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June/July 2010

“See the World!”

"The armed forces yesterday strongly repelled the relentless firepower of gunmen, allegedly from Fletcher's Land, who launched an assault on the Central Police Station in Jamaica's capital, Kingston.

A Gleaner news team was pinned down for more than 40 minutes at the intersection of East and East Queen streets in downtown Kingston as militants loyal to reputed gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke' traded bullets with the police." (From Jamaica Gleaner Online news)

This week Jan Gerth sent us an e-mail informing us of the violence in Kingston, Jamaica and the need for prayer. We prayed. Community Covenant is well connected to Jamaica. Our connection in Jamaica is through our relationship with Jamaica Christian Boys Home. Groups from Community have been traveling there to love and care for the 30 plus boys and staff for over 10 years.

After prayer, I wanted to know more. How close is the violence to the Boys Home? I found out that one firefight was about 1.8 miles from the home. Needless to say, many people are staying indoors and waiting for the "all clear".

The e-mail made me wonder why I hadnít heard of this violence. It certainly was important. I know our local news doesnít spend much time on world news, but this was important. They should cover this!

But then I realized that I can go for days without checking in with the world. I have times when I am only concerned about my small circle and the events contained in it. Iím not better than the news. My assignment, should I decide to accept it, is to See the World. Would you, in fact, join me? I would like to challenge all of us this summer to pick a portion of the world that God lays on our hearts and to try to connect with it.

Here are some ideas to help you get started.

1) Find pictures of that country or area and put it on the refrigerator or bulletin board. 2) Pray for the people and all the daily issues of their land. 3) Pray for the Christian Church and the missionaries in that country. 4) Do something that will allow you to better connect with and serve that country and its people. Write a letter, support a mission project, find out more about the country and its people. Be creative and see what God leads you to do.

It's amazing how big and yet how small our world is. I encourage you to scan the world regularly. Jesus taught us to pray: "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Just looking at the struggles around the world and the problems in our own lives, we long for Godís kingdom to come. The exciting part is that we get to be a part of making that happen!

Have a great summer, and as you enjoy a change of pace, take time to See the World!

- Pastor Craig

Community Covenant Church
Pastor Craig Johnson
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