Verbo-Nicaragua Development Fund

November 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a message from Grace2F members Tim and Katie Adams…

Dear Friends,

A little over two years ago we launched the Verbo-Nicaragua Development Fund (VNDF) to support our friends’ (Bob & Myra Trolese) ministry in Nicaragua.  We filed the paperwork, put up a website, and started letting people here in the U.S. know all that the folks in Verbo-Nicaragua Ministries have been doing for the past 30 years to make the reality and hope of the gospel practical to impoverished people in Nicaragua.  We didn’t have a grand strategy or a paycheck.  But we knew we had a calling and a Provider.  It has been nothing short of amazing to see what God has done through VNDF – through YOU – in these short two years.  We have stories to tell you, we have a vision to share, and we have a need to put before you. 

Since we began VNDF we have never taken a paycheck for the work we do.  Katie and I have raised some personal support but we have both worked a patchwork of full- and part-time jobs to meet our family’s needs.  This summer God moved powerfully in our family in several ways and in VNDF.  We want to share with you how we believe – and our partners in Nicaragua have affirmed – that God is calling us to step out in faith to work at VNDF full-time.  The work has grown beyond what we can do on a part-time/occasional basis. 

We will be holding a dessertto tell you (and show you through video!) where VNDF is headed and our family’s next steps.  We would also love for you to meet the newest member of our family – Karina Tatiana whom we met at the Puenta de Amistad orphanage in Managua 6 years ago and who come to be with us just five short weeks ago!  We are excited about what God is doing and want to thank you in person for all the ways you have blessed us by praying, going, and giving.  We want you to taste and see how the Lord really is good.  And we’re going to make it a very tasty event with some delicious Nicaraguan coffee and tres leches cake!  The dessert will be:

Wednesday, December 1 @ 7:00 p.m. at the home of Carlos & Leigh Ellen Rodriguez (873 Old Cutler Road)

You can respond by dropping us an email (katie.adams1@verizon.net) or giving us a call (496-0425).  If your schedules don’t permit you to attend the dessert let us know if we could grab coffee with you at another time to thank you in person and share our plans going forward. 

We look forward to sharing a fun evening with you!
 

Tim & Katie Adams

May 23rd News

May 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Sunday we saw the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples (Mark 1:14-20). We discovered that Jesus proclaimed a new kind of kingdom– a kingdom that stands in direct contrast to the “kingdoms of the world” that Satan tried to offer in the wilderness. Jesus called this new kingdom the kingdom of God.grace2flogo-300x150

This week we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by seeing the king of this new kind of kingdom in action. In Mark 1:21-28 we see Jesus healing a man with an unclean spirit. This passage demonstrates much about Jesus… And Mark uses this story to show his readers and us Jesus’ royal credentials.

To really understand this passage in context we will review what we’ve seen so far and see that Mark structures his gospel in such a way as to announce the king and kingdom of God.

With this idea of “review” in mind, I wanted to show you the introduction of the Gospel of Mark from Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

Mark wastes no time in getting down to business—a single sentence introduction, and not a digression to be found from beginning to end. An event has taken place that radically changes the way we look at and experience the world, and he can’t wait to tell us about it. There’s an air of breathless excitement in nearly every sentence he writes. The sooner we get the message the better off we’ll be, for the message is good, incredibly good: God is here, and he’s on our side.

 The bare announcement that God exists doesn’t particularly qualify as news. Most people in most centuries have believed in the existence of God or gods… But that God is here right now, and on our side, actively seeking to help us in the way we most need help—this qualifies as news. For, common as belief in God is, there is also an enormous amount of guesswork and gossip surrounding the subject, which results in runaway superstition, anxiety, and exploitation.

 So Mark, understandably, is in a hurry to tell us what happened in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—the Event that reveals the truth of God to us, so that we can live in reality and not illusion. He doesn’t want us to waste a minute of these precious lives of ours ignorant of this most practical of all matters—that God is passionate to save us.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

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Pin Ministry Sunday Dinner

On Sunday, May 30th from 3:00-5:00, we have the opportunity to serve meals to people in need. This is a great time to serve others and serve together. After the dinner, there is a church service that we are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in helping out, contact Tim Adams at tim.adams@verbodevelopment.org

May 2nd News

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

temptation-of-jesusThis week we are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark and looking at Mark 1:12-13. This is the Mark’s account of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness.

When you read it, you’ll see that it is brief– very brief! We will have to visit Matthew 4:1-11 to fill in some of the details. But this is an important experience in Jesus’ life– and it’s important for us too.

A couple other passages I plan to mention are Romans 5:3-5 and Hebrews 4:14-16. Each of these are relevant to what we’ll be talking about this Sunday. Read these scriptures and see what you think– you may be surprised what God tells you!

Also, if you would like to help with some service opportunities in our new meeting place (Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall), please e-mail me (doug.haupt@cox.net) and we can talk. A couple of things that you can help with are:

1) Coming early on Sunday morning (8:45am) to brew the coffee for everyone.

2) Cleaning up the room after the service (vacuum, wipe down counters, etc.)

In the days and weeks ahead, I can meet with Hilltop folks and see other ways we can help keep the facility neat and ready.

Have a great Saturday…

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

Cool Family Ministry Opportunity!

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

StopHungerNowI know that this is a last minute thing– but I wanted to invite you to join in a very cool and fun ministry opportunity for our church and our families.

Last July, several of us were involved in putting together 10,000 meals for hungry people. These meals were part of  “Stop Hunger Now” and they were sent to Nicaragua and given to kids associated with Verbo Ministries (that the organization our own Tim Adams works with).

Well, we have the opportunity to put together more meals for hungry people. My friend Joe Caldwell has invited us to join him and others the Wednesday, March 31st from 6:00pm–8:30pm at Stop Hunger Now. They provide a dinner and training (the training takes about 5 minutes) and then we get to work. The kids had a ball (my kids begged us to do it again this year), and the cause is a worthy one.

So join us if you can– even if it is for a portion of the time.

Here are the facts at a glance… be sure to RSVP if you plan on coming.

WHAT: Food Packing

WHERE: Stop Hunger Now

4575 Progress Road, Suite C

Norfolk, VA 23502

WHEN: Wednesday March 31st… 6:00pm–8:30pm

RSVP: Christina.Lopez@WFAdvisors.com

If it helps, you get wear a hair net… cool, huh?

 

Grace and peace,

Doug