GraceConnect eNews, No. 121, Week of October 12, 2015

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

A Culture of Risk Taking

Americans, in general, like to take risks. Roger Peugh speculates that the idea of dreaming big dreams and taking the necessary risks to fulfill those dreams is embedded in the American culture, due to the very high proportion of risk-takers among our ancestors who left everything to start a new life. He says that sometimes the risks we take work out well, and other times those risks might be something we regret.
 
Roger and his wife, Nancy, learned a few things about taking risks while they were missionaries in Germany for 20 years. The risks were not what some might consider normal missionary’s risks: their lives weren't in danger and they weren’t persecuted for their faith.
 
One risk that the couple took was that they went without the support of another missionary couple for about eight years. During that time, Peugh realized that teamwork with other couples was essential, and deciding to go ahead without it was a huge risk in itself -- a risk that should not have been taken. One outcome from this negative experience is that Peugh wrote his doctoral dissertation on teamwork, partly because of hard lessons learned in those years. 
 
Sometimes God-inspired risks might be different than we expect. “God sometimes moves us to take a risk that is odd.” Peugh says, referring to a story about a family that he and his wife ministered to while in Germany. After discovering that the husband had left his wife and was now living with another woman, the Peughs prayed with the wife that God would restore the marriage. After months of prayer, Peugh had an idea: he would go to where this man was living with another woman. He felt that was what God wanted him to do.
 
Peugh visited the man and told him, “You know and I know you’re not supposed to be here.” Peugh sat across from him praying silently for 25 minutes, no words being exchanged, when the man finally announced he was ready to go back home to his wife. On the eve of what would have been their divorce, they rededicated themselves to God and their marriage. God had worked through the risk Peugh was willing to take, no matter how strange.
 
He advises that when God tells you to do something, do it, even if sounds odd. “We take the first step even when we don’t know what the second step will be -- that’s a risk taker.” -- by Melissa Sorensen


(Editor's Note: Melissa Sorensen was an editorial intern for GraceConnect.)

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[Read:]
Are assuming and assessing two different things? Jason Bradshaw, pastor of music and counseling at Greenville Grace Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Greenville, Ohio, assesses this fine line in a recent blog post. Consider it as you read The Danger of Assumption.
 
[Pray:]
The East Focus Retreat for Grace Brethren ministry leaders takes place October 19-21 at Ocean City, Md. It is the third of five similar retreats in different regions and led by Clancy Cruise, incoming executive director of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Pray for the participants as they gather, that they will find fellowship, relaxation, and renewal at next week's retreat.

[Watch:]
Last week we shared the story of the East Side Grace Brethren Church, Blacklick, Ohio (Chip Heim, pastor), as they combine missions and manual labor in a testimony to their love of Christ. Here's a video update of their ministry last summer as they worked alongside members of the Happy Church in Jackson, Ky. (Michael Tabor, pastor).

[Leader's Corner:]
Charis is the name adopted by the international fraternity of Grace Brethren churches and leaders. Begun in 1994, Charis serves as a platform for pursuing matters of common purpose and interest for those who share the values of the Grace Brethren movement. Charis is a transliteration of the Greek word for grace.

Delegates from all the countries of Charis will gather in Bangkok on November 1-7, 2015. For the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches-USA those delegates are Clancy Cruise, Keith Minier, and Mike Yoder. The delegate for the FGBC-Canada is Bartley Sawatsky.
 
The primary purpose of the Charis International Leadership Encounter (CILE) 2015 is to gather key leaders who will consider, improve, and endorse The Charis Commitment to Common Identity. This will be the culmination of a three-year effort to create a truly global expression of common values and beliefs of our movement.
 
A secondary purpose of this event is to receive reports from each country concerning progress in implementing the Charis Commitment to Common Mission (CCCM). Adopted by the delegates of CILE 2008 (Bad Hamburg, Germany), the CCCM serves to focus our regional and international cooperation in the areas of church planting, leadership training, and integrated ministries.
 
Prayer is requested for the weeks leading up to the meetings. See charisalliance.org for specific ways you can be praying. Please also consider signing up for the prayer chain, so that the week of meetings is regularly covered in prayer. 

[Connect:] Click here to send a note encouragement to Clancy Cruise, Keith Minier, Mike Yoder, and Bartley Sawatsky as they prepare to represent the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches at the Charis International Leadership Encounter.

Events in the FGBC

October 19-21, 2015  East Focus Retreat (FGBC)
October 30-31, 2015  WLS: Principles of Effective Bible Study, Columbus, Ohio  (WGUSA)
November 2-6, 2015 – Charis International Leadership Encounter, Bangkok, Thailand (EWP)
November 13-14, 2015  WLS: Women & Scripture, Elizabethtown, Pa.  (WGUSA)
January 15-16, 2016 – WLS: Women & Scripture, Ocala, Fla.  (WGUSA)
January 22-24, 2016  Kalahari Retreat, Sandusky, Ohio (FGBC)
January 25-27, 2016  Southwest Focus Retreat (FGBC)
January 27-19, 2016  Fellowship Council (FGBC)
March 14-16, 2016  South Focus Retreat (FGBC) 
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
July 22-25, 2016  Vision Toronto (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)

CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

Send events for the calendar to lcgates@bmhbooks.com.
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