What good is it dear brothers and sisters if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? James 2:14
I thought I was just meeting a friend for lunch. So, when he invited me to join him on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, I tried to think of an excuse why I couldn’t go. After all, I thought I was just going to write him a check to show my support and be on way. “Why not join me? You like to travel and you will get a chance to share your faith” he said. Immediately, I was reminded of the verse from James that my pastor had preached the day before. “What good is it dear brothers and sisters if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” Further on it says,” Unless it (faith)produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
Reluctantly I said I would go. I left the lunch meeting arguing my case with the Lord. “Lord, you know all that I’m dealing with, a broken marriage, a prodigal son who at this very moment, I don’t have a clue as to where he is. The last few months Lord have taken a toll on me emotionally, physically and spiritually. Each day has been a struggle living moment by moment ready for the next wave of fear to drag me under. How can I share a faith that I’m having trouble believing? I failed miserably teaching my son, look at what’s happened Lord, how can I teach others? “
Later that evening I was challenged by a friend who asked the question; Are they just words in a book to you or are they God’s promises and do you really believe they are true? Your son was brought up in truth, turn him over to the One who created him. Go and tell others of God’s word and his promises. It was as if a light switch had been turned on! Yes! Yes, I believe in His promises! I will be obedient. I will turn my faith in to action as I let go of my worries here in the states and go to the Dominican Republic!
That was 8 years ago. Our God is faithful! My marriage has been restored and my son has rededicated his life to the Lord and was baptized in 2015. The seeds that we planted in a little village named Zion back in 2013 have produced much fruit! Many of those children in that first Bible Camp are now Student Leaders. I’ve had the privilege of watching their faith grow and now am honored to serve alongside them as we teach the next generation of God’s promises!
CUPS Director of Advancement and Promotion
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August 4-9, 2020* September 8-13, 2020* November 24-29, 2020 December 26-31, 2020 December 29, 2020 - January 3, 2021 January 5-10, 2021 June 15-20, 2021 June 22-27, 2021 June 29 - July 4, 2021 July 6-11, 2021 July 13-18, 2021 July 20-25, 2021
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