Providing produce for Syrian and Iraqi families

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 11th, 2017

I want you to hear about an exciting new project that will show the love of Jesus to many people in a very practical, tangible way. It’s run by friends I know and trust. If you’d like to help out financially, I’ll include a link below to a compassionate crowdfunding site.

Here’s the story (this comes from the crowdfunding site):

“The current refugee crisis is unprecedented. Never before have there been more than 65 million refugees and displaced persons in the world. More than 11 million of them (1 out of 6) are from Syria. That is half of Syria’s population. The country has been utterly devastated by the 6 1/2 year civil war.

In addition to the devastation and displacement of Syrian families, many Iraqi families have also been displaced, especially since the emergence of ISIS in 2014. Nearly 5 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes.

One of the constant needs of refugees is good nutrition. Because fruits and vegetables are typically more expensive than other foods, many refugees, especially children have mineral and vitamin deficits. We seek to overcome this barrier to good health by providing free fruits and vegetables for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East, both Muslims and Christians.

Depending on family size, each family receives a certain amount of coupons for a local fruit and vegetable shop each month. We hope to give these coupons for 9-12 months to help supplement the family’s nutritional needs.

Your gift of $25 will provide fruit and vegetables for one family for one month. So a gift of $150 would help one family for six months. We already have the funding for 800 families for six months. We would love to extend this for another six months so that each family could benefit for an entire year.

One recipient of this program in 2016 said, “God bless you and increase your good deeds. Thank you for the project. Before, we never gave our children fruit, but now they can eat bananas or apples and they feel happy!” - Abu Bilal, father of 4”

If this stirs you, then here’s a link to find out more. Click here.

Jared Wilson on the danger of neglecting smaller contexts

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 10th, 2017

I’m thankful for Jared Wilson, and remember well his ministry at PCF a few years ago, when he came to teach our ministry leaders. To what he says in this short video, I say yes and Amen!

The Gospel Coalition New England in New Hampshire

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 2nd, 2017

I serve on the leadership team of The Gospel Coalition New England, and I’m excited that we’re heading to New Hampshire! On November 8, we’ll host our first Small Town Seminar, in Loudon, NH. The purpose of the Small Town Seminars is to resource, equip, connect, and encourage gospel workers in small town and rural contexts throughout New England. After New Hampshire, we’d like to roll this out in the other New England states.

Please join us in praying that this one-day event will serve and encourage pastors, Elders, and ministry leaders in New Hampshire, and strengthen Christ’s church there.

And please spread the word to any New Hampshire gospel workers you know and think would benefit.

For more information, and to register, click here.

J.C. Ryle on the Lord's Supper

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 28th, 2017

This coming Sunday, I will preach on Jesus’ words about the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22, and then we’ll come to the table together.

Here’s a great quote from the 19th century Anglican bishop J.C. Ryle, one of my heroes, to help prepare us. Ryle is writing here about the benefits of the Lord’s Supper:

‘Clearer views of Christ and his atonement, clearer views of all the offices which Christ fills as our Mediator and Advocate, clearer views of the complete redemption Christ has obtained for us by his vicarious death on the cross, clearer views of our full and perfect acceptance in Christ before God, fresh reasons for deep repentance for sin, fresh reasons for lively faith, – these are among the leading returns which a believer may confidently expect to get from his attendance at the Lord’s table. He that eats the bread and drinks the wine in a right spirit, will find himself drawn into closer communion with Christ, and will feel to know him more, and understand him better’ (J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, page 142).