SHARING FROM OUR STAFF

With joy and awe, I return to the CCBC family. After a separation of 11 years, I am grateful to see the youth I met more than a decade ago serving as our leaders now faithfully. I am also grateful for all your prayer and support to me and my family in the past years.

During my time of cancer treatment, I felt like prophet Elijah, tired and alone in the wilderness. I re-examined my life, facing all the sadness, miseries, dirts, and fears in my heart. God nurtured and encouraged by sending different angels. I learned to be a person with weaknesses, depending on and experiencing Him.

Cancer patients easily live in worries, not knowing when relapse may strike. I don’t know how long my weak body can last, I simply hope that I can live everyday in my remaining years with a grateful heart, to experience God together with you. In this era of confusions and instabilities, we should work hard to manifest God’s love and not forget the Great Commission.

Finally, I would like to share with you my favorite verses during my chemo. Hosea urged the Israelites to repent, to seek the Lord, to rebuild relationships. I believe these 4 Rs should also be the profile of each believer: Return, Repent, Respond, Rebuild.

As the Bible says, we are on display before the world and angels, then let us bring out our best at this end time! Don’t forget our first love.

“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will
heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days
he will revive us; on the third day he will
restore us, that we may live in his
presence. Let us acknowledge the
LORD; let us press on to acknowledge
him. As surely as the sum rises, he will
appear; he will come to us like the
winter rains, like the spring rains that
water the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3

Gloria Filigolo

MISSION CORNER

  • Rev. Randy Posslenzny of Christar: After 6 months of Covid “isolation”, Randy & Kathie accepted an invitation to attend in Raleigh, NC a commission service for a missionary couple heading to the Far East. They called up church leaders around that area. They responded enthusiastically. Randy ended up driving more than 1,000 miles with the airport rental. Randy also finished the first draft of his book, Dungeon Theology. He hopes to get it published by year end. Randy and his teammates will hold another Christar Church Partnership Summit on line. Missionaries will be sharing about how to engage members with the Great Commission. 19 pastors and church leaders have already registered.
  • Zimbabwe : United Methodists have revived small groups, a practice promoted by founder John Wesley for Christian discipleship, as a way to worship within coronavirus restriction. Churches were allowed to reopen in June, but with no more than 50 at any gathering. Traditionally, Wesleyan “classes” and “bands” had 7 to 12 people who would ask each other, “How is it with your soul?”.