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                                 Funded in part by: Faith Mission Christian Fund of the Pinellas Community Foundation
November, 2017 The Holy Who Will Do What? I recently had quite a challenge before me. A challenge I would like to pass on to you. Get a group of 5-15 year olds together and explain how someone they can’t see or hear will help them live their lives for Jesus. This person will guide them toward the right decisions. Decisions blessed and directed by God. But wait, before you get this group of children together let them have time to push, shove and maybe even want to fight each other because that is what the world, the thing they can see, is telling them to do. As they stare at you with blank looks on their faces, or rolling their eyes keep trying to explain this Holy Spirit. I realized I was totally inadequate for the job but God… Just 24 hours before I was to teach this lesson I hadn’t studied it yet nor did I know what subject I would be teaching on. So guess who showed up to get me prepared? The very one I would be teaching the kids about the next day. I was walking into CVS and I thanked God for a blessing I received and I recognized I received it. (I think he likes when we recognize what he does for us). Immediately after the short prayer I received a thank you. But here is what at the time I thought was strange. The thank you was in my south Philly accent and verbage. I said “Lord do you really talk like me?” He said “Steve do you remember in the book of Acts when I first appeared and the Apostles spoke in different tongues?” I said “Yes”. He said “Steve, I speak to everyone in the language they understand”. After this encounter I was so excited. That night I got the lesson out to study. There it was… Teach on the Holy Spirit. Well I smiled and just thought wow God. Not only does he amaze us, he LOVES us dearly! So when teaching something, I like to use examples. So I told the kids exactly what happened to me. I shared where it says in the Bible about the Apostles speaking in other languages. We encouraged the kids to pray and wait for an answer. When they get the answer there is a way to know if it is from God. Look to see if the Bible agrees with it. Pray that this example reached the children. There is always a scripture that reminds Shari and I about why it is so important to teach the kids the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God is thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Many of our children have confessed Christ as Lord. Baptized right here at C.O.C.  Getting them to read a Bible is so difficult. Sometimes a kid will get on the bus and tell me what they read in their Bible. We are thrilled when this happens. Each Saturday the kids get a Bible to read and study. We go through the lesson and reading for the day. We also know God’s word never comes back void. Isaiah 55:11. His word accomplishes what he pleases. By having them read his word God will use it for his glory. Amen.                                                                                                    On Tuesday nights we have been taking the older kids into a separate group and using Rightnow Media to teach the NewTestament books. The kids are very interested and ask a lot of questions. It warms our hearts when they ask questions about Jesus and God’s word. The world bombards their minds with so much junk but God… Speaking of God. Mrs. Shari and our wonderful volunteers this past Tuesday watched a video called “The Green-Eyed Monster”. Obviously it was about frogs, no no sorry, about envy. One of C.O.C.’s favorite memory verses taught by Mr. John and Mrs. Brenda was “Every good thing and every perfect gift is from above” James 1:17. After the video the kids have a chance to win a prize. Shari used this this as a teaching time as some kids get envious of others winning. Two days after teaching this lesson our devotional just happened to be James 1:17. More confirmation!  Amen. The C.O.C. kids face many challenges. Some poverty, homelessness, fighting for everything on the streets, lack of food and for some lack of love. What is the answer to all this? Only Jesus! You, C.O.C. donors, volunteers, board members, prayer warriors are the hands and feet of Jesus to these children. We have thought, what brings these kids to C.O.C.? Some for many years. Is it the food? Maybe. Is it the fun stuff? Maybe. Is it the ice cream? Maybe. But I think it is so much deeper. God draws these kids to us. Our job is to reflect God like a mirror. It is a hard task, the more help, volunteers that love like Jesus the more the kids come to be fed. Fed God’s word, feel the worth of Jesus and maybe, just maybe hear the Holy Spirit. Amen. This is the tough time of year for C.O.C. financially. Prayers for donations to get us ready for Christmas would be appreciated. If you would like to sponsor a child for Christmas to help us with a gift please mark your check Christmas. $25 per child will get them a long sleeve C.O.C. shirt for the Florida winters and a small gift. Thank you so much. First Christian Church of Seminole supplies 100 stockings filled with stocking stuffers and we have 2 generous Doctor’s offices that help with some gifts, and another doctor’s office to supply the Christmas meal. We currently have 99 active children on the roster and another 45 that come sporadically. We love to bless these kids that have so little. Thank you in advance to all our wonderful friends. Prayers: Darlene and Linda health concerns, Ken and Sheila (new missionaries - PaPau New Guinea), Fred, Hank, Phyllis, Mary, Catherine, Jake, Ron F., BJ, Elaine, Jeanine, Joe M., Pam R., Heather, Donna H., Mike and Kevin. In Christ, Steve and Shari Iovino
Kids serving Homeless
Kids after visiting Christ Church of Universal Love
Jumping rope on a Saturday