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Surprised by Grace in 2014 by Nell Green, CBF Field Personnel

If you research some of the online definitions of grace you come across words like favor, goodwill, love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, charity, etc. This post has been swirling around in my mind for months. It seemed fitting to finally put it down ‘on paper’ so to speak on the final day of 2014. You see, on multiple occasions people have asked me how I would describe the past year or so. Every time I reply, “I have been surprised by grace…over and over again.”

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Kickball...Leaves Plenty of Time for the Bible by Lita Sample

When we began the ESL Conversation CafĂ© for internationals who needed it, there came an opportunity for a little playtime.  One Chinese Christian woman came who wanted so much for her husband to come to ESL, because he didn’t know Jesus.  

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The World Welcomed in Knoxville by Marc Wyatt

This fall we began a new three year church partner relationship with our longtime friend, Dr. Tom Ogburn and his congregation at First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee. Tom is in his first year at the church but it doesn’t take long for one to see that he is already helping shape a new direction of openness, collaboration and cross-cultural mission within the congregation and community.  

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Jahid, the Berber Pita Chef by Marc Wyatt

You aren’t Greek are you? No. I’m Moroccan. How did you know, he asked? Well, we’ve had more than one Shawarma (a Middle Eastern Chicken Pita) and we can tell you aren’t making a Greek Pita here – its Shawarma. He laughed. 

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Flip Flops for Fiji by Fran Stevenson

While we were in Fiji during the summer, we had a wonderful experience at the International Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Nadi, Fiji.  We got involved with this church through our taxi driver.  After we came home, I put together two boxes of Bibles, journals, Christian books, and Bible study materials and sent them to the church in Fiji.  In sharing with my own small group, I was talking about how many people in Fiji, children and adults, don’t have shoes and other basic necessities.  The group decided that as a mission project, we would send a crate of those needed items to Fiji.  I never realized that my small group would be so generous.  When we met the next week, I realized that we would need a bigger crate.  

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Meaning of the Lord's Supper by Rick Sample

From that point, I had the wonderful opportunity to explain the meaning of the Lord’s Supper – about how the bread and the cup represent the body and blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.  

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I Needed a Hair Cut by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

It was just a regular day, a Thursday morning. We were planning to meet with a local pastor for lunch as a part of our getting up to speed in our new ministry field. Kim took one look at my hair and said with a smile ‘It’s time for you to get a haircut buddy’! I had seen a local discount hair franchise a few blocks from our North Raleigh apartment so I made my way over to it - crazy hair and all. 

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Counting our Blessings at Thanksgiving by Nell Green

1 Chronicles in the Old Testament offers this little tidbit about a man named Jabez. “Jabez was honored more than his brothers; and his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him pain.” Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!” And God granted what he asked.” 

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A Coach's Prayer by Kim Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

I’ve begun mentoring mentors, coaching a group of college students in their new outreach to vulnerable girls in a Research Triangle apartment complex. The program’s design is to help prevent school age high-risk refugee and foster care girls from possible abuse and domestic trafficking. Very excited to be asked to help with this, especially since my daughter, Rebecca worked with a campus minister to create it over the summer. Rebecca thinks it’s ironic that her mother is now helping a ministry she created take its first baby steps. 

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Last Call by PT, CBF Field Personnel

Have you ever been in a place where the words, “LAST CALL” at the end of the night have an urgent ring to them?  This is it…the last chance…It’s NOW or NEVER! Things are closing down.  These words invoke a response.

Hold that thought… and come with me to the 4 gospels of Jesus Christ.

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