LENT GROUP - Week 1 20/02/2018

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LENT GROUP - Week 1 20/02/2018

Post by Pam » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:23 pm

The Temptation of Jesus


Isaiah 40:28–31

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Song: YOU RAISE ME UP (Josh Groban)

(While this is playing, you may like to refresh your memory about the first installment of the Send A Cow charity's story here.

Extracts from the story:

This small group of Christian farmers
and wives weren’t learned development
experts and we certainly weren’t great
visionaries or brave people of God who
fought injustice and inequality; we weren’t
even clever pioneers. We were normal, hardworking
farming folk whom God brought
together to undertake a task. However,
we were savvy enough not to waste time
– and being farmers, we knew a thing or
two about preparing ground and planting
seeds: we were well-suited to turning an
idea into reality. We prayed a lot about it and
there certainly was a tingle in our spines –
especially when Gerald thought he had been
given much too much money by the lovely
congregation at St. Swithin’s but returned
from Uganda to realise it was penny perfect!

We hope by now you will feel the momentum
that propelled us at the time. Yes, there were
challenges, but what could you expect? We
were voluntarily running the charity on a
shoestring – meeting regularly to plan and pray,
and adapting ideas according to the need.
The funds just kept coming and the project
grew. Gerald became Send a Cow’s first
National Director and the farm’s woodshed
became the first office. We were running a busy
farm and a family too: but miss it? Never! God
had touched our lives. He used who we were
and what we had to help people in Uganda in a
desperate situation, post-civil war.
This is not the story of Send a Cow’s birth but
a tiny part of our story within it; 30 years later
Send a Cow’s Lenten theme is Thanksgiving.
Not difficult hey?

Some questions for us:

• Do you think God has a plan for us all?
• Isaiah talks of ‘those who wait upon the Lord’.
What does it mean to ‘wait upon the Lord’?
• God uses ordinary people to further His
kingdom; He renews their strength. Have you
seen this happen?
• How do we discover Thanksgiving within the
Send a Cow story?
• Should ‘thankfulness’ be a state of mind for
us and organisations like Send a Cow; how does
that happen?
• What is God calling you to do? Maybe you
could use this time of Lent to listen to God.

We pray

Strength for the Journey (Michael Poirier)

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