inin-spirespire-er NORTH CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) December 23, 2014 Volume 14, Issue 20 An Open and Affirming Congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Luke 10 Adaptive Challenge Go forth to cultivate community from our doorstep to the ends of the earth. And Happy New Year! Year! ALONG TIPTON LANE SYMPATHY... Christian sympathy is extended to Janet Abrams and family upon the death of her sister, Pam Stoner Burt, on December 9 in Indianpolis. A celebration of Pam’s life will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00— 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16 at Geist Christian Church. CHRISTMAS CARD REMINDER... Please remember AIC Katisaa as you celebrate Christmas. You can send them a card at AIC Katisaa, P.O.Box 886, Machakos, Kenya Joshua Kiilu http://www.africainlandchurch.org/https://www.facebo ok.com/groups/103384419709879/ IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS HEALTH CARE FACILITIES: Jessica Humpf, Johnson Memorial Hospital CCU Bertha Maple, Greentree at Westwood, Room # 213 Henrietta Owens, Keepsake Village Emerson Sutton, Kindred Transitional Care HEALTH CONCERNS Nancy Aurand-Humpf; Ruth Davee, Four Seasons; Chuck Shaw; Debby Shaw Janet Aurand (Mother of Nancy Aurand-Humpf); Mia Bauman; Logan Crawford (nephew of Linda Monroe); Wayne Ford (cousin of Bertha Maple); Merly Miner (partner of Sharron Overby); Barbara Taylor (friend of Bertha Maple); Burke Tinsley (friend of Justin Monroe) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO… January 1 January 5 January 7 January 8 January 9 January 11 January 18 January 19 January 20 January 27 January 31 Joshua Kiilu Jerry Hayes Ruth Davee Jerry Karr Kerry Kendall Rhonda Bell Joy Lawler Evan Shaw Anne O’Neill Elizabeth Fontaine Neal Whitson January 2015: Visitors are Blessings globalministries.org /bulletin/en/january-2015.html Written by Joel Cooper January 1, 2015 January 2014 – Visitors are Blessings You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. Exodus 22:21 Huriya is a student at Ainsworth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya’s volatile Eastleigh neighborhood. She and her family fled nearby Somalia when extremists gained power and began forcing them to follow their radical sect of Islam. Along with 90% of the girls at Ainsworth, she wears her school uniform accessorized with a flowing white Muslim headscarf. But the vast majority of Kenyans are Christian and many now associate Muslim Somalis with the recent wave of terror attacks in Kenya. After explosions killed 6 people in Nairobi last year, police have been reportedly terrorizing the Somali population. Eastleigh residents accuse police of banging on doors late at night asking for the occupants’ national identification cards only issued to Kenyan citizens. When the refugees explain they do not have one, the police ask for bribes. If a sufficient bribe cannot be produced, they are arrested or worse. Within months, Ainsworth went from 1500 to 1000 students. The situation is very hard on teachers, as well. Classes are taught in Swahili and English, and senior teacher Mary’s refugee students rarely speak either when they begin school. “We have agreed to struggle with these kids,” Mary pledged. “I always say when I get annoyed with kids, I always tell my God, ‘Let it be for a minute, and the next minute I should be happy with these kids.’ This kid left home to come to another mother—and sometimes I tell them that I am their grandmother—so why should I get annoyed?” With the devotion of Ainsworth’s teachers, some students are graduating and going to high school and on to college or technical school. Emotionally traumatized children have been aided by educators and counselors. “We try to tell the teachers to understand them and advise them that this place is safe, not like Somalia,” Head teacher Abdi noted. “They have changed: not one or two—many of them.” “Refugees want peace, and they came for peace,” Abdi shared. “They can’t go back to their country because it is insecure. The warlords are still there. The extremists are there. The refugees say we are all human beings. Everyone can live together with their own faiths.” As I spoke with Adbi, he and his colleagues brought me tea and cookies. He welcomed me with genuine sincerity, looked into my eyes, smiled, and declared: “A visitor is a blessing.” Joel Cooper serves as a Global Mission Intern with the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue(FDCD) in Lebanon. He previously served with Church World Service East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. His appointment is supported by Week of Compassion, Our Churches Wider Mission, Disciples Mission Fund and your special gifts.” NORTH CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) 850 Tipton Lane Columbus, Indiana 47201 Sunday Schedule 8:00 a.m. Morning News Class 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:00 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments (Handicap Accessible ~ Childcare provided) Church Staff Dr. Lanny C. Lawler ……...............….... Senior Minister Elizabeth Clark……………………....….Director of Music Deana Bode .........................................Office Manager Ginger Bruce …….………....…….... 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