- Russian Operations Manager, Ruslan Asadov, will be speaking at the Southern Crescent Church in Tyrone, GA, during the 9.45 a.m. srevice. www.southerncrescentcoc.org for directions.
- Rob Browne, YouthReach International Executive Director, will be leading a communion service at the Family of God at Woodmont Hills in Nashville, TN, at both morning services. www.woodmont.org for times and directions.
- Community Church of Christ will host their 4th Annual Orphan Sunday Cake Auction at Greater Atlanta Christian School's Student Family Center at 6 p.m. A free meal will be followed by a time of worship and communion. The Cake Auction will begin approximately 7.30 p.m. Please bake a cake, bring that cake, and come ready to bid generously on the creations of others while they do the same for you. All funds collected this evening will go towards YouthReach International's Orphan Sponsorship Program.
The Heart of the Matter
by Rob Browne
Traveling with a new staff member who had never been to our ministry points and a board member attending his first mentor retreat, I was hopeful that they too would see and sense something deeper than their previous interactions with our ministry had afforded them. Not to put words in their mouths but emails and conversations with them since returning show me they were profoundly affected not only by the countries and cultures, the orphans and orphanages, the partners and projects, but chiefly by Arthur, Ruslan, Yasha, Alyona, Nastia, Masha, Sergei, Katya, Lilya, and on and on. The Mentors left an embedded mark on their hearts just as they do mine and, I hope, yours.
As we focus on orphans this coming Sunday, which is only right that we do at least once a year if not much more often than that, let us also give thanks for the people who choose to traverse public transportation, less than comfortable weather conditions, indifferent friends and family, and occasionally unsupportive orphanage staff to deliver hope, unconditional love and acceptance, and attention to children without a mother, without a father, without a family.
YouthReach International Mentors from Novosibirsk and Tomsk, Russia, staff from the U.S. as well as YouthReach International alumnus Les Nesbitt from Khon Kaen, Thailand,
joined us for 2.5 wonderful days just outside of Novosibirsk, Russia.
Who Are Those People?
As you read their stories and hear what about this ministry resonates with their heart consider what connects with yours. You may very well find that what moves them to respond might also move you to as well.