Friday, January 29, 2010

Winter Activities

While serving with Josiah Venture in Poland, our family is actively involved in our local church here in Bielsko-Biala. Greg has served as an elder these last 2 years and Heidi is involved in ministries with women. This winter Greg has been co-preaching through I Timothy with our pastor and really enjoys it.

We are also into our 3rd year of leading a Home Group Bible discovery each week. Currently we are studying Galatians and it has given us clarity between living by the rules of "doing" the right or wrong thing vs living by faith in "being" who God intends us to be and "receiving" what he has for us - not working for it.

Greg is a wonderful Bible teacher and I love how he has taught our group to look at the Bible text and learn for ourselves rather than listen to him teach or tell us what it means. This group now has those skills.

Each year our congregation puts together Christmas boxes for children and we distribute them together with the packages received from Samaritan's Purse. This December we hosted a Christmas program for 200! While 180 kids attended a program and received their packages, 80 parents from the community were treated with their own program including holiday food, carols, and a Christmas message.

Sunday morning of Christmas weekend, the men of our church family hosted their first ever Christmas breakfast, from cooking, serving, & cleaning up. Guess who's idea that was?! Rumor is that the men haven't been in the kitchen in 30 years. We are looking forward to a repeat performance next Christmas. Catch a glimpse of our handsome waiters!


Missy said...

These were great updates! I love all the pictures!!

Hillary said...

I so enjoyed reading about what you all have been up to these past few months. We have been praying for you and we are excited to see you soon!