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Stories of Brethren stewards * January 16, 2015


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Where will God lead you in 2015?
Photo by Glenn Riegel

New steps in the new year
By Matt DeBall, coordinator of Donor Communications

January can be a great time for setting goals and reflecting; a time to observe our steps from last year and chart a new path for this year. We might make personal challenges related to fitness, nutrition, recreation, relationships, or finances, but sometimes we also receive challenges from God.

God has surely given great challenges to others in the past. For Abraham, God called him to leave his family and explore a foreign land filled with unfamiliar people. For Esther, God led her to a new role and called her to take a great risk to save her people. For both, the choice was available to reject God’s call, but by trusting in God and summoning a great amount of courage, they stepped forward and accepted God’s challenge.

In 2015, there are many events and opportunities to partake in ministry through the Church of the Brethren. Perhaps God is calling you to participate in one or more of the following ways:

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Worshiping together at
Annual Conference 2014.

Photo by Regina Holmes
Pray for our international partners by receiving the weekly Global Mission Prayer Guide.

Grow by attending a transformative conference like the Intercultural Gathering, Young Adult Conference, National Junior High Conference, Annual Conference, and National Older Adult Conference.

Serve through Brethren Volunteer Service for a year-long project, attend a summer workcamp of the Workcamp Ministry, or spend a week at a disaster project of Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Give to support the continued work of the many life-changing ministries of the Church of the Brethren.

Like Abraham and Esther, we have the choice to remain where we are or to follow where God is leading. While it would be easier to carry on in 2015 just as we did in 2014, God may be challenging us to do something new. May we listen to the Spirit of God, step forward in faith, and trust God to guide our steps in the coming year.

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Find worship resources for the 2015 One Great
Hour of Sharing at  www.brethren.org/oghs


One Great Hour of Sharing

"For if the eagerness is there,
the gift is acceptable according
to what one has..."
(2 Corinthians 8:13-15).

The suggested offering date
for One Great Hour of Sharing
is March 15.


This offering is a special opportunity to support the life-changing ministries of the
Church of the Brethren.

Find worship resources for this year's One Great Hour of Sharing at www.brethren.org/oghs .



"Pray for Roxane and Carl Hill as they settle into their new position as directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response. Pray for God’s guidance as they seek the best ways to guide the American response and provide support for our Nigerian sisters and brothers."

—A request from this week's
Global Mission Prayer Guide.

 

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