This Sunday You Can Cross Cultures Without Crossing Borders

Did you know that on any given Sunday there are students and scholars from such places as Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Nepal, etc.?
What an exciting opportunity that the Lord has given us to be ambassadors for His name’s sake. We also have a stewardship to share the gospel and show the love of Christ in tangible ways. It is privilege and responsibility to minister cross culturally right here in Toledo.

A person might wonder, what can I do to impact those from another culture?  The most obvious one is to pray that their eyes may be opened to the truth of God’s Word.  But allow me to give two more practical ways to minister cross culturally right here at Emmanuel.  One, make it a point to greet an international student or scholar. Go out of your way to introduce yourself and learn their name and home country.  They love to make new friends and you will be blessed.  You may be surprised at what you might have in common.  Secondly, don’t be afraid to share your faith in Christ.  Most internationals are interested in who Jesus is and have their own ideas of Christianity.  They need to not only see Christ in us, but also hear what Christ has done in our lives.  It could be as simple as sharing a favorite verse or giving your testimony of how Jesus changed your life, but they would be interested.

I can assure you, that you will not be disappointed. The world is at our doorstep or maybe even sitting hear you in church.  Go talk to them, you’ll be glad you did.

When I am afraid, I ….

How would you answer that question?
How should you answer that question?

Psalm 56:3, 4 offers a “should” answer.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”  Psalm 56:3, 4

Here is part of this week’s Fighter Verse devotional:

May Christ’s power rest on us. We do not need to look far to find reasons to fear in our world today. But God is always teaching us to trust and depend on Him completely, to not be afraid, to remember that neither life nor death, our own weaknesses and strengths, the power of flesh and blood or the spiritual forces we cannot see–none of these can ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Whoever believes in Him will never perish, but have everlasting life. “What can flesh do to me?” (References: Romans 8:38-39; John 3:16; Psalm 56:4)

For the Fighter Verse post go to

Here are some helps to pray this verse.

  • When afraid I need to remember who God is, not only what he has done.
  • I need to remember that God is bigger than anything or anyone in this world.

Some of you may remember this song

Pastor Paul’s Prayer Requests

Please pray:

  • for our Friday night Bible study entitled: Discovering Jesus through Asian eyes.  We have students from a number of Asian countries attending.
  • for our upcoming trip to Florida over spring break for internationals.  That the Lord would prepare the hearts of those going and for the details of the trip.
  • for the follow up of the many visitors to Emmanuel
  • for our Emmanuel Lights and Women of Hope ministries. That God would use the ministries to encourage and challenge
  • that I would have opportunities to share with families of my Upward team