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As we pray for our team going to Uganda this summer, we can prepare our hearts and minds along with them by reading what they’re reading. Redeemer’s Christine Alele, who’s from Uganda, helps connect the team to the country they’ll be serving by encouraging them to know the history of Christians in Uganda:
Around 1933, Apolo the disciple of Mackay dies and is buried in Boga Zaire. Around this time God does something totally awesome: He breathes revival upon this very fragile church that as yet has no Bibles in local languages, just parts and pieces as the missionary can copy the New Testament with the technology of Africa of the 1920s and 30s. What happens in this time shows us that the “Lord Himself by His Spirit will build His Church.”
Redeemer has the opportunity and privilege again this summer to host Cru summer project students for eight weeks. College students from all over the country will pour into Charleston: They’ll work menial jobs, deeply study God’s Word together, live in a local hotel, do outreach on the beach, minister to our communities, and much more.
That’s where Redeemer comes in! We get to be these students’ church family, as they’re far from their homes, families, and colleges.
Redeemer’s Morgan Brewer is directing this year’s summer project in Charleston, and she’s excited that Redeemer will be a host church again:
As I’ve been reviewing applicants for this summer, I’ve been even MORE thankful that we host these students as I’ve heard their family backgrounds. So many of our students became believers while in college and have not seen or experienced what a godly, Christian family environment is like. What a ministry opportunity we have through hosting these students!
Beginning in June we’ll enjoy the Cru students’ joyful addition to our worship service and church body, and we’ll give folks in our church the opportunity to adopt a student or two for the few weeks that they’re here. We ask host families to invite their adopted students for Sunday lunch, offer a relaxing spot to crash for the afternoon, and give them a place to do laundry. Contact Kurt Brewer if you’re interested in hosting students or helping with the welcome luncheon on their first Sunday (June 1) at Redeemer.
Here’s what former students are saying about their time at Redeemer:
My host family was THE BEST! They were so gracious and welcoming! it meant so much to me that they wanted to get to know us and invest in our lives in any way possible! I’m looking forward to seeing them this summer. 🙂 –Catherine Verga
I can’t say enough good things about the host family/’adoption’ program –it was such an incredible and joyful part of my summer project experience! I talk about you guys all the time whenever I’m remembering back on last summer. Getting to know you and your family helped me to feel so much more connected to Redeemer and the city of Charleston, and of course the delicious meal every Sunday was wonderful! I definitely recommend it to every single one of the Cru students!! –Cassady Schulte
Join us tomorrow, April 27 as we gather for missions prayer breakfast as a church family at 9:15 am during our Christian-Ed. hour. Then we’ll spend some time praying specifically for our Redeemer-supported missionaries serving around the world. Please bring a breakfast casserole, some muffins, or fruit to share.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from John 21.
The missions committee of Redeemer plans to host a special breakfast this Sunday morning, April 27 during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll enjoy breakfast as a church family, so please bring some delicious breakfast fare to share. For last week’s annual Easter breakfast, we had delicious breakfast casseroles, muffins, fresh fruit, and plenty of coffee. While this week’s breakfast may not have as many dyed-egg-colored tablecloths or clothing, the food is sure to please.
After the children are dismissed to their class, we’ll begin a time of intentional prayer for our Redeemer-supported missionaries around the world. What a privilege we have to join our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we labor for the kingdom! You can read a little bit about our missionaries, and we’ll have recent and specific prayer requests for each this Sunday during the missions prayer breakfast. Join us as we praise our Great God for his continued faithful work around the world.
He is risen indeed! Join us tomorrow, April 20 for our Easter Sunday celebration of Christ’s resurrection. We’ll begin our morning as a family eating breakfast together at 9:15 am, so please bring a breakfast casserole, some muffins, or fruit to share.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Acts 1:1-5.
Our precious children began our worship service on Palm Sunday by waving palm branches and singing their special song Hosanna. What a blessing to see their cute faces and hear their sweet voices lifting up the praise of our Savior!
Our Uganda 2014 team is preparing their hearts and minds for the upcoming trip this summer, and this online article about Alexander Mackay’s work for the cause of Christ in Uganda is a must-read. Ben Mosteller, one of our deacons who’s leading the trip to Uganda, gives us his thoughts about the pioneering work of this early missionary:
Alexander Mackay blazed through uncharted territory in Uganda back in the 1870s, and we will be experiencing the fruit of his labors this summer, nearly 150 years later. A Scottish missionary who answered God’s tug on his heart to serve in Africa, Mackay had to literally cut his way from the coast of East Africa into the heart of the continent to Lake Victoria and eventually what is now Uganda.
This article recounts the hardships of a man with a passion for seeing lost people come to Christ. Mackay took the mantra of John the Baptist, that he was “preparing the way for the coming of the Lord.” He dealt with many difficulties, not the least of which was the king of Uganda at the time. Mackay spoke boldly and with conviction to the king, saying things to the king like, “The greatness [of people] will pass away and their souls are lost in the darkness of belief in wizards and charms, while I know that my soul is saved by Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and therefore I have spiritual riches that never perish.” What boldness!
God used Mackay to bring many people to Himself, but the king (and later, his son) turned on the Christians due to the persuasion and lies of Muslim slave traders. These men were trying to manipulate the king, but Mackay spoke out against the injustice of slavery, which the king was doing to his own people. At different points, the king ordered Christians to be tortured and killed. But the passion for Christ never died. Even three boys, aged 12-15, were tortured and burned for standing up for their faith! God used Mackay in mighty ways until he died of Malaria at 41, and we still see the legacy of his work today.
It is amazing to read of the history of those who have gone before us to this great land to share Christ with its people. We are honored to follow in Mackay’s footsteps these many years later. Not that we (or Mackay) labor for renown and glory. As one Christian who was killed for preaching the Gospel in Uganda said, “I have bought this road with my life!” His blood paved the way for many Christ followers to come. We now prepare to journey down this road to continue God’s work in Uganda–for His glory alone!
Redeemer welcomed 14 new members last Sunday. We’re excited to see how the Lord will use this crop of new members, as we seek to be a Gospel presence in downtown Charleston! As a first step to church membership, these new members attended our last inquirers’ class back in February. Our next class will most likely be held at the end of summer; let us know your interest in our next class using the form on our website.
Come celebrate Palm Sunday with us tomorrow, April 13! We’ll begin our Christian-Ed. hour at 9:15 am; refresh your memory, adults, on Romans 1-8 with this thematic representation. The children are singing their special Hosanna song tomorrow, so they need to be in the sanctuary for practice at 9:15.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of timely announcements, and other details about our worship service and church life. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from John 12:12-33.
Catch these cuties on Palm Sunday, April 13 as the children help us celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with special music including shouts of “Hosanna!” and palm branches. Enjoy these pictures from Palm Sunday 2012, and make plans to join us for all the festivities during Easter Week. #TBT