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Spring 2011 | Issue 07
Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor
What does a healthy church sound like? It is filled with comments like these: “I love helping in the parking lot—even when the weather’s bad!” “I love my class of sixth-grade girls.” “I love my Alpha table, seeing who God brings each week and what questions they’ll come with.” “I have the privilege of standing at the door every Sunday morning and greeting the people who come here to worship!” In the pages of this issue of LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church, we invite you to get a glimpse of just a few of the women and men and students who’ve really grasped an Ephesians 4 vision of what a healthy church looks like. They are people who are learning to live in light of the reality that God loves us and saves us in order to mobilize us and send us! He has given every, every, every one of us the serving grace to fulfill His purposes in our church, in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our communities, and around the world. Among the stories and pictures, I want you to see the people who “get it”—people who have recognized that going hard and fast after the “good life” will make them miss the “best life” God has for His people! They are followers of Christ who have discovered the pure joy of finding the place God has gifted them to serve. This is the beauty of the Church as God intends it—people saying, “God, here I am. I’m ready to lay down my time, for whatever you call me to, because you have given me saving grace and serving grace.” May God deliver us from a self-indulgent faith so that we can experience the kind of self-denying faith that freely and radically and joyfully serves! In His matchless grace,
We want to hear from you. Did a story in LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church speak to your heart? Was there something we missed? Do you have another perspective? Got ideas for future articles? Please send us an email at: LIFEcomments@wheatonbible.org or drop a note for the editor at the Welcome Desk.
Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor
table of contents IN EVERY ISSUE 3 Our Mission 4 Connect at WBC 27 Church Finances: The Stewardship of Our Time 28 Elder Profile: Lee Lewis 29 Elder Meeting Notes
FEATURES 5 Huddle Up! Calling Men into Fellowship with Each Other and with God 7 Project Serve: The Port Stories
develop “andFriendships men want to share their lives with one another.
9 Administer Justice: Searching for Justice 11 How to take the lead in Family Worship at your house, with your kids 13 Four People Who Changed My Life Forever
15 A Wednesday in the Life of Wheaton Bible Church 17 Matters of the Heart, Part 2. Insights into Hispanic Ministry 22 Letters, Emails, and MORE from Our Missionaries 25 God’s Letters: At Dinner with Retired WBC Missionary Alice Davis 13
26 Should You Enroll in Financial Peace University?
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. —Revelation 3:20
that I’ve seen a number “ofNow cases from start to finish— seen people walk in with fear and trembling, and no hope— then being able to lead them to a plan going forward, and seeing some tough cases resolved in their favor, that’s an awfully rewarding experience. 9
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We exist to … love God, grow together, and reach the world
AT WHEATON BIBLE CHURCH
Nancy Langham, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Thomson, Director of Communication email@example.com
The mission of Wheaton Bible Church is to love God, grow together, and reach the world. We believe that God has called the whole church—young or old, single or married, new or long-time believers— to a lifelong journey of becoming and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission captures, in simple phrases, what Jesus expressed in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Jesus loved God, loved others, and shared this Good News with all who would listen. We want to do what He commanded and live the way He lived. Our mission is represented visually using three interlocking circular shapes. Each element is unique, yet it cannot be separated from the other two. The arrows suggest continual movement. Loving God keeps our eyes focused on the Author and Sustainer of our faith and flourishes best among a loving community of believers. Growing together is an ongoing process that is born from our love for God and must flow out into reaching the world. Reaching the world is a journey fueled by the desire to see all people come to know and love God.
Leslie Zander, Communication Manager/ Graphic Design firstname.lastname@example.org Donna Stone, Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Contributors Marie Allison, Writer Dean Annen, Writer Kris Annen, Proofreader Eileen Carapia, Writer Lauren Castady, Graphic Design Judi Gillison, Proofreader Jim Judge, Writer Scott Landon, Proofreader, Writer Rich Lanenga, Photographer
Our mission provides focus and direction. Everything we do as a church begins with it. Our annual plans, ministries, worship services, and communication are all evaluated against it.
Jon Langham, Photographer Kimberly Koenig, Writer Afton Rorvik, Editorial Assistance
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Scott Young, Writer
About the cover Visualizing the concept of serving as it takes place within the Body of Christ was a challenge. How do you picture all the ways, large and small, that God’s people are actively serving in our ministries and in our neighborhoods and in the communities where we live?
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The result was a series of interconnected words on a familiar game board. By revealing just a portion of the board—and leaving a few letters in the box—we invite you to find your own place to “play your letter tiles” to make this picture complete. Is there an avenue of service where you’ve found your niche? Still looking for a place to plug in? Check out the articles in this issue of LIFE to see how some people are already serving. Then use the contact info inside the back cover to reach out to someone who’ll be happy to help you discover one of the dozens of ministry opportunities in and through Wheaton Bible Church. You’ll be glad you did! SPRING 2011 | ISSUE 07
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Huddle Up! By Scott Young
Calling men into fellowship with each other and with God.
“ As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. ”
Each Wednesday evening, between 150 and 200 men set their alarms for a little earlier than usual in order to make the Thursday-morning drive to the weekly Men’s Huddle at Wheaton Bible Church. At 6:15 am, Bibles are opened, Scripture is read, and all across the room men drop to their knees in prayer. Sitting at tables in groups of six to ten, they listen to a thirty-minute lesson on a Bible passage or topic and then talk with each other about the message, their week, and their prayer needs. Most in the room regularly attend Wheaton Bible Church; some are from other churches. Some of the men don’t attend a church at all. Each comes with different needs, burdens, or expectations. All will leave the Huddle with greater strength to face their day. Karl, the leader of one of the Huddle tables, is in business with a law firm and comes from a megachurch background, having successfully transitioned from a church of 20,000 in Atlanta to the “smaller” Wheaton Bible Church. He also co-leads the Front Door Ministry’s Event Hospitality team.
a matter of weeks since he came to faith in Christ—bowing his head in tears after a Huddle message by Pastor Jeff Walser in November. On that day he accepted Christ.
Watching the Holy Spirit work at their table has drawn these men—including Randy, who describes himself as a “recovering Catholic”—closer together. Randy came to Christ only recently, after he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Randy’s parents were informed, and a priest gave last rites—but miraculously, Randy came back to life. After the accident, Randy says, he did some needed soul-searching and decided to dedicate his life to Christ. Randy and his wife, Brenda, started coming to Wheaton Bible Church in September and quickly became involved in an Adult Class, a Community Group, and the Huddle. Praying together with other men at Huddle was something Randy had never experienced before. Today, Randy and Brenda both serve in the Front Door Ministry. Warren, an attorney, moved back to the area from California and became a Wheaton Bible Church member a year and a half ago. He was one of the original attorneys that formed our church’s legal-services ministry, Administer Justice.
He talked with me about the guys at his table, most of whom are new this year. On a typical Thursday morning, his table group includes a missionary, a city civil engineer, an attorney, a guy working in real estate, a salesman, and a man who works at a retirement home. Each has a different life story.
Also part of that same Huddle table is Paul, who works as a civil engineer for the Village of Lombard. Paul and his wife have been members of Wheaton Bible Church for eight years, and he attends Huddle on a regular basis.
Some of them have been Christians since childhood, others for only a few years, and in the case of one, it has been only
Bob is a missionary who spent 23 years in Japan and now works with International Ministries. He and his family have been members at WBC for about one year.
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Laurence, the second bachelor in the group besides Karl, started coming to the Huddle a few months ago. He came a few times last year and decided he should try it again. When Karl noticed him standing in the hall with a visitor name tag on, he asked him to join his table. The men at the table all welcomed him with open arms, and that very day Laurence asked Christ into his heart. There is a second “Carl” at the table. He currently does not attend Wheaton Bible Church but is attending his second year at Men’s Huddle. His career is in home-mortgage sales, and at times, he is unable to attend Huddle. But he knows that men at his Huddle table are praying for him in his absence.
Men need to have other “men to talk with. ”
Friendships “develop and men want to share their lives with one another.
Karl Kay, in his second year leading a Huddle group, has seen God at work in the lives of the men at his table.
Huddle: When a team gathers together, usually in a tight circle, to strategize, motivate, or celebrate (Wikipedia).
The stated goal of the men’s ministry program at Wheaton Bible Church is “to come alongside every man in the church and help each one fulfill the mission to love God, grow together, and reach the world. The church sees Men’s Huddle as an important part of fulfilling that goal.
“Men need to have other men to talk with,” Karl said. He sees the purpose of his Huddle table as drawing men closer to God and to each other. “Out of these groups you see friendships develop and men wanting to share their lives with each other.” God is working through that process to change lives every Thursday morning. n
The Huddle meets Thursday mornings at 6:15 am in the Fellowship Center. The Huddle is part of the Wheaton Bible Church Men’s Ministry. You may also be interested in the Saturday Men’s Bible Study and Senior Men’s Bible Study. Learn more at wheatonbible.org/Men.
Scott Young and his wife, Nancy, have been members of WBC for more than 20 years. Scott, a brand and marketing consultant, is involved in WBC’s drama and local outreach ministries and attends the Men’s Huddle.
My Will Determine My Ministry
our new-member class, Belong@WBC, we help people figure out their S.H.A.P.E. SHAPE is an acronym that can help you discover the place where you can serve and be all God wants you to be so that you can experience the “serving grace” God has given to each of us.
Spiritual gifts: What am I gifted to do? Heart: What do I love to do? Abilities: What natural talents and skills do I have? Personality: Where does my personality best suit me to serve?
Experiences: What ministry experinces, spiritual experiences, painful experiences, and educational experiences have I had?
“Your ministry will be most effective and fulfilling when you are using your gifts and abilities in the areas of heart’s desire in a way that best expresses your personality and experience.” —Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church
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One of the sites where WBC students and adult volunteers served last summer as part of Project Serve 2010 was Genoa, Italy, where they distributed Bibles to those waiting to board massive car ferries that would take them across the Mediterranean Sea to destinations in Morocco, Algeria, or Tunisia. Eileen was an adult leader who traveled and served alongside WBC students.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. —Revelation 3:20 These are the stories of some who took a Bible. Pray that they will open the door.
— It was 5:30 am, and the sun had just risen over the port. Cars, their roofs laden with personal belongings that rose high into the air, were lined silently in rows without a visible end. Led by a local Italian evangelist, our sleepy team of five had risen before dawn and made the twenty-minute walk down to the port. We loaded up our carts of Bible packets and headed up the on ramp into the mass of parked cars—which had started arriving hours earlier to get a good spot in line for the opening of the gates at 6:00 am. Most of the inhabitants were sleeping, enjoying the last few moments of rest before the alarm would ring and signal the beginning of the long and wearying travel they were about to endure. There we were, meandering between the parked cars, four rows across. Without sight of the end, we picked a place to begin. I said a prayer, and my heart began to pound. I began looking for someone to approach—someone who was awake—and realized there were none: I was going to have to start waking up the resting passengers. Are you kidding me? I thought to myself, knowing well what kind of response I would expect to this back in the USA (something that under different circumstances I would never have the nerve to attempt). I said another prayer and remembered God’s words in Revelation 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” I wasn’t just peddling books.
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By Eileen Carapia
This could be their one opportunity to find Him. I experienced the death of my need for control, stepped far out of my comfort zone, and agreed to be the vessel God had put me there to be. I closed my eyes, envisioned the words in the verse above, and knocked. At first, it was a faint knock, and I was lucky to have a brave and encouraging student with me. He quickly followed my knock, which roused the man inside. The man startled and rolled down his window. My student partner offered his hand, to which the man responded. We said our good mornings and extended the packet—and it was accepted.
This scenario was quickly repeated, some accepted, some declined—but all were extremely respectful and kind after being awakened. As my friend and I continued on, we passed car after car of people opening up the packets and reading the New Testament. Our teammates were effective and fast, and we hurried to try to find cars that hadn’t already received a packet. A young man, alone in his car, smiled, and after I greeted him in Arabic and offered this gift of the New Testament, he accepted. Another man, parked next to him, rolled down his window, curious as to what I was giving away. He took a packet. An older man farther up the line accepted one after I assured him it was free. The alarm sounded, and we quickly headed toward the side of the road to safety. I made one more attempt and knocked on the door of a van. A woman and her teenage daughter sat up. I extended the packet, and she accepted. My eyes welled with tears as I had been praying to get it into the hands of a woman. Our team praised God that afternoon, knowing the effects of the morning could have dramatic impact on the lives of those who took the Bibles. We praised God—the God “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9–10a, ESV). n
Eileen Carapia and her husband Aron have attended both WBC and Iglesia del Pueblo since 2006. When she heard the details of the planned trip to Genoa, she recognized how God had perfectly prepared her to help lead the team of students— including language skills in both Arabic and Italian, as well as family ties to Italy that gave her a heart for that land. Eileen serves as administrative assistant to WBC’s Local Impact Ministry.
MANHATTAN — Salvation Stories! Hey, parents and friends!
Manhattan FROM THE PROJECT SERVE 2010 STUDENT BLOG
Genoa, Italy—3:20 am Wake-up Call!
Ciao from Italy!
Assalam alaikum! We have successfully made it to Genoa after a five-hour bus ride through the beautiful countrysides of France and Italy! Today was our first day of distribution. Departed the hotel at 3:50 am. (The clerk couldn’t believe it when we asked for a wake-up call for 3:20; he tried to correct us, but we stood our ground! haha). . . .
Cars started lining up at 4:00 am to head onto the boats! We had our first few encounters with fear, rejection, and the Muslim people. Although some rejected, we got over our nerves and delivered God’ s Word into their hands. Overall, it was a very encouraging day! We met some very loving people, and we are very excited about the days to come!
has been one of the most humbling and amazing experiences I have ever had in my life. The past couple days we have done things that have put many of us out of our comfort zones and challenged us to grow in our faith. . . . We’ve been getting involved with the youth in the community here by running a VBS in a local park. I, however, was given the awesome experience of playing some pick-up basketball with some of the teens at the local basketball courts. I met three boys, named Kevin, Jose, and Danny. . . . Day two of basketball: We got to the park and saw them waiting—we had developed a bond with them the previous day, so it was cool to be able to reunite again. . . . The game was a lot closer, ending with us losing 14 to 21—but 14 was a lot better than the zero from day one! . . . Long story short, they came back to where we were staying and had dinner with us. Later that night, before they left, two of them accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior!! It was so incredible accepting two new brothers into our family in Christ. Since that night, the two of them have been hanging out with us as much as possible, so it has been pretty sweet. . . . Love, Jeremy Bernas [student]
Abby and Melissa
A FEW POSTS FROM OTHER PROJECT-SERVE SITES:
Want to read more student blog entries? Find the Project Serve 2010 blog at projectserve2010.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html
CHICAGO—Serving the Community
For morning work projects, we have partnered with New Beginnings Church (where we are staying). . . . Monday’ s rain allowed us to remain inside and help do behind-the-scenes work and cleaning with members of the church. Walking past students, you would experience stories being shared across ages and across cultures while serving together. What a neat opportunity. Tuesday . Rise and shine to breakfast duty! Lunches were packed (an extra one included), cereal and French-toast sticks consumed, and we were ready for day two of serving. Since it was a beautiful day, we had the opportunity to serve outside. [Later] students grabbed their lunches, including the extras, and all headed to what we commonly refer to as the “Loop.” Walking on what was familiar territory to many of us, our eyes were opened to new things. Students shared their extra lunches with the homeless on the streets. Many literally got to sit and eat as a group with the homeless. I think it may have been much more powerful and ministering to the students than it was to the people they were sharing with. . . .
Is God Calling You to GO? Student Ministry GO Teams are not just for students! These trips would not be possible without willing adult leaders like Eileen, Janae, and Becca. Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve Him this summer.
Student Ministry GO Team sites for 2011 include:
Full Service (jr. high only): Chicago—June 19–26
Senior High: DuPage—June 18–25 Chicago—June 26–July 2 Dearborn, MI—June 26–July 2 Atlanta—June 18–25 Minneapolis—June 19–26 Haiti—June 18–29 Genoa, Italy—June 20–July 1
For more information, contact Calla Young, email@example.com, 630.876.6604.
Janae Morris and Becca Martin [adult leaders] Spring 2011 | LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church
“Catching the 4:40 pm train from Wheaton to Chicago became a routine part of my life when I started attending law school at Chicago-Kent in 1999. I was one of the older students in the evening program and had become deft at juggling law-school demands with the responsibilities of owning and operating a manufacturing business in Warrenville with my two partners.
This is what the LORD Almighty says:
“Administer true justice;
show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other. —Zechariah 7:9–10
“I managed to graduate in the top 10 percent of my class, which was gratifying for an old man of fifty-four who was competing with much younger students. I couldn’t really do much with my degree until the business was sold. But after that finally happened, our daughter, Sandra, needed help in Pennsylvania throughout two difficult pregnancies. She lost a son, Jacob, in 2004 and a son, Luke, in 2005—two emotional body blows that triggered a rough spiritual journey for me.”
ith those thoughts, Mark Turek began a recent article for the Kane County Bar Briefs magazine—an article that introduced the bar association’s 1000-plus members to his personal experience with Administer Justice, a free law clinic that serves low-income individuals and families.
“Now years have slipped by since law school,” he continues, “creating even more barriers and self-doubt about starting a practice.” Although Mark had handled some minor casework over those years, he quickly realized that to practice law, even on a part-time basis, required a rather significant amount of overhead, including malpractice insurance, office rent, phones, fax, copier, and more. “In addition to the real-world financial concerns of starting a practice,” he writes, “there was the apprehension of going solo without any prior practical legal experience. I interviewed with a number of law firms in an effort to acquire some experience, but understandably there wasn’t much interest in hiring a first-year associate who was already in his late fifties.” Which brings up the question of why this successful businessman, with a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in finance, decided to attend law school in the first place. “Frankly,” Mark says, “I was a little bit bored. I’d always been interested in the law. I mean, the business was doing great. We had hired a general manager, and I had trained him on the operational aspects of the business, which was the part of it I was responsible for. So I could leave and do stuff. I worked from eight in the morning until four o’clock or so. I caught a 4:20 train out of Wheaton to go to law school most evenings for several years. But I never got out and practiced.” Mark Turek
Interested in serving with Administer Justice at Wheaton Bible Church? Contact Local Impact Pastor Chris McElwee for more information, 630.876.6624, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The article continues, “A further deterrent to starting a practice was that I was enjoying retirement and the freedom to be able to do what you want when you want to do it. I no longer had to worry about employee issues and increasing competition in the marketplace. It was that freedom that had allowed me the flexibility to spend precious time with my daughter and son-in-law during her pregnancies. Did I really want to lose this freedom and put my nest egg at risk by starting a practice?” It was about that time that Mark first heard about Administer Justice, which was about to launch a DuPage branch at Wheaton Bible Church. One Saturday a month, the Elgin-based ministry would be holding a free legal clinic at the church. Christine Field, a former prosecutor and a member of WBC, was looking for attorneys willing to volunteer their time and expertise.
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photo by Jon Langham
Searching for Justice
“I decided to step out of my comfort zone,” Mark said, “and take a risk.” At a three-hour introductory training session, Mark was impressed by Administer Justice Executive Director Bruce Strom. “Bruce,” Mark says, “is a fellow who really walks with the Lord.” Administer Justice, he learned, was born out of a deep commitment to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible—including the organization’s founding verses, Zechariah 7:9–10. The vision for the organization was to make a difference for people who were searching for justice but lacked the funds to hire an attorney in order to have their voices heard and their rights protected. Mark credits Administer Justice with providing a setting where he could apply his law degree and gain legal experience, along with a real-life opportunity to extend help to those who needed it. “At our first low-income legal clinic I came face-to-face with people who needed real help but lacked the resources to hire an attorney,” he said. “On the personal level, once I became involved with it and started meeting with clients, I was struck by the incredible need. I met with people who were literally at the end of their rope.” Mark’s very first client at the WBC legal clinic—a case in which he eventually filed a successful petition in the US tax court—was a young father who speaks English as a second language. He had received a final warning letter from the IRS saying that unless he came in within 90 days, his wages would be garnished and liens would be placed against his property. Felipe (not his real name), who had dutifully paid his taxes, was having his refund withheld because of unreported income from a company he never worked for. Someone was using his identification number, and those earnings were being reported to the IRS as having been earned by Felipe. From the perspective of the IRS, he had failed to report income, and therefore, owed more in taxes. An appeals officer in the case eventually accepted Mark’s arguments that this Chicago-area landscape worker could not have simultaneously earned incomes from two different landscape companies—there weren’t enough hours in the day. His $5,000 tax obligation was wiped clean—and for this laborer with a wife and four children, that was an enormous burden lifted. Mark describes other kinds of cases people bring to Administer Justice, including child custody, immigrationrelated problems, housing issues, abuse situations, and more. “Looking out in our atrium here on the Saturday mornings when Administer Justice is in session, you’d never guess all the kinds of problems that people are presented with,” he said. “Some of them are of their own making, just as all of us have problems of our own making from time to time. And some of them—they have done nothing wrong at all. All of them are people who live among us here in Kane and DuPage Counties.” As important as the legal victories is the way Administer Justice also meets needs on a more basic level—including the way each appointment is handled.
With the client’s permission, Mark begins the visit in prayer. (Bruce Strom says that only once in ten years has a client declined. In fact, the most common positive feedback received is that “the attorney prayed with me.”) “That really impacts people,” Mark adds. “Just this week I had a client who burst into tears after I prayed.” Those who make an appointment with an Administer Justice attorney find someone who will listen and do what he or she can to help.
Finding a Place to Serve While Mark might say that his favorite activities are homeimprovement projects such as plumbing, electrical work, and carpentry—where he can see what he’s accomplished— his opportunities to serve others through Administer Justice run a close second—and may be inching up in the running.
Now that I’ve seen a number of cases from “start to finish—seen people walk in with fear and trembling, and no hope—then being able to lead them to a plan going forward, and seeing some tough cases resolved in their favor, that’s an awfully rewarding experience.
Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone For Mark and many of the volunteer attorneys, serving in Administer Justice is outside their comfort zone. They typically have little background in family law, which is one of the most common types of cases that come in. Mark, who concentrated in tort law and trial advocacy in law school, has now developed a growing focus on federal tax law, an area of specialization that has expanded his involvement in Administer Justice to include weekly appointments at the organization’s main office in Elgin—a place where he’s known as a volunteer who “writes a lot of follow-up letters.” Mark explains, “A lot of the time I have to go home and read up on things. But after I do some reading and research, I can put together a letter that provides further guidance to the client.” “There’s no question that most of us are outside our comfort zones on a lot of these subjects,” he adds, “and that’s a scary thing for lawyers.” But that personal stretch, he says, is a small price to pay for the opportunity to serve as a witness of Christ’s love to people in deep need. “I think that all followers of Jesus, if they have their eyes open and their ears tuned, could find opportunities to serve and to help other people,” Mark said. “There may be things you know how to do that you take for granted, but other people don’t. And you can be an unbelievable help to them, and it can be an unbelievable witness to them.” In the case of Administer Justice, he adds, “These folks have to be asking themselves, Why would this attorney pray with me? Why would he or she provide all this legal service and not ask for a dime? I think there’s an incredible ability to mirror Christ’s love in the world in interacting with other people on His behalf because of what He’s done for us.” n Spring 2011 | LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church
photos by Jon Langham
Mom (Irene), Emma, and Sophie Cho listen as Dad (Scott) creatively presents the story of Naomi and Ruth.
By Dean Annen
How to take the lead in Family Worship at your house, with your kids It’s Tuesday night at the Cho house, and two Barbie dolls—a.k.a. Naomi and Ruth—are the props of the week as Scott and Irene Cho meet once again with their daughters, Emma (nine) and Sophie (six), for family worship. The Chos are following the Wheaton Bible Church Family Worship Guide Bible lesson from the book of Ruth—plus a little parental creativity using the girls’ Barbie dolls. “Our daughters really look forward to Tuesday nights, and we’ve found consistency and a fun learning environment to be the key for our family,” said Scott. Like many other WBC families, the Chos have discovered the blessing of regular family worship. “It’s a team effort, and we want our kids to hear the lesson first from us and then from the church,” Scott said.
The WBC Unified Curriculum is designed so that all children—kindergarten through high school—will be studying the same Bible lesson each Sunday through the year. This systematic plan walks through the Bible on a four-year cycle, so a child who attends Sunday school at WBC from early childhood through twelfth grade will have gone through the Bible three times. In addition to the Family Worship Guides, Student Ministries also provides daily devotional guides for students grades seven through twelve, following the same Unified Curriculum.
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WBC Children’s Pastor, Vance Frusher, concurs. “We typically see children here at church around 80 hours a year,” he said, “but we know that parents have almost 3,000 hours in a year of unstructured time at home. So we want to equip parents to take the lead in discipling their children and we see the Family Worship Guide as a big part of that.” Our church is serious about equipping parents to have family worship in the home, providing both training and a wonderful tool—the Family Worship Guide—as a fun and flexible resource that’s easy to use. My wife, Kris, and I use it with our teenagers, Nate (15) and Grace (13). We love the fact that the guide is designed to coordinate with WBC’s Unified Curriculum. Parents can use the guide during the week not only for family worship but also to prepare their children to get the most out of their Sunday school experience. Fred and Karen Petelle are thankful for the guides, which are published roughly every six weeks. Their lives are very busy with Liam (six), who has special needs, and Lars (eleven) who is active in karate. They report that the Family Worship Guide “keeps us on track and makes it much easier for us to prepare for family worship in a very short time.” Rob Rienow, who writes the guides, believes that “family worship is the engine that powers the family.” I totally agree. In our own experience and in that of friends, we have seen God’s Holy Spirit change us and work in new ways through family worship. Other important family matters—such as building character, managing your home, reaching your neighbors for Christ, and more—make sense only when we do these things in the power of the Holy Spirit.
“We all feel closer after spending time together in family worship,” Ann Bridgman shared. “It gives us space to discuss spiritual truths and how they apply to our life situations.” Her husband, Jim, agrees. “I don’t think this would’ve happened without family worship.” You may have grown up in a home where regular Bible reading, prayer, and even singing to the Lord with your family were practiced—and none of this is new to you. But there are others, including my wife and me, who didn’t grow up in homes where God’s Word was read and discussed regularly. For us, the habit of regular family worship is a whole new form of family interaction. When our kids were young we often had “family night” with a Bible lesson, games, and fun, but it never really became a regular habit. As our kids grew older, we still dabbled with family nights, but I felt like a failure when we didn’t continue. The change came when I clearly heard God’s command for me to teach the love of God and His commands to my children, in Deuteronomy 6:5–7. This challenge is right after what Jesus calls the greatest commandment—to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength. But then God gives the first specific action step in loving Him in verse 7. And what is that? It’s to teach the love of God and His commands to your children at home! To me, that means that as great as our pastors, Sunday school teachers, and youth leaders are, I can’t abdicate my responsibilities to them. Instead, I need to take the lead in the spiritual training of my children at home—and my church is there to support, equip, and cheer me on!
When I asked Scott Cho if family worship was having an impact on his family, he said “One of my daughters came home from school after having a very bad day dealing with a difficult kid and she, not I, went right away to a previous Bible lesson we had in our family worship time. That’s when I knew it’s making a difference.”
“The change came when I clearly heard
God’s command for me to teach the love of God and His commands to my children.
My family’s worship times are far from perfect—and I’ve been confronted with my own need for confession and forgiveness as I sometimes turn into “Drill Sergeant Dad” during our time together—but we’re okay with that. We know that God is using our family worship to conform us, together, to be more like His Son. n
Dean, a telecommunications engineer with Alcatel-Lucent, loves spending time with his kids, Nate and Grace, and his wife of 21 years, Kris. He attends both Huddle and Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study, and is a member of the Foundation Builders Adult Class. He enjoys encouraging men to go deep into God’s Word and applying God’s Great Commission Plan for the family.
SucceSSful stepfamily conference
At least 60 percent of stepfamily marriages end in divorce.
But you don’t have to be a statistic.
The Annens—Dean, Kris, Nate, and Grace— gather for weeknight prayer and Bible study.
I asked several other families to share some unexpected blessings God has given them through family worship. Our friends Lance and Maureen Robinson shared how their children’s friends have been over during family worship and what positive experiences those times have been. Jill and Brian Braselton periodically give their children the opportunity to plan and lead family worship.
saturday, march 19 8:30 am–4:00 pm
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Four People Who Changed My Life Forever By Marie Allison
I was in the fourth grade when I met four people who changed my life forever: ›A
26-year-old Purple-Heart veteran.
22-year-old former drug addict with an illegitimate child.
33-year-old man who gave his life to save all three, and then saved me as well.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! —2 Corinthians 5:17
16-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor.
eorge, the veteran, was not a particularly religious fellow, but he uttered a prayer the morning his army unit headed out on patrol. That day, they were ambushed—the comrades on either side of him were mortally wounded, and George was shot near the spine. He crawled out of the swamp waters and waited in an abandoned village, where a US helicopter eventually picked him up. Mary was a young girl who seemed to have her whole life in front of her. She thought she would be okay if only she could get rid of the terrible headaches, but a visit to the doctor confirmed the worst. She had only 12 months to live. Marcia never said what caused her to run away from home or how she ended up high on acid on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco, not knowing the father of her baby. George, Mary, and Marcia had something in common. Their lives spun out of control—difficult circumstances, bad health, and inner turmoil led the way to a loss of hope that caused them to think, There has to be more to life than this! Then someone told them about a 33-year-old man who could help them. His name was Jesus.
If you would like to consider or reconsider a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact Marie Allison or any member of our pastoral staff. They would be happy to meet with you as you journey toward Christ. Marie Allison, 6308766601, email@example.com
George’s brother told him about Jesus. At first, George was skeptical, but he saw the change in his brother’s life and started reading the Bible for himself. Once his questions were answered, he gave his life to Jesus.
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Just before Mary’s doctor delivered the bad news, he shared the Good News that God loved her and had come, in the person of Jesus Christ, to demonstrate His love and to provide a way for her to live forever in heaven. A police officer and his family reached out to Marcia and her baby. They told her that nothing she had ever done could separate her from Christ’s love and that with Christ she could start all over. All of these people were family friends. I heard their stories firsthand, and I saw their lives transformed from hopeless to hopeful. At an early age I realized that God loves people—no matter what—and He can change lives. Eventually I, too, would lose my way. My parents’ divorce, the absence of a father’s presence, the lack of financial security, and a fearful future caused me to ponder, There has to be more to life than this! Then I remembered—and took to heart—the lesson I had learned as a young girl from George, Mary, and Marcia: God loves me no matter what, and God can change my life. I turned to Christ. I have journeyed with Jesus for many years now. Life has not always been easy. I have not always been faithful, but He has. I hope today you will consider, or reconsider, Jesus. He loves you no matter what, and He can change your life. n
He is not here; he has
just as he said. Matthew 28:6
Good Good Friday
9:00–11:30 am or 10:30 am–1:00 pm Family experience including worship, drama, and a craft.
6:00 pm, Contemporary 7:00 pm, Spanish 8:00 pm, Traditional
8:00 am, Traditional 9:45 & 11:30 am, Contemporary 9:45 & 11:30 am, Spanish
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10:04 am Preschool Prayer Time
9: 45 am Place for You Bible Study
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
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Three diﬀerent Place4You Bible Studies Eight P4Y children’s rooms Alpha for Women Morning and afternoon Weekday Preschool Friends meeting at Gathering Grounds Awana Clubs and GEMS Pioneer Club Studio 78 junior high worship and games Shopping at Chapters bookstore Contemporary Worship rehearsal Iglesia del Pueblo prayer meeting EquipU classes and more!
10: 53 am P4Y Small Group
10:28 am 1 1: 48 am 7:1 7 pm Studio
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ho worship at WBC are most familiar with what happens around our church campus morning, but in reality, God is working in and through the people of Wheaton Bible ay of the week! One of our busiest days comes right in the middle of the week as udents, and children are loving God, growing together, and reaching the world.
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7: 23 pm Iglesia
7: 53 pm T&T
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20 high school Core Groups meeting in homes Teams serving the homeless with PADS Puente del Pueblo Case Management Puente del Nino afterschool program VIPS visits to the homebound or in nursing homes
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Insights into Hispanic Ministry / An interview with Iglesia del Pueblo Senior Pastor Al Guerra
the key to understanding a Hispanic person is to understand that person’s heart, where do we go to begin to understand and support our Hispanic ministry, Iglesia del Pueblo? I believe that what applies to the individual also applies to the culture. There are four keys to the heart of the Hispanic culture. Understand those keys, and you understand the basis for meaningful Hispanic ministry. Those four keys are family, passion, faith, and celebration.
Family The first key is a high priority of family. Family comes first. Advertisers know this. If you look at a TV commercial in Spanish and the same one in English, the basic content is the same: same background, same words, same Pepsi, and same Coca-Cola. But in the English commercial you have a guy and a girl with a car. In the Hispanic version, you see a guy and a girl, but there also might be a grandfather, a mother, and a sister. Everybody is in it. It’s a wider understanding of the family. In the Hispanic culture the kids are in the home until they get married, and then they go their own way—but even then, the married son or daughter thinks on his or her own terms within the context of the extended family.
On Sunday mornings our English- and Spanish-speaking congregations park next to one another, walk into the building together, and even share the same spaces. But sometimes we feel a bit like neighbors who haven’t yet met, or like cousins who haven’t seen each other in years—these are people we want to know better, but we still feel a little awkward around them. The truth is that Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo, our Spanish-speaking congregation, together make up our church family—a relationship that has existed for more than 20 years. In this two-part interview with Iglesia’s Senior Pastor, Al Guerra, we try to take the relationship to another level by sharing matters of the heart. In the last issue we learned that the key to understanding our Spanish-speaking church family is to examine experiences and forces that have shaped their hearts. In this issue we continue the “heart exam” to discover the things that move their culture and shape their ministry. —Dave Thomson, Communication Director
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We see this not only in the youth but also in old age. When our grandparents become elderly, you tend to see the grandmother—and even the greatgrandmother—in the home. That is not uncommon. So one of the sad things for me to see in the United States with the Hispanic culture is how the rapid waters of this culture sweep families away from these traditional and valued patterns. Usually, everybody has to go to work, and everybody has a different car. That creates havoc with the concept of the family eating together and being together. We don’t manage this well, because in our own countries the mother always stays home. She’s always inside, and so is her mother. And everybody else’s mother is around too, so there is a lot of interaction and support among the women. For our church, this understanding of family helps us to structure our worship and makes a difference in how we worship together. If we built our Sunday worship purely upon these Hispanic values, we would have the whole family together throughout the service. However, because we share facilities and recognize other important values, we have created an experience that tries to honor the dynamic of family, the family being together before God, because we believe that God in His promises said you and your house shall be saved.
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Passion The second key to the heart of the Hispanic culture is its passion. We see that in our friendships, when we hug and kiss one another. We see it in the way people speak. They talk louder. They move their hands. The whole person is involved in a conversation. This is true of Hispanic world leaders. They all are passionate communicators and speech makers. We’ve all seen videos of people like Evita Perón of Argentina and Cuba’s Fidel Castro shouting, speaking, gesturing, and pleading from balconies to huge crowds below. For Iglesia, our passion is reflected in worship that is loud, and our preaching is passionate (you might call it dramatic) storytelling.
Just a few of the flags from nations represented within Iglesia's Spanish-speaking congregation.
Faith Third, the Hispanic culture places an emphasis on matters of faith and religion—going back to the prominence of the Catholic Church in many Spanish-speaking countries—and Hispanics hold a very high view of Scripture. God’s Word is respected. In Cuba, when I was growing up, people would stand up when the Bible was going to be read. That was and is the case in most Hispanic countries. And we do that now in our church. For Iglesia, a high view of Scripture involves more than just standing when the Bible is read aloud. God’s Word is the center, the focus, of our church. Preaching, biblical teaching, and biblical counseling are the heart of our ministry.
Celebration The fourth key to the heart of the Hispanic culture is celebration. Everything is a cause of celebration, a time for eating and having fun, and everything is celebrated—childbirth, baptism, and even death. In our native countries, we would have the body of a family member who died prepared by the funeral people, and then the body would stay in the house for three days. And it was a time of feasting and eating. People would be crying, but they would be having a good time as well, by just being together.
Iglesia Worship Leader Sergio Villanueva.
This idea of celebration shapes our worship. Our worship is a happy worship—our music is upbeat, reflecting our passion for God. And this spills out in people becoming more vocal and more expressive. It also speaks of our pattern of meeting together at many different times for celebration in our church. For example, we celebrate Christmas Eve just like the Englishspeaking congregations, but we also meet to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. Another example occurs in January, when we celebrate Three Kings Day. This holiday is based on what the Bible says about the visit of the wise men, or wealthy rulers, to the home of Jesus when He was a boy. We celebrate the kings coming on January 6. For many of us, there is no Santa Claus, no milk and cookies for him, and no gifts under the tree. Instead, gifts are placed under the children’s beds, and we leave a little pot of water and some hay outside our front doors, for the kings’ camels.
A group of men at a gathering of Iglesia’s pastors and lay leaders.
What word should we use to describe Spanish speakers in our congregation or in our communities?
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The more you share, the more I realize how different our congregations are, and yet I realize how much we are the same when it comes to the basics of faith and discipleship. You talk about the ministry strategy of “One Body, Two Arms” to explain this relationship. What should we know about it? “One Body, Two Arms” explains the relationship of having two cultures together under the same Gospel. Oneness is easily misunderstood. The oneness does not come as a result of the Hispanic becoming English. That is one arm. The English-speaking side is an arm, and the Spanish-speaking side is another arm. The one body is the ministry/leadership dynamic that takes care of both arms while recognizing the different cultures. The two-arms concept works just like it does with our physical bodies. We have an arm that is working on one side while the other arm could be doing something different, but it’s still in conjunction with the other arm. Apply that to our church. Both congregations preach the Bible. We’re both made in the image of God; we’re all sinners, and we all need Christ. Yet the cultural/social beat of our hearts is different. Theologically we’re the same, but the heart of the Hispanic is different from the heart of the English-speaker.
Oneness is not likeness. Oneness is found in sharing and in a diversity that respects and values the other.
1.0, 1.5, and 2.0
Oneness is not likeness. Oneness is found in sharing and in a diversity that respects and values the other. Just as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12, each part is needed and each part has its unique role. Both congregations fulfill the same roles, but those functions are shaped by the experiences—the heartbeats—of two different groups of people. Those experiences are different and the language they hear is different. You not only work through differences with the English-speaking congregation, but you also have more than 16 nationalities participating in Iglesia del Pueblo. How do you deal with so much diversity? You’re right—all Spanish speakers are not alike. In fact, as you know, not even the Spanish we speak is the same from country to country or even village to village. Anybody who just arrives in America comes with a set of cultural differences that are unique to his or her country and region of origin. We eat different food. We fight for different things. We speak different ways. We use different words. In light of these differences, the way that we minister is to lift up Christ alone. He claims the first loyalty of all nations. In addition to the multi-ethnicity of our congregation, it is also critically important to realize that many of us are at different stages in our journeys as immigrants to this country. Take my family, for example. I have a mom and dad who are 1.0s. They don’t speak English, but they are retired, and they’re living well. They were able to work hard and create a business and be successful in it. I, a 1.5, grew up learning Spanish and English and going to school in English in this country. My first church was an English church. As a 1.5 I’m able to sort of think both ways and see both points of view. I don’t have as many roots as my dad has in the culture, but I have enough of an accent so that this culture does not embrace me 100 percent, because there’s an awareness about me that says I am from another country. But I grew up in this country. My son Jonathan, a 2.0, went to the English services, participated in Student Ministry, went to college, and married an American girl—and we are thrilled about her and his journey. This numbering system is very helpful because when I’m speaking to a 1.0 crowd, if they are older 1.0s, the real 1.0s, then my experiences with my dad and parents hit home. I’m speaking to their hearts. When I’m speaking to a 1.5 crowd or a 2.0 crowd, my young people, then my illustrations and tone relate more to feelings, and that hits home with that generation. Gonzalo Pinedo, Aneth Rivera, and Rebeca Pinedo are “1.0” members of Iglesia.
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Our congregation leverages this celebration by giving gifts to children of families in need in the area. We do this not just to touch the culture but to touch it at its heart. So, for three years we have gone in teams to homes, knocked on the doors, and delivered gifts. The response is overwhelming. We hear many sad stories about families that couldn’t celebrate Christmas. We also see tears of joy when people receive unexpected “Christmas” gifts and are reminded of their cultural tradition.
You’ve helped us begin to understand the heart of your culture and your ministry. However, when speaking about matters of the heart, we cannot ignore the 800-pound gorilla that is ever-present in the world, our country, our state, our county, and our communities—immigration. Share some ways Hispanic believers see and live with immigration issues. Often what’s left out in the immigration debate is the heart of immigration. I think if we will look at the heart of the individual caught up in the realities of immigration, we will come to a better understanding of the issue.
Immigrant North Star First, we need to look at the immigrant’s heart. The immigrant’s heart is moved by a North Star—a dream, a vision, of providing and securing a life that is better for him or her and the family. This dream is best reflected in The Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is majestic. When you are outside the United States, it is a beacon of hope. With that North Star in their hearts, immigrants—like anyone else—are continually asking “How can I better myself? How can I pursue life? How can I pursue liberty? How can I pursue happiness?” Every movie, every pop song, every new invention in America makes the immigrant think, There’s the way I should follow—north.
“ I was a stranger and you took me in. ” — Matthew 25 Pushes and Pulls In addition to that North Star, there are forces that push a person from his country and forces that pull a person into another country. For Hispanics, the pull has always been that the United States is so close—either geographically or through the media. We visit. We see people. Our media embraces American actors, movies, careers, and stories of people who have come here.
God’s Heart Revealed in Scripture We also must look at God’s heart toward the immigrant. Scripture makes it plain: God is for the poor and the stranger. For the Israelites, the laws and regulations considered the immigrant. Farmers could not clean a field twice because they had to leave whatever naturally was left behind for the poor, for the stranger. It’s the story of Ruth and Boaz. She’s in the back of a line of harvesters picking up whatever is left. That’s tremendous—it brings tears to my eyes. The other thing that God commands His people in Leviticus 19:32–33 is that they had to treat aliens as the natural born and not oppress them. That’s clear. That’s a command. That’s God’s care for the immigrant. When you read Scripture that says, “Do not oppress,” then you see God’s heart to the nation. God said to the Israelites, you cannot live with hands closed.
You’ve got to have open hands toward your neighbor; you must love your neighbor as yourself. And He said you must love the alien as yourself. This is the law of God, an expression of His heart and will. Jesus also stressed the importance of Adela and David Ludeña represent both the 1.5 and 2.0 generations. justice and love for the stranger. In Matthew 25 He says, “I was a stranger and you took me in.” The people who didn’t get it said “When did we see you as a stranger?” And the Lord said, “When you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.”
Present–Day Application Does that apply to us? The United States is not Israel, but from the preponderance of Scripture, it is clear that God loves the immigrant. He loves the stranger. This is God’s heart. Romans 13 reminds us that God has established all authority, but we also know that God has a Leviticus 19 heart—the kind of heart that directed Hebrew midwives to disobey the pharoah’s edict and save boy babies from death, fearing God more than man. As the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). We are wise in following God, continuing to try to speak into our government, getting involved in debates, and speaking God’s heart on this issue of justice for the immigrant. Immigration is a daily life issue for Spanish-speakers in our church, but it’s too easily just another news item for English speakers. How should we think about it and respond? There are two things to consider, and both can be best understood by thinking of a hospital. In a hospital there usually are wards for people who are sick or who have injuries. The patients are cared for by first seeing a doctor who orders a set of tests. Eventually the doctor looks at X-rays, blood analysis, or MRIs and then says that an operation is necessary. His assistant schedules a surgery team, gets a room, orders the supplies, and gives you a date for the operation, which could be two months or three months from now. This scenario is happening on the fourth floor of this hospital. But if you go to the ground level of the hospital, you have the emergency room. The hospital staff in the emergency room is dealing with people who have broken legs, gunshot wounds, cuts, heart attacks, and strokes. The doctors are making quick decisions and urgent demands: “Bring me blood. Get me a transfusion. Give him three ccs. Clear!” They are working from moment to moment, moving quickly, dealing with life and death, and are totally engaged for hours.
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by Pastor Al and Pastor
We’re out of space, but certainly not out of topics to discuss or questions to ask. It is our hope that these two LIFE articles will begin to open some doors and create paths for the conversations to continue as we get acquainted with those who worship right down the hall—brothers and sisters in Christ who share a love for God’s Word, a confidence in the same redeeming Savior, and with whom we’ll share eternity. After reading this interview, your experience may be a lot like mine: on many important issues, I feel as if our hearts beat as one. On other matters, it seems like it may take nothing less than a transplant to relate effectively. And, on some things, it is clear that we have different heartbeats and those paces will never and should never be the same. We are the body of Christ, wonderfully and uniquely crafted to be ourselves and to be a unified force for God. —Dave Thomson
Baptism Celebration Spanish-English
In the immigration debate, there is time for us to calmly study and work at the political level—that’s our church on the fourth floor. But the church also needs to be in the emergency room. Families are being deported, breaking apart. Dreams are being killed. People are being denied justice. What about God’s law, “Thou shall not oppress the alien?” In our philosophical statements we are pro-family, and yet we are looking at families who are being torn apart or have been injured and left bleeding to death. Our church, Iglesia del Pueblo, is in the emergency room. We have no choice. That is our assignment from God. Our sense of urgency and, if you will, intensity of emotions are not the same as what you might be experiencing on the fourth floor. Our patients on the ground floor don’t have the option of three months from now. We either cut off this patient’s arm or we put on a tourniquet. What do we do? We resuscitate him right now or he’s not going to make it two more hours.
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“Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” Acts 2:38, NLT
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ent 2006 Immigration Statem
I think from God’s perspective there’s an emergency of immigration issue that calls for heart issues to be considered. The heart could stop beating, and we cannot allow that to happen. By God’s grace, Wheaton Bible Church has had the courage and the sensitivity to place an emergency door in its entrance with this area for ministry. And that emergency door to Iglesia ministers dynamically to 1.0s and 1.5s. And with time, those people get to the fourth floor and get to know the good doctors and set dates for their operations. n
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You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. —Acts 1:8
A Curious Cab Driver Julia, in her 20’s in the Middle East I live in a place desperate for light. A snippet of kindness and joy travels far here. I’ve been surprised by individuals who approach me to ask in curiosity where my joy and light could come from. One day I was in a cab, and the driver looked back to talk to me. Usually, this isn’t culturally appropriate—we’re taught to stare out the window and not engage with drivers as a matter of safety and respect—but you learn to gauge what is appropriate on a situational basis. When this cab driver began talking with me, I was pretty intent on ignoring him. Yet, his words caught me, as he began, “I can tell that there is something special about you. You have a light about you. I can tell that you are religious, that you have something in you that is so different from people. Would you tell me what it is?” I was able to tell him what I believe and why. Later, it made me laugh because we often try to orchestrate encounters and experiences—and yes, we should always look for open doors and plant seeds—but there is something to be said about a light that is upon a hill: it beckons sojourners in.
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Baby Miguel Angel
By Shaw and Sharon Yount, Serving as physicians with Latin America Mission
By Phil and Jill Aspegren, Serving in Costa Rica as the directors of Casa Viva
Last fall a nine-day-old baby, Miguel Angel, arrived at the hospital, struggling for breath. At a minimum he had pneumonia, a lifethreatening illness for a newborn. We gave him all the standard and even some not-so-standard treatments, trying to save his life. Despite these, and after more than two weeks, Miguel Angel deteriorated to the point of needing a ventilator, something we do not have. We had to choose between letting him die and taking on the responsibility of becoming human ventilators. Our nursing staff was already stretched. At this point we looked around and, to our surprise, identified five visiting nurses—here not to do nursing but to serve on construction teams. Two of these were labor-and-delivery nurses accustomed to small newborns. I’m not sure we’ve ever had five extra nurses; it must have been the Lord’s timing. They all wanted to help. Because of this we were able to intubate this baby (put a tube into his windpipe) and set up shifts for squeezing a bag of oxygen into his little lungs, hour by hour, day after day. Even our 14-year-old Jenna had some time after school studies to help little Miguel, and she came away from the experience saying she might want to be a pediatric intensive-care nurse. One by one our nurses returned to the States. Still little Miguel needed us to breathe for him. Then one morning he pulled out his own tube. Without the needed nurses and without other options to offer, we decided to let him go. Once again we notified all the missionaries by radio that we were in urgent need of prayer for this baby. Then we put him into his parents’ arms, and directly into the hands of our heavenly Father. We had exhausted what we could do, and it was not enough. As little Miguel lay in his father’s arms, we watched the monitor measuring the oxygen in his blood. We expected it to drop and the heart rate to follow soon after. For the next hour this little guy continued to breathe on his own, and the oxygen level in his blood actually rose! Instead of having a funeral, we celebrated. I believe miracles happen daily, many of which we are completely unaware. There are times, however, when a miracle is so obvious that even the greatest skeptic must pause and take note, so big that we are overwhelmed and know our prayers have been answered. Miguel Angel is one such miracle. We sent him home last week! Love in Christ from us all, Shaw and Sharon Yount
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Little eight-month-old Daisy came into our Casa Viva offices in October for what was probably going to be her last visit with us. This was the day we were going to turn this little life over to her new adoptive family. In a country where family-based care is a completely new concept, this was a great achievement. In the past, the child-welfare department would have removed Daisy from the Casa Viva home to a “pre-adoptive children’s home” for months before the adoption was finalized. But this time our Daisy went straight from a loving Casa Viva family to an adoptive home where her life will continue to be shaped by the connections of family. Praise God! The Casa Viva family who cared for Daisy wrote a letter to her new parents describing what she likes to eat and drink, how she falls asleep, how to warm the milk. . . . What a rich inheritance Daisy has already received in this life—the inheritance of being known. Casa Viva exists for children like Daisy. Learn more about Casa Viva on their website: www.casaviva.org.
I believe miracles happen daily, many of which we are completely unaware. Simply Being Who We Are Kent and Yuko Muhling, serving with Asian Access in Japan Our family’s lifestyle intrigued Mitch, a young Japanese man whom Kent met recently. His first evening in our home, he was surprised to learn that we invest the time to home school our son (a very rare thing in Japan). He questioned us about the pictures hanging above the dining table, and we explained that the pictures were of three orphaned children in the Philippines and Ukraine that we support. As the evening went on, Mitch caught other glimpses that we as a family don’t simply live for ourselves, but that we love others. Mitch commented, “I realized tonight that I’ve been living a completely self-centered life.” The next time he came over, Mitch noticed Yuko’s Japanese Bible sitting open on the coffee table, and he asked to see it. That opened the door for a long conversation about all sorts of topics. We were able to talk with him about God, creation, sin, and new life in Christ. Towards the end of that second visit Mitch said, “If I understood a little more I think I would believe, too.” Please pray that God will reveal Himself to Mitch through our growing friendship as we simply be who we are—a family who knows Jesus.
Distributing Bibles in Greece
Leaving Brazil for Now
By Dan Bostrom, Serving in North America as Executive Director of Hellenic Ministries
By Dave Kornfield, One Challenge International
With our faith rooted firmly in the Lord, our plan is to distribute God’s Word to all of rural Greece, with the ongoing plan to reach urban Greece in the future. Every year this project, named Operation Joshua, has grown, taking us out of our comfort zones and into something larger than ourselves. In 2008, Operation Joshua worked with 80 volunteers to distribute 40,000 New Testaments. In 2009, we worked with 150 people to distribute 50,000 New Testaments. And in 2010, Operation Joshua worked with 200 people to distribute 60,000 New Testaments. Next year we would like to work with 300 people to distribute 130,000 New Testaments. Not long ago a woman called our Athens office. She had received a New Testament at her summer house and wanted more information. As a result of that conversation, one of our staff members invited her to our House of Worship, a biweekly worship event we facilitate. She attended with her 12-year-old son. Our distribution thus far has mainly been in the Peloponnese, about three or four hours away from Athens, so we’ve never seen the fruit of our labor, merely heard about it. What an encouragement from the Lord to see this woman join in our worship with her son! For more about this ministry, visit their website: www.hellenicministries.com.
Global Outreach Center
Note: Dave and Debbie Kornfield have lived in São Paulo for over 20 years, raising their 4 children and developing and ministering to networks of pastors. In spite of daunting struggles with their daughter Karis’ health in recent years, this has also been a fruitful season of ministry growth—even as the family has commuted back and forth from Brazil to the US to support Karis through an intestinal transplant and ongoing medical complications that have taken her in and out of the hospital over these past seven years. Recently Dave and Debbie made the decision to pull up stakes in São Paulo and move to be with their daughter near the transplant hospital in Pittsburgh where she continues to be treated. Dave plans to continue to travel to pastors conferences in Brazil. They share the following report of their transition.
2010 has been a year of leaving Brazil, transitioning back to the US. Debbie was with me for two and a half weeks at the end of October to help sort things out, pack, and sell. Our neighbors came together in our home on a Sunday afternoon during those weeks, and we had a marvelous time of remembering our 19 years together, including neighborhood children participating in a Bible club with Deb in our garage—up to 50 kids at times! We also talked about the time when a neighbor was killed half a block away in an argument and how God used that to begin an evangelistic home Bible study based on the subject of friendship. Ten people came to know the Lord! As we moved from home to home and the neighbors gained real ownership of it as “their group,” they started inviting others to it. Studies done in that context ended up being published as booklets and used around Brazil. Some 25 of us ended in a prayer circle, thanking God for the good years He gave us and handing our future over to Him. n Learn more about this ministry by visiting the Supporting Ministries for Pastors and Churches' website: Pastoring of Pastors.org
Stop by and see current photos of our missionary families. Every few weeks a different continent will be featured.
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God’s Letters By Jim Judge
Retired WBC missionary Alice Davis
the glow of candlelight across a dinner table, Alice Davis is telling stories about her 45 years of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators. What strikes you first about her is that she is ageless and so very much alive. If you were to close your eyes, you would think she was twenty years old.
She speaks with the perfect diction one would expect from someone who after a lifetime of handling words as her everyday business has learned to respect them. She is tall and looks as if she just might be related to Katherine Hepburn. Everything about her seems to speak grace. Although Alice was reared in Wheaton, she is just now coming to set up house here for the first time in her adult life. Alice lost her father in World War II, and subsequently her mother bought a house in Wheaton big enough to allow them to rent rooms to students, which helped support them. Her family made Wheaton Bible Church their home, her mother being among its earliest members. Alice says that the frequent missionaries her family had as guests—and the strong missions value that was part of the church—had an impact on her early in life. She eventually graduated from Wheaton College and after graduating, taught school for two years, but it wasn’t very long before she sensed discontent beginning to bubble up in her spirit. She had a feeling that God had some other work for her to do. Often when God leads people to make a major change in their lives, there is a sense of both push and pull. A pushing away, a discomfort with what is now, comes with a pull, a drawing toward what is next. But in Alice’s case, as a young woman in her mid twenties, there was no clear pull toward something specific. It was at this point that friends spoke to her about Wycliffe Bible Translators, and before long the pull began to become clear. She spent a winter at “jungle camp” in Mexico, Wycliffe’s equivalent to army boot camp for new recruits. Her first assignment—go butcher that cow over there! By the end of that summer she knew Wycliffe was her next step. Wycliffe takes very seriously the words of Romans 10:14: “How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?” (NLT, emphasis added). Seeing the Bible translated into every language is their goal, so that all might both hear and then call on the God of the universe. Wycliffe typically will enter an area, identify language groups with no written translation of the Bible, and then send missionaries with strong linguistic training to start the laborious process of translation. 25
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In 1966 Alice set sail for South Asia. Her first assignment: India. After two and a half years in India, Alice was forced to move to another area of South Asia and there began work in translation in the Maithili language—a language spoken by more than 30 million people in the world today. This language is written in a different alphabet altogether that is called Devanagari, the literal translation of which is “God’s letters.” Five years after beginning this work, visa issues again forced Alice to leave, with the work unfinished. Upon leaving the Maithili work in 1980, Alice suffered a time of great discouragement, as it appeared that each time she tried to join the work on the “front lines,” the door would close. It was then that she began to work in Wycliffe’s home office in the United States, and there she took up computer-typesetting in Dallas for a non-Roman alphabet. In this she assisted eleven other translation teams in publishing New Testaments. In 1988, when technology advanced to desktop publishing, Alice moved her desk to England to assist the South Asia office in between working on New Testaments. Throughout this time she served on committees: executive, constitutional, technical studies and publications, including archiving. In 2004, almost 40 years after her first trip to South Asia, Alice returned to help in finalizing the Maithili New Testament, which was published in April 2010. God’s timing was perfect. Back in 1980, when Alice’s work there was forced to stop, there were very few believers among the Maithili-speaking people. By 2004, things had changed. Now there is a young and growing church who received their first copy of God’s Word in their own language with great joy. At last, God’s Word written in God’s letters! Alice felt this was a good point to move into the next phase of her life in ministry, and as she returns to us here at WBC, she is looking forward to what lies ahead. n As Alice settles into life in the western suburbs, she is exploring ways of connecting with those from the Maithili people group and other South Asians who live in our area. (She has learned that more than 200 Maithili men and women live in Illinois.) If you share her desire to reach out to South Asians, please contact the Global Outreach team and let us know.
Jim Judge is a member of WBC’s Heart for AIDS Leadership Team, teacher for the Covenant Adult Class. Jim works as the Medical Director of Loyola’s Family Medicine Clinic in Maywood, Illinois and is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Stritch School of Medicine.
Should You Enroll in Financial Peace University? By Kimberly J. Koenig
The financial picture for many families is one filled with stress. Living beyond our paychecks, we find ourselves with ever-higher consumer debt and lower savings levels. We have no emergency funds for rainy days, yet we all know the rain eventually will come. What I’ve come to realize through Financial Peace University is that money is a heart issue. Many of us use money as comfort, aloe for our wounds. We feel good when we treat ourselves—instant gratification. However, maturity is learning to delay pleasure, to give up the lesser thing for the greater good. We must desire that God transform our heart’s attitude regarding money so that we use our money for the greatest good of the everlasting Kingdom of God.
In WBC’s first Financial Peace class, I was blessed to hear from members who, by the last day of class, were able to save the recommended $1,000 in their emergency funds, were following their plans to be debt free, and were using cash—not credit cards—to pay for necessities. I saw them standing taller, empowered and filled with hope for their futures as they moved along the road to financial peace. n
• Given hope for the future
• Showed me that I can pay off a mortgage that I had thought I would have all my life
For more than 100 individuals and couples, Financial Peace University (FPU) at Wheaton Bible Church has been a safe place to learn foundational concepts that have helped us let go of our fear of money and discover the tools needed to adjust our core beliefs regarding money.
Classes begin with videotaped teaching on the week’s lesson as members follow along in the workbook. Then there’s a half hour in small break-out groups—many people’s favorite part of the night—to discuss the lesson.
• Caused me to praise Him for my blessings • Changed my whole attitude about credit and giving my resources over to Him
Could you imagine life free of the bondage of debt? This is financial peace.
Through a thirteen-week program, people have learned how to dump their debt, get control of their money, and learn new behaviors around money—behaviors based on commitment and accountability. The program lessons include saving, budgeting, dumping debt, insurance, investing, retirement planning, mortgages, and giving.
What has God done in your life through this course?
• Given me hope that I can get out of debt • Opened my heart to give more • Made me dependent on Him for every financial decision and provided in amazing ways. • Helped me to realize the impact peace in this area can have on all other areas. • Reminded me that it is not my money but His. • Shown me that He is trustworthy when it comes to my finances and that to be successful and have peace, I will have to let go and trust Him. • Better communication in financial matters, which has helped in all other areas of our marriage. • Shown me His grace—He has given us a second chance to do things right! • Prepared me for retirement
What are your three biggest take-aways? • Need for an emergency fund • Kids can pay for their own college.
Julie and JR Smith, Kim Koenig, Bob and Pat Polock, Kathi Hoisington, Kris and Bob Malandruccolo celebrate their “graduation” from Financial Peace University.
• You can change your family’s future! • Financial freedom is worth working for. • Save, save, save. • Debt is not an option.
Kim Koenig has attended WBC for 2 years. She values her involvement in the Bridges Adult Class and Place 4 You Women’s Bible study, and encourages other to find places to get connected within the church, where they can use their gifts and talents.
• Pay off small debts first in debt snowball.
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CHURCH FINANCES, by Scott Landon Director of Finance and Administration
The Stewardship of Our Time Although the value of your service to Wheaton Bible Church is not spelled out in our financial statements, those hours of volunteer effort represent an asset of incalculable worth! In fact, in the notes that accompany the annual financial statements we submit to our independent auditing firm, we include the following information: A substantial number of individuals regularly provide voluntary services to WBC ministries. These services have a significant impact on making the ministry effective. However, the value of these services is not reflected in the financial statements because they do not meet the necessary accounting criteria. The contribution of time, by many different individuals, is what makes our ministries possible. And even more important, it is the means by which God is building up the body of Christ. As each of us uses the gifts He has given to us, we are fulfilling God’s plan for His Church—living out the truth of what we recently studied together in Ephesians 4:11–13, where we read about the role God gave to evangelists, pastors, and teachers of preparing God’s people for works of service, “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” As Pastor Rob reminds us periodically, “We do not go to church; we are the church.” What does that look like? We are the church as we greet guests, teach classes, sit with the sick and the sorrowing, serve Communion, check in library books, hold babies, share the Good News—giving ourselves in words and acts of serving in Jesus’ name. Thank you for your willingness to be the church and give back to God—in service of Kingdom significance—a portion of the time He has allotted to you! n
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I recently cam e across this va luable insight from “10 Basic Steps to Christia n Maturity” by Campus Cr usade for Chris t. What does it say to you ab out how God w ants us to serve the chur ch and serve on e another?
Stewardship of Our Time ›
Does the principle of tithing apply equally to our time as it does to our money? How much of our time should we set aside for the work of the Lord each week? How are you using the time God has given you?
Time is the heritage of every person. Whether a king or a street sweeper, an astronomer or a truck driver, a business tycoon or a grocery clerk, each of us has the same number of hours. Many necessities and opportunities demand much of our day. Our work takes up a large percentage of our life. Being a good husband or wife, father or mother, employer or employee requires time. As Christians, we have spiritual priorities as well. How many hours or days in a month should we set aside for evangelism and discipleship and the ministries of our church? What about caring for the poor, the orphans, and widows, as God’s Word commands (James 1:27; Galatians 2:10)?
With all these tasks competing for our time, how can we balance our responsibilities to fulfill our temporal and spiritual duties? As a good steward, you must manage your time wisely. Let me suggest a way to accomplish this task that Christians seldom consider today—tithing your time. Tithing reflects a thankful, obedient attitude and acknowledges God as the source and owner of all that we possess. A voluntary act of worship, tithing teaches us to put God first. A faithful steward serves because he has such a heart for God. As we have seen, everything we have is a gift from God. Every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, twenty-four hours a day belong to Him. Although God’s Word does not specifically require us to tithe our time, our Lord did command us to put Him first in all things (Matthew 6:31–33). Giving back a percentage of our time enables us to give God priority and assurance that we will fulfill our service to Him. n
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ELDER PROFILE: Lee Lewis How long have you been a member of Wheaton Bible Church? Tell us why and how? My parents attended Wheaton Bible Church when I was born, and I have attended my whole life—starting with the Cradle Roll (nursery). I think the church was still using parchment scrolls to record membership when I became a member. Describe a favorite WBC memory. When my wife, Nancy, and I were young marrieds back in the 1970s, we were very involved in the high school ministry of the church. At one point—when the group was a lot smaller than it is today—the church was between youth pastors, and the responsibility for the ministry was in our hands. It was a great time of growth in our lives as we were developing relationships with kids. How long have you been an Elder? I am two and a half years into my first term as an Elder. Tell us about any memorable experiences. The church is doing a good job of providing stories from the pulpit and in other publications, such as LIFE, of what is happening in the church, yet there is so much good happening that it cannot all be told. Being able to read the ministry reports for our monthly Elder meetings has given me a much greater insight into the quality of the pastoral and staff leadership of the church. These reports also highlight the impact the people of WBC are having in the lives of their friends and families. I see the mission of the church—Loving God, Growing Together, Reaching the World—becoming organic in so many people here at WBC. How and when did you accept Christ as your Savior? I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior as a very young boy, sitting on the family-room sofa with my mother after watching a Billy Graham crusade on television. I had many questions that she was able to answer, and that began my spiritual journey with Jesus. Allowing Jesus to be the Lord of my life has been a longer process. There are so many situations where I still want to be in control of my life and yet realize that I am not in control and I need to rely totally on the goodness and sovereignty of God. Favorite Scripture verses? Sorry, I cannot boil the whole of Scripture down to “a” favorite verse. There are too many topics. Since I came to know Christ very young, I think the simplicity of the Gospel presented in John 3:16 has always been a favorite: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” First Corinthians 10:13 captures where I have put my hope as I struggle to live a life pleasing to my Lord and Savior: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Lee Lewis in WBC's Global Outreach Center.
Tell us about your growing–up years. I grew up here in Wheaton, the second son of four children. My parents—who are now in heaven—both attended Wheaton College, and they settled here when they were married. Describe your family. Nancy and I have lived in Wheaton since we were married in 1973. We met while we were students at Taylor University. We have two married daughters and five grandchildren, all living here in Wheaton. We consider it a real blessing to be close to our family and realize this is not the norm in today’s world. Tell us something about you not many people know. Nancy and I spent three years—from mid-2004 to mid-2007— as full-time missionaries in the Dominican Republic, working with Kids Alive International to rescue children at risk. We were involved in the construction of a new orphanage in the city of Constanza. Our job was to host work teams and oversee the construction process. We had more than 45 teams come down (at least 10 of those had some connection to WBC), comprised of more than 600 people. I was on a leave of absence from IBM during those three years. It was the hardest and at the same time, the most rewarding experience I have had. Being able to see firsthand the difference the body of Christ can make in the physical as well as spiritual lives of children is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. If you could speak with each member of the congregation, what would you ask or say? I love the mission of our church. Try to focus on each aspect of it every day: Love God, Grow Together, Reach the World. Enough said. n
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BOARD OF ELDERS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Each month’s Board of Elders meeting includes updates on matters of concern and interest and staff reports. For this issue of LIFE, I am sharing highlights of a few of those that best represent both God’s hand on our ministries and the range of topics and issues that the Board addresses. My hope is that these will encourage you in your walk of faith and energize your prayers for our church.
Jim Goetz, Chairman, Board of Elders
FEBRUARY 8 MEETING
2010 Financial Report and 2011 Budget
One Body Update
Giving to our General and Hispanic Ministry Funds totaled $9.1 million. In addition, we received $700,000 for other mission projects and trips, and $130,000 in Caring Funds. Total 2010 giving was $10.1 million. This was the sixth consecutive year our contributions have exceeded $10 million.
Iglesia del Pueblo Senior Pastor Al Guerra explained our “one body, two arms” ministry model or structure that our Spanish-speaking and English-speaking congregations follow. Each congregation is an arm and, like the arms on our bodies, they can be working together while performing different functions, or they can be moving in the same direction to complete a task. Each arm is joined to the same body, one body. The body symbolizes those core beliefs and values that we share. In the past few years there has been a growing desire in both congregations to find more moments to capture and celebrate our oneness. After exploring the possibilities further, we wanted to elevate expressions of oneness that were authentically related to the Gospel and the foundational elements of our faith. Therefore, this year we’ll be making our oneness visible with two events in the life of our church. On Saturday night, April 9, both congregations will join together for a baptism celebration. Then, on Sunday morning, September 11, a Communion Sunday, we’ll worship together with a focus on seeking God’s blessing on the upcoming ministry year.
JANUARY 11 MEETING Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on Evangelism Since they began in 1974, the purpose of the Lausanne Congresses has been to clarify our calling as Christians in the world. Last October, an astounding assembly of Christ’s global church, 5,000 delegates from 200 countries around the world, came together for the third major Congress. Those delegates included five WBCers, the second largest contingent from a church:James Misner, Pastor of Global Mobilization; Lon Allison, who was a member of the Lausanne Planning Group; Marie Allison, Director of Evangelism and Connect Ministries; Dr. Samuel Naaman, member of the WBC Global Executive Team; and Cindy Judge, Global Outreach Associate. Delegates were impacted by the reality that God is on the move among the nations. It was apparent through the testimonies from every continent that He is working in amazing ways in the new millennium. Our team members also praised the opportunity to to meet with other delegates in small groups of six individuals intentionally chosen from every continent. For example, Cindy Judge’s group included persons from Burundi, India, Thailand, Ireland, Australia, and the US. The team encouraged us to view and listen to all the Capetown sessions on the website www.lausanne.org. The www.wheatonbible.org “Global Outreach” homepage provides links to selected favorite presentations.
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Although giving to Ministry Funds fell $212,000 (2.3 percent) short of our approved budget, we spent significantly less than planned on capital projects and contingency expenses, and most ministries spent less than budget. These factors enabled us to end the year in the black, with revenue exceeding expenses. We begin 2011 in a stronger financial position than one year ago. We made $328,000 of principal payments on our loan, increased our operating reserves, and have increased resources available for our three churchwide mission initiatives: Puente del Pueblo, Heart for AIDS, and MOVE. For 2011, we are striving to keep our ministry costs at about the same level as 2010 budget. Based on the results of 2010, the proposed budget reflects the expectation of a 3 percent increase in giving over last year’s actual donations. We also are faced with rising operating costs, so we reviewed our expenses and identified additional cost-reduction opportunities for 2011. Ministry Funds expenses are increasing over 2010 actual due primarily to (1) personnel costs (health insurance and pay adjustments); (2) three additional montshs of loan-principal payments; and (3) capital projects that were placed on hold in 2010. As we begin 2011, we are buoyed by God’s presence in our ministries and challenged to more fully grasp the radical faith and generosity set before us in the book of Ephesians.
NOVEMBER 9 MEETING Local Impact Ministry Report Chris McElwee and Hanibal Rodriguez, who lead our local-impact efforts for the English- and Spanish-speaking congregations, shared ministry highlights. At the beginning of January, when Hispanics celebrate Three Kings Day, Iglesia families will deliver gifts to 50–60 families. We once again allowed the Mexican Consulate to use our facilities to offer services to DuPage County Mexicans for one day, and, as usual, it was well received. In addition, about 150 Iglesia members were among the 1,400 volunteers who participated in the Feed My Starving Children meal packing event. More than 270,000 meals were packed. The Puente del Pueblo afterschool program serves 78 children, has two new teachers, involves 40 tutors, and has a waiting list. In addition to working with immigrants, refugees, and volunteers, Chris also serves on two West Chicago community panels, one of them the West Chicago Public Services Leadership. n
When is the indoor playground, the Play Zone, open? • Monday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm • Tuesday–Friday, 8:00–9:30 am, 11:30 am–1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm • Saturday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm • Sunday, closed • Parental supervision and socks required. What are the Library and DVD Corner hours? • The Library is open when the building is open. • The DVD Corner is open Sunday and Wednesday mornings. When is Chapters, the bookstore, open? • Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–2:00 pm • Wednesday, 6:30–9:00 pm • Sunday, 7:30 am–2:00 pm
When is Gathering Grounds open? • Wednesday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, and 6:00–9:00 pm • Sunday, 7:00 am–2:00 pm I wasn’t here on Sunday. How can I make an offering? • There is a drop-box slot in the atrium wall. It is next to the West Worship Center doors and to the right of the Visitor Center. • You can also give online at www.wheatonbible.org/Online_Giving. When is the Prayer Tower open? • The Prayer Tower is available when the building is open.
Where is the Lost and Found? • The Lost and Found is located in a large cabinet on the main level to the right of the Children’s Ministry Welcome Desk. • Also at the main Welcome Desk in the atrium. I wasn’t here on Sunday. How can I listen to the sermon? • You can listen to Sunday sermons, subscribe to podcasts, download MP3 files of sermons, and access sermon PowerPoint notes and Daily Devotionals at www.wheatonbible.org/Sermons_Online. For answers to other questions, call the Welcome Desk, 630.260.1600.
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Scheduling a Room Judi Gillison, 630.876.6612 email@example.com
Spring 2011 | LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church
One day to build bridges and love into our community
Saturday, May 14
For more information or to register, visit www.CarefestDupage.com
Published on Feb 27, 2011
Published on Feb 27, 2011
LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church is the quarterly magazine of Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago, Illinois.