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GARDENING

Gardening has been one of my favorite hobbies since childhood.   I loved to prepare the soil and plant the seeds in anticipation of the day when the tiny green plants would poke their way to the surface.   I would check every day to see if the seeds were growing.  Usually at about one week, I would be running back to the house excitedly announcing that the garden was up.  I also liked the harvest.  Several times a week I would be checking for ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, beans or whatever else we had planted that year.  The only thing better than picking the vegetables and bringing them into the house was sitting down to eat the results of our labor.

While reading Galatians 6: 7-9, God reminded me of some of the similarities of our walk with God and gardening. Verse 7 says that we reap what we sow.  My bean seeds always produced bean plants. Verse 8 says “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction, the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”.

There was however, one part of gardening that was never much fun. It seemed like for every seed I  planted there would be at least fifty weeds and I hated to weed the garden.  If I gave up on the weeds and did not take them out, the weeds would overtake the vegetables.  Verse 9 refers to the fact that we need to sow the right seeds in our lives and challenges us to not give up.  Sin in our life is like the weeds in our garden.  Sin can easily overtake our lives.  Lets walk in the Spirit and allow Him to keep our lives clean.

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Drinking Coffee Changes Lives

In Southern Honduras an elderly poor native named Guillermina and her protective dog live like many other impoverished inhabitants of the country. Her floor is dirt, and her cooking facility is a fire outside. The house made of sticks and mud covered by scrap pieces of tin to form a makeshift roof does not serve as substantial protection from the elements. During rainy season, the roof leaks and the mud runs. Simply surviving, Guillermina has lived on a day to day basis, without knowledge of a loving Savior who created her and knows her by name. But God saw her in the mountains of rural Honduras, and like so many others in the history of mankind, He had compassion on her.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
 
Thanks to Faith Bible Church's support of HOPE Coffee’s Build a Home for Christmas initiative last fall, the construction of a new house for Guillermina is being funded from those profits.  Local church members are currently laboring on the weekends as they aim to finish the project before the rainy season. Neighbors watch in bewilderment as they wonder how an elderly woman with no contacts or resources could receive such a marvelous gift. Praise God for his provision and for the willing workers who toil to build the house!
 
Please join us in prayer for Guillermina and her neighborhood that they would soon receive the marvelous gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Though their hearts may be hard, we trust that God can pierce any barrier!
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