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theConnection this issue Human Trafficking & UnVeil P.1 Quick Thoughts P.2 Missionary Update P.3 Christian School Corner P.3 Family Announcements P.3 Mark Your Calendar P.4
The Super Bowl, Human Trafficking and OUR UnVeil Race! by Chad Dalton
Mark Your Calendar Phone 330-467-7939 Newsletter E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 10
AM - Mark Ashley PM - Communion
Friday - Saturday February 15-16
Sunday, February 17
AM - Mark Ashley ABF Fellowships
Monday, February 18
Presidents’ Day No School
Tuesday, February 19
Life Line Screening
Friday, February 22
Ladies’ Scrapbooking 6:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 23
Sunday, February 24
AM - Mark Ashley PM - Chad Dalton
Monday, February 25
theConnection Issue 01 Feb 2013
Millions upon millions of people recently huddled around TVs across the U.S. and around the world to watch the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVII was over all very good, but looked like a runaway game by the Baltimore Ravens leading 21-6 at the half. After a 34-minute blackout early in the third quarter the San Francisco 49ers staged a near historic comeback only to lose 34-31 to the Ravens. The Nielsen Company said this Super Bowl was the third most viewed program in television history with 108.4 Million viewers. This Super Bowl will be remembered for the near comeback win of the 49ers, “The Blackout” and the talented but not-so-family-oriented halftime show by Beyoncé. I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl with the teens and leaders, but something deep in my heart hasn’t gone away since last year’s Super Bowl when I heard some startling facts concerning the dark side of the nation’s number one viewed event. I have read and
heard much that the Super Bowl is a huge draw for human trafficking. According to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Super Bowl is "the single largest human trafficking incident in the U.S.” It is said that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The A21 Campaign states on their website concerning human trafficking, “There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.” What are we going to do about this? My heart breaks for these nameless victims. Human trafficking is going on all over the world, (Continued on page 2)
Women At Risk, International Jewelry Party
All details and registration available in the church foyer.
Quick Thoughts Saturday, February 23 Leaving at 9:00 a.m. Returning at 4:00 p.m.
For Students in Grades 1-6 Games * Gospel * Lunch * Bowling
Why are we teaching? The answer, “to communicate information” is way too limited. In the information age do people still need teachers? Yes, but not because the information is not available somewhere else, but because so much information is available everywhere. Teachers show their minds and hearts to others. They show enthusiasm for their subjects because they believe it deeply and because it makes a difference in their own lives. Teachers show how to filter the abundance of information and apply it to shape outlooks on life. Teachers tell a story of life using problems and tension and get their learners to share in providing solutions. In this context, Bible truth goes from “informative” to “transformative.”
Where the plow does not go and the seed is not sown, the weeds are sure to multiply. And if children are left untrained, all sorts of evil will spring up in their hearts and lives. — C.H. Spurgeon
Hosted by Steve Oswald, Word of Life Missionary Registration: $15 to Pastor Eric Puff by Feb. 15
Human Trafficking... (Continued from page 1) even in our backyards. The time to act is now. How can we turn a blind eye to such injustice? After all, God said in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? “ As a church we are going to run; we are going to walk; we are going to choose to move to help rescue women and children from the clutches of their captors! Last year, on the first Saturday of June, we held our first ever 5/10k called UnVeil to raise money to fight human trafficking. We had over 150 racers from our church, community and churches across the region. Sagamore Hills Township provided the location to race, Sagamore Hills Park which connects to the Tow Path where much of race was laid out. Through registrations and donations from local businesses we raised over $3,000 for an organization many of you know called Women At Risk, International.
Tony Evans, in one of his latest blogs is quoted saying, “Faith experienced is faith that is real. It is an easy thing to say that you believe. It is an easy thing to feel like you believe. But faith is not situated in our feelings. Faith is situated in our feet. That’s why the Bible calls it ‘walking by faith’ rather than ‘feeling by faith’ (Hebrews 11, Psalm 1).”
UnVeil 5/10k is a benefit race supporting the efforts of Women At Risk, International. The race is your chance to put feet to our faith and to make a difference in Every 30 seconds a woman the lives of women and is sold into slavery. children here and around the 300,000 women are trafworld.
ficked in the US every year.
114-200 million women are “demographically missing” around the world.
Every 2-4 years, the world looks way from a victim count on the scale of Hitler’s Holocaust.
800,000 people (worldwide) a year are trafficked against their will.
The Race For the serious runner: Challenge yourself in our 10k race in a park setting at the same price as a typical 5k while investing in a great cause. For the novice runner: The choice is up to you between a 5k or 10k. Meet the goal of your first 5k while supporting this great organization.
Condolences Roy Hendershot, Retired, North American Indians Roy has served many years on the Navajo Indian Reservation with his wife, Ruth, who has gone on to be with the Lord. Roy has many physical needs and is currently living with his son. Roy’s hemoglobin count was low and he had to have a blood transfusion the end of October. He was very weak before the transfusion, but is now stronger. Please continue to pray for Roy’s health to stabilize so that he can continue to be a testimony to all he comes in contact with. Ken and Amy Lowe, ABWE After eighteen years of ministry in Portugal serving with ABWE, the Lowes will be making a change in ministry. They will be looking for a pastorate in the US, but will continue to visit Portugal twice a year to continue the ministry in leadership training. The Portugal church-plant is ready to be fully turned over to a national pastor. The changes will be totally complete by September 1.
They will need to raise $7,000 to return to Portugal in May. They currently have $3,500 in hand. This trip is to pack up and transition back to the States. Pray for them as they prepare to sell their house in Portugal, seek a new pastoral ministry and go through these transitions as a family. Missions Conference Sunday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 10 The 2013 Missions Conference will be next month. The participating missionaries will be: Tom & Jewel Young with Happy Acres Mission; Aaron & Stephenie Cochrell, BMM, missionaries to Peru; Josh & Rachel Stewart, BMM, Church Planting in Asia; Rob & Penny Whitty, BMM, missionaries to Ghana.
Pray for the Lowe family as they work through this shift in ministry. Pray for each family member as each has been processing it differently and they ask for prayer for them during this difficult time.
Christian School Corner
50% are children.
Newbie walker/runner: Yes! You can do it! Bring your whole family out to support this wonderful organization while getting your pulse rate up. You can chose to walk, run or walk/run, but ultimately, you are choosing to move!
70% are women.
WAR, Int’l helps rescue women and children from human trafficking and provides places for them to stay called safe houses. To support these rescued women they provide a ministry of making jewelry and sell it all over the world to help provide food and lodging. Go to www.warinternational.org to find out more information concerning this ministry.
This year our race, UnVeil, will be held on Saturday, June 1, at Sagamore Park in Sagamore Hills at 9:30 a.m. Putting Feet to our Faith: What is UnVeil, and why participate?
To find more information about the UnVeil Race, go to www.unveilrace.org.
Chad Dalton is Pastor for Student Ministries & Outreach at Northfield Baptist Church.
Chapel continues to challenge us to grow seeds of Godly character. February’s emphasis is COURAGE. We will be examining this in the Christian life as well as through the lives of many black American Freedom Fighters. NBCS students will be presenting a special program on this subject at the Nordonia Hills Library on Monday, February 25 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. On Thursday, February 28, we will have a school open house from 7:00–7:30 p.m. followed by a Mad Science presentation on Fire and Ice. This program comes highly recommended. All are welcome to join us for a fun evening of learning. We are collecting books and stuffed animals for Marian Pledger, one of our frequent missionary
speakers. She uses these for her outreach Bible Clubs through Interlink Ministries. Donations should be in good shape and NBCS students will be able to present these to her in Chapel on March 6. School enrolment begins soon. Share the good news! Be sure to check out the Northfield Baptist Christian School Facebook page and Like us. You will get a far better idea of what is going on around these halls!
Our condolences to Diane Smith and family on the homegoing of Danny Smith. Danny Smith, age 62, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 28. We pray for God’s peace and comfort for the family during this time of loss.
Our deepest sympathies to Irene Blevins and family in the loss of Cecil Blevins. Cecil went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29 at the age of 84. We pray for God’s added strength and comfort for the family during this time of grief.