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The Reluctant Witness
    September 17, 2017
    Acts 9
    Terry Cosby

On Purpose
    September 10, 2017
    Revelations 5:6-14
    Terry Cosby

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ission  Nepal Missionary Trip
 oment  Posted September 21, 2017

by Ron Roberts

I was talking with my wife on a Sunday evening a few months ago explaining how I felt I needed to go on a mission trip. This is something I've wanted to do for some years, but it was now really weighing heavy on my heart.  Oddly enough the next morning I was asked by a local friend, Perry Auten, if I wanted to go on a mission trip to Nepal. I've never been asked to go on a mission trip before.   The good Lord amazes me all of the time, but occasionally He simply blows my mind.

I'm not sure who said it, but I've recently seen a quote that says "every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor". I realize that this doesn't mean everyone needs to go to a 3rd world country to evangelize.   A person can very simply be a missionary in his or her own town and in some cases, in his or her own house.  I'm not sure why I've had an urge to attend a mission trip out of country. I assume part of it would be the adventure, but the thought of helping to bring Christ into someone's life that has never heard of Him is overwhelming.

Needing some advice on the mission trip, I asked Terry Cosby about it so he looked up Christianity in Nepal on the internet and told me this point in time is actually called the Golden Age of Christianity in Nepal.  I know the good Lord blesses us all with different abilities and talents and I truly believe it's not only to help others, but to help with the Endeavor of spreading the gospel.  I've never considered myself very talented in any area, but have been able to keep myself somewhat physically fit. This particular mission trip is called an extreme mission trip based on the fact we'll be reaching people in an extremely remote area that is very difficult to trek. They are at higher elevations in the mountains than your typical mission trip, which are normally 3-5000 feet.

Michael Greiner, one of the trip coordinators, came by our house one Sunday evening a few weeks ago to discuss miscellaneous gear that I will need. As we were talking, he mentioned approximately 2 1/2 years ago he was on a mission trip in Nepal near Kathmandu. He asked one of the locals, as he was pointing up the mountain "who ministers to those people"?  The gentleman said "nobody; no one has ever considered it due to the extremely rough terrain, there are no roads, only walking paths not to mention the higher elevation", which is between 65-8500 feet.

Taking this as a challenge, he established a plan with East West Ministries to develop an Extreme Mission Trip Group to reach these people.  Michael has made quite a few extreme trips now, taking people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. He mentioned two billionaires and one retired NFL football player. As he was explaining the physical nature of the mission trip, he highly suggested getting in shape for this type of trekking.  He said everyone who has made the trip, including himself, will get completely exhausted because it is so unlike anything any of us have ever done.

Our coordinator told us that each one of us will have a personal interpreter. They are typically Nepalese people that have become Christians, but normally live in the lower lying areas.  We'll be walking from 10 to 15 miles a day carrying our own supplies and they want us to keep our backpacks under 30 lbs.  We may occasionally come upon some electrical power, but very seldom.  Water is everywhere due to the mountain streams, but needs to be filtered. They said even some of the locals with us will get sick due to drinking the unfiltered water. Again, the terrain is very rough, only paths here and there, and due to years of building terraces for water flow and to help with erosion, there will be times we'll trek for miles up and down 18" to 30" tall terraces.

We will be leaving on October 23rd and returning November 2nd of this year. I'm not sure of the route we will be taking, but the coordinator said it will take approximately 2 1/2 days to get there.  We will begin the mission trip somewhere near Kathmandu and will be in the mountains for 5 days. I'm not sure of the logistics, but as we are trekking up the mountain, we will split off at different times to visit individual houses (I believe he said we'll be looking for roof tops of some sort) and occasionally we may come upon a small village. He told us our mission will be to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the individuals and/or families we meet.   When we mention Christ, there is a great possibility they will have no idea who or what we're talking about.  In describing how East West Missionaries approach these mission trips, he said we will be the advanced team or initial contact and then sometime later, a second and possible third team will arrive to help solidify their commitments to Christ.

I ask for your prayers to help keep the team safe on our trip and allow us the courage necessary to spread the Gospel and to be successful in converting the people we encounter. I realize I am nothing more than a conduit and the Holy Spirit will take control, if the people are willing, once we've initiated the conversations. I want to thank the Chapel for the gift of funding this trip and ask for additional prayers for the personal donor who has made another mission trip in the future possible.  This opportunity is extremely humbling to me, but this will all be done for the glory of God and I am proud and honored to be part of it. Mark 16:15 "He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation".

ission  Thank You from Isaiah's Place
 oment  Posted September 21, 2017

White Bluff Chapel has been a sponsor for Isaiah's Place since opening in 2002.  The support of this ministry is through the Local Mission Committee led by Becky Watkins.  Diane Frederickson is the Director of Isaiah's Place and also the Chapel liaison.  If you want more information or have questions, contact Diane.  Diane forwarded the following thank you and provided their summer newsletter.

Thanks so much to White Bluff Chapel for your continued support for Isaiah's Place. Our summer 2017 support was rich in ASL communication, Deaf relationships, and Deaf History. What a God we serve! Thanks again!

What's Happening

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Posted September 21, 2017

The evening of September 13 the current Wednesday night Bible Study met for the first time in Fellowship Hall.  The meeting was designed to bring everyone together, have a meal and learn how the Bible study will be conducted.

The start time for the study is 6:30 PM with a meal to be shared by all.  The Bible study is from 7 to 8 PM.  The first 30 minutes is a James Merrill video Bible study, followed by a 30 minute discussion time.  Everyone and anyone are invited.  It is helpful to RSVP with the Chapel office for a headcount for the meal but not mandatory.  There is a signup sheet in Fellowship Hall and you can call the Chapel office to confirm your attendance.

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What We've Done

White Bluff Chapel Brings Food to Evacuees
Posted September 21, 2017

by Nancie Yarbro

Matthew 24:35 says "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."  Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance called the Chapel needing 15 meals delivered to Latham Springs to feed some folks that had been evacuated due to Hurricane Harvey.  White Bluff Chapel and Chicken Express quickly responded to their need.   When we called and asked Chicken Express to partner with us, they immediately said yes and provided chicken dinners at a much reduced price. 

On Thursday evening the chicken dinners were ready when we arrived to pick them up. We then met Denise, staff member from Devaurex in League City, at Latham Springs and delivered the meals. Devaurex is a special needs facility that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The facility is getting cleaned up, but they lost all furnishings.  So, while they wait for the facility to be refurbished, approximately 60 children and their 24 hour staff are being housed at Latham Springs. 

Men's Ministry Participated in a City of Cleburne Project
Posted September 21, 2017

by Rick Faught

The men’s ministry in conjunction with the City of Cleburne and 6 Stones ministries participated in the Community Powered Revitalization program. Because of our skills, availability, and willingness I contacted the administrators about participating.

All recipients of this program have to make application to the city and they choose who will receive help. This family requested help because the wife of 66 years could not come home from rehab because of various condition issues. There are two more interior issues that will be done soon and she’ll be home.

Five homes/families were chosen.  This was by far the biggest job of the project. Over a 4 day period we replaced the wheelchair ramp, rebuilt and reinforced the porch, built a new back porch, tore down half of the 2 car carport and turned it into a very good one car carport, replaced many fascia boards and soffits, patched a lot of holes, and replaced siding, trimmed trees and bushes, painted the entire exterior, and threw away probably 30 bags of leaves, twigs and trash.

We had quite a bit of help on the last two days so we can’t take all of the credit but we did all the carpentry prep work and were there working from start to finish.

Chapel members that participated were:

Ron Williams  Jody Yarbro        Tom Partridge   Bob Buckner      
Rick Faught     Bill Gladbach         Keith Moreland               Larry Turner
Andy Dayton         Harry Seurkamp            John Knightstep Jim Strouse
Lou Storm      Shelley Storm              Paul Jacobus Mike Pollard

We were glad to be of service and show the Love of Christ.

Over the Hill Care Group Holds Annual Tailgate Party
Posted September 21, 2017

On Saturday, September 17, the Over the Hill care group held its annual tailgate party.  32 members of the group met at the Lone Star room to celebrate the beginning of football season.  Members were asked to wear something supporting their favorite team/s. 

Care Groups are all about helping one another.  Recently one of the members, Cathy Valenta, had ankle surgery.  A note was placed on Nextdoor asking if anyone had a wheel chair to loan for a week or so.  When they arrived home a wheel chair was in their drive way thanks to another member, Carrie Hicks.

Marcie Burris and Emily Morris hosted the event that included a variety of appetizers, desserts and sides along with brisket and sausages.  As usual there was plenty of food and no one went home hungry.   The room was decorated with a variety of football related items.

New members Larry and Carol Duffin and Jack and Cathy Maze were recognized and welcomed to the group.

After all had eaten, David Murphey and Emily entertained the group.  David offered songs that most were familiar with and sang along.  Emily shared a couple of songs she had written.  David then closed the show with "God Bless America" and of course everyone stood and joined in for an emotional ending to the evening. 

The group's next gathering will be December 9 at the Lone Star room for the annual "white elephant" Christmas party.  Bob and Cathy Valenta will be hosting.

Good Eats Care Group Meeting
Posted September 21, 2017

The Good Eats Care Group is one of several active care groups with regular gatherings. 

The group met for good food and fellowship on Sunday September 10 at the JG Ranch.  It was a wonderful time of fellowship with awesome friends.  Special 'thanks' to Jim and Pat Griffin for hosting in their beautiful home, and serving delicious homemade burgers!

Life is so much better when you travel it with friends.

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