CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

March 2012

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4)
 

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Thank God, our team is doing well. Many have been working through trials with health or other areas, but God has seen us through it all. He is Faithful! When trials come, and it looks like there is no end to them, and we have tried all; we have cried, we have prayed, we have pressed in, suddenly it seems that the heavens open, the sun peeks through, the birds sing, and life is sweet again. Praise God!

We are living in trying times, and this year is an important one with elections coming up, and problems in the Middle East. When we look at the Book of Acts, we read how the church met in homes, helped the widow, helped the orphans, and no one lacked for anything. I believe we are living in a time where the Book of Acts can come to life again! We all have our needs, we all go through trials, some more than others. But isn’t it great when people come together to help one another through these times? Let’s take a look at how life is today... Everything we see today is virtual. We do not talk on the phones anymore, we text one another, or send e-mail. Even when we are with people, everyone has a phone in their hand! We meet our friends on Facebook and type instead of speaking to each other. Please don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of all that too! But something is definitely wrong here. There has to be a balance. A question; do you know your neighbors on your block? Are you aware of an elderly person who needs someone to shovel their walk in the winter? If someone does shovel, is it done to bless the person, or for money? Years ago, my friends son used to automatically come and shovel snow for us, we never had to call him. But he did one thing.... when he finished he ran home. If we caught him, he would laugh and say it was a pleasure, and absolutely refuse to allow us to pay him. Now, I am not saying that everyone has to do this, it is a good way to earn money. However in certain cases, like ours, where my husband was ill, and I have a problem with my legs, this boy blessed us beyond measure. It is something that will never be forgotten, and I always pray for him and bless him. He was truly an example for other teen-agers to follow.

We need more of this again. We need to stretch ourselves to truly communicate with others and be a blessing. In the Book of Acts we learn how the Christian communities

lived, and how they helped one another. This was an example for the world, Christian or not. It showed the world how to love. And isn’t Jesus all about love? Paul says:

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out for not only his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:1-4)

What kind of a life are we going to pass on to our children and grandchildren? Are we going to be sitting idly by allowing the world system to create a generation of people who lose touch with human needs and concerns? Are we going to allow our families to become so cold in their heart that they will not have regard for each other, or for their neighbor? I believe it is time to wake up and see what is happening and begin doing something about it! Remember the days when family would gather together for Sunday dinner? Remember the days when friends would stop by for coffee and fellowship? What has happened here? We have all become so busy that there is no time. At night, we thought that television would take away family talking time. It did, but at least the family gathered around the TV together and shared a bowl of popcorn! Now everyone is in their own rooms, on the computer and talking to virtual friends.

I see families divided as each goes their own way. How can we change this? How can we bring a sense of love, commitment and tenderness for one another into our lives once more? How can we take the Scriptures and apply them to our daily life again? If you feel the same way, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

I believe the answer lies in reading Scripture, and following it. Paul says that we are to be “light bearers.” He says to “Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.(Phil. 2:14-15) It is time to rise up and show the world what true love is! It is time to look around, and see who needs help. So many are out of work right now. What would it take to bring a pot of homemade soup to a family that is struggling financially? How much time would it take on our way to a store to ask an elderly person on our block if they need something? What would it take to be a light and stand up for something we believe in, or to defend someone who is misunderstood? In all of these cases, what would Jesus do? When it comes down to our integrity, what do people see in us? Are we light bearers? Do we stand up for honesty and truth? My friend, these are areas that truly need attention before the world takes over and these things are not considered anymore. It is time to stand up for what we believe, and be a witness to this generation.

Let’s pray: Father, in Jesus Name, we praise You and worship You. We come before you humble, submissive and obedient to Your Word. Help us Lord to be Light bearers! Show us what is important to You, and how we can do our part to bring Your love to a world that is losing hope and giving in to despair. Help us Father to rise up and take our place in bringing about Your purposes to this generation. Give us wisdom, love, compassion and strength to carry out Your mission on this earth. We ask it in Jesus’ Name, for Your glory, Amen.

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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