Friday, November 1, 2013

Help 4 Families Newsletter

Issue 13
                         Help 4 Families Newsletter           
Dear Friends,
Miss Autumn of Sawyer Evangelical church hosted a "Fall Tea Tastings" time as a fundraiser for the Help 4 Families on October 19, 2013. Miss Autumn provided a fall environment for the presentation of various teas' flavors. The guests were also served scrumptious cookies and desserts that were homemade by her and her helper Edna. We wish to thank both of them for their hard work and support of the ministry!
Additional exciting news is our new father's on-line support group. Many times a father feels lost as he tries to process his thoughts and emotions. There were not many places where other fathers understood, until now with our "FathersStandingTogether" on-line group. The moderator for the father's group is Howard Chavis. Howard understands from a father's perspective. If you are a father interested in  this newly founded group, please contact us by e-mail at
Please note our new mailing address located at the bottom of our newsletter.
God Bless,
May The Lord Work In My Heart                                                         By John Wenman
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Gen 3:6 I was enticed by self sensuality and believed to be a woman in a man's body. I pursued changing gender in spite of being a fully matured 6ft. 2in. male with large extremities and no contributory physical medical conditions. "I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Eccl 1:14


I anticipated living happily ever-after, however my life became a constant struggle. I was awkward, depressed, paranoid, shy, and continually seeking affirmation & acceptance. I longed for the whole truth unsatisfied with never ending superficial half-truths and proclamations of diversity, inclusiveness, and tolerance. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Heb 4:12


I began reading God's Word, sensing God's Holy Spirit was in my heart convicting, chastening and showing me, my gender change was an illusion, a work of the flesh, and a sin among many sins. I was lead to repentance for my sins, to believe on Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, and to love and obey God's commandments. I am now thankful for who I am, my born gender, and the many blessings in my life despite the emotional & physical consequences and ensuing challenges. God's Holy Spirit, is the only explanation for my profound change of heart, saving me from never ending guilt, enabling me to write these words and witness His absolute truth, grace, mercy and love. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Rom 8:1-2

Becoming Like Abraham                                                                        By Denise Shick

As a child I was taught about the holiness of God, the devastation of sin, reverence before God and how much God and his son Jesus Christ love us. Sadly, we look all around and witness how far we as a Christian country have moved away from the teachings of Bible that carry valuable lessons and wisdom. Today it seems we live in a time that is so closely parallel to the times of Sodom and Gomorrah; God has been forgotten and man's own will has become the desire of the people's hearts.


While the enemy of our souls has been active in the background to "steal and kill and destroy, " for centuries our enemy has prowled like a roaring lion. He observes his prey and knows our weakness. He waits patiently for the ideal time to pounce. The battle grows intense in our own homes and our own country.


As we experience troubled times in a world of turmoil, may we come know God. Know his teachings, his wisdom, his truths; bury each of these things deep in your heart and soul where you will always wear the armor of God. Ephesians instructs us to "be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities against the power for this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms". The Bible does not state a time where we are instructed to take off our "armor". We must wear the armor at all times.

Since we live in a fallen world, may we be examples of Abraham's heart as he conversed with God about Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham was filled with compassion for the lost. Abraham's heart revealed a man who cared greatly for others, including those who did not follow God. May we remember, we too were once lost.
Fearing Loss                                                                 By Lillypad
Scripture: "So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived as a wanderer east of Eden." Genesis 4:16 (NIV)


Many phone conversations between mother and son regarding the son's choice to change genders had taken place. Tears and shouting filled the conversations because neither one would agree with the other. A crisis arose between them when the son suddenly announced, "Well, I guess we can't be seen together anymore!" The mother's fear of loss was like a knife suddenly thrust into her heart causing instant pain!


When Cain chose to remove himself from his homeland due to his arrogance, did his mother Eve fear the loss and suffer heartache? He was her first born, and her pain must have gone deep! Even though she had other sons and daughters, grief over each one was very real when life got difficult!


The phone conversation instantly turned to tough love by the mother as she said, "That's your choice, not mine!" Though her fear of loss hung heavy, her son now had another choice to make. The ball was in his court to take responsibility and live the consequences for his choices. Like Cain, would he chose to remove himself from people who loved him and to not be accepted by God's world of natural laws?


Prayer: Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your amazing love that won't let us go even when we make bad choices. You have provided us a way back to you. Just like the Prodigal Son's Father, You wait with open arms. All praise to you. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

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