Day Three: Thursday, October 28. Transformed into new life in the Spirit of Christ.
When those with money and those who need money share a Vision and a Purpose, we see a shared sign of new life in the Spirit of Christ. We belong together in our work because Jesus has brought us together, and our fruitfulness depends on staying connected with Jesus who tells us:
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
We are pleased to introduce to you a relatively new Catch Member, Heidi, who represents a sign of new life in the Spirit of Christ. She is a beneficiary of us meeting together on the command ground of God’s love.
“Staying sober was one thing,” says Heidi, “finding support was another. Doors shut everywhere I went.” Virtually all the resources Heidi needed to try to keep clean and out of jail were out of her reach because of her felony record.
“When you get locked up,” she says, “you get locked out — locked out of housing, jobs, assistance, all the things you need to return to a productive life once you are free.”
But because of the Catch Community and its network of on-the-ground ministries and resources, doors unlocked for Heidi. While our network kept us informed as to Heidi’s progress, we too kept in touch. There were no easy solutions but Heidi managed to recognize how the Lord was turning pain into power, despair into hope, and, because of a true transformation occurring, fear into love.
But just like dealing with an addiction, if there’s one thing the Catch has learned without a doubt: a system doesn’t work just because it is there. You have to make it work — and work it you did!
With Him, we can do anything because we know that God surrounds us with an abundance of blessings. Therefore, those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground of God’s love.
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). When this happens, we can indeed say with Paul, There is a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17). Where there is a new creation in Christ, there the Kingdom of God is made manifest to the world.
We are learning together that fund-raising is always a call to transformation, and this call comes to both those who seek funds and those who have funds. Whether we are asking for money or giving money, we are drawn together by God, who is about to do a new thing today through our collaboration.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).
And so here is a challenge for you and for me: Let’s walk together in confidence, connected together because of our Vision and our Purpose. And let’s participate in the spirit of what we are about.
Come together under the common ground of God’s love.
An Exciting Announcement — Hurray!
We are very pleased to announce in our second day of fund-raising, we have received another $2,000 of the $15,000 required, totaling now almost $5,000! Many, many thanks to you who are sharing with us and they are:
- Neil from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Athelyn from Phoenix, Arizona
- John from Coralville, Iowa
- Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
- Lisa from Sunland, California
- Michael from Cambria, California
- Greg from Wilmington, North Carolina
- Laura Campbell, California
- Siri from Marin, California
- David from Normandy Park, Washington
- Merlyn from Goodyear, Arizona
- Rona from Northampton, UK
- Joe from Sugar Land, Texas
- Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
- Victor from New Castle, Pennsylvania
- Ann from Rockford, Illinois
Partner with theses men and women by contributing today: or if you wish, send your contribution to The Catch Ministry, Inc., 1278 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, California 92651.
An Important Notice
The Board of Directors are currently reviewing the 72-page One Voice, Many People Report prepared from the “Your Participation Matters!” questionnaire responses (the “Report”). We hope to turn around the Report in short order so that it can be in your hands soon.
In the next few weeks to come, we will be creating the Report’s Action Plan together. Stay tuned to learn how. We promise you — you are not going to want to miss out on this opportunity to be one of many people who speak with one voice — the Voice of Christ to this century’s generations.
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I wish the best for Heidi. I have been sober for a little over ten years. I guess I was stronger than I at first thought when one morning I said didn’t want to wake up another morning hung over. First few days tough but, after awhile one day at a time I began to look at alcohol as poison in a lovely bottle and it worked. I hope Heidi stays sober and occasionally would be nice to hear how she is getting along and with the Grace of God stay strong, sober, and clean.
You write so well, John. Thanks for continuing to share your wisdom and insights with us.
No matter the circumstances that are before us Christ Jesus walks through them all with us..and causes us to always triumph in His name! Do you believe it?