News & Updates
From our Pastor:
August 21, 2020
Dear Auberry Church Family,
As much as I enjoy the warmer weather, I’m ready for the hot weather to subside and enjoy some cooler days! Nevertheless, I want to remind you that we should continue to allow God’s presence to keep our spiritual thermostats burning with love for God, His coming Kingdom, and His work here on Earth. I’d like to take this opportunity to fill you in on some current ministries that I’m hoping you will consider supporting.
First, many of you have participated and supported the missionary work in Chiapas, Mexico. I was blessed to become familiarized with the work there last October and want you to know that I have been in regular contact with numerous people I met there during my trip. One of those people is Efren De La Cruz Lopez, director of the Helen Keller SDA School in Comalapa Chiapas. Efren has informed me that the much of the region down in Chiapas has been affected by COVID-19 which is having devastating effects on the economy. As director of the school, he’s facing major cutbacks as many parents are no longer able to afford private schooling due to a lack of employment. The school also faces the challenges of implementing distance- learning options as many kids do not have access to technology or internet service in their homes. After a number of conversations, his strategy is to raise funds in order to help students with technological devices, alternate internet options, and provide tuition scholarships to keep kids I school. I’m currently working with Dr. Steve Rinker on this project but would love to involve our church family since so many of you were a part of building this school.
Secondly, another project that I brought to the attention of our church is that of a family in the Philippines. I initially met Gladys, mother of eight children during a phone call regarding my debit card. After disclosing my role as Pastor, she had questions which understandably could not be discussed during her work hours. We continued communicating for some months during which I was able to contact a local Philippine Pastor, and arrange for Gladys to go through a complete Bible-study course. I followed up with Gladys and answered any questions she had regarding the topic at hand for a few months until she made the decision to be baptized along with six of her eight children! We soon discovered however that there were financial needs so I brought this to our Church Board some months back, and we agreed that we could provide a small monthly gift to support this ministry, but our own challenges with the pandemic have sidetracked us. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to for us to bless Gladys and her family with our support.
Thirdly, I was recently informed of an SDA Church in Argentina that burned down and will need to be completely rebuilt. Despite this tragedy, there was evidence of God’s divine intervention. Although the church was thoroughly engulfed in flames, a Bible that was sitting on a table got through the fire almost perfectly intact, as well as some Spirit of Prophecy books. What a powerful testimony for the importance of God’s word and the Spirit of Prophecy in these last days! Oleg Lotca has a personal connection with this church and has solicited our church’s support for this project.
Lastly, I would like to mention that the SDA Church in Beirut Lebanon is seeking help with recovery efforts resulting from the devastating explosion a few weeks back. There are a number of SDA Churches, schools, and colleges that have been affected by the explosion and it’s another opportunity to extend a helping hand to the people suffering loss. Adventist Development and Relief Agency is currently working to assist those in greatest need during this time. I’ve spoken with George Johnson about this and he is willing to lead this project as he personally knows people in the area. I will send out an additional email with a detailed letter from George regarding this project.
We know from scripture that God’s plan is for His Church to be a blessing to this dying world. In Genesis 22:18 we’re told that through Abraham’s “…seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.” We also find in Galatians 3:22 that “…if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed…”. It is evident that God planned way in advance to bring a blessing upon everyone through His Church. I hope that you will prayerfully consider supporting one or more of these projects, and that you will experience the blessing of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Please contact Susan Mason, George Johnson, Oleg Lotca, or myself with any questions.