Take Heart

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Last week, as we heard our Church in Action partners share about the heartbreak around the world — from the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar to the Iraqi/Syrian refugees in the Middle East to human trafficking taking place right here in our backyard — our hearts can be overwhelmed. Although God wants to shine a light on these dark places and calls us as His church to action, His plan is not to leave us alone, feeling overwhelmed.

Jesus reminds us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As we navigate our lives in our busy culture and deal with suffering, whether it be our own or that of others, let us turn to God’s Word and promises to remind us that we know the end of the story – God does have the victory! Yes, we live in the “in between,” as Pastor Brian preached on Sunday, but we do have victory through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

In our communities and around the world, let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus. During your First 20 today, ask God to meet you where you might feel overwhelmed. Commit to pray into those areas and to speak God’s truth over them. Focus on one thing at a time, and ask God what “next right thing” He would have you do: 

Pray: Stay connected with our ministries we are coming alongside and pray for our brothers and sisters serving. Subscribe to our Church in Action Newsletter at churchinaction@walnuthillcc.org and follow Church in Action on Facebook via our Walnut Hill Missions Page.

Give: Please visit www.walnuthillcc.org/church-in-action-pledge to make a Church in Action pledge and support 33 ministries worldwide.

Go: Contact us at churchinaction@walnuthillcc.org for more information on several short-term mission trips that are coming up locally and globally, or if you would like to volunteer to help during our Church in Action week or other events/activities throughout the year.

Thank you for being a church that prays, gives and goes. Thank you for being a Church in Action!

Our God hears,
Jen Cardinal