Men's Fraternity - Quest for Authentic Manhood & Winning at Work & Home.
Men's Fraternity- Quest for Authentic Manhood
New Beginings Church
122 Laurens Street
Barrington Baptist Church
25 Old County Road
Barrington, RI 02807
“On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured.”
“A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, killing 26 people in the largest mass shooting in the state's history, officials said.”
“MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, killing children in a school that collapsed, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets for the second time in just two weeks.”
“Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.”
“42 Dead, 8,400 Structures Burned, More Than $1 Billion in Damage: the Devastating Toll of California’s Wildfires”
How are we supposed to respond to all of this?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This may seem trite, almost too simplistic of an answer to such devastation, but what is the alternative? Do we throw up our hands and just pack it in? Do we rage against the wind, rain and fire? Do we destroy all the weapons worldwide, only to use the rocks of the earth? Those are possibilities but I am pretty sure there is no eternal value in any of these alternatives. While the command from the God who holds the universes in his hands may seem simplistic in the face of all that is going on, who are we to question it?
RI Men of Hope are thankful l for our ministry especially in the prison. We are praying continually to see true change in the lives of those that we minister to and are joyful in partnering with each of you.
Recently we met with a parolee who served 27 years in incarceration. We sat down to have lunch with him to hear how he and his family are doing. We spent time encouraging him to keep up the good work and fellowshipping with one another. What a joy it was to see one on the men who took “Men’s Fraternity” classes and biblical classes on the inside, especially having found salvation while in prison, and becoming a new person in Christ. Even more exciting is that after sending out eighty resumes, he has found a job. Praise God for what he is doing in this one man’s life and what he will do through this one man.
As we look forward to this season ahead and the next year, we ask for your continual prayers, we give thanks for your support and we are joyful in all that God is doing in and through us.
May you and your family enjoy this Thanksgiving season.