2019 Third-Quarter Newsletter
What We Do at Not Alone Blind Internet Ministry:
· Provide a weekly devotional podcast message called “You’re Not Alone”
· Provide a Bible study podcast called “Room 4216”
· Serve 52 Outreach Centers with a newsletter and leadership support
· Provide pastoral care and counseling that comes from podcasts listeners
· Raise financial support and awareness for Not Alone Blind Internet Ministry
Shelter from the Storm
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
The summer of 2019 has experienced lots of storms and periods of extreme heat. From these we take shelter and protection. In the Midwest basements are naturally cool and afford protection from the extreme heat. Even more than that for us who live in the tornado belt of the Midwest, basements are necessary shelter from these powerful storms. Winds hail and driving rain can cause damage and disasters. Tucked away and sheltered from the storm, we may hear it; fear it; but we are safe.
The one who trusts in God, finds protection and shelter from the spiritual storms of life. Not only did he create the world, but with a word, Jesus calmed the storm which assaulted him and the disciples. Matthew 8:24-27
Cancer treatments, rising insurance costs, a family member or close friend who has gone blind, long lonely days; these and many more things are the storms of our lives. The impact of any storm can shake and rattle our frail bodies. We might be overwhelmed with swirling emotions.
Remember……God is our shelter and protection throughout life. Jesus weathered the storm of the cross, death and the grave. He rose. He is victorious. Because he did this, we know he is faithful to be our shelter in and through all storms of life.
Look for opportunities to help those in need and tell them that shelter is found in God’s caring hands.
From Brian in Jefferson City Missouri:
I hope this finds you doing well; just wanted to give you an update that I am doing okay and made it through the storms and tornado on Wednesday night. It did a lot of damage in town but thankfully my neighborhood was okay. I checked with the other members of our local Blind Outreach Center and they are okay too. We still have our monthly Blind outreach gatherings at Trinity Lutheran Church and try to recruit new people when we can. Well take care for now.
Warmest Regards, Brian
From Debb, a sighted listener to the “Youre Not Alone” podcast wrote:
Thanks to your podcast that I listened to this morning, I had the perfect Bible verse to share with a friend with cancer! Here’s what I said:
Dear Karla, it sounds as though you're living Romans 12:12: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." You do have hope: hope because of an early diagnosis, hope that Jesus will always be with you, hope that family and friends will support you. Those are sure, certain hopes, as only God can give. You do have tribulation--and you are a patient! I know you are constant in prayer, as are all of us who love you. God bless your day and your week.
Always praying for you, Debb
You can donate online at www.not-alone.netor send a check to this address:
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
4355 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis, MO 63128