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Magic Box

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The Magic Box is a physical and metaphorical box that travels around our church to different small groups and ministries, giving each group an opportunity that month to ask the question, “what’s my passion for compassion?” After answering that question, we get to “fill” that box with items or service towards that end. Here’s just a few places the box has been…

Wangler Group’s Magic Box Testimony

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October 2009

The 4th and 5th grade Krew was the first group to get the Magic Box. This month, we learned about Moses and how he heard God’s voice and decided to act. Our class decided to encourage others who heard God’s voice and followed his call.

Each student wrote how they heard God’s voice this month and decided to obey. Mr. and Mrs. Cain’s group encouraged Pastor Ronn. They hid blessings inside helium balloons and made cookies and drawings for him.

Mr. Chmielinski’s group encouraged the Bolingbrook Christian Health Center. They made a poster card and collected items for the clinic.

Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman’s group encouraged Pastor Ben. They made cookies, brownies and cards and threw in some Skittles.

Mrs. Atkinson’s group encouraged our missionaries in Asia. They are sending a homemade book of Bible verses, coffee mugs, baby toys and cards.

We loved our month of Magic Box!

November 2009

The Soteno/Davis small group had the privilege of having the Magic Box in November 2009. Our group had many exciting ideas, but decided to invite a new Iraqi refugee family to our home for our small group Thanksgiving.

Adiba, the mother, escaped Baghdad five months ago. Her husband and daughter were both killed because they were Christians. Adiba fled to the United States with her 18-year-old son, 17-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old son. It was difficult at times to communicate, but she has learned an incredible amount of English in these past months.

Adiba told us that even though she didn’t understand everything we were saying, she knew she was with her brothers and sisters in Christ and felt loved.

We enjoyed a great evening of cooking and laughing together. Our group will continue to develop our friendship with Adiba and her family.

May God bless her family with an extra measure of blessing for the sacrifices they have made! What an incredible day we spent with Adiba. We learned so much from her story and her courageous faith!

January 2010

Happy New Year from the Sault small group! One thing we committed to do this month was to ask for prayer requests from our servers when we go to restaurants, and to pray for them before our meal. The response was amazing! Some of the requests we received are listed below:

  • Shakira: new school semester at junior college
  • Stephanie: to be able to go back to school
  • Ashley: school grades and finances
  • Kristen: good health
  • Mike: his grandmother’s health
  • Adam: guidance
  • Shakira (again): that she would get through the evening without making any more mistakes