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July 31, 2014


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CONTENTS

Holy ground

Take action for Nigeria

More like Jesus

 

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Gathering at National Youth Conference.
Photo by Glenn Riegel

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Worshiping at Annual Conference.

Photo by Glenn Riegel

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Serving at a workcamp in Haiti.
Photo by Jenna Stacy

Holy ground
By Stanley J Noffsinger, general secretary

This summer I enjoyed hosting Ministry Summer Service interns for barbecue, traveling to visit your congregations, and attending Annual Conference and National Youth Conference. In these places and others, I have found myself standing on holy ground. You and I are blessed to serve a God who uses ordinary people like us in extraordinary ways: in our congregations, communities, country, and world.

When I hear about congregations fundraising to send youth to National Youth Conference, I am filled with hope for the future of our church. When Brethren gather to study scripture in intentional community on the Vital Ministry Journey, I give thanks for our foundation in God’s word, and for the way we value each other.

When another Brethren Volunteer Service unit completes orientation, and when workcampers travel to Haiti, Pennsylvania, or Washington, I am blessed by the ways Brethren show God’s love by being the hands and feet of Jesus. When I talk with partners in South Sudan, North Korea, Haiti, or Nigeria, I am humbled by the far reaches of our ministries and moved to prayer for sisters and brothers around the world.

We are truly a blessed people. We have a voice that the world needs to hear and a light the world needs to see.

Our sisters and brothers in the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria also carry that light, even as they face incredible trials and violence. They follow Jesus, enduring in faith, remaining dedicated to peace and showing love to everyone—even those seen as enemies.

Whether in Nigeria, Columbus, Fort Collins, or our own hearts, the journey of receiving the reconciling grace of Jesus is not easy. We discover that discipleship is often difficult, and we experience chaos because we are God’s people. Yet in the wild and crazy times of life, we may discover that we are standing on holy ground, standing in the presence of the Holy Spirit, God’s shalom, and Christ’s peace.

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Youth and advisors writing
postcards at NYC.
Photo by Glenn Riegel


Take action for Nigeria

At National Youth Conference, attendees
wrote postcards to Secretary of State
John Kerry to encourage him to be more
proactive about the crisis in Nigeria.


You can also support Nigeria by:

Writing to national leaders,
Praying and fasting on August 17-24, or
Giving to the EYN Compassion Fund.

Thank you for taking action.


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Aug Messenger 2014
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“There is a huge difference between a religion that offers to improve our lives on our terms and a religion that calls us to repent and to change our hearts and minds to be more like Christ. I pray that we would know the difference.”

—Christy Waltersdorff in "Worshiping
an unknown god" in the most recent
edition of Messenger magazine



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