Hello all! Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather. Our October meeting was on October 19th. I wanted to get the meeting notes out for those of you who were unable to attend.
This meeting was different than others because we didn't have a specific lesson. Instead, we had a speaker and a craft, with more of an open forum. It was fun to switch it up!
Our speaker was Alicia from Center for Global Impact. I will definitely do a more in depth write up on the presentation later this week, but it was very interesting. According to their website, CGI seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus to those in the grip of poverty and bondage. They do this practically by providing a pathway out of poverty through education, vocational training and business development. Primarily working in Cambodia, many of those they serve are victims of — or vulnerable to — human trafficking.
Alicia explained a lot of the different fundraisers and projects they do to obtain this mission. Her presentation brought a lot of awareness to the group. It was neat to hear of all the great things CGI is doing to make a difference. We hope to pair with CGI later this year for our one of our volunteer opportunities.
If you'd like to find out more information, go to centerforglobalimpact.org
Thanks Alicia for coming and sharing all about the Center for Global Impact!
After the speaker, Brittany read us a post from the blog "Girlfriends in God." It was about a choice that changes everything. Basically the story was about a woman who's family was in a waiting period while her husband's company went through a merger. They didn't know if he would keep his job or not. She explains that during that time they had to choose to trust in God no matter how much doubt and worry they had.
The author of the blog compared her story to the book of Ruth. In the book of Ruth, two women, Naomi and Ruth faced difficult circumstances and an uncertain future. Ruth remained loyal to her mother in law Naomi during hard times. God used this faithful friendship to bless the two women. Like Naomi and Ruth's story the blog author had to choose to trust God and stated, "Choosing to trust is essential. When we make the choice to trust God it changes everything."
From this story we learn that we can trust God by deciding in our hearts to remain faithful.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all the ways you acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Then we completed a Halloween activity. Since everyone loves pumpkins, Brittany handed out a pumpkin to each person and we were to write things on it that we are thankful for. Brittany said we could put the pumpkin up at work or home, somewhere we could look at it and be reminded of what we are thankful for, especially during trying times. We all have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes it is hard to call it out. Especially the little things. That's why this activity was perfect!
I will add our next meeting and volunteer opportunities to the blog here soon as well as prayer requests.