August 2, 2022

 

A Word from Walker

 
All of us look forward to the Summer. It is not only a time to enjoy the warmer days, it also beckons us to get away, even if it just for a few days. Gina and I just returned from such a much-needed break. We went to Surfside Beach which is just south of Myrtle Beach. We spent time in the sun, despite the blistering heat indexes that went over 100˚ each day, ate some really good food and just rested. I now know why people in Europe often take two weeks at a time when they vacate. I think it takes several days to de-frag from life’s pressures so that you can begin to dive deeper into rest and recreation.
 
On one of our days we went and visited Brookgreen Gardens. I had no idea that this place existed. It is a combination of museum, gardens and zoo all wrapped up in one package. We only spent time in the gardens and saw hundreds of sculptures that covered the gamut from a larger than life sized representation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote to meticulously crafted game birds. This was all started in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, These folks were famous art lovers and philanthropists. I wondered if they knew the scope that their generosity would morph into ninety-one years later. Generosity can have that surging effect, like waves linking up and creating a much larger one.
 
But you don’t have to give millions of dollars to establish a world-class museum or create awe-inspiring gardens to have a lasting impact. You can simply live your life in such a way that through daily sacrificial service to others you create a ripple effect that will be felt for years to come. Such is the case with our friend and colleague Craig Clayton. Recently, the Personnel Team and Board decided to downsize his position. Due to weak giving during the Pandemic by some of our partner churches, we started looking at alternative staffing plans. The leadership of the Association felt that now was a better time to do this where we could offer him severance that could help him take the next steps in his journey in as least stressful manner as possible. Craig has done a good job and he will be missed. I am convinced that the good work he has done will have a lasting impact. If you get the chance share with him your appreciation and best wishes.
 
Despite this sad announcement, there are many good things in the works you will be hearing about. Be sure to stay tuned to our Newsletters and Constant Contact for updates to ministry opportunities. Once again, I thank you for your support and appreciate all our partner churches do to help us link up and do more together than we can do alone.
 
Yours in Christ,
Walker
  

June 29, 2022

 

Craig's Comments 

    
“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel 37:3
  
Have you ever considered how many different responses God would have received if He had asked this question of more than one person? We all know Ezekiel’s reply, “O Lord God, you know.”
  
smithprayerwalk1Most religious people would simply say, “No way, Jose!”
  
The devout news aficionado may say, “I saw a story recently about how that valley was full of dry bones and there had not been life there for years! So, of course, they cannot live.”
  
The secular person void of faith might observe, “Scientifically that is 100% impossible by any stretch of the imagination. Empirically there is insufficient data for such.”
  
Maybe you can think of many other replies that would be heard in a crowd of people posed that same query. Ezekiel chose the road of faith and simply acknowledged that God alone knew the future of those bones. Do you realize this same scenario takes place right here where we live?
  
impactyadkin1Can there be life in East Winston?
Can a church be planted at Waughtown Baptist?
Could a work be started among the gangs of Winston Salem?
Can three churches be planted among the Hispanic population of Winston in one year?
Can unchurched people be reached in Germanton Park?
Could the Gospel be shared among the prisoners of this region to such an extent that over ⅓ of the population attends chapel services every Sunday?
  
providence place outreach 1I could go on and on with examples of the many ways that God is moving among us. So many rush to answer such questions with a resounding no, but have you tried? Have you asked God what He wants? Even when the objectives may seem outlandish? Faith is often far beyond the scope of our comprehension. Seeing dry bones live would be a stretch for most of us, yet God is ready to do so even today.
  
We want to continue to champion such opportunities as we encourage people and churches to embrace Summer Serve!
  
July 10th - 14th - Multi-cultural VBS Triad Journey Church
  
July 16th - Rise Academy Mentor Training
  
cityparkoutreach1July 17th - Jail Ministry Training, Old Town Baptist Church 3pm
https://forsythjpm.org/jail-ministry/
  
Every Wednesday - Backyard Bible ministry in Germanton Park
  
Ongoing - Mission Center NC, Healing Ministries, and other local organizations have many exciting opportunities on a regular basis.
   
centergroveoutreach1These are just a sample of all that God is doing to mobilize His church to make a wonderful impact in the community. Opportunities abound in the surrounding region and we remain available to help anyone connect as they sense God leading them to serve.
  
Contact us today!
Craig
  
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