“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Turn your worry into worship!
God’s in control of every situation!
Many times I see worried looks on the faces of those leaving for their first mission trip. Excitement mixed with apprehension! For many, it will be the first time on foreign soil, far from the comforts that we have become so accustomed to here in the United States. For others it will be the first time away from family or friends. It’s only natural to be a little uneasy of something you’ve never experienced before. Congratulations, you’re normal! Of course we can expect to be Continue reading Are You Worried? Just Worship!
“And He was saying to them, “The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Go; behold I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”
Are you ready to get in the game?
God needs players who are willing to get off the bench and into the game!
I recently saw a television commercial for a company of which I have forgotten the name. I don’t watch much television and even fewer commercials but what caught my eye was a tennis match, presumably Wimbledon, with a packed stadium. As the competitors battled it out, one fellow in a suit and tie decided he could help out so he vaulted the railing, whipped out a tennis racket and leaped onto the court, vigorously returning the opponent’s volleys. As other members of the previously mundane audience saw what he had done, they too began to leap to the court, one by one, until everyone in the stands was rushing to get in the game.
Though I realize this was meant to be comical and nothing more than a spoof, I wonder what the world would be like if Christians exhibited the same enthusiasm to help their team win. Someone once said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. You see, being passive isn’t being neutral. In effect you’re saying to the enemy, “go ahead and do what you want, you don’t have to worry about me, I’m not in the game.”
Now don’t get me wrong, Continue reading Are You Ready to Get in the Game?
Here at Joy Christian Fellowship we believe that, as followers of Jesus Christ, we each have a personal responsibility to be involved in some way in helping fulfill His command to be His witnesses both here at home and around the world. That responsibility begins in our communities of Englewood and Midtown Manhattan and extends to our region, our country and the world.
If you call Jesus Savior and Lord, then rest assured He has a plan for your life as well! Our heavenly Father desires for each of His children to use the gifts, talents and passions that he has given them to help fulfill His call to evangelize the world! As a matter of fact the Great Commission is not a suggestion…it’s a command! Jesus said in John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so also I send you.” But don’t worry, whatever He calls you to do, He will equip you to do it. Remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! The only ability God needs from you is your availability!
Jesus told His disciples “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” If we are to accomplish the task He has given us to do, we need help…we need your help! Take a look at our opportunities to serve and pray about where God would use you! Just say ‘yes’ to God and watch Him use you in ways you never imagined. Find your place in His plan to reach the world and it will change your life! I challenge you to respond as Isaiah did and simply say “Here I am. Send me.” Don’t think you have much to offer? You couldn’t be more wrong, just give Him what you have and watch Him take it and break it and feed the multitudes!
At Joy Christian Fellowship, our DNA is missions! We take the Great Commission as our commission and we’re serious about the calling God has placed on each of us and on our church! Between our Missions Executive Team, our Missions Mobilization Team, our missionary partners, strategic mission partnerships and all of our outreach ministries both here at home and around the world, we’ve got a lot to keep you updated on! If you can’t find what you’re looking for here on our website, chances are you can find it at our Global Outreach Center located in the fellowship hall of our main sanctuary on the Englewood campus. Make it a priority to stop by after any of our services, pick up information on our partners, find out what God is doing through our church, sign up for a trip and talk to one of our mission leaders from the JCF Missions Mobilization Team. We would love to get you engaged in the Great Commission!
Our JCF Medical Team has returned home safely from Southern India! Our team was able to visit our mission organization’s base in Hyderabad to meet with leaders to learn about their vision …
…and see their book distribution warehouse where tens of thousands of Christian books and literature go out all over the country of India.
Four full days of rural medical clinics gave us tremendous opportunities to not only reach out to individuals who were hurting physically but to also minister spiritually to so many lost in darkness. Though only there for a few short days, the trust established in these remote areas is invaluable as look toward future ministry opportunities.
We were able to offer basic eye exams, dental exams and treat various aches, pains and disease through primary care. Though conditions extremely basic and totally outdoors under the shade of tents, we were received with such grateful hearts of those who were sincerely appreciative of what we had to offer.
One of the highlights of our time in the field was sharing with group after group of women who had been dedicated as temple prostitutes or Jogini as they are locally known. After spending many hours sharing God’s story of creation and redemption and explaining the cost they would incur if they chose to follow Jesus, many made the firm commitment to accept His gift and worship Him alone.
Our final day in the field gave us opportunity to do general medical exams at a local school. Our interaction with the children was a tremendous blessing. These children were Dalit, or the ‘untouchable’ caste, a segment of India’s population marginalized for generations, given over to the most menial of labor and subjected to horrific degradation and humiliation. To see these children so bright and happy, receiving an opportunity to receive an education and better their lives was truly encouraging.
As we left, thankful for a few days in our future without curry and dreading the plane ride home, each of us were encouraged, inspired and excited about what God has in store for us as we follow Him back to India!
UPDATE – 5/31/2015
1 John 3:17-18 says “If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but shuts off his compassion from him – how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth.”
Dear Joy members, I thank God for your kind hearts and commitment to live out God’s word! As a result of your incredible generosity, Joy Christian Fellowship is able to give over $72,000 to the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal through the ministry of Samaritans Purse. Not only did we meet our original goal, we far exceeded it! All praise, glory and honor be to God as we work together to share the love of Jesus Christ around the world and meet the needs of those affected by this tragedy in Nepal!
Since the earthquake in Nepal on the 25th of April measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, there have been a total of 230 subsequent earthquakes and aftershocks to hit the region. Over 750,000 households have been either damaged or completely destroyed. Nearly 500,000 students have been affected by having classrooms heavily damaged or totally destroyed. The death toll approaches 9000 in Nepal alone with India, China and Bangladesh also affected.
Our deadline to give to this initial offering is fast approaching as we near the end of May! If you have given I thank you from the bottom of my heart! If you haven’t yet, would you pray about how God would have you be a part of what He is doing in Nepal? Your gift can change lives for the glory of God and bring salvation in the midst of chaos!
Love in Christ,
For nearly 2000 years it has been the responsibility of the church to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ and take His message of love, hope and restoration to the world! Here at Joy Christian Fellowship, we take that commission seriously as we endeavor to reach out to a lost and dying world with a heartfelt compassion toward those who are marginalized and a genuine love for all mankind created in God’s image.
It’s our belief that God has placed a call on each of our lives to be involved in what He is doing both here at home and around the world and therefore it is our sincere desire that each and every member of the body of Christ find their unique role in this epic adventure! Here at Joy Christian Fellowship we are on a journey….a journey to love the least and reach the lost! As a matter of fact, we’re on a mission…will you join us?