Volume 4, Issue 1 - January-February 2019
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about how, on the day of judgement, the Lord will acknowledge those who have served others:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
During the holiday season, one Growth Group demonstrated the spirit of Jesus to inmates at the Newton County Detention Center with care packages and cards where the prisoners can write their prayer requests.
These prayer cards, which will be an ongoing opportunity for inmates to receive prayer, come in to the office at Eastridge every few weeks, and the prayer requests are distributed to the staff and elders to pray over them.
The care packages were the brainchild of a Growth Group led by two of the elders of Eastridge, Greg Herring and Dalton Knox.
Several of the inmates have express their gratitude for the opportunity to have their requests prayed for, and a few of them have even said they would love to visit Eastridge when they get out of jail. Herring even called the family of one inmate, inviting them to Eastridge at the inmate's request.
"This is such a great opportunity to pray for people in our county who really need it," said Herring."We’re all God’s children and it’s an honor to be part of the Great Commission, serving Newton County’s inmates," said Knox.
Check out some pics of the group's efforts below.
Is your Growth Group reaching out to show Jesus' love to the community in some way? Share it! Use the hashtag #WeLoveNewton on social media, or email your photos to email@example.com with an explanation of what the group did.
God is doing amazing things through our mission partners in Honduras and Mexico, and it's exciting to see how He's working!
At Mision Caribe in Honduras, you have an opportunity coming up to see for yourself. The Honduras Mission Experience is coming June 5-12. To sign up to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Honduras, visit eastridgefamily.org/honduras. There's also an informational meeting on February 24 in Classroom C on the Covington Campus.
God is doing tremendous work in Mexico with Casas por Cristo as well. A team is traveling there this month, and the Eastridge family had the opportunity to pray over them during a service recently. Here's the video that we showed during services that tells the story of how Casas por Cristo shares the love of Jesus.
This Christmas Eve, Eastridge set a goal of raising $12,000 to benefit our homegrown mission partners over and above the regular amounts that to go them. As always, the Eastridge family went above and beyond in generosity, giving an amazing $15,665.05 to the $12K of Christmas offering!
These mission partners each received a check for $5,221.68 to help them in their efforts to bring hope and life change to different parts of the world.
Over and over, the Eastridge family shows out when it comes to generosity. The $12K of Christmas was no exception. Thank you.
Scott & Tachsha Schoolcraft
Robert & Michelle Cumbie
Colin & Erin Russell
Tyson & Lisa Wilkerson
Ray & Deborah English
Mike & Jennifer Poole
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