We have three pieces of breaking news to share right at the beginning of our summer newsletter. First, this newsletter is the rollout of our new logo and slogan. Since 2019 is our 15th year of ministry, we thought it would be a perfect time for a change. We wanted to better reflect our rural and gospel message focus. The second piece of breaking news is the confirmation of our 2019 international rural mission’s trip. I will be heading back to Africa. There is much more to read about in our summer newsletter. . . [Click on the picture for the entire newsletter]
From Tuesday, April 16 to Friday, April 19 Great Awakening is conducting a Disaster Relief Emergency Gift Card Drive. Dollar General and Visa/Mastercard Gift Cards (or cash gifts toward those) are being collected for survivors of the recent Nebraska flooding and the Paradise, California, wildfire during the fall. [Click on image to read more]
HOPE FOR TODAY
For nearly 10 years I served inmates in our small rural county jail as a minister, and saw over 100 of them come through our Bible studies and annual Christmas outreaches. They were there because of drugs, alcohol, theft, sexual violations and more. Men and women. Young and old. While they sat with me in their white and orange jail issued clothes, I would often say, “When you were young and thought about the future, none of you set out to be in jail. You are here because something went wrong.”Have you ever known someone, where at some point, something went terribly wrong and one bad decision seemed to pile on another?
“Pastor Miller, thanks for coming over on short notice. My wife and I appreciate it. We are at a loss and don’t know what to do with our son, Tom. We just can’t handle it anymore. He’s an adult and has been out on his own for a while. For years we’ve dealt with his unpredictable behavior and have tried everything. He wasn’t raised this way. Pastor, what else can we do? Where did we go wrong?” Maybe you are a parent with teenagers or adult children that are living destructive lives. Can you identify with this dad and mom? [Click on the picture to read the full column]