Episode 567

Disaster Relief Assess Damage in Ohio and Indiana, Movie Displays A Mother’s Unwavering Faith & Showing Gratitude

Mar 18, 2024

Indiana Disaster Relief is responding to damage in the towns of Selma and Winchester, with assessors, storm recovery, chaplains and a feeding unit. Based on a 2022 book by Rebecca St. James, “Unsung Hero” is a story of a mother’s love and guidance. And, in Philippians 4, Paul says, “Whatever is true, honorable, righteous, holy, pleasing, or praiseworthy, if there is something that is virtuous and if there is something worth praising, think intently about these things” Josh Hebert says.

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Indiana Disaster Relief is responding to damage in the towns of Selma and Winchester, with assessors, storm recovery, chaplains and a feeding unit. Work in support of first responders has been happening throughout the weekend, according to leaders there.

At least three people were killed by storms that ripped across the central U-S on Thursday leaving damage and destruction in its wake.

Ohio-based relief teams were awaiting orders to join in the efforts.

Relief workers are asking believers to pray for all affected.
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Based on a 2022 book by Rebecca St. James, “Unsung Hero” is a story of a mother’s love and guidance. It chronicles the life of Helen Smallbone, the mother of Christians singers Rebecca St. James and Luke and Joel Smallbone who are a part of For King and Country.

The movie tells how the Smallbones moved to the United States when they were young and fostered faith and love in their lives.

The native Australians grew up just south of Nashville, Tennessee and were befriended by their neighbor Kay Dekalb Smith and her family.

Producers say it’s a story of love, friendship and perseverance that helped prepare three of the biggest names in Christian music on their journey.

Unsung Hero is rated PG and in theatres.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.

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In Philippians 4, Paul says, “Whatever is true, honorable, righteous, holy, pleasing, or praiseworthy, if there is something that is virtuous and if there is something worth praising, think intently about these things.” Josh Hebert says, “While this is a command for all Christians, it is a non-negotiable for pastors because it undergirds our care for our congregation. When we cultivate a heart of gratitude and think intently about the best in our people, it makes it much easier to care for them – not just through action, but through emotion as well.
Gratitude sets the tone for a positive relationship. Moreover, gratitude can be contagious. If you lead by example, your people will recognize you are not simply doing your job in caring for them, but that you truly appreciate them. That paves the way for them to develop reciprocal gratitude. It is a beautiful thing to see a pastor and a church member who each view the other with genuine thankfulness to the Lord.

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