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                                 Funded in part by: Faith Mission Christian Fund of the Pinellas Community Foundation
          October, 2017 Please Lord don’t let Irma hit us! To many of our readers, you may have been praying this prayer also.  As I was praying for Irma to stay towards the east coast, my heart sank and I asked for forgiveness as I didn’t want it to hit Florida at all.  Sadly it was hitting  Florida, so I changed my prayer for no one to lose their life.  That is when the  Spirit opened my eyes.  I realized that saving lives was a good prayer but the  real prayer was for all to be saved.  Our lives were already bought for a price.   So as much as I didn’t want anyone hurt, I prayed for salvation for many during this hard time.  Sometimes even us Christians think in worldly terms and not in Kingdom terms.  We are already saved, it is our job to share it with others.  This past Saturday at C.O.C., we watched a video on Paul and Silas.  The video  included Acts 16:30-31 NIV “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  Paul and Silas  replied “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved …”.  What a praise!  Our view of saving lives is different from the world’s view and has eternal  consequences. During and after the hurricane, an amazing feeling came over  me and I now think differently in how I view our kids.  We have a core of about 50 kids and another 20 to 35 that attend sporadically.  The day before the  storm hit, several of our kids called or sent a text asking if we were going to  have Kid’s church.  I let them know a category 4 storm was approaching and we had to get ready.  To a kid, this means very little but the amazing thing is that they missed church.  They were disappointed.  A week later, I got very sick and had to cancel Tuesday night.  We have never done that before.  As I sent texts to the kids and their families, I stared at my phone and looked at all the regular attendees.  It fills up my saved messages on my phone.  These children are our true friends and many, since attending C.O.C., are our brothers and sisters.   Remember you, our supporters, are the reason for this change in our  relationship.  We are a team.  God’s team in spreading the Gospel.  After the storm, we returned to dead bus batteries and unfortunately the sound board in the building got damaged and is not functioning.  We are able to pull out our old projector, computer and small speakers to keep our program going.  We will give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will in Christ  Jesus.  Please pray the sound board can be repaired.  Also, the first day back, the buses were filthy.  One of the girls said “Mr.  Steve, can I wash the bus?”  So last Saturday, she led one group and a boy led the second group (under the supervision of Mr. Larry and Mr. Jerrad) in  washing the bus.  They learned how to use a pressure washer and they swept, vacuumed, and cleaned the inside windows of all three buses.  It was a sight to behold.  Sorry no pictures.  At the same time as the bus washing, the other  group was listening to Paul being content in all circumstances and how the  jailer and his family came to Christ.  What a blessed Saturday.  Thank you Jesus!  This is a very tough time of year financially for C.O.C.  If you haven’t given in a while, please consider a small gift to help bring more young kids to know  Jesus.  This ministry shares the Love of Christ starting with donations. Without you, our wonderful Christian family these children may never be taught the  Word of God. Thank you all! We asked the kids what they liked about C.O.C. and below were a couple  wonderful examples of the impact this ministry has had on these kids. Knowing these children who have been attending for a few years, the change Jesus has made is incredible. Prayer List:  Susan, Sarah, Tom, Jacob, and Robert  Darlene, Linda, Hank,  Phyllis, Mary, Craig, Jake, Ron F., BJ, Elaine, Joe M., Pam R., Mike, Kevin, Miss  Carol (health concerns), and Ken and Sheila (new missionaries - PaPau New  Guinea),
After washing the buses the kids still had  energy to jump rope!
Some notes our kids wrote to donors and supporters