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Join us at the fair!

The Hardee County Fair begins THIS Saturday, February 17th. So come out and enjoy the fair with us…and be sure to stop by FCC’s booths in the exhibition hall!
 


Special Service!

Be sure to join us on Sunday, February 25th, for a very special service. Ryan Sudsberry, one of the missionaries FCC supports, will be sharing the message with us and it’s sure to be a Sunday you will not want to miss!


Prayer Request

Diane Gruebel (Gigi) She has gout in the knee, which makes it where she can’t stand or walk. She is bed ridden until she gets better. Please pray for her recovery.


Please Pray!

Brent Stephens One of his employee’s mother-in-law (Sandy) is in congestive heart failure and has only been given a few weeks.



Missionary Update from the Sudsberry Family

Majority World Church

The “average Christian” today is female, black, and lives in a Brazilian favela or an African village.

Having spent the majority of my life working in the West the following has been a helpful bit of information to understand how God is working around the world. A great book on this is called “The Celtic Way of Evangelism” by George G. Hunter Click Here To Order. 

“The Pew Research Center’s report Global Christianity analyzes the size and distribution of the world’s Christian population. The report maps the changes over the last century (1910 to 2010). It concludes:

“A century ago, the Global North (commonly defined as North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand) contained more than four times as many Christians as the Global South (the rest of the world). Today, the Pew Forum study finds, more than 1.3 billion Christians live in the Global South [61% of all Christians live in Asia, Africa, and Latin America], compared with about 860 million in the Global North (39%).  That is an astounding shift in only one hundred years.

Let’s take China, for example. Professor Fenggang Yang of Purdue University makes an important prediction. If current rates of growth continue, within one generation China will have more Christians than any other nation on earth. In 1949, Protestant churches in China had one million members. In 2010, that number was 58 million. By 2025, there is likely to be 160 million Christians in China. By 2030, it is likely to be 247 million (outnumbering Christians in Mexico and Brazil and the United States).” 

This is from an article on the Global Church found here.

There is much we can learn from this article and information. One of those things is taking a look at China in particular. Persecution has actually caused followers of Jesus to work harder to make disciples. As this is a biblical mandate for all Christians I think there is much to glean here.

I love America and am very concerned for her. I want to see more churches begin here. Let me be specific though on the type of churches. We must start new churches who are willing to send people out to make disciples in their own contexts. We have got to help our people become disciple makers.  

On the island of Hispaniola where I spend the majority of my time I can affirm that God is doing something incredible here. The above picture is of Joel who is baptizing the first person in Los Guineos. This is the daughter church of Los Cocos which began in 2017.  

Thanks for supporting our family and our leaders.

Much love,

-Suds 5
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Prayer Requests

Nancy Yvon She is having hip replacement surgery on February 19. Please keep her in your prayers.

Tammy Crosby Prayer.

Keri See Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for her financial situation.
  2. She is living in chronic pain and may need surgery on her neck again.
 


Generations Cafe

 
 
 


Missionary Update from Justin & Steffani

Celebrating Christmas in Spain- Christmas Concert at Immanuel Baptist International Church in Madrid, and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.

Baby Hemming makes his debut THIS YEAR!! Justin is losing weight, meanwhile Stef is putting it on; Opening baby gifts brought by Justin’s mom.

 

2018 Gratitude Challenge!  

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23

2017 represented a good, full year for us in Spain.  But it wasn’t without its challenges. Much of our time was consumed with administrative processes (i.e. visas, getting a drivers’ license). At times we caught ourselves complaining about this system, that process, and wondered why everything wasn’t simply easier.  We realized that in complaining and expressing our seemingly daily frustrations, we were becoming jaded.  We were focusing more on the negative, than the positive.  This year, in 2018, we vow to do it differently.
 
Justin has developed a great habit of leading us in a daily discussion of things we’re grateful for.  Normally, we each pick three things from that particular day. They don’t have to be big things.  Sometimes we’re thankful for the weather, other times we’re thankful we communicated successfully over the phone in Spanish. What makes all the difference in our perspective, is pausing to express gratitude in the midst of frustration. 
 
When Christians talk about how to become more like Jesus, a lot of disciplines come up, things like prayer, Bible reading, and community. What doesn’t come up enough—and might have a bigger impact than we imagine—is developing an attitude of gratitude.

Whether you feel content where your life is right now or you wish things were different, you can make the decision to be thankful.

If you have a hard time believing that thankfulness can make a big difference, challenge yourself to a week of cultivating gratefulness. Before you get out of bed in the morning, thank God for three things in your life. As you go through your day, recognize and vocalize gratitude for the traits and kindnesses of others. At night, offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for three challenges you’re experiencing or expecting.

Would you join us and make a commitment to express daily gratitude?  You can express them to your family members, or  quietly express them to God through prayer or journaling. Do you accept the 2018 Gratitude Challenge? 

 
A Christmas cookie decorating party for our English Club kids!
 
Justin teaching a new game.
 
Some of our ministry team, at the local park.
 
Things we’re grateful for….
-We both PASSED our drivers’ tests and are officially licensed! 
-Purchasing a car in December, enjoying the freedom & convenience it brings.
-A healthy, growing baby boy, who we’re anxious to meet in a few short months! 
-Visitors! We’ve had several people come stay with us; it’s a joy to share our lives and ministry. The Hemming Casa is open to YOU in 2018!! 
 
Things we’d like prayer for…..
-Safety for lots of upcoming road travel to Madrid and back for prenatal appointments and classes.
-God’s perfect timing and healthy delivery for our little one this spring.
-In our village, which is in a largely agricultural region, many people experience economic hardship during winter.
-Zamira- a Moroccan woman and friend who is battling depression, loss, and financial hardship.
-Our small team and church- to continue to be light in a dark place.
-Prayers against “compassion fatigue” – with so many needs all around us, we need wisdom on which ones to try to meet.
 

Thank you Church, friends, family and team for ALL you do for the Kingdom, and for loving and supporting us so well. We continue to serve in Spain on your behalf! 

With love and every blessing, 
Justin & Steffani

 
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