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SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. (Un)Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” —Isaiah 6:8

Here’s a situation that may seem familiar to you: In class, your teacher asks a question about something you forgot to study. Then she starts looking around the room for someone to answer it. You slink down in your seat, trying to make yourself invisible–praying that she won’t pick you. Ever had an experience like that?

Unfortunately, many believers react the same way when it comes time to serve God. When they see a need or a service opportunity, they do everything they can to make themselves invisible, hoping that God will pick someone else to get involved.
And that’s a mistake.

You see, Christian service isn’t just about helping others. It’s about pleasing God and drawing closer to Him. The best way to strengthen your bond with your heavenly Father is through obedient acts of service. If you decline the opportunities He gives you to serve Him, you’re the one who will lose in the long run.

The good news is that God gives second chances. Right now, He may be looking for someone to explain forgiveness to a student at school who’s struggling with guilt. He may be looking for someone to start a winter coat collection for the homeless people in your community. He may be looking for someone to share His love by hanging out with the guy at church who no one can stand.

Will you be that person? Will you step up to the plate like Isaiah did and say, “Here am I–send me”? Don’t let excuses like busyness or inexperience stand in your way. Few people have enough free time to get involved in service projects. People who are serious about service make time. And most people who volunteer for service work have no idea what they’re doing. However, they learn very quickly that when God calls someone, he also equips that person. He will not let a small matter such as lack of experience stand in the way of His work being done.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to volunteer! Read more on Isaiah’s assignment from God in Isaiah 6:1-13.
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2. SURF REPORT

~ Volunteer Match-Where volunteering begins—http://www.volunteermatch.org/

~ The Amazing Change-A campaign to carry on Wilberforce’s vision of mercy and justice—http://www.amazingchange.com/

3. (UN)FORGETTABLE FACT

27 million people are in modern-day slavery across the world

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.”
—- Bono

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”—- John Wesley

“Many people don’t have the freedoms you and I do. They don’t own their time, money, food, or water–they don’t even own themselves! These people can’t come and go as they please. They are slaves. I’m not just talking about sweatshop labor here, I’m talking about slavery that is every bit as sick and ugly as it was in our country two hundred years ago. Some people might say that it’s not their business just because these slaves are an ocean away, or have a different skin color. But we had better make it our business because: ‘What if it were you?'”—- Zach Hunter

5. PARTING SHOT

Character is what you are. Reputation is what people think you are.

copyright 2007 :: Youth Specialties

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