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From the monthly archives: March 2009

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'March 2009'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Liberty for All by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the U.S. worldwide, and in a more general sense, represents liberty escape from tyranny. The Statue of Liberty was often the first glimpse of the United States of America for millions of immigrants who traveled 1000’s of miles on harrowing ocean voyages from Europe and Asia. The statue depicts a woman, standing upright, dressed in a flowing robe and a spiked crown, holding a stone tablet close to her body in her left hand and a flaming torch high in her right hand. The statue is made of pure copper on a framework of steel (originally iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf. It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal, itself on an irregular eleven-pointed star foundation. The statue is 151 feet and one inch tall, with the foundation adding another 154 feet. In her hand pressed into the stone tablet testify these truths once held dear to American and foreigner alike: Give me your ti ...

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Surprised by Love by Greg and Sue Smith

When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.—Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV) “Random acts of kindness”—how potent they are in sharing God’s love and care with a hurting world! Over the past few months, our ministry—LUCHA Ministries—has uncovered a number Latino families in our area in need of food assistance. With the economy bad and jobs drying up, fewer and fewer families are able to put food on the table regularly. So every basket of food we distribute is always much appreciated. But sometimes, as M. reminded us, assistance shared randomly and unexpectedly can mean even more. Recently, M. revealed to Sue one of those “acts of kindness” her family had received from an “American” they knew but whose compassion was simply overwhelming. “No one has ever done anyth ...

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God Gives the Increase by CBF Field Personnel

 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. — 1 Corinthians 3:7-9 NIV We have been in this ministry among Persian Speakers for over 17 years now. We have worked in many countries and many states in the US. We have planted churches and held Bible studies and worship services. We have shared the gospel with family, friends, neighbors and strangers. We know that God is faithful.  We know that from scripture and from the changed lives we see. We also know that God loves people and desires for them to be saved. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8 NIV). During a recent visit to Texas, we reunited with an Iranian fam ...

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