MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

 

 

Category: Local NJ

 
The fall of this year is starting off with many “happenings” that we would like to share…
 
MAPLE LEAF TUTORING PROGRAM
We began our 7th year of  tutoring at the Maple Leaf Apartments in Brick on October 8th. With volunteers from many different local churches joining in, we were greeted with many hugs from the students and countless stories about their summer. Last week we had our Halloween/Bible Club that captured the attention of the kids as they reached deep into a carved out pumpkin and pulled out a lot yucky, gooey stuff that represented the “sin” in our lives that is against a holy and perfect God. Then they made their own pumpkin to take home as a reminder that that “they are the light of the world” when they are a child of the living God. 
 
On December 10th the students and volunteers will be blessed when Ted Kenny from Plays on Word https://www.playsonword.org/index.html comes to do a short, but powerful play ‘Christmas Joe’. Plays on Word has been blessing many people from NJ to California over the past year and we are very excited that he will be with us on the 10th!  There will be two showings, so if you are in the neighborhood, please come out and join us!
We were also contacted by the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Brick, who once again want to bless the kids at Christmas with knit hats and Christmas balls full of candy. Their crochet ministry has been blessing our kids for several Christmas’ and we are so thankful that they are doing it again this year!
 
 
 
 
 
TRUE LIFE CHURCH CHRISTMAS SHOP
We are helping to get the word out about the Christmas Shop that True Life Church in Brick is doing on December 7th. April (their kids director) has come with SOFM to Atlantic City for the past two years and when she heard about the Christmas Shop that New City Fellowship Church does for the families in AC, April knew she wanted to see it duplicated right here in Brick! Thank you Pastor Santo and staff for yet again planting another “duplicating” seed in our own backyard!
 
Join True Life Church in helping lower-income Brick residents provide Christmas for their families. The Christmas Shop allows parents to purchase new toys at a greatly reduced price. Rather than receive a handout, they are able to purchase gifts for their families with dignity!  The money collected from the gifts on Dec. 7th will go right back into the community during the upcoming year. 
Ways to Help:
● DONATE BY NOV. 22nd: View our Amazon Christmas List (amzn.to/2M4oxBW) and purchase a gift. It will automatically be shipped to our church office. Easy!
 
 
HAITI, HAITI, HAITI
On November 16th Pam and Patrick Hess are returning to Haiti for a week. This is the first time they will be in Haiti together in three years. There is a lot to be accomplished during their stay that includes the oversight of many work projects (Patrick) and holding meetings (Pam) with a variety of groups and staff to help continue to move the ministry forward and prepare for Sophia Amorski’s move to Haiti in March of 2020 as our (Aslan Youth Ministry & SOFM) first American missionary. [more to follow about Sophia soon] If you are interested in coming with us to Haiti in June/July 2020, please contact SOFM and we will give you all the important information, including the deposit information that is due by December 7th. Planning and meetings for this trip will begin in January.
 
We appreciate your prayers for all that is happening with Step of Faith Ministry!

 

It is a very sad reality that all over the world children and adults are being told that they can not speak about Jesus or even say His name. While in Atlantic City this summer we encountered such a situation with a little boy named Jair…

It was night three of Bible Camp. We had spent each night teaching about the life of Jesus and who He is. During the final craft, which was making a salvation bracelet, I heard a little voice begin to say, “I can’t say Jesus.” As he repeated his declaration it got louder and louder until it turned into a child’s cry to be heard. I walked over to him and the other boy of which he was yelling this at and asked them what was going on.

This little boy, couldn’t have been older than 6 or 7, looked up at me and exclaimed, “I can’t say Jesus, I am Muslim.” Apparently he was sitting next to another little boy who was telling him a lot about Jesus. I looked at the situation and smiled. Here we had a tarp full of children putting different color beads on a piece of cord, each bead represented a characteristic of Jesus, and this little boy, proclaiming that he can not say the name Jesus, as he was saying His name over and over while making his own bracelet. 

Instead of telling him anything, I just began to help him make the bracelet. We came to the red bead, I read off of the small slip of paper that was on the tarp in front of him, “The red bead means ‘God shed His blood.'” Jair looked up at me and asked, “Who did that?”

I smiled again and said, “Jesus did, because He is God.” Jair no longer declared that he couldn’t say Jesus’ name, instead, he said, “My grandma is Muslim, my mom is Christian, but she doesn’t go to church.” I told Jair to look at me. He put down his bracelet and looked right at me. I smiled at him and said, “Jesus is God and He loves you very much. Ask Him ‘who He is and what is His name’ and He will show you.” He didn’t resist, he and I finished the bracelet and I tied it on his tiny wrist.

When Jair was leaving the tarp he came up to me and gave me a big hug. 

Would you please join us in praying for this little soul and that Jesus would speak to his heart loud and clear.

…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with your heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation… WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED”

                                                                                              – Romans 10:9-10;13

 

 

 

 

For the past 9 years, SOFM has been partnering with New City Fellowship Church in Atlantic City. Each year the Lord brings together unique teams to serve around AC and alongside the New City Church. 

Even though this summer we had our smallest team (5) with Ron blessing us two nights at Bible Camp, we were amazed as God took us on a journey of faithfulness by being “flexible and pioneering”. A big thank you to the team for stepping out of their comfort zone to go to a place where many chose not to go. Thank you to Pastor Santo and his staff for taking such great care of us again! And thank you to all who prayed and supported this team.

The video gives a summary of our trip!

Just One Drop


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    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America