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Shut in – But not Shut-out!

December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

Imagine getting acquainted with the ice-age for five days – without light or power. Like Camille Swanson, a writer friend who survived north-eastern USA’s snap-freeze earlier this month: “It was like a science-fiction movie: shortages of food, accommodation, fuel – and tempers…

It was also badly-timed. Being in a contagious stage of illness, she had to decline the overwhelming generosity of her Christian friends and her family. “I couldn’t face driving for three hours on icy roads, so we stayed home; hoping and praying for the best. But we won’t forget their kindness.

“With our neighbors all gone, and no battery-powered radio in our house, we were surrounded by deafening silence. Yet I sensed God’s voice in a new way.

“We knew that our light and heat would eventually return. But our discomfort made us more deeply aware of the daily routine of shortages for thousands of homeless people, so our prayer and our support for them are now much more personal.

“Reading the bible every day helps me through life’s pressures. And despite the limitation of cold, flickering candlelight; God generated inner light and warmth that took me completely by surprise.”

Camille’s experience confirms that faith is no human invention to impress others, nor a crutch for the deluded. Instead, faith grows from God’s grace; holding us together when no one else is around, or when everything is falling apart.

And faith’s personal reassurance also includes a wider perspective: fresh light on others’ needs, and compassion to seek their healing.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

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Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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