The Ministry of IDES

I want to introduce you to a new mission that will appear on our 2021 Financial Projection.

IDES is a Christian relief organization that was begun in 1973 to enable Christian Churches to partner with mission workers around the world in order to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in the name of Jesus Christ. The primary goal of IDES is to share the gospel by showing that God loves and cares for those in need, whether it is rebuilding homes after a disaster, providing nutritious food to the hungry, helping develop sustainable solutions for water or food supply problems, or serving the sick and injured. Last year IDES disbursed over 4 million dollars in disaster response aid, hunger relief, community development, medical care, and for Bibles and evangelistic materials.

Over the years IDES stepped in to help Asian Christian Mission meet needs that arose from various disasters, and when funds were available, we sought to help meet such needs directly. Sending funds monthly to IDES, however, will enable us to join with other churches to even more effectively meet needs as they arise.

Upon Jesse’s death the board of ACM decided to bring the mission to a close at the end of 2020, and Jesse’s wife, Ati, will continue working in Thailand through another mission. Supporting IDES will therefore not only enable us to meet needs around the world, but to continue meeting needs that might arise where we have ministered for over 40 years through our beloved Jesse.

God Bless, Rick

What We Need to Hear

I have thoroughly enjoyed using the NASB Daily Reading Bible this year. It’s not available in printed form, so I had to download the Kindle version. I wasn’t sure I would like reading the Bible everyday on an iPad, but I soon discovered the convenience of being able to immediately Google any questions that might come up in my reading. In fact, I like it so much that I’m planning on using it again next year.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that it only shows the day by number and not by date. I’m never really sure I’m on the right day or not. But I really do like the way they have selected the daily readings from the Old and New Testament. In fact, I’m amazed how the readings often relate to each other; something that was very evident the day after the election.

After reading, I did discover that I was a day off schedule, but what I read was very relevant for the day of the election or the day after. It began with the first two chapters of Daniel, where Daniel reveals and interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

After he and his three friends prayed for God to reveal the dream to them, Daniel blessed the God of heaven and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings.”

The New Testament reading for the day was from I Timothy 2. “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity…Therefore I want men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”

I can’t think of better passages of Scripture to read in the aftermath of the election, and I would encourage us all to acknowledge what Daniel acknowledged, and to pray as Paul directed Timothy to pray. I would also like to encourage everyone to commit to a program of daily Bible reading in the coming year. The Holy Spirit has a way of making sure we read what we need to hear from God.

God Bless, Rick