Well, after some consultations, we decided that we need to make our ministry name just the singular use of the word, "Ministry." We found that it was too confusing and since we had not really invested money on the name, now was the time to make a change. It is simply, "International Campus Ministry." Nothing major, but we want to keep things simple and not have to explain it every time we say it. :-)
This question(s) have been haunting me for several weeks now. I don't want to share all that is on my heart because if if you were to attend church at Mt. Pleasant Baptist in Monroe, NC, you wouldn't need to come. :-)
There is an issue that we as American Christians need to consider. When God saved you, what were you sved from? Presumming that God has saved you? That is for another blog.
When someone from another religion comes to Christ, they are having to give up something so great: their culture, their faimlies, their livelihood, and so on. When someone from America comes to Christ, what do they have to give up? Anything? We live in a "Christian" culture! We are so blessed as a culture! What do we do with the Scriptures where Jesus speaks of sacrifice? Anything?
This is the heart of Christ words! When we truly examine what Christ spoke of when He was calling out those who would follow Him, the challenge was great! When Jesus was here in his earthly ministry, He called people out of their "idol" worship in order to follow Him. Where is your "idol" worship? As a a follower of Christ, are we whole-hearted, devoted followers? Or are we just casual followers?
Just think about it? Comment if you feel led! If you want to hear more and live in the Charlotte/Monroe area, join us Sunday morning at Mt. Pleasant Baptist for the morning service.
Since our return to NC, I was unsure exactly what God was going to do as far as opportunities here. My list of contacts and connections were getting pretty "low." It was simply because I had invested a lot of time when we were not traveling to my connections here. Well, God is always up to something and He meets us where we are! Just in the past two weeks, opportunities have come in in such a way as to provide us opportunities that we could not have seen coming.
From now, until we leave for Indiana in April, we have opportunities every Sunday to speak to groups within churches or to entire congregations! Praise the Lord! 3 of these opportunities, I am actually being asked to preach. Please pray with me if you read this. I am familiar with teaching, but preaching is not an area where I have great expertise in any which way. But God is faithful to speak to the people, through this lump of clay, exactly what He wants them to hear. To God Be The Glory!
I'll keep you posted as to how things go.
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.