The Bible says of them: "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times." II Timothy 3: 1 No one alive today would deny that we are living in "very difficult times!"
2000 years ago the Early Church faced hard times as well, even to the point of going through physical torture. In meeting the economic difficulties of those days, God gave the Church a plan, "There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need." Acts 4: 34-35
Another interesting passage is found in Acts 3: 21, "For he (Jesus) must remain in heaven until the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets." The Church shall be restored to her former glory prior to the physical return of the Lord!
I feel that the Lord will be giving us great plans to help meet the needs of our people. Most likely these plans will not be new plans, but rather plans that are tried and true that worked 2000 years ago and actually changed the world!
The bottom line is that the Early Church took care of each other! That model is very clear. Therefore we who live during these "very difficult times" will find ourselves more and more taking care of each other. The Church is not buildings, rather the Church is people and God has commanded us to take care of one another! I believe, "so much more as we see that day approaching!"
Because of all of the above, I am thrilled to announce the birth of a new ministry, The Power of One!
If used correctly there is power in a One Dollar Bill!
Through the means of modern communications we can take a lowly One Dollar Bill and use it to greatly bless someone within the Body of Christ!
Here is how the Power of One works: Each month our church, New Beginnings Fellowship in Hernando, Florida (www.nbfhernando.com) will be choosing a person, family or a ministry, to be recipients of a Power of One Offering for a period of ONE MONTH! This person, family or ministry will be prophetically chosen by the Holy Spirit. New Beginnings Fellowship will only be a "clearing house and facilitator" of the Power of One. (Please scroll down for our July Recipient)
Here is what we are asking of you.......
July Power of One Recipients
Curtis & Renae Forbes Family
Gastonia, North Carolina
I would like to introduce to you the Forbes Family of Gastonia, North Carolina. The Forbes head up Proton Ministries International of the Greater Charlotte Area. (www.protonministries.com)
Every so often you run into someone who you ask God, "Lord, how much more can this person take?" That has often been my prayer for Curtis over the past few years! Here is a short form of the physical ailments that Curtis has been dealing with: Heart attack at age 39; malignant melanoma 20 times larger than normal, and several severe infections at the extraction site; 20 other moles removed with incision sites much larger than the mole due to the skin cancer; diabetes; severe peripheral neuropathy (sheathing around the nerves decays, leaving the nerves exposed and causes the nerve itself to decay as well, creating severe chronic pain); Last Oct. Curtis almost died due to diabetic neuropathy. It caused his legs and feet to swell and retain fluid. At one point he had retained as much as 40 pounds of water weight and his heart was trying to pump blood through all of that extra mass squeezing against his veins; Severe sleep apnea; Curtis has been out of work since March 2007 and has been fighting to receive disability since November 2008 and has been turned down twice.
Curtis says this about his situation, "The extreme pressure that all of this has put on my wife Renae and I has just been indescribable! Renae is such a warrior! She and my 4 children (Faith, Caleb, Mekayla, and Alex) have pressed through all of this together. I have an absolutely amazing family!
The enemy has tried so hard to make me bitter in all of this but I have refused to allow this to happen! Instead we have chosen to become humble under the mighty hand of God! I know that the Lord does not put this kind of sickness or disease on anyone, but in His foreknowledge He knew that I would go through all of this... at the same time He also provided Jesus Christ on the cross as a way of escape (salvation, deliverance) and I spend time every day declaring the word of God over my body and my life and even taking communion! Hebrews 1:3 says that the Lord upholds all things by the "word of His power" therefore there is power in His word!"
These days Curtis uses much of his time studying the Word of God and praying for the needs of others!
Will you pray for Curtis and Renae and their lovely family? Would you please help in their time of extreme financial need by just sending them One Dollar? (If you would wish to send a larger offering to the Forbes Family you can do so with the PayPal button on their website... see above)
After all, THERE IS POWER IN ONE!
May God bless you greatly!