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Atlanta Mission Update (Selph)

Update from February 2017

I reported to you last month that we had our first break-in. Well, now we have five more windows covered with security bars and a doorbell with a camera that has a speaker. With this we can see on our phones who is standing at our front door (no matter where we are) … and we can actually speak to them through the phone/door bell. Now we don’t have to open the door at night blind to who may be standing there. Fascinating, and cool!

Neighborhood – Our Monday evening Bible study goes forward. These five men below are becoming regular participants. All are from our street, and we treasure their friendships.
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City of Refuge – We are having a good group of 12-13 bus riders from this women’s shelter go to church with us each Lord’s Day. It is difficult getting them back in time for their lunch, but a few of them have said they would rather be at church even if they have to forego lunch. Of course, we will not let that happen.

Cornerstone Church – Cathi and I both are teaching monthly in the Sunday children’s ministry…and I get to do so some teaching at the Wednesday night Bible study. And we get to have a wide variety of people over to the house for meals, some of whom are members, and some who are visitors to Cornerstone. In the photos below we show two of our February Lord’s Day gatherings. It is a great opportunity for us to encourage folks, and for us to learn more and more of a culture not our own. We ask tons of questions!
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Good News Kids Clubs – We are cooperating with this ministry of Grace Mid-Town Church as they sponsor these Child Evangelism clubs.
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We are averaging 8 homeless children at the Atlanta Mission club. The girl above, Faith, with her mother, who lives at the mission, holds up a picture she drew of the Lord Jesus on the cross. Faith has shown a tender heart for Jesus. There are on average 25 kids in the other club (below), which meets at a Salvation Army in the English Avenue area of the west side…notorious for poverty and trouble.
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Terminus Collective’s dinner and panel discussion – Cathi and I were asked to serve on a panel for this organization of young Christian professionals that meets monthly in downtown Atlanta. The subject this month was on marriage and parenting. Here is a link to their website to learn a little bit more about Terminus Collective: http://www.terminuscollective.org/.

The dear couple on the right in the photo are Tedashii and Danielle Anderson. They are members of our church. Tedashii is a Christian hip-hop artist who sings with our Pastor, Trip Lee, and with Lecrae. The Andersons lost their 3-year-old son several years ago in death…and we are so blessed by their God-centered hearts on this, and regarding other life issues.
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Night Clubs – We did not go to the clubs in February. We are on hold with this work until we have several reliable fellow servants to go with us.

Raising Expectations – We have started an involvement with this after-school program at a public school not far from our house (English Ave area). We are able to use the 25-passenger van to provide transportation for high school kids who are being developed to pursue more educational opportunities and to be more responsible citizens. Their need for transportation happens only for special events, but we have already been in group discussions with them about injustices in our nation and about the ubiquitous issue of gentrification. It is very helpful to us to learn from these young people.. They are a sharp group, and we hope to do them good in Jesus. http://www.raisingexpectations.org/about-us/
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We know you all are working hard in your own communities to bring the light and love of Jesus to lost people. We would love to hear of your efforts and stories to make Christ known. After many years of serving our Lord, we are continually made conscious of how powerless we are to produce anything lasting for our Lord. We surely appreciate each of you and your prayerful support, and would ask you to keep praying for these weak Atlanta servants. How we need the Spirit of the Lord!

In Jesus’ Name,

Bob and Cathi Selph