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“I’ll be back.”

If you are a child of the eighties like me, you, without a doubt, know who said those three words and the title of the movie from which they came. Movie quotes are unique in pop culture as they can stay with you for life. Following, are a few more movie quotes from the eighties. Do you know the titles of the movies from which each of them came?

“Wax on. Wax off.”

“If you build it, he will come.”

“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

“I am your father.”

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

(I know this quote isn’t from the eighties but 1977 is close enough, right?)

You could probably think of a few movie quotes that are memorable to you as you read through the preceding list. While those quotes stood out to me as I was growing up, there was a quote from a far less famous movie that came to mind as I thought about Pastor Clint’s sermon from last Sunday on the topic of God as provider and as we learned about the clean water project First Presbyterian Maumee is supporting in the Dominican Republic.

The movie that came to mind is one made for television titled, Jesus (1999). The scene the quote comes from is one where Satan is walking with Jesus through a group of poor people who are starving. He asks Jesus to turn stone into bread and feed the people. Satan says, “They hunger for bread, Jesus.” Jesus replies “They die of hunger because of the hearts of stone of other men not because God wills it.”

This quote is memorable to me because it illustrates the truth that God does provide while often working through people to fulfill the provision. There is more than enough food on earth to feed the hungry but those who have more than enough must be willing to give it and deliver it to those in need. God’s provision must be distributed appropriately and justly.

Similar to the hunger issue in the world is the issue of thirst. In parts of the world such as the Dominican Republic, the access to clean and affordable water is a life threatening issue. While God has provided water to these areas, those who are able are called to provide the means for the water to be purified. The need for purified water was seen first-hand by Chuck Lewis and Heather Cole during the Compassion International trip to the Dominican Republic that members of First Presbyterian went on last summer.

Chuck and Heather visited the water dispensary center at Nueva Jerusalen Child Development Center in San Luis in eastern Santo Domingo. While there, they learned about the current water purification system that was unreliable and unable to keep up with the demand of the 18,000 residents it serves. A new water purification dispensary system is needed to serve the residents of the city.

In response to this need, First Presbyterian is raising funds to provide the equipment for an upgraded water purification and dispensary system for the community. The upgraded system will process three times the water of the old system and will include an electric generator that will kick in when the power is cut, which happens often, allowing water to be purified twenty four hours a day instead of the current six hours a day.

The cost of the water project is $26,000. The church has set a goal of raising $13,000 from within the congregation with the rest coming from outside sources. Families can be a part of the effort to raise the funds for the project by collecting change and putting it in the water bottles that students who would like to participate in the project will be bringing home this week. The water bottles should be returned to the church by Sunday, November 20.

Let’s borrow from movie quote, “I’ll be back,” and with Chuck and Heather say, “We’ll be back” and bring God’s provision of purified water to the community at Nueva Jerusalen Child Development Center in San Luis, Dominican Republic.

-Jason

"The Wrong Job"

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“The Wrong Job”

 Have you ever accepted a position that you were not suited for?  Maybe you thought it would be a breeze, but when you got there you realized that it was nothing like you expected.  Maybe you felt obligated to say yes, even though you knew the job was not geared toward your strengths.   There is nothing worse than being faced with a commitment that you know you are not suited for.  

When I was in my early 20s  - and that was many years ago – one of my friends roped me into a volunteer position I was not suited for and boy, was I miserable!

In those days, WGTE – Channel 30 – the local public broadcasting station would hold an annual TV auction.  “The Channel 30 Buy-In”.  People and businesses would donate items and services and local personalities would serve as auctioneers.  To bid on an item, you would call into the station where a bank of volunteers were ready collect the bids.   I did serve as a phone volunteer several times.  That job was fun and fast paced.  The job that was so totally wrong for me was at the front end of the auction.  I was given a list of businesses to personally visit to ask for donations.   I was timid in those days.  (People who know me now, will find that hard to believe!)   I was terrified of going into these places.  On top of it all, these businesses were in the farthest away part of town.  I remember sitting in my car wondering if I should just write, “Not interested” on each businesses’ donation form –so I wouldn’t have to go inside and make the “ask”.

This was the wrong job for me.   To this day, I find it awkward to ask people for money or donations.  I cringe when I get asked to help with stewardship.  I am just not good at it.    I’m much better at organizing events and people.  My strengths lie toward leadership and administration.   

God has blessed each of us with specific gifts and talents.  It is our responsibility to learn what our spiritual gifts and our God given talents are and to use them to serve the Lord.  Not all of us are comfortable with praying at someone’s bedside or in front of a group.  Not all of us are blessed with the gift organization.   In the church we are constantly being asked to serve on some project or committee.  If we first know our strengths and gifts, we can use them to serve in an area that suits us.  This will help keep us from volunteering for the “wrong job.”  When we volunteer using our gifts, the outcome is much more successful and we are blessed through our service. 

Take some time this week to examine where your strengths lie.  Are you serving God’s people in areas where you excel?   If you would like help determining where you could use your gifts, please give me a call.  And don’t forget to ask God to guide you as you seek to serve Him in the best possible way. 

 Peace, Blessings and The Light of Christ be Yours

 Annette

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