The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 2 18 2012
Sabbath blessings Berean family, As we celebrate Black History Month, Iʼm reminded of the “America I Am” exhibit I saw at the California Natural Science Museum. It chronicled the history of African- Americans beginning with their horror-filled journey from Africa to A m e r i c a . I t showcased t h e challenges they faced enduring separation from family, friends and culture, and of being thrust into the most heinous forms of servitude. It left me in awe as I thought about the indomitable spirit of a people who were stripped of everything near and dear to them. But there was one thing that their captors could not take from them-- their faith. It was their faith that left us with a rich legacy of courage, hope and tenacity. It was for us that they braved unspeakable forms of torture, lynching, rapes, indignities, marches, water hoses, and yes, murder. Everything that could be done was done to destroy the spirit of African-Americans; yet here we stand!
John Hope Franklin said, “If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past.” It is the past that reminds us of what African-Americans went through so that we can enjoy the freedoms and privileges of today. But it also reminds us of our responsibilities to the future generations. It is our turn to pick up the mantle that was worn by our forefathers to prepare our youth to have unflinching courage in the face of overwhelming evil; hope that creates an unbreakable bond with the God who hears their cries and answers their prayers; and the unmitigated tenacity to overcome any and all obstacles placed in their paths by the enemy.
Berean, we have been given the privilege to help develop these and other virtues in our youth by supporting Christian education. Please place your generous love gifts in the baskets that are brought to you by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education line). May God richly bless you for your generosity.