Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Peanut butter and backpacks

This past weekend, the congregation participated in a last-minute drive for peanut butter and backpacks that the Haiti team needed to take with them to feed children in that Third World country. The congregation's support blew everyone away. There was so much peanut butter, in fact, that we were able to share the extra jars the Haiti team couldn't accommodate with team leaders heading to Mexico, Guatemala, Ethiopia and El Salvador. The generous donations from Tomoka families — all contributed in one weekend — will now feed children all over the globe! Haiti team leader Kevin Hahn's reaction:

The response was amazing. We got about three times as many backpacks as we needed and four times as much peanut butter needed. The backpacks we are able to take with us. What an amazing God we have! He sure gives abundantly. I’m just amazed how wonderful our church is at responding to a need in such short notice. The children of Haiti will enjoy the peanut butter sandwiches and backpacks beyond what I can tell you.
What a mighty God we serve! Please pray for the Haiti team, which should arrive today on the mission field. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Second Blessing's Expansion

Have you heard about the expansion of A Second Blessing thrift store? We are excited that the store, managed by Cindy Beers, has begun accepting additional donations as well as larger gifts to sell. An average of $2,000 a month is given to Tomoka Christian’s missions account by the store, and now it has the ability to help fund missions to an even greater extent.

What you may not know: Along with this expansion came the addition of a new facility, the Tomoka Training Center. This center has become the place where the church’s Biblical Counselors are trained.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a Biblical Counselor are invited to a session there at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. The morning will begin with a DVD presentation and will include time for discussion.

FYI: The new Tomoka Training Center is in Suite 791 of the Tomoka Plaza. While it is inside the thrift store, the Training Center’s entrance is directly behind it. Look for signs.

If you have any questions about the store, including volunteering, you can contact Cindy at 386-677-6317.