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Sending A Missionary

  

It isn’t normal but it should be! Churches are filled with people who love one another - as it should be. Yet, our love for one another must never disallow our love for the lost. Of course, our love for the Master generates both - we love one another because of what Christ has done for us mutually; and, we love the lost because of how Christ loved them and died to save them. Christ is rarely seen as more worthy than when He is saving people we know - it deepens our appreciation for what He has done for us and causes our song to rise to higher places. 

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Sometimes, we lose sight of these twin realities of love. We can get so caught up in our love for one another that love for the lost is neglected. Such inbred churches will inevitably begin to die. This is why a sign of vitality in a church is when it is seeking to reach the lost. That vitality soars when a church is willing to send out from their loving assembly those who will answer the call to go - to relocate to a place where they can help to plant a brand new church.

Grace Bible Church is knowing this kind of blessing! In recent years, we have sent several families out to pastor local churches in our area - Schroeders to Elk Grove, Ursols to Carmichael, and Thomassons to Lincoln. But, we now move to a new level with sending the Donchenko family to the country of Georgia to help plant a church in the town of Zugdidi. David and Inna will be taking their family there to serve the Lord, departing in mid June. Their plan is to be there 4-5 years in order to help establish the church and bring believers to maturity.

Their support needs have been established at $2500 per month. They plan on providing $500 of that from their own resources and then raising the additional $2000 per month in support. Of course, GBC will be doing all we can to help them with this. 

In addition, there is a need for about $16,000 in out-going expenses to ship a container over with furniture, a car, and other miscellaneous items to help them in their work. They will be purchasing appliances in Georgia which is part of this amount. Would you be interested in standing with them in their answering God’s call to spread the Gospel in Zugdidi?

 We will be having a Benefit Dinner at Grace Bible Church of Fair Oaks on Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 PM. We are asking a dinner price of $20 per person not simply to cover the meal, but to get a “jump start” on funds that are needed by the Donchenkos. We will then be receiving an offering that we hope will provide all, if not more than, the funds needed to pay for the shipping of Donchenko’s container and start-up expenses. 

This is an exciting time for our church. Although on a far less dramatic level, we feel like the saints in Antioch must have felt when they sent Paul and Barnabas out from their church in Acts 13:2-3 - “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” It will be hard but satisfying moment when we “send them away” and seek the glory of the Lord in Georgia through the Donchenkos. 

 

Stand behind them with us!!! 

 

Rick