Caroline and Don were the mission speakers at the 2017 Nebraska State Churches of God meeting in Kearney, Nebraska. During the Friday morning session, they shared the plight of the school-aged children in the heavily influenced Islam/Koran regions of Pakistan and the great need to re-establish Christian schools. Caroline was able to share her heart with the women at a luncheon on Friday and God did the rest.
Each year the Scottsbluff First Church of God Christian Women Connection (CWC) sponsors a Christmas in July project where planning and presentation follow their June meeting. However, due to several scheduling conflicts, CWC did not meet in June and by the time the 2nd Thursday in July came around, it was considered sketchy to even propose a project. However, support for a Pakistani school was presented and then, because it was already July 12, there was some doubt about the “goal” that should be set with only three (3) Sundays left to promote the project.
A dear saint, Donna, one with deep faith and sharing her confidence in our awesome God, suggested that we set our goal at $800 with the local chapter adding the other $200 to make it $1000 – the cost the Armstrongs had presented as the amount needed to re-establish a school. A gentleman in the congregation, Gail, made the poster; the project video was shown the first Sunday, with two CWC members speaking each of the following Sundays, which followed with an instantaneous giving of $20 after the service. During the week another gift of $50 was given. When the final offering was taken on July 29th, the total was $503. On Monday, July 30th, a gift of $300 was given. One of the CWC women was able to add $17 to her gift; another, while walking her dog, found a $5 bill lying on the sidewalk. This brought the Christmas in July Pakistani School Project Fund to $1025! More than we ever imagined! That is how God orchestrated His church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to have an impact in Pakistan, a country over 7,000 miles away.
Donna was right – we have an awesome God!
Written by Sandy Cacek, Local Coordinator for Mission Service
Local CWC President - Scottsbluff First Church of God
Scottsbluff First Church of God
2122 Avenue F
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-4014