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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                8 A O HeraldZeitung O Friday June Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life Church Briefs Children gather In The Upper Room The second year of the ecu menical teen summer program called The Upper Room is under way This program is designed to provide a Christ ian atmosphere for weekly Bible study prayer food and fellow ship for the youth of New Braunfels grades 9 through 12 Five churches have joined together to sponsor the weekly program Sts Peter and Paul Catholic St Johns Episcopal St Paul Lutheran First United Methodist and First Protestant The Upper Room will be held in the activity center at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 236 W Bridge from June 7 through Wednesday July 5 after which time it will move to St Paul Lutheran for the remaining of the summer July 12 through Aug 9 The Upper Room is held every Wednesday from 7 to 11 Exploring Gods Kingdom at Vacation Bible School St Johns Episcopal Church will be holding a Vacation Bible School July 1014 9 to for all children in the New Braunfels area Exploring Gods Kingdom An adventure in Prayer will be taught to chil dren ages 4 through entering fourth grade Preregistration is being held now Forms are available in the church office 312 S Guenther or call 6252532 for more infor mation THE GREAT COMMISSION Missions organization spreading the Gospel By DOUG LOVEDAY Managing Editor From a small office on Hillcrcst Drive a New Braunfelsbased mis sions organization is reaching out to the world spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and planting indigenous churches World Indigenous Missions WIM is a missionary training and church planting agency that organizes and takes shortterm missionary teams into areas all over the world said R Roland Ashby director of WJMs School of Missions We want them new churches to be selfsupporting and selfpropagat ing The leadership has to be Ashby said WIM was formed in 1981 by a group of missionaries in Mexico who shared a vision for church planting in indigenous areas of Mexico and other countries Currently 45 mis sionary families are serving in coun tries as diverse as Spain the former Soviet Union The Philippines Bolivia Mexico Indonesia and the Dominican Republic Our missionaries come from all over the United States We also go to mission conferences and are known as a mission Ashby said The group primarily is associated with nondenominational churches offering those church groups a nation al network by which to support and participate in world missions WIM attempts to become a tool that these churches can use to teach or reach the mission field some times as a bridge for people to go into the mission he said Ashby was called into the mission field in 1988 and since then has made presentations in churches across the country as well as taken part in mis sionary trips overseas In July Ashby and WFM will be holding Youth Quake 95 a 10day Our missionaries come from all over the United R Roland Ashby Jr crosscultural mission trip with 200 North American youths and an equal number of youths from Mexico The group will stay at a 300year old hacienda in San Luis Potosi Mex ico where they will undergo a three day boot which will feature rallies arid instruction in mime pup petry drama and other youth min istry tools Ashby said Theyll then split up into Mexican North American ministry teams and travel to six designated cities where they minister on the streets and in local churches Their number one goal is share the Gospel to spread the Gospel But this is also uniting the American Body Mime evangelism Photo courtesy of ROLAND ASHBY A Mexican drama team performs in a church in Zacatecas Mexico during a recent mission trip organized by World Indigenous Missions of Christ with the Mexican Body of Ashby said I believe as the kids share togeth er pray and play together a real uni ty will occur in the Body of Christ Americans really have a terrible rep as these kids come together these walls come tumbling In addition to the Youth Quake and family missionary work WIM also oversees quarterly lism trips from the into Mexico with the intention of reaching out to the isolated Indian unreached peo ple groups Ashby said the medical aspects of those teams opens doors On the last tour we had a team of 60 doctors nurses and evangelism personnel half of them were Mexican doctors and den tists and he said More than Mexicans bene fited from the medical clinic on the last mission trip and more than 500 of those made decisions for Christ Ashby said Many times people will walk for two days to get to the clinic because they never get the chance to visit a doctor Then theyll hang around all Mission groups and Christians around the world are also targeting in prayer an area of the world that has long been closed to the Gospel of Christ Ashby said From Morocco in Northern Africa south to the Equa tor and then eastward to Japan reli gions including Hinduism Buddhism and Islam have held sway over pop ulations As Christians begin praying for God to open those lands to the Gospel Ashby and his wife as well as a small group of others will be traveling to Casablanca Morocco for a time of prayer Other mission groups around the world have similar trips in progress and in the works Ashby said The focus is to send teams into 100 megacities Worldwide more than people are joining teams to go just to pray You dont know what prayer does we may never know until we get to heav To find out more about WIM or to support their work contact the office at 6290863 Heavensent love can be found in unlikely places The weekend activity had placed four couples together in a miniretreat to talk about our mar riages and learn how to help others The real issues of life are never easy to discuss but after a day of laughing and conversing everyone had dropped their guard enough to ensure trans parency The exercise for the morning was to answer a series of three questions concerning our life as a child The first question was easy enough for most It was Who had given you attention when you were growing had left their world in order to enter the world of your child hood Bruce was thinking and you couldnt help but feel the frustration that was building 1 le was captured by a sad little boy inside now challenged to tell the truth It was not a pretty sight Here was this upper middle class suc cessful good kids a good Christian facing the task of truth telling He seemed to have everything in his court His life had turned out well Yet the pain of that simple question sunk like fog through his spirit dampening his soul with tears and highlighting memories that had remained shadows until now He spoke with the refined accent of Louisiana breeding I guess that would have been the Pause He would be the one that would ask about my day when I came home from school He was always there for With tears the story of an old black gardener was told Tenderness soothed us all But it was so sad to Dennis Gallaher realize that the old gardener had taken the place of absent and unaware parents Parents who D ally B r never knew the heartfelt needs of a little boy a little boy who needed someone to leave a world of busyness and work and enter into the world of a tenyearold Bruce continued He told how his friend had taught him to hunt squirrels in the pecan bot toms How he would do all kinds of jobs for the man in order to hear his approving words How he would protect the man from the racial slurs that were so common in his town And all because that old black man was rich in acceptance and affirmation and encourage ment The gardener took time to leave his world and live for a few moments each day in the life of a little white boy from Louisiana It is no surprise that many if not most of our generation has a similar story Absent from memories are the people who most mattered If we are the sum total of our experience then the result of this is evident in the social facts of our American society But let me tell you what is really amazing Tucked away in the Bible is a short sentence that gives us Gods perspective in our life It is found in the first chapter of the letter to the Ephesians He God the Father made us accepted in the Beloved Through all the misfortunes of life through all the abuses and the tragedy of unmet needs and even through the unknown neglects that are so common Gods intent is to constantly make a way to tell us through Jesus we are totally accepted by Him That fact is not something that we want to readily accept After all it is painful to admit that one or both people who were supposed to provide total acceptance failed Many would rather not deal with the painful truth Others will not give up the anger and bitterness that the truth brings Gods intent remains unchanged unwavep ing full of compassion grace and mercy Soci ety that has excluded God has proven that it te powerless to provide the love and acceptance absent in the foundation of families No gov ernment program will ever be able to supply emotional substance Only God can With ten derness and compassion He looks for the path into our heart His agenda is not selfserving ing He gives us everything and shows His com passion in every way And it doesnt even mat ter if we notice Because He cares And He wants to help And sometimes if you observe closely He will use the most unlikely person to doit Even someone like an old black gardener from Louisiana Dennis Gallaher is paster of Freedom Fel lowship Church in New Pastors9 groups bridging gulfs between churches By DOUG LOVEDAY Managing Editor New Braunfels is a culturallyrich community and its church community reflects that diversity with many different congregations and denomi nations represented While the exchange between different denom inations can often be difficult or strained two local groups are bridging denominational barriers and bring clergy and laymen here together The Ministerial Alliance is an organization that is open to ministers of all denominations said Scott Tjemagel pastor of Mission Valley Bible Church The group meets every third Thursday for a noon luncheon at a local restaurant Different community service groups or min istry groups will present programs and just tell us what is going Tjemagel said Any service organization is welcome to contact the pastors and show what we can do to recruit churches in this community to What really brings the alliance of pastors togeth er however is the fellowship they receive from one another Tjemagel said We have a meal together and we keep each other involved with the different ministries were involved in We have the whole spectrum repre sented liturgical and nonliturgicaJ traditional and nontraditional evangelical and nonevan gelical and charismatic and he said The fellowship is broad and there is a real respect across the Ken Peters pastor of First Presbyterian Church is the president of the alliance The Ministerial Alliance has also organized communitywide services including Holy Week services Many New Braunfels pastors also gather week ly for the City Pastors Prayer Fellowsliip a prayer group for ministers that also has an open invitation to church leaders across the denominational spec trum I think New Braunfels is very traditional but it is very nontraditional for pastors to get together like Scott Tjernagel The whole purpose is to come together and pray together for the community We pray for each other for the different congregations and for the city and county Tjernagel said Like the Ministerial Alliance it has brought together pastors from all denominations Not everyone prays the same way but I dont know of a time when anyone has been offended Weve also gotten involved in events like March for Jesus and the National Day of Not every local pastor is taking part in each of these two groups but Tjernagel is thankful that so many have broken tradition and joined hands with their fellow ministers Things can improve but at least weve got pastors that are willing to get in the same room together There is a spirit of cooperation but there is aJso a spirit of he said 1 think New Braunfels is very traditional but it is very nontraditional for pastors to get togeth er like this Its been a real Religion Briefs Pig Wrestling Canceled at Church Picnic STEPHENSVILLE Wis AP City folks upset by the squealing have forced the cancellation of pig wrestling at this sum mers annual St Patrick Catholic Church Roundup a parishioner says Some city folks come out here and see the contest and dont Diane Hofack er said The city folks hear the pigs squeal ing a lot but they squeal anyway Pigs love The contest in which people chase the pigs in a muddy ring and put them on top of barrels generated an annual profit of to for the parish she said The competition lasts about a minute and volunteer firemen hose down the partici pants afterwards Seventyfive percent of the people dont even catch the Hofacker said Outagarnie County Sheriffs Sgt Gene Sipple who reviewed a videotape of the 1993 event made by animal rights activists said the pigs werent being handled or uti in an appropriate No one in the videotape was Sipple said Randy J Albert of Christians Helping Animals and People filed a complaint about the competition with state Sen Michael Ellis RNeenah who forwarded it to the sheriffs department Veterinarians have told us its extremely stressful for the Albert said The church had planned to hold its 26th annual pig competition at the Aug 1213 picnic Federal Aid Not Available for Churches OKLAHOMA CITY AP Churches and some nonprofit organizations devastated by the April 19 bombing will not be eligible for federal aid dollars officials said We are worried we are concerned our hearts go out to the parishioners of those said Richard Krimm of the fed eral Emergency Management Agency But specifically the law draws a line between secular governmental and purely religious activities Disaster relict funding from the federal government is reserved for local and state governments or nonprofit agencies providing public services such as education or health care said Krimm FEMAs associate direc tor of response and recovery Laws governing the separation of church and state exclude from funding buildings used mainly for religious activities Officials were quick however to hold out hope for the four churches damaged by the blast at the Alfred P Murrah Federal Build ing Churches that incurred expenses to aid in the response or that perform essential services of a governmental nature may qualify for governmental Krimm said The one area where the law says we can not provide funding is to rebuild or replace the church facility used for religious ser vices That law is governed by the principle of separation of church and Edwin Lipscomb the citys lead loan offi cer for the Small Business Administration said lowinterest loans are available to cov er uncompensated losses A few churches have picked up application forms but no applications have been returned The HeraldZeitung invites all churches in Comal County to share their news with the community All church leaders are also welcome to submit columns or opinion pieces for this page Send submissions to HeraldZeitung Church Life 707 Landa St New Braunfels TX 78130 Or fax items to 6251224   

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