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Have you ever just sat and stared at a map? Completely overwhelmed by the vastness of the world God has created? Or flown in a plane and glanced down at how small a seemingly large world becomes? The contrasts of God in our everyday life are staggering.

 

It is easy to look at the world around us and wonder how we can make a difference. There is so much to be done, so many needs to be met, so many hurting people in need of love and care. How can we, who feel so small and insignificant, change the world around us?

 

It starts with one. One seemingly small act of kindness, one small act of love and one moment of being the answer to a hurting world can begin to change all the impossible situations around us. How? By stepping out, being willing and being obedient to answer the need that is in front of you. Obedience is sometimes the hardest step to take but when we do, God meets us right where we are and empowers us to impact.

 

VCC’s monthly food pantry is a great example of compassion doing something. Every 2nd Saturday of the month at our VCC office building, people from all over the area who are struggling and in need come to receive a box of food and hope. For many, this is what gets them through the month. For others it is a blessing that helps them keep going and ultimately, it is a shining light of a helping hand and the providence of Jesus.

 

On March 8th, 2014 Victory Christian Center hosted our monthly food pantry with the help of about twenty five volunteers. We served over 120 needy families in our community. Whether it was helping people carry their boxes and load their car, or a simple hug and prayer. Our volunteers are the hands and feet of Jesus to all that they come in contact with.

 

You see, showing the love of Jesus doesn’t always have to be an extravagant sacrifice. Sometimes, it’s just a gentle helping hand or encouraging word. Compassion does something… Are you doing it?

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(One of our younger volunteers. All ages are welcome!)

 

If you and your family would like to sign up to help with our next food pantry on April 13th and serve our community, please contact our Victory Christian Center office @ 330-536-2127 or click HERE.

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Weekly Prayer Focus: Crisis in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea

 

There have been dramatic changes happening in Europe recently. I really believe God is about to break out in Europe and the enemy is trying to do everything possible to stop that… including beginning a war.

 

Since November there has been government upheaval and protests happening in the Ukraine against their own government and their new ties with Russia. On February 28th the Ukraine voted out their current leader, President Yanukovich and began the building of a new government. This put Russian troops on high alert and began what looked like a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

 

Yesterday, the country of Crimea voted to leave the European Union and join Russia again, putting more tension into this already volatile area of the world.

 

As Christians, it is our responsibility to keep up on what is happening around the world and stand with our brothers and sisters living in the midst of these tough situations. I don’t claim to know what the answer is or all of the little details behind what has happened. But I know God does and He has a plan for the people in each of these countries. So I choose to pray into His heart for these nations.

 

Join us in standing in prayer for this beautiful area of the world and praying for God’s will to be done in all situations.

 

 

Prayer Points:

 

1: For the Churches, Pastors and Missionaries serving and living in the Ukraine, Russia and Crimea. Pray that they would be unified and that through this conflict MANY would come to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

 

 

2: For the governmental officials and leaders in each country - Wisdom, understanding and the ability to hear the truth. Most importantly, that peace will be reached without war.

 

 

3: For America’s involvement – Pray for wisdom for our President and leaders.

 

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“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”

Anne Frank (1929-1945)

 

What does the love and kindness of Jesus look like on a daily basis? Starting on March 1st, 2014 all eight campuses of Victory Christian Center along with Victory Compassion Ministries set out to display and live out the kindness of Jesus to our community and the world!

The Culture of Kindness is a 31 day challenge in which every day those participating receive a new act of kindness idea for their friends, family, neighborhood, work place and so much more. The idea is to shine your light with the love of Jesus by blessing someone around you.

Today’s challenge is our first Wild Card Wednesday. These are my favorite challenges of the week as you get to pick from a list of 10 ideas of kindness to bless an individual or family, or simply ask the Holy Spirit what He would have you do for that day to bless someone. You never know how one seemingly small act of kindness could change someone’s life!

It’s never too late to jump in on the challenge – head over to Compassion Ministry Facebook Page and read through the daily posts of the challenges, click the scrolling banner at the top of our blog, or grab a booklet at your local Victory Christian Center campus.

Don’t forget to share and post testimonies to inspire others on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media platform. Just make sure to hashtag #vcc31challenge or email us your testimonies at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wild Cards:

1. Joy Balloons
Take 5 helium filled balloons and leave them on someone’s doorstep and attach a note to the balloons blessing whoever may receive the balloons. You never know the joy such a simple act can bring to someone.


2. Flowers!
Pick up some flowers from the florist or grocery store and arrange to bless someone that might be missing someone special. If you have a hard time thinking of someone you can always visit a nursing home or assisted living to brighten their day!

3. Babysit For Free
If you have kids or know of a family with kids you know that it can be stressful and crazy at times. Think of a family who you know could use a blessing of getting out of the house for a few hours and know their kids were in good hands.

4. Family Fun
Do you know of a family or a friend that loves to do special things but may not always have the funds to take their family out or treat themselves? This is a great opportunity to bless them by taking them out, maybe an evening of bowling or even a fun game night at your house. Call up a family or friend who you know could use a night out and plan a time to get together so that you can be a blessing to them that day!


5. Tip Blessing
When was the last time you went out to eat and thought about leaving a larger tip than normal but didn’t? If you plan on going out to eat anytime soon, bless your waiter or waitress with an extra gift other than the expected 10%. Take a little extra time to learn their name and get to know them.

6. Nursing Home Visit
Plan and schedule a visit to a local nursing home. There are so many lonely people who would love someone to sit and talk with for a little while. This is a great way to honor your elders and bless someone else’s life.

7. Neighbor in Need
Take some extra time today to identify a neighbor in need. It could be an elderly neighbor who needs help cleaning out their gutters for spring, or someone who needs help moving something around their house. Take some extra time and ask them “how can I serve you today?”

8. Food Bank
Area food banks are always coming to the aid of those in need. Do you have some extra canned or nonperishable goods in your kitchen that you could bless to these amazing ministries? VCC also has a food pantry that you can sign up for and help give out food to those who are needy right in our community. The dates are the 2nd Saturday of every month. March 8th and April 12th. Contact Valerie Ezzo for more information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9. Help someone who can’t help themselves.
Identify the need of someone today who can’t do it on their own and offer to help. It could be someone stuck on the side of the road, or someone who can’t lift something heavy, or even just someone who is to busy to accomplish a task they need done.

10. Invite a neighbor, coworker, family member or friend to church.
You may not always know what to say, but inviting someone to church is a great way to begin dialog with them about the Lord. They may be a Christian already and just need somewhere to come and plug in. A simple invitation could change someone’s life!

   

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