Southern Baptist Convention

Deirdre Claman

SOUTH ASIA

All over the world our missionaries look for persons of peace whom they can lead to Christ and then disciple so they can lead others to faith. That's what our missionary in South Asia, Deidre Claman, prayed for recently. Soon after that prayer request, she met a woman named Angela at the daycare center where her son went every day. Angela also sent her son there. The two women talked and became friends. One day Angela was coming to Deidre's home for the first time. Deidre asked friends to pray for the visit. During the visit, Deidre shared about the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. She also told of forgiveness and her experience of being free from the burden of sin. Angela responded! In fact, she said, "I am being changed as you speak!" Today let's thank God for missionaries like Deidre who go to very difficult areas like South Asia to share the gospel. Our church supports her through the Cooperative Program. And let's ask that Angela can really become a person of peace who will know Christ and share Him with her people.

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October Devotion

When I Tithe the Church is Strengthened


"The church becomes an extension of our Heavenly Father’s house when we provide care and strength for our fellow believers." Barnabas, one of the early disciples, was known as the "Son of Encouragement." Barnabas encouraged his fellow church members through generous giving. Acts 4:36-37 describes his decision to sell a piece of property and give the proceeds to the church. As a result the Bible says: "There were no needy persons among them" (Acts 4:34). We all long for a supportive environment where needs can be alleviated. Jesus describes heaven as a place "of many mansions" where all our needs will be met. The church becomes an extension of our heavenly Father's house when we provide care and strength for our fellow believers. Our willingness to strengthen ministry through giving a tithe or more of our income on a regular basis makes church like heaven on earth. You can be a "son of encouragement," if you will set your heart on financial obedience. God provides all of our resources, and when we acknowledge His care for us by giving a tithe or more, our church is strengthened. If you have never practiced tithing, now is a good time to start. Spiritual encouragement will overflow because of your obedience. Be an encourager: Tithe!

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