Volume 32 Number 18

Life Saver…

In 2007 a woman by the name of Irena Sendler, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, (which Al Gore eventually won for his slide show on global warming). Hers is a remarkable story of courage and compassion. During WWII she acquired false documentation and passed herself off as a laborer so she could obtain entry into in a Warsaw ghetto. Working in this impoverished, section of the city was her dream job, because her dream was to save as many Jewish children as possible from the German concentration camps. She did this by smuggling infants out in her toolbox and larger children in a burlap sack which she kept in the back of her truck. During her tenure she smuggled 2500 children to safety. Irena was eventually caught and severely beaten, having both arms and legs broken. Before this venture Irena had smuggled 500 adults out of Poland to safety. Irena died in 2008 at the age of 98 in relative anonymity.

Irena Sendler could have hidden in safety, with her head down and eyes closed, as she was not of Jewish descent. However, she didn’t care about her own life as much as she cared about others. She never asked for an award or reward because her life was not as important as what she could do with it. Knowing people were alive because she cared was enough. While Irena’s actions and results boggle the mind let me share something that should boggle it more…

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).

You may have heard this verse many times but do you grasp its significance? Through this selfless act Christ gave us the hope of eternal life. He chose to give His life for us, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped (Philippians 2:6)” It was God’s gift of life for His children. Only Christ could have purchased our salvation with His blood. Salvation to the world! Now think about this. Do you realize that you, one person, can save thousands of lives from spiritual death by telling your friends and neighbors this message of the Life Saver?

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

SONBEAMS will be going for breakfast at 8:30, on Tuesday May 12, to Perkins Restaurant, 2425 E. Euclid Ave. Please let Louise Gordon or Mary Liggett know if you plan to go. Thanks, Lyle

Graduation Open House
for Stephen Albers
Saturday, May 30th 1-5 pm
Albers’ home
6924 Brookview Drive
Urbandale, Iowa

MWBC  COLLECTION:  Don’t forget to get some Ranch Dressing for Midwest Bible Camp!

CLOTHING GIVE AWAY:  Look for bins for donations!

SPARK’S NEW ADDRESS:  3102 Mary Lynn Drive, Des Moines.

ANN LONGFELLOW’S NEW ADDRESS:  2817 61st Street, Des Moines, IA  50322-5133

EMPLOYMENT NOTE:  Just a note to let you know that Todd’s sister, Karen, has passed the state exam and is in training to sell insurance, annuities, etc. for Banker’s Life in Minnesota and surrounding areas, so she is no longer looking for employment.  Praise God and thanks to all for your prayers!

PROFILES:  If you haven’t done a profile of  you or your family lately, please write one up.  They are being printed for members to take and also being compiled in a book.  Gene McClaren is heading this up.

IN MEMORY:  If you would like to make a donation in Easton Van Egdom’s memory please consider one of these two organizations.  Help-a-heart.com is an Iowa organization that helps families with children who have heart problems.  You can also donate to the American Heart Assn at donate.ameicanheart.org. -Stacey and Jared Van Egdom

Prayer Requests

Tammy Sparks’ dad went through his surgery well. However, a nerve was moved that is causing some temporary paralysis in his bottom lip. The doctors think this is temporary, let us pray that it is as well.

Kim Ferrell’s co-worker’s 11 month old baby is suffering from strokes and having other major medical problems. The doctor’s have told them that the child is not expected to live much longer.

Theresa Jacobson (Kieran Mort’s friends mom) passed away this week.

Brianna and Ken Hardy had a baby girl, Keagan Diane, who was 8 lb 4 oz.  All went well!  Family members will be traveling to Texas for a visit.

Karen Hardy’s mo9ther is not doing well and will very likely end up in a nursing home soon.

Continue to remember the Van Egdom family.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Spark’s brother in law, Toni Lovejoy, Jake Ferrell pursuing a position, Rich Potter

Dan Bailey has learned that he has Type II Diabetes.

Karen Belk’s sister, Ina , is doing well and has gone home.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Marge and Glen Stevens concerning Glen’s medications.

Beth Potter’s uncle, Jim Asmus, ha s had some good tests but there will be more.

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer.

Calendar of Events

  • May 15 – Grandview Campout
  • May 16 – Karen Acres Singing
  • July 26-29 – VBS
  • July 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Oct 12-15 – Holding the Traditions Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.