on Friday. We will say farewell at 2 PM on Sunday, November 8th. This Wineskins will
be held at the Hyatt House in El Segundo, CA (the old Summerfield Suites for you Wineskins
veterans). Those of you who are flying in on Friday will want to fly into the Los Angeles
International or Long Beach Airports.
We want to reiterate one of our basic requests at Wineskins. To achieve the objectives of
koinonia and dialogue, we ask that all participants agree to be present for the entire conference.
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to commit to the entire conference, please let us know
immediately so that someone else may be contacted to take your place. Thank you!
Our cost is $175.00 per person. A $100 deposit will hold you a place; first-come, first-served.
The cost for full-time college/university students (full time = taking 12 or more units) is
$125.00. Space is limited to 44 participants and many of the past Wineskins have been very full.

Click here for the full informational flyer: WSINTRO-Fall 2015

 

Cries for help

We received two cries for help this past week: one from our bishop friend in Liberia, and one from missionaries in Burma.

Guinea-Liberia-Sierra Leone

In Liberia they are experiencing a food shortage-money simply goes to supply basic needs. The ebola outbreak, civil wars, conflicts, skirmishes and perhaps corruption deny services to many. We send our small contribution in the hopes of alleviating suffering and helping our brothers and sisters as we are mandated to do.

While struggling with drought in California, it’s hard to imagine floods across the globe in Southeast Asia. As our lawns wither, we find such a deluge a bit inconceivable, yet the stark reality comes home when one views the photos of mass destruction from flooding.

Christians, alongside other relief organizations, work feverishly to rescue trapped victims and bring food, water, sanitation, and other necessities to the ravaged land.

So what’s the point here? Only that weekly we take an offering for the poor during our Bible study gathering. Such small amounts accumulate and we have been able to help out a bit through the years to many requests for help. We have purchased presents for needy families at Christmas, helped many folks in difficult circumstances and contributed to the “needs of the saints.”

We were able to help support a Washington D.C. church’s jobs ministry for many years, sending a small monthly offering. For this insignificant act, we were treated as heroes when we went there to visit our brothers and sisters.

This week we were pleasantly surprised to find that a thousand dollars had accumulated in our offering, and we were able to send help to those in urgent need. Consistent acts, even seemingly paltry efforts can make a difference.

Faithfulness is measured moment by moment. We hardly consider this sufficient effort; however, we believe Jesus when he says that being faithful in a little will help make us to be faithful in a lot. God multiplies our loaves and fishes in amazing ways. Hallelujah!

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