GraceConnect E-News, No. 20, Week of November 4, 2013


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Teen Role Models

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV)

This week's eNews looks at two young men who were not afraid to set an example. One was responsible for seeing the lives of his entire family changed. The second responded in a crisis, putting others needs before his own to make sure they were out of harm's way.
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A Changed Family:
All in For Jesus

What happens when two kids decide to take Jesus’ command to share the gospel seriously? How about an entire family now faithfully serving the Lord?
When Taylor Fike was 16 years old, he was invited by a friend to come to the high school ministry at Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Wooster (Bob Fetterhoff, senior pastor). He started attending, and soon after was invited on a mission trip to San Francisco during the summer of 2010. During the trip, he realized his need for a Savior, gave his life to Christ, and came home ready to back up his decision with action. 
Around the same time, Taylor’s younger sister, Adrianna, then 13, was invited to church by a friend as well. Her curiosity piqued, she started attending. God took the family by a storm. Today, the Fikes (Taylor, 21, and Adrianna, 18) are flourishing and actively involved members of the church, which is passionate about life change.
“My parents had gone to church before, but they had never really committed to going very often,” Taylor explained. “They started coming to church with me and my sister every week.”
In 2012, the family attended the Kalahari Youth Retreat, a winter respite held at a popular indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio. Parents Brad and Paula went as chaperones, Taylor assisted Nick Cleveland, youth pastor at Grace, and Adrianna attended as a student.
Adrianna made a decision to dedicate her life to full-time ministry that week, and the family gathered to support her. “For the first time, we sat down as a family and prayed, and my dad prayed for us,” Taylor remembers. “I’ve heard my dad pray out loud twice, and both times were at Kalahari.”
It wasn’t until I came to [Grace Church] that I understood that Jesus died for me,” explained Taylor’s father, Brad. “Since we’ve been to Grace, it’s been a growing experience. Our kids have kind of become our role models, because they’ve pushed us into being more faithful in following Jesus.”
“I believe that Jesus will build his church and his church should be concerned about reaching the world,” said Cleveland.  â€œIt’s a vision for our fellowship: disciples making disciples.”
 â€œ[Taylor’s] decision to go all in for Jesus changed his family,” he continued. “It’s a powerful story because it’s an entire family. But it is not an isolated story…this doesn’t happen in a place where people are unintentional about reaching lost people." -- by MariJean Sanders (Andrea Skowronski also contributed to this story)

"It Was What Needed to Be Done"

This morning we received a story from the Grace Brethren Church in Norwalk, Calif., that shares a behind-the-scenes look at how God used a teen from the church during a crisis at the Los Angeles airport. Pastor Jeff Patton tells the story:

"One of our teens was at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on November 1 in Terminal 3 when a gunman went on a shooting rampage. Timmy Ramirez (in the photo at right) was waiting to board his flight to Urban Hope (in Philadelphia, Pa.) for his OB (Operation Barnabas) reunion. As thousands began running and fleeing, Timmy turned to help a frightened little girl who was hiding under some seats and had been separated from her parents. He handed her off to a couple who were not her parents, and then he turned to help an elderly woman who had been knocked down and couldn't walk. Timmy picked her up and carried her in his arms out an emergency exit and onto the tarmac to safety. Timmy missed his flight and his reunion and was stranded at the airport 12 hours before his family could retrieve him. Timmy's testimony in danger was phenomenal and he acted heroically, and he absolutely wants no glory or attention. He said, 'Things needed to be done and so I did what needed to be done.' Praise God for sparing his life and for his valuable testimony."

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Events in the FGBC

November 6 – Super Wednesday (GCS, CEN)
November 15-16, 2013 – Women's Leadership Class, Wooster, Ohio (WGUSA)
January 27-29, 2014 â€“ Southwest Focus Retreat (FGBC, location to be announced)
January 29-31, 2014 â€“ Fellowship Council (FGBC, location to be announced)
July 17-21, 2014 â€“ Vision2020 DC (FGBC)
July 22-27, 2014 â€“ Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)

CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC â€“ Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GCS  â€“  Grace College & Seminary
WGUSA â€“ Women of Grace USA

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