LCMI's Fiji 2004 Youth Mission Trip is being done in conjunction with Abiding Life Ministries International and is scheduled for the week of July 9th-19th, 2004. During this time we will build a Church in the new village of Luna on the main island and a multi-purpose Bible School building on the second largest island in Fiji. The cost, for participant, is around $2,500, which includes a donation of $750 for building supplies (we must provide the materials, as the Fijians simply don't have the funds. This pre-registration amount of $750 is to be included with the application and is non-refundable. It is non-refundable, as we have to order the building materials from New Zealand and Australia ahead of time, which makes a refund impossible.) The air fair is estimated to be from $1,000-$1,300. There is also the cost of the lodging (while in transit), food, and transportation, which will make up the remainder. We will try to make the trip as cheap as possible. We will be able to give you an exact amount six months before you leave (the amount mentioned should be on the high side). We only have a limited number of openings for this trip and are already full for 2004! However, if you are interested in taking this type of trip next year, please let us know.
Shalom, Mike Rule
by Steve Yates
It was a cold, dark and rainy day as pastor John and I stepped into the white church van and headed for Roseburg. This was the fourth Thursday of the month
the time allotted to Tri City Baptist church to do the chapel service at the Roseburg Rescue Mission.
Driving in the rain, we reminisced about how many years we have been coming to the mission. For John, it has been a lifetime thing. He remembers going to rescue missions with his dad when he was very young. For me, the first time I set foot in a rescue mission was shortly after I came to Tri City Baptist - about 20 years ago. I have been making the 20 mile trip into Roseburg once a month ever since. It's hard to say why, exactly. Certainly I feel deep compassion for people who have lost everything in their lives; not only their worldly possessions, but often their families, their health, and sometimes even their minds. But, I think even more it's an opportunity to share God's great love and compassion to people who have nowhere else to turn.
As we arrived at the Mission, a couple of gentlemen came up to the van, welcoming us and offering to help carry things in. John and I have developed a system over the years in setting up for the service at the Roseburg Mission. He carries the TV/VCR, and I carry a board (to place the TV on), a tape player, some tracts and our Bibles.
John and I have settled on a low-key program that the folks at the Mission seem to appreciate and benefit from. We show a video -- usually of nature scenes -- and play a song in the background that has a good, encouraging message in the lyrics.
On this particular night, I look out across the crowd of about 30 people, mostly men between the ages of 30 and 50, and see a couple of young women each holding a baby while trying to control their toddlers (who want to be anywhere but here). The sight of it saddens me, while at the same time I am grateful; for the Rescue Mission: a church-sponsored organization that attempts to provide for the physical needs of hurting people while, at the same time, showing them their need for the Savior.
I am proud of my church for supporting the Roseburg Rescue Mission. If it weren't for caring churches like ours (all across the nation), this job would have to be taken-over by the government. We must not let that happen. It should be inherent within the hearts of all Christians to desire to share the Gospel with others, whoever they are, and to care for the needy.
After pastor John casually and softly interrelates his experiences of that week with the Gospel truths, and offers a simple explanation of the plan of Salvation, we pray. When we are finished with our program, the chapel monitor dismisses the participants to go eat supper. Nearly always, a couple of guys will come up for personal prayer, counsel, or just to tell us that they appreciate the program.
The day's mission complete, we crawl back into the van and head for Tri-City. As the windshield wipers slap back and forth, we together wonder if anyone heard God's message that night
if seeds for faith in Christ have been sown. Overall, we've decided to leave it up the Holy Spirit and to continue to be faithful in sharing God's love and grace whenever and wherever we can.
Pray for the staff at the Roseburg Rescue Mission. Pray for our church's ability to continue to support the mission. Pray for individuals who frequent the Mission, and please pray for us each fourth Thursday as we share God's love and His plan of Salvation with the needy and the lost.
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When a Friend Messes Up
When one of my best friends started making some bad choices, I knew I had to talk to her. Bekah (not her real name) was a leader in a couple of Christian clubs at our school, someone who'd always taken a strong stand for her faith. So when she went out drinking on that New Year's Eve, I felt, as a friend, that I needed to say something. When she dropped by my house to return a sweater she'd borrowed, I swallowed hard and spoke up. "I don't want you to think I'm judging you," I said. "But we promised each other that if we ever started doing stuff like this we'd call each other on it." "You're right," Bekah said. "But, I'm tired of being known as the 'good girl.' I had a lot of fun the other night, and even if it's wrong, it's what I want to do right now." I went on to tell her that this was about more than just her. It was about her responsibilities as a leader. It was about the mixed messages she was sending. And it was about my concern for a good friend.
Bekah said she appreciated my concern, but she had decided this was how she wanted to live her life for now. It was one of the hardest conversations I've ever had, but I knew it was the right thing to do. So, how are we supposed to respond when a Christian friend messes up?
First, how do we know when someone is really, truly messing up? There are 2 ways
1] God has told us that it's a sin. (find these in the Bible)
Example: I honor and obey my parents because God tells me to (in Ephesians 6:1), not because I will get grounded if I don't. My parents tell me to stop bugging my little brother and I don't stop bugging him, and so I am messing up.
2] You told me that it is a wrong thing for you. (read James 4:17)
Example: Say, I've talked about my skateboarding and how I will wear a helmet and kneepads, and you see me on another day skateboarding without a helmet or kneepads. I've already said that I will use them, so to not use them becomes a sin for me (but not for everybody else's skateboarding).
Confrontation is never comfortable, but sometimes it's just the right thing to do. (read Galatians 6:1) Not confronting someone who has slipped into trouble can be like watching a person drown on the beach.
How Do You Confront? Here are five things to think about when considering confronting a friend:
||| Seek guidance. Godly people may be able to help you prepare to talk with someone about something that is hurting them. When you confront someone, you will be speaking the words and heart of Jesus to them. Seek His guidance first in prayer and from the Bible. It's not easy to look at things today for the way they really are, and then not just look away. Prepare yourself for how to act and respond the way Jesus taught us.
||| Be humble. Before we talk to anyone about their sin, we must recognize that we are just as capable of doing the same things, or worse. (Galatians 6:1) Being tempted to sin is something we all know about. Don't be a hypocrite! If gossip is a thing you slip up on, then turn away from your own gossiping before you go to talk to someone else about their mistake of gossip.
||| Let love lead. Everything Jesus said and did was through love. This should be the same for us. It's because of love that you or I would talk to someone about a fault--not to pronounce judgment or find even more faults with them. Love should always be our motivation. Love is gentle. Love doesn't hide from the truth. You can read more about what true love looks like in I Corinthians chapter 13.
||| Begin by keeping it private. Sometimes other people have already heard about how a person is messing up. Even if the whole school knows about it, start by keeping what you know of the details between you and them. In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus tells us to first confront one-on-one [verse 15]. If the person won't listen and change, then take one or two others with you and go to them again [verse 16]. If the person still refuses to stop and turn around, then tell about it to the church [verse 17]. If they won't receive love & concern from the church, we will trust God to seek them out and bring them back again while they are in the world. [verse 17] Sometimes people do try to walk away from God, but most often a person will soon be willing to recognize how they have gotten into trouble and want to be free instead to have closeness with God. When I've gotten off-course and needed help, I have had a lot of people to thank for confronting me like Jesus would. Maybe you have too?
||| Offer to help. Be willing to help them through their struggle. Be willing to say, "I want to help you get through this. I want to pray with you and for you, and do whatever I can to help you get on track," and really mean it.
What Happens Next? When you confront a friend, there are generally three possible reactions:
|1 Thankfulness and Repentance. They could be grateful for your actions and begin to make changes. If so, your friend will be on the road to right living, and your friendship with them will likely be strengthened.
|2 Confession with some struggle. They may agree that you're telling them the truth and desire change, but they continue to struggle with their sin. You'll still need to offer support, prayer, a listening ear, and steady encouragement. And, you might also point your friend to someone better equipped to help like a youth leader or an elder-pastor.
|3 Rejection or Denial. They could reject your concerns or refuse to admit there's a problem. If so, your friendship with them will change. Continue reaching out to them while being careful to leave some space so that you aren't pulled into sin by their words and actions.
||| When someone repents (turns away) from sin, there's joy and celebration! Pour on grace and forgiveness, encouragement and peace, like in the story of the lost lamb and the lost son in Luke chapter 15.