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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kardias Ministries Newsletter June 2009

Camp Outreach 2009

As you know, Kardias Ministries works in cooperation with Common Ground Christian Ministries. The largest regular event that we organize is Camp Outreach (CO). This event is designed to focus on intense service to our local community, meaningful connection with each other, and rich relationship with our Lord. The dates for this year’s CO is July 12-18, 2009 in Indianapolis, and July 26-August 1, 2009 in Lincoln, CA. The application deadline is just a few days away (June 20). If you want an opportunity for genuine service and relationship, we’d love to see you at one of these events. You can find an application on the web site.

To give you a sense of what the spirit of Camp Outreach is all about, please take a few minutes to watch the promotional video.

Before After

Gampala House of God

Speaking of improving a house to benefit a widow, we are very excited to announce that the tiling work for the House of God in Lanka has been accomplished. The purpose of this tiling was two-fold.

Firstly, by tiling the room the Gampala family is now able to move some of the widows into this room where they can live full-time. This will benefit the widows because they will be able to receive better care from the Gampalas, and will benefit the Gampalas by consolidating some of the neediest widows whom they were already serving into one location.

Secondly, by tiling the room, the House of God is made more beautiful, and the church praises God for providing such a wonderful blessing for their congregation.

House of God, Before House of God, After

Mission India 2009

The matter has been prayed over, mulled over, and stewed over, and we have come to a resolution. We at Kardias Ministries are very excited to announce that we have set our hearts on traveling to India for a mission trip from December 23, 2009 to January 7, 2009. [Editor's Note: Because of the construction of the House of God for the Gampala family, the date for this mission trip was postponed to March 24 - April 4, 2010. For more information, go to the MI-10 page.] While there we will give respect to the widows, bring a smile for the orphans, and reach out to those who have not yet heard about Christ. In addition, in the six months between now and then, we would like to raise money to fund a large project while we are over there.

If this is an opportunity that touches your heart, please pray over the matter. If you feel that it is the Lord’s will for you to attend this mission trip to India with us, let us know (see contact information in the footer of the page). There will only be seven slots available for others to join us, so express your interest early. Also, you may wish to reference the CDC web site and begin vaccinations (if that is your desire) as some require six months for maximum effect.

Sleeping Blankets and Pallets

If going on a mission trip isn’t right for you, perhaps you would like to help with a donation of time or resources. The Lord has already moved a number of unrelated people to help our brethren in India even before we announced the mission trip! One woman was inspired to create sleeping pallets, another couple spontaneously committed to making sleeping blankets. Neither of these ideas were solicited – they came out of the Spirit of God moving in the good hearts of His people.

I love to be involved in a work of God where He is the leader, and I am just one of many people bringing their time, energy, creativity, and resources together in His service. If God is inspiring you in a meaningful way that you could help, let us know. If we can enable your service, we’ll do everything we can to help you out.

Based on the response so far, from people spread from California to Tennessee, I’m guessing that the bags of those called to be the traveling missionaries will be filled with love, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38). What a blessing it will be to pour that love out in the laps of our brothers in India who need so much.

From widows in Indianapolis, to widows in India, we are doing what we can to remain obedient to the call of God in our lives. Please pray for us that we will be clear-minded, self-controlled, and strong in these days.

If you have any questions that we can answer, or comments to share with us, please feel free to contact us.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)


Brian and Stephanie Smith