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It was only a few years ago that torrential rains flooded our streets in Columbia.  We can tell names of friends, family, and neighbors who lost homes and faced true danger.  We lived the #scflood, and we realize how much more devastating and widespread the floods in South Texas have been.  Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey smothered South Texas.  It has been so bad that the National Weather Service tweeted, “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything  experienced.”   

Because of the grace God has given to us, Shandon Baptist Church will respond to this need in the love of God, just like we did here in Columbia a few years ago.  There are 3 ways you can show the love of God with us:

  1. Pray.  Psalm 46 reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God.”  Please pray for God to make his strength and love known in South Texas in the aftermath of this storm.  Pray for those who are displaced, lost, and hurt.  Pray for His church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to be witnesses of His grace.  Pray for a stronger Houston, stronger because of the loving arms of God.  Pray every day, and ask God how He would use you.
  2. Give.  Our church set up a “Disaster Relief” fund during our own flood.  If you give to this fund, we will forward 100% of your donation Samaritan’s Purse and Send Relief, the disaster relief arm of the North American Mission Board.  You can give here  and choose the “Disaster Relief” option.  You can also give by check or cash this Sunday by writing “Disaster Relief” on your offering envelope.  
  3. Go.  We are gathering names and contact information of those who want to go help.  Although we do not have dates and costs currently set, we are building an army of men and women who will be the hands and feet of Jesus in this time of need.  We know how to do mudouts.  We know how to dry photos.  We know how to bring light to darkness.  You can show interest in upcoming trips to South Texas by filling out the form below. 

Please consider how God is calling you to respond.  Pray Shandon will be faithful in the way we respond.  We love South Texas, and we want to show it by praying, giving, and going.

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56 Salvations in Nicaragua

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The adult mission trip to Nicaragua took place July 12-18, 2014, and was led by Shandon member Greg Abrams.

Wow.  

This is the best word I can use to describe our time in Nicaragua.  What an amazing week of watching God work in only ways He can.  To my team, thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone and going to a 3rd world country.  We had an amazing team and I want to thank each of you for working hard, exhibiting a servants heart and sharing your faith each and every day through your actions and words.  As a team God used us in great ways.  

Here is a recap for you of how God used us in the barrio Emmanuel. 

56 salvations!

Construction Efforts for the local church we served:

  • Provided and installed a septic tank
  • Painted the entire church inside and out
  • Prepped for a roof for the Sunday School building.
  • Mixed concrete, laid block and built 2 shower/bathrooms for the church
  • Provided 2 tables for the Sunday School Room for feeding and teaching

Ministry to the local church & community (a barrio called Emmanuel)

  • Lead worship for a Sunday morning service, and 2 midweek services
  • Lead a Vacation Bible School for children with many accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior
  • Door to Door Evangelism and provided roughly 150 personal care bags through the barrio along with 200 Bibles and New Testaments
  • Provided a meal for the entire barrio
  • Presented the Pastor and his family with a motorbike so they now have means of transportation

I hope you will consider attending next year! 

In Christ,
Greg Abrams


This post originally appeared on Drink from the Fountain, James Roberts' (Minister of Global Missions & Evangelism) personal blog.

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