April 1998 Newsletter

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April 1998

RLDS Association for Ministry to Military Personnel
After Conference Edition

Many thanks to Paul Fisher for conducting the meeting in my absence. As many of you know we unable to attend conference because Joyce underwent major surgery and the doctors would not allow her to travel.

What is the purpose of our organization? From some of the reports reaching me the concerns were with the details of the organization. In his message of March 29th President McMurray states "We are not here as organizational theorists or human relation specialists or efficiency experts, even though it would be nice to embrace all those skills. But we are, each of us, fundamentally ministers". That's what our meeting should have been primarily about. What can we as an organization do to bring ministry to those in the military's around the world? It seems that the discussion got hung up on what the by-laws said or didn't say. While this may have a bearing on how we conduct business in the future it has little or no bearing on the mission of the organization which is to bring MINISTRY!

There is one gaping discrpency that was avoided at the meeting. How do we do things without funds? Apparently some did NOT understand that this ministry is for those on active duty provided for by those who are NOT on ACTIVE duty. The argument that some GI could not afford to be a member of the association does not hold water. The reason that it does NOT hold water is that there is NO charge to anyone that is currently serving in the military of their country. Again I say NO CHARGE to active military.

That leaves the rest of us to finance the operation. It has been suggested that we do all of our newsletter by e-mail. If everyone had access to this medium it would be fine. If we want the people of the church to help us locate men and women around the world then we need hard copy in their hands. If they (those who will finance the operation) do not have some idea of what we are trying to do then there is little or no chance of getting the information we seek.

We will try to get all the names of people currently serving that the World Church has on record, we will go through Chaplains to get the names of those who have listed RLDS as their church of preference, we will contact pastors to have them supply us with names and use what other means that might be available. To mail a letter to each Pastor in the church has a price attached to it. When we get to mailing to those in foreign countries it becomes even more costly.

To help finance this undertaking I am asking each one of you NOT currently on ACTIVE DUTY to help fund the organization by contributing $7.50 per individual or $10.00 per family annually. This is strictly to finance mailings etc. It will also count as a membership in the association and will bring you a copy of the newsletter by either e-mail or snail mail (US Post Office). Should we find that we are able to conduct the business of the organization for less than we receive we will at a restructuring next year. After talking to Vernon Rasmussen (Vice President) we believe that a bi-monthly attempt is probably all that we can do in the beginning at least.

Your contributions can be sent to either Lehman Heaviland (Treasurer) at 309 Shrank - Independence, MO 64056 or to me Curt Heaviland - 1228 Scott - Independence, MO 64052. We will give you a report on the finances at least twice a year. It is my hope that each one of you on the mailing list NOT on ACTIVE DUTY will respond to thia appeal for funds. The only officer not mentioned is Kim Jobe our Secretary.

After doing all that let's get down to our main purpose. That of ministry. In the Great Lakes area we have an individual that is interested in contacting anyone that is assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He is doing a very vital service in that he especially contacts recruits and helps them find services, etc. As I understand it he tries to locate paswhen the individual is transferred to another base. His name is Manny Reyes. More power to him.

If any of our people transfer to Europe they need to get in touch with Captain Roger Sacry. He is our European Military pastor. If anyone goes that way he can be reached through sacry@aol.com. He is in the process of putting together a listing of all the members in Europe for us.

Steven Shields is in Korea and would be willing to meet with members if they will let him know that they are there and would like to meet with him. There is also a Korean church that is available and Steven can help there. His e-mail address is steveelseg@aol.com. If you know of anyone in that theater or someone that is leaving for that area have them get in touch with him as well as me.

Have you had any experiences with the Lord in your military service? Have you had any opportunities to share with others? Do you have any testimonies that you would like to share with us? If so please send them to me so they can be included in the newsletter. Are there any retreats coming up that you know of in your area? Please send them to me so we can advise others aof the time and the place. Do you know of any World Church ministry that is going to be taking place in your area soon? All of these things we will share with the others.

Tim Kunzeiler, who is stationed in Panama, has need of our prayers. Just recently he learned of a problem which may or may not have an effect on his career. Also he has had a specimin sent in for a possible cancer check. We need to remember him in our prayers.

Last Year Joyce and I had an opportunity to visit Hill AFB on our way home from Arizona. Each time we go to a military base and we are there on a Sunday we try to take in church services on the base. We were really ministered to by three Chaplains, a Baptist, a Methodist and a CCC (we do not know the abbreviations and what they stand for). The service was outstanding and the Spirit was present. After the service a lady, who sang in the choir, came and spoke to Joyce and told her that she would be OK. She did not know that Joyce had some problems and had been hospitalized. Truly God works through all people.

Here is a copy of something I think has mereit. Who says only bad things come over the net?

Subject: Good Company

There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called you but you're in good company.

Moses stuttered - David's armor didn't fit - Mark was rejected by Paul - Timothy had ulcers - Hosea's wife was a prostitute - Amos' only traing was in fig-tree pruning - Jacob was a liar - Solomon was too rich - Jesus was too poor - Abraham was too old - David was too young - Peter was afraid of death - Lazarus was dead - John was self-righteous - Naomi was a widow - Paul was a murderer - So was Moses - Jonah ran from God - Miriam was a gossip - Gideon and Thomas both doubted - Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal - Elijah was burned out - John the Baptist was a loudmouth - Martha was a worrywart - Mary was lazy - Samson had long hair - Noah got drunk - Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? - So did peter, Paul--well, lots of folks did - But God doesn't require a job interview. He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses, because he is more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn't look at financial gain or loss.

He's not prejudiced or partail, not judging, grudging, sassy or brassy, nor deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. As much as we try, God's gifts are free. We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be -- Wonderful

Satan says, "You're not worthy" Jesus says, "So what? I AM" Satan looks back and ses our mistakes God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn't calculate what you did in '78. It's not even on the record.

Sure. There are lots of reasons what God shouldn't have called us. But if we are utterly and completely in love with Him. If we hunger Him more than our next breath, He'll use us in spite of who we are, or what we've been, or what we look like.

I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the illimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate with Him will make mincemeat of our limitations.----------

It is our desire that the Lord be with all of you where ever you might be. May He keep you safely in all circumstances and keep you from harms way.

Yours in Christ

Curt Heaviland
Last updated: 14 Apr 2001
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