As you read this, myself and a team of men from our church are on a mission trip in the Middle East helping to care for and share Jesus with men working in labor camps from around the world. We have already seen God do some incredible things since we have been here and we are praying for more! Will you please join us in prayer as we continue to minister to those far from Jesus? We are believing for even bigger things than we have already seen!
One of the best ways for you to get involved with what God is doing in the Middle East is through our Compassion Kits campaign. What are Compassion Kits?Well, men who are living in labor camps, via mission efforts, are becoming Christ followers by the thousands. These men are then sharing the life changing message of Jesus and planting churches in their native countries! Here in the Forest, we can help fuel this movement by packing a Compassion Kit. Compassion kits are a way to share a loving gift and a compelling message with men that live in the labor camps of the Middle East.
They are small boxes containing basic hygiene items. These small gifts, when given through the loving channels of our lives, meet a real need in the lives of these men and help open the door for them to know Jesus. Go to the share table pick up an empty box and packing instructions. Bring back the filled box on or before Easter. Each kit costs around $25 to assemble, including a $10 donation for a phone calling card. For more info on Compassion Kits, click here.
Shifting gears a bit, can you believe that Easter is less than 5 weeks away? We have some incredible stuff planned for Easter weekend, April 15-16!
We will kick the weekend off with the Resurrection Run at 8:00 AM which consists of a 5K and 1 Mile fun run. To register, click here!
Then, at 10:00 AM, we will begin our Spring in the Forest Party complete with inflatables, face painting, an Easter animal petting zoo, and a HUGE Easter Egg Hunt! Make sure you invite your friends and family.
Finally, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 16th, at 9:30 and 11:00 AM. Easter is a great time to invite folks in your life to church, and I certainly hope you will do so. We will have incredible music, a great message, and may just a few surprises to make it the highlight of your Easter Weekend. I cannot wait to see you there!
God is doing incredible things! Stay focused and let’s keep chasing the vision and mission together. As always, I am so grateful for each of you and I am so honored to be your pastor.