There was a lot of activity around Bethany Baptist Church in the past week. The Douglas County Homemakers Clubs met to decorate the fellowship hall in preparation for the DOW Homemakers Clubs Achievement Day. Then later that afternoon the Young WomenNChrist met for their regular Bible Study, Craft, and Fun Time. The DOW Homemakers did have their Achievement Day, Tuesday. Darlene Sorensen, Sally Sorensen, and Norma Stillings sang and accompanied themselves with mandolin and Auto Harp.
There was Wednesday evening prayer meeting and Saturday morning work day to finish the week. Sunday, the church enjoyed having Zachary and Amanda Whitener and their daughter, Adeline as special guests. They are members of Shining Light Baptist Church in Blairsville, Georgia on deputation to become missionaries.
When missionaries come for a visit, the church has lunch in the fellowship hall in order to get to know the missionary better. This is done at least once a month and also provides a time of fellowship for everyone.
Zachary brought a message from Matthew 9:35-38 on compassion. Having compassion means that we will do everything we can to take away the pain from a sufferer. Jesus had that kind of compassion going from village to village healing the sick and preaching the good news of salvation. When Jesus saw the multitudes, he had compassion for them. There are still multitudes of souls that are lost and doomed for Hell. Jesus said that the harvest was plenteous, but the workers were few. Across the world there are thousands and thousands of people who have never heard about what Jesus can do for them and many do not want to hear. In America Christians are often regarded as “nuts” and may feel intimidated about being a witness to their lost neighbor. But there are still people who will welcome the good news that Jesus died to pay their sin debt, that He suffered Hell’s punishment for them, that He offers forgiveness and peace to those who will accept His sacrifice.