June 15, 2017 by Relevant

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James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, WHENEVER you face trials of many kinds.”

 

God promises us over and over throughout Scripture: “You WILL face trials and experience suffering.”

 

Why does God allow trials anyways?

 

7 Purposes for which God allows trials:

  1. To gauge and grow our faith
  2. To humble us
  3. To break us from trusting in what can’t provide true life
  4. To focus our eyes on eternal hope
  5. To teach us to value what is important vs. what is immediate
  6. To develop strength for greater impact
  7. To enable us to help others through theirs

Trials test our faith. Perseverance is how we work our faith. Persevering through trials is the pathway to transformation.

Thankfulness is how we do that. It’s how we redirect our eyes from the trial we’re in back toward Him.

 

We have so much to be thankful to God for, even in the midst of trials…

 

Thank you, GOD, for using this trial to work my faith, so my faith in you grows

Thank you, GOD for using this trial to break my pride and fill me humility. Thank you for all the good that’s in my life that YOU have given me that I didn’t do anything to deserve and that I realize is all from you.

Thank you, GOD, for using this trial to break my trust in what can’t give life. You’re all I need, and I’m thankful I’m learning that.

Thank you, GOD, for the hope I have in you, for the cross and your resurrection. Thank you that if I lose everything, I’m OK because I still have you, and in the end, I will be OK.

Thank you, GOD, for how you have provided what is most important to sustain me through this.

Thank you, GOD, for making me stronger through this so I can be used more for your glory

Thank you, GOD, that this will help others get through similar trials

 

What are you thankful for in the midst of this trial?

 

James 1:5, 12 “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything… Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

 

If you missed gathering with us on Sunday, re-live the gathering, check out the message podcast, songs, Scripture, and weekly T-life reflection/discussion guide here.

June 13, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Relevant,

Thank you for your prayers for and financial investment into Safe Haven Orphanage. God is using your sacrificial generosity and prayers to make a huge impact in the lives of the children and staff at Safe Haven! Check out this month’s update…

 

Last month’s Global Impact Sunday

 

On Sunday, May 21st, we celebrated the work that God has been doing in and through Relevant in the lives of Karen people through the Global Impact ministry and looked ahead to where we believe God is leading us in the next year. In case you missed it, check out the 2017 Global Impact Update video we shared here.

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Foster/Social Care Worker Certification

 

Over the past several months, Tasanee and Safe Haven have been going through a process for Safe Haven to be a registered “foster care house”. As Tasanee explains it, among other benefits, this designation would enable Safe Haven to continue to be home to and support children living at the orphanage who are over age 18 and who are still going to school in the local village. In May, Tasanee completed the Community Social Development Volunteer training, which is a big step forward in the credentialing process for Safe Haven to become a “foster house”!

 

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(Above: Tasanee pictured second from the right)

 

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(Tasanee’s certificate for completion of the Community Social Development Volunteer training course)

 

Screen printing

 

A couple months ago, some of the children went for training to learn how to screen print as a source of income during their break from school. Here is one of the kids at work and one of their completed products!

 

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Learning English

Recently, Safe Haven hosted a volunteer teacher who spent time teaching all of the Safe Haven staff English. Many of those at Safe Haven hope to continuing learning more and more English.

 

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Umbrellas!

It is officially rainy season in Thailand. Now that the rain has begun to fall, the kids needed umbrellas. Because of the generosity of Relevant and other sponsors, each child received an umbrella!

 

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Birthday Celebration

 

Safe Haven had a special birthday celebration for the children, including a nice meal enjoyed by all.

 

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Prayer Requests

 

Pray for Tasanee and Safe Haven and the ongoing foster care registration process. Praise God that Tasanee was able to complete and pass the examination for the community social development volunteer training. Pray for God’s favor as Safe Haven continues the foster care registration process, which will allow Safe Haven to help more and more children. Pray that through this, Safe Haven’s impact for Jesus in Thailand and Burma will be expanded.

 

Pray for the health, safety, and well-being of all those at Safe Haven and in Thailand/Burma throughout rainy season. Pray for God’s protection in Thailand and Burma during this time of year, when dangerous and sometimes devastating floods occur.

 

- Pray for the children at Safe Haven. Pray that God continues to provide for them in every way they need…for their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, for their physical health, education, and most importantly for their spiritual growth, that each child will come to put their faith in Jesus by asking Him to be the Forgiver of their sins and Leader of their life.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT) “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

 

 

 

May 17, 2017 by Relevant

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On Sunday, we celebrated Transformation Sunday. At Relevant, we pause 3 times a year to recognize some of the transforming work God has done in people’s lives, within Relevant, and through Relevant over the past trimester. It was awesome to look back over the past 4 months and celebrate the transforming work God is doing in people’s lives and within our church. Here’s a recap.

 

3 Transforming Things God Did In and Through Relevant:

 

1. We made prayer better.

Relevant’s vision theme for 2017 is “Make It Better”. One of the key areas to “Make it Better” this year is “Make PRAYER Better”. For God to transform us into who He wants us to be so we live as a transforming church, we must be a church that seeks God by “praying first” in everything we do. So, this past January, we launched monthly Prayer and Worship nights, where we gather together to (1) call on God to move in lives, church, community, and world, (2) have an extended period of time in worship, and (3) take communion. As we’ve become more committed to pray together, God has moved! We’ve experienced God’s presence together, we’ve seen God answer prayers, and we’ve grown in our relationships with Jesus.

 

2. God confirmed again.

One of the main initiatives we are undertaking to transform our community is the building of The Relevant Center on a 10-acre piece of land on Maple/Elkhorn Drive. Our goal is to build and occupy The Relevant Center by Christmas of 2018. In order to have any chance of that happening, we need to start grading the land around June. Due to some significant complications in April, it looked like we may not be able to start doing that until August or September, which would actually have put us behind at least 6-8 months. For weeks, many of us prayed fervently that God would confirm His plan for us to be in by Christmas of 2018 by removing the complications and making it possible for the land to start being graded in June. At the end of April, we found out that GOD ANSWERED THAT PRAYER! It was like God was saying, “I’m in this. Keep going!

 

3. Lives were forever changed.

At Relevant, we are committed to do everything we can to reach people far from Jesus and the church, by creating a church un-churched people love to be a part of. That happens because of ALL of us. Relevant has grown to be more committed to investing in un-churched people, inviting them into Relevant, and then everyone relentless loving people who were invited right where they are. We saw our passionate pursuit to reach people pay off through 1400 people gathering together on Easter to hear the message of Jesus. Even more awesome than that, is that 25 people put their faith in Jesus last trimester…25 lives and eternities were forever changed through Relevant last trimester!!!

 

 

On Transformation Sunday, we shared the story of someone whose life was forever changed by God through Relevant last trimester. Check out Dani’s story here:

 

Baptisms

 

We had the opportunity to celebrate 15 baptisms…15 people who have put their faith in Jesus by asking Him to be the Forgiver of their sins and Leader of their lives! The following people publicly proclaimed their faith in Jesus through baptism…

  • Noelle Beyl
  • Rheese Houck
  • Tricia Sheer
  • Jana Derry
  • Sam Derry
  • Max Derry
  • Andy Richter
  • Danielle Richter
  • Carol Behrendt
  • Gabriel Peet
  • Josh Edwards
  • Hunter Youngblood
  • Camden Gille
  • Tara Carrier
  • Jake Burnside

 

Transformation Stories

 

God is so good! He deserves all our praise and worship! Check out some more stories of the transforming work God has been doing in lives and our church in the last trimester:

 

 

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, TO HIM BE GLORY in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

 

May 15, 2017 by Relevant

 

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Thank you for your ongoing prayers for and financial investment into Safe Haven Orphanage. Through this year’s Safe Haven sponsorship and 212 commitments, Relevant will be able to provide for over half of Safe Haven’s annual budget!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL!

 

Today, the kids at Safe Haven headed back for the start of a new school year! In Thailand, the school year begins in May and ends in March. Check out photos below of the kids heading back to school photos and the new school uniforms Safe Haven was able to purchase for the children, with the help of our financial support.

 

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CELEBRATING “BIG MOM”

 

Tasanee shared ,“My life is for the children. I always remember these words that one of the kids told me, ‘Big Mom, I am very lucky that I have you, Big Mom. If I didn’t have you, Big Mom, I don’t know how my life would be.’”

 

She went on to say “My work is hard and difficult sometimes, but I have to keep going to take care of these children. I would love to thank you for your donations and support. Because of your love and kindness, the children are growing one by one. I’m thankful that we can continue to work together to help the children grow up, have a good future, and then the children can help other people as they have been helped.”

 

Happy Mother’s Day to Tasanee (Big Mom), a wonderful and amazing mom to all of the children at Safe Haven!

 

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UPDATE ON TASANEE’S MOM

 

Last month, Tasanee’s mom mother was sick and in the hospital. We’ve been praying for her healing, after she required surgery to remove gallstones. Tasanee asked to pass along this message: “Send my big love and many, many thanks to all of Relevant Community Church for praying for my mom. Now, she is better. In just a few days, the doctors will take out the last tubes.”

 

 

OUTDOOR WORK

 

Rainy season is just around the corner. With that being the case, Tasanee, the kids, and staff at Safe Haven have been busy. This month, they’ve been working hard to plant some of the seasonal vegetables, as well as preparing for annual flooding expected once rainy season hits by building sandbag barriers.

 

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PRAYER REQUESTS

 

Pray for the children as they head back to school. That they will be able to understand their schoolwork and lessons, learn, focus, be diligent in their studies, and be a light for Jesus at their schools.

 

Pray for Tasanee. Praise God for the amazing “Big Mom” she is to all of the children at Safe Haven and all that she does for them. Pray that God will sustain her and give her wisdom, strength, patience, and perseverance for each day as she cares for the children and fulfills her role as director of Safe Haven.

 

Pray for the health, safety, and wellbeing of all those at Safe Haven and in Thailand/Burma throughout rainy season. With rainy season often comes flooding, which can be potentially dangerous and devastating to some areas of Thailand and Burma. Pray for God’s protection over these nations and people as rainy season begins this month and runs through late September. Pray for Tasanee’s mom continued recovery from surgery.

 

 

Zechariah 2:5 “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”

 

May 4, 2017 by Relevant

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Digital communication, including texts and emails, is a great way to communicate information and facts quickly, efficiently, and effectively. But what texts and emails can’t communicate are emotions, your heart, eye contact, non-verbal cues, forgiveness, love, etc…all the things that are required for a relationship to really flourish. Those things can only be experienced in true relational connection…face-to-face.

 

For the sake of relationally connecting, we need to know when to talk face-to-face and when to type a text or email. To help resolve that tension going forward, the following 3 QUESTIONS are helpful to use as filters to determine when to talk and when to type…

 

1. COULD I say this face-to-face?

Part of human nature is to avoid anything uncomfortable because it’s easier on us. While typing a text or email may be easier or more comfortable you in some situations, it’s likely that it will also be harder on your relationship. If you’re getting ready to type, and you ask yourself “could I say this face-to-face?” and the answer is NO, talk instead of type.

 

2. WOULD I say this face-to-face?

We get really brave behind our computer and phone screens and type things that we would never say face-to-face. When we do that, it’s hurtful to our relationship and to the person we texted or emailed. If you’re getting ready to type, and you ask yourself “would I say this face-to-face?” and the answer is NO, talk instead of type.

 

3. SHOULD I say this face-to-face?

To relationally connect, there are definitely some instances where you SHOULD talk instead of type.

 

You should TALK instead of type…

  • If you want and need to communicate your heart or emotions, instead of just facts. Emojis are not a good substitute for emotions.
  • If you want to share intimacy instead of just information.
  • When conversation and not just one-way communication is needed.
  • If what you type will ruin their day.
  • If what you are thinking about typing could be misunderstood in any way.
  • If you need care, support, prayer, and companionship.
  • If you need to confront someone or have a hard conversation. Or if you’re getting ready to type “we need to talk”. TALK about TALKING instead of typing about talking, and in doing so, lessen their anxiety and yours.
  • If you’re going to type anything that might be hurtful to their soul.
  • If you’re going to feel dismissed if they don’t respond right away to your text or email or by how they may or may not respond.
  • If you’re not willing to immediately talk about what typing
  • If you’re mad. (Side note: it’s OK to be angry, but so many times our anger goes away when we take a step back and wait before we choose to respond.)
  • If someone texts or emails you something that requires you type back something more than facts or information. If a response requires more than facts or information, get together and talk or talk on the phone about it.
  • If what you type might leave the other person thinking “If I was really important to them, then they would have called or gotten together with me instead of typing that.

If you’re getting ready to type, and you ask yourself “should I say this face-to-face?” and the answer is YES, talk instead of type. The only time you should type instead talk is if that will be most helpful for them and your relationship with them.

 

Digital communication is helpful when it is used correctly. But don’t fall into the trap of substituting true relational connection with digital communication.

 

For the sake of your relationships, it is worth to begin asking today…Could I…? Would I…? and Should I…say this face-to-face? before you type. Let’s RECONNECT!

 

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

 

 

April 27, 2017 by Relevant

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Relevant,

Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of Safe Haven Orphanage! God is truly using your sacrificial generosity and prayers to make a huge impact in the lives of the children and staff at Safe Haven! Check out this month’s update!

 

 

A Video Message and Note From Tasanee

 

View a special video message to Relevant from Safe Haven Orphanage’s founder, Tasanee, played at this past Sunday’s gathering, here:

 

We also received a note from Tasanee that we’d like to share with you…

 

I would love to thank you very much for your love and your kindness. I am so happy that I have met the good people at Relevant Community Church. Since you visit and support the orphanage, the children and I have a better life, good food, and a good education. Safe Haven Orphanage can now help the children develop more life skills and musical skills too. The children are singing and playing the guitar and trying to learn more music. With Relevant’s support, Safe Haven is able to help children and families [in the nearby village] who need help. The children are growing up, and every year Safe Haven gets more and more children. It makes me so happy and appreciative to be able to help children. I have had bad back pain for nearly a month. Even though I’m in so much pain right now, it’s not stopping me from helping the children. God called me to give my life to help children, and now God has sent you to help me. Now, I’m able to save more children’s lives. Send my big hug and my big thanks to everyone. May God bless you always.

 

Lots of love,

Tasanee

 

 

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Tasanee with some of the kids practicing singing and playing instruments

 

Onto the next grade!

 

At the end of March, the kids at Safe Haven completed another year in school. Several grades at the local primary school had special graduation celebrations for the kids advancing to the next grade. Check out the pictures below!

 

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Learning New Skills

 

The kids at Safe Haven are currently on “holiday” from school until the end of May. Relevant’s financial support has made it possible for Tasanee to send some of the children to Mae Sot to learn how to manually screen print t-shirts. Learning these skills allows the children an opportunity to have a job to make money.

 

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Leapfrogging to reading English

 

On Relevant’s most recent trip to Safe Haven, Walter brought a Leapfrog reader for the kids to use to learn how to read English. Check out a picture of Wakim reading a book with the LeapReader!

 

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Safe Haven Sponsorship Renewal

 

As a reminder, April is Safe Haven sponsorship month at Relevant. You can sign up to begin or renew your sponsorship by filling out the attached form (below). The sign-up deadline is THIS Sunday, April 30th. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Safe Haven table in the back of the room this Sunday or submitted electronically to Cory Nelson, Relevant’s Impact Director, at cory.nelson@relevantcommunity.org.

 

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(Note: The link above will take you to a new page. Click the same link as above again to be redirected to the fillable and printable form.)

 

 

Prayer Requests

 

 

Pray for Tasanee. Tasanee has had episodes of low back pain and sciatica in the past and has been in a lot of pain with this again for the past month. She was recently able to get an injection for her back and received treatment from a massage therapist. Pray for healing for her back and leg pain and for wisdom, strength, and endurance as she takes care of the children and fulfills all of her leadership responsibilities as director of Safe Haven.

 

Pray for the children while they are on summer break. That they may enjoy time being together, be refreshed and ready to begin a new school year next month, continue learning new skills to enable them to work, and that God will keep them healthy in this very hot season in Thailand before rainy season begins.

 

 

Jeremiah 30:17a “‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.”

 

March 30, 2017 by John Schluchter

 

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Too often we make “inviting someone to church” WAY more intimidating than it needs to be. Numerous research studies show that people are much more likely to show up on a Sunday morning than we think. The key ingredient that these studies find is that people will show up if invited by someone they know. So let’s extend an invitation this Easter to someone in our life who doesn’t normally “go to church”.

 

Start With Prayer – Before you make any kind of invitation, invite God into this process. Pray for Him to reveal to you who you should invite, to open up that person’s heart to your invitation, and to create the right opportunity to extend the invitation. Then make the invite!

 

Make the Invite! – Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, here are 3 really simple ways to invite someone:

 

 

1) In-Person with an invite card

 

Simply hand somebody you know one of our Easter invite cards and say something like, “Hey, my church puts on these awesome Easter services. It’s different than what most people expect when they think of church. I think you’d really enjoy it. Let me know if you’re interested and I can meet you there (or ‘I can save you a seat’ or ‘I can pick you up’).”

 

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2) Through a text or email

 

For those who don’t feel comfortable with an in-person invitation, send someone a text or an email one of the following links in it.

 

EasterInElkhorn.com – Main Easter page with info and videos
https://vimeo.com/157773198– a video preview of a typical Sunday at Relevant
https://vimeo.com/209817558/bc202a2d4b – a invitation video from Pastor Ronnie

 

And maybe say something like this…

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3) Through Social Media

 

This one is the easiest. Just share one of Relevant’s social media posts about Easter with a specific person (either to their page or in a private message, see screenshots below) and say something like, “Hey, just wondering if you might be interested in coming to this with me. I can meet you there (or ‘I can save you a seat’ or ‘I can pick you up’). Let me know!” You can also just tag the person’s name in the comments section of one of Relevant’s posts and include a quick invite.

 

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March 25, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Relevant, GREAT JOB continuing to financially and prayerfully invest in Safe Haven Orphanage! The five of us who just returned home from Safe Haven can tell you firsthand that your financial support and prayers are truly making a difference in the lives of orphan children on the other side of the world. It’s truly amazing to see God’s hands at work in the partnership He has brought about in connecting our local church smack dab in the middle of the USA with an orphanage half a world away in rural Thailand. Never underestimate what our God can do when we pray, listen, and respond with obedient, sacrificial, and generous hearts!

 

Trip Recap

 

From March 3-12, Justin Wissink, Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, Walter Alecio, and I traveled to Safe Haven to teach music, provide instruments, and spend time with Tasanee and the Safe Haven kids. God showed up and moved powerfully during our time to and from Thailand!

 

Because of the financial support of many from Relevant, our friends, and family, our team was able to purchase guitars, a keyboard, cajon, djembe, and conga drums, and other percussion instruments for the children to learn to play. We enjoyed sharing the gift of music and worshipping together with the kids both in Karen and English each morning and evening while at Safe Haven. It was truly a blessing to teach how to play instruments and songs and to see the kids learn new musical skills and pass along what they learned amongst one another!

 

What an amazing opportunity it was to connect with Tasanee, the other staff, and kids at Safe Haven, to continue to grow and build our partnership with one another. I’m excited about what the future holds for Relevant and Safe Haven together. We look forward to sharing pictures, videos, and more about our trip in the coming weeks…stay tuned!

 

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Team at Safe Haven (L to R: Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, Kelly Samson, Justin Wissink, Walter Alecio)

 

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Some of the older boys playing guitar and cajons together

 

Sunday’s turning 2!

 

Over the past couple years, many of the Safe Haven updates have included prayer requests for “baby” Sunday. This month, Sunday will be celebrating his second birthday. The youngest of the kids at Safe Haven right now, Sunday was abandoned as a premature infant. He has faced many medical scares, including complications with asthma, in his young life. Thanks to God’s hand of healing and the medical care he has been able to receive because of Relevant’s generosity, Sunday is now a thriving, healthy, happy, playful, adventurous almost-two-year-old!

 

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Planting and Outdoor Work

 

Nikhom, one of Tasanee’s multi-talented staff, teaching how to use the hand tractor Relevant purchased for Safe Haven a few years ago.

 

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Another day, Nikhom spent time with some of the older boys sweeping leaves around the orphanage to prevent fires, which are common in Thailand during this hot, dry time of year. The children at Safe Haven learn responsibility and life skills to prepare them for becoming independent adults and parents someday.

 

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Prayer Requests

 

  • Pray for Tasanee as she serves as the director of the orphanage each day. Pray for wisdom in the many decisions and often difficult circumstances and situations she encounters. Pray for strength, perseverance, and patience as balances her role as director of Safe Haven and the huge responsibility of being “mom” to the 48 kids currently under her care.
  • Many of the kids are currently on a two-week break from school. Pray for a refreshing and enjoyable time away from school and a strong finish to the school year for each of the children.
  • Upon returning from Safe Haven, Tasanee shared that one of the older boys was injured when he was involved in a motorbike accident with one of his school friends. The boy from Safe Haven suffered a shoulder injury, and his friend injured his leg and had to undergo surgery that will keep him hospitalized for several weeks. Pray for healing for both boys, and for wisdom for the doctors who will be re-examining the boy from Safe Haven’s shoulder this week.

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REMINDER!!!

 

April is Safe Haven Sponsorship month. For those who currently support Safe Haven, if you included your Safe Haven sponsorship in your 212 commitment, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Safe Haven Orphanage. If you did NOT include your Safe Haven sponsorship in your 212 commitment—or if you want to go above and beyond—or if you’ve never before been a part of Relevant’s Safe Haven sponsorship but would like to start, you can sign up for a new year of Safe Haven sponsorship starting Sunday, April 2nd.

March 1, 2017 by Relevant

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The season of Lent starts today. Lent is the 40 days that lead up to Good Friday, the day we recognize Jesus’ death on the cross. I’ve always looked at Lent as a very “religious” thing; something “religious” people do. I’ve been challenged to “give things up” for Lent. In the past, I’ve tried and failed to sacrifice things like soda (“pop” for the natives) and watching hockey. My heart has never really been in it.

 

Don’t get me wrong. Fasting—during Lent or any other time—is an important spiritual practice. Among other things, it causes us to remove obstacles that distract us from walking with Jesus. But I’m not really talking about the fasting side of Lent in this post.

 

What I’m realizing this year is that the original intent of Lent is about confessing, repenting and preparing our hearts in anticipation of celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection. It’s about reflecting on our depravity and understanding the weight of what Jesus did for us. So that when the day arrives for us to remember Jesus’ death on the cross, and to praise Him for overcoming death through His resurrection, we are grateful.

 

As we start counting down the days until Easter weekend, I challenge us all to begin preparing our hearts. The first step—before we celebrate—is to take time to confess our sin and our desperate need for Jesus. The simple video below could be helpful in getting you started. Set aside a couple minutes of quiet, and echo the prayer in this video.

 

 

Lent (A Prayer of Repentance) from Freebridge Media on Vimeo.

 

I challenge all of us to not let this important season in our faith pass without taking time to confess, repent, and reflect before we celebrate. Lent is like turning down the volume of everything else in our lives so we can hear the Holy Spirit.

 

On Easter Sunday, when we all gather together to joyously worship our Risen Savior, let it not be a halfhearted ritual. May our worship be an overflow of gratitude for what Christ did, a true recognition of our utter reliance on Him, and genuine praise for powerfully overcoming sin and death for all mankind.

 

There is a lot more to Lent than I described here. Below are a few posts and resources if you’re interested in learning more about Lent.

Pastor John Schluchter

February 14, 2017 by Kelly Samson

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Check out this month’s Safe Haven update, which includes a letter from Tasanee, updates, pictures, and prayer requests!

 

 

Letter from Tasanee

 

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We recently received the following letter from Tasanee (I cleaned up her English a bit)…

Dear Relevant Community Church,

 

Thank you very much for your kindness. I send my big love and special thanks to all of Relevant Community Church, who always supports Safe Haven Orphanage and the children around this area. Your caring supports the Safe Haven Orphanage with good food, good health, good education, and your donations are helping everything at the orphanage. You are making a great difference in the lives of Safe Haven children and the children around this area. Because of your love and kindness in supporting Safe Haven, I can help children and save children’s lives. I am so happy that I can do this, and I know you are happy with me also. I think our partnership is God’s plan, as you financially support Safe Haven and help me be able to help the children.

 

Some of the children have a health card that lasts for a year at the hospital, and the cards expired so I had to renew them. Without your support, I would not be able to renew the health cards. [The health cards help save a lot of money. For children 0-7 years old, the health cards costs $10/year, and for children 7-18 years old, health cards cost $60/year. When children get sick and have to go to the hospital, Safe Haven only has to pay $0.85 for the medical care received and/or hospital stay. Without the health card, Safe Haven could be looking at $1000+ medical bills for each child’s doctor visit or hospital stay.]

 

[Relevant financially supports Safe Haven throughout the year by sending funds donated through the Safe Haven Sponsorship every few months.] Your most recent donation arrived at Christmas time. Safe Haven children had a nice Christmas party, and the kids were very happy exchanging presents. The children say that they are very lucky to have good people like you who love them, give to them, and support their futures. They say that if they weren’t at Safe Haven, they don’t know how their lives would be going. We had fun and happiness at Christmas time. I want you to know you are like the kids’ angel sending a donation when you did, at just the right time. If we had not received your donation when we did, we would not have been able to celebrate Christmas with a party like we did. All the kids send a big “thank you” to Relevant Community Church. We hope you are all having a good 2017.

 

In 2016, all the children ended the year healthy and no children got sick except for Sunday, But he is now 19 months old and doing so much better, and the doctors say he doesn’t have asthma anymore. Because Relevant Community Church and his Safe Haven family has been praying for him, and you’ve also been praying for all the Safe Haven children, God has heard our prayers and we are all healthy at Safe Haven Orphanage.

 

Thank you for everything you do for me. You are my friends that I am honored to have in my life. You are making the kids at Safe Haven’s life beautiful. Thank you very much for remembering us in your prayers. We remember you in our prayers every morning and every night. May the God of hope fill you with good health and happiness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may you abound in hope.

 

Wishing you all the best…that 2017 brings you good health and happiness. May God bless and guide you always.

 

Warm Regards,

Tasanee

 

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Photos from Safe Haven’s Christmas celebration

 

New Chairs for Safe Haven Chapel

 

Tasanee shared that they were able to purchase new chairs for the chapel/meeting room with some of the funds given through the Safe Haven sponsorship. The children use the chapel for their twice daily prayer and worship times.

 

 

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Burma Team’s Visit to Safe Haven

 

During their trip to Burma, Ronnie Rothe, Cory Nelson, and Tyler McCarty had the opportunity to stop by and visit Tasanee and the kids at Safe Haven. Check out the pictures below from their time at Safe Haven.

 

 

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Prayer Requests

Please pray for…

  • The children and staff at Safe Haven…for God’s continued provision for their daily needs and their continued health, safety, and well-being.
  • Safe Haven Trip in March: From March 3-12, five members of Relevant’s worship team (Justin Wissink, Kelly Samson, Matt Paddack, Steve Hultgren, and Walter Alecio) will be traveling to Safe Haven to teach music, provide instruments, and spend time with Tasanee and the Safe Haven kids.
    • Pray that through our time together, the children and staff at Safe Haven feel uplifted, supported, and filled with a renewed sense of hope and trust in our Mighty God. Pray that God will give us sensitivity to how we can best bless, encourage, and love them well.
    • Pray for wisdom, direction, and clarity as we explore future opportunities for Relevant to walk alongside and continue to partner with Safe Haven to see God’s mission advanced and His Kingdom come here on earth.
    • Pray for protection from the enemy and for safety in our travels.
    • Pray for God’s will to be done in and through us.

 

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 
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