Painting steps

Painting dull gray concrete steps helps people know Jesus better. Really? One pastor who served under communism thinks so. Find out more and be encouraged by this story from Entrust’s Roger Gulick – just click the link below.

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Painting steps

Good examples

2016-12-08-video-games“I just want to play video games.” How many times have you heard this? Or, be honest, how many times have you said it?

A huge number of people in the western world spend far too many hours sitting in front of screens, engaging in virtual fighting, war, chases or matching up pieces of animated candy. Relaxing? Maybe. Good for you? Overall, probably not so much. Evidence of being stuck in adolescence? Quite possibly.

Older generations complain that millennials are lazy. But, conversely, how often do millennials see their elders indulging in the same non-productive activities?

In other words, maybe all of us need to grow up. Let’s determine to set good examples for each other in the coming year. Boomers and GenXers, encourage your millennials to get out of the basement and talk. Millennials, drag those older folks out of their easy chairs and into the real world. You never know. It could be refreshing!

Good examples

Encourage gratitude

 Four ways to encourage gratitude this Thanksgiving
  1. Before you eat, go around the table and have each person say one thing they appreciate about the person to their right. No silly answers allowed!
  2. Build a Tower of Thanks. Give everyone three to five pieces of card stock and markers. Have them write or draw a picture of something they’re thankful for on each piece of paper, then fold the paper in half or into an interesting shape. Go around the table sharing one paper at a time, then adding it to a growing Tower of Thanks in the middle of the table, seeing how high you can build your tower.
  3. Go thanksgiving caroling. Walk the neighborhood or a nursing home, singing songs, handing out handmade thanksgiving cards or performing acts of kindness. (Burn some calories and show kindness to others at the same time!)
  4. Be creative. Dream up your own gratitude-building activity and share it with a friend (including us!)

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Encourage gratitude

It’s not easy being a pastor

It’s not easy being a pastor. Especially if you’re a pastor in a culture where people rarely say, “Good job” about anything, where “encouragement” greeting cards are expensive and rarely given, where no one’s heard of anything called Pastor Appreciation Month. In other words, in Europe, where encouragement is simply not ingrained in the culture.

Pastors in Hungary are among those who serve their congregations with joy and energy all year, often with very little encouragement, let alone rest or refreshment. Which is why Entrust’s annual camp for Hungarian pastors and their families – underway now – is so appreciated here.2016 08 12 - Hungry

Take just a moment now to pray for each pastor, each spouse, each kid at camp. Ask God to refresh, rejuvenate, encourage, inspire, maybe even heal, each one. Ask God to strengthen Entrust’s Mark Van Bebber and Monty Taylor as they lead and serve at this camp. Pray that this camp, ending tomorrow, will lead to a year of even more excellent ministry in Hungary, to the glory of God.

 

It’s not easy being a pastor