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Our Changing Times

In the 1960s, Bob Dylan sang a song titled, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

I would go out on a limb to say those words still ring true in 2015, wouldn’t you?

Our favorite soap is new and improved. Our year-old car has now been redesigned. Our six-month-old computer is considered outdated and in need of upgrading.

The times truly are changing. Things change, people change, churches change, and ministries change. I suppose change isn’t terrible—it’s just a reality of life.

However, just as real is the certainty that while all of life changes around us, God and His Word never change! The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

I am so thankful that I can depend on a Savior who is changeless! I am thankful that I don’t have to stand on a foundation that was built this morning or yesterday, but was formed before the foundation of the earth itself!

Meet Sheila Barksdale

Sheila Barksdale is serving her community of Sturgis, Mississippi, as the 2015–2016 Oktibbeha County Assistant WMU Consultant and the Oktibbeha County GA, RA, and CASM Consultant. She and her husband have five children and three grandchildren whom they love to see growing in Christ.

Growing up, Sheila and her friends participated in GA activities, which Sheila says they lived for. She went on to serve her church as Children’s Director, Vacation Bible School Director, and Sunday School teacher. After five years of service as an interim piano player at a friend’s church, Sheila says God called her back to her home church, Morgan Chapel Baptist, where the church’s GA leader asked her to join in leading. “God opened the door wide for the opportunity,” she says.

Sheila says she knows that girls in the GA age range are impressionable. Like sponges, they soak in everything. “This is the time to be training, teaching, and motivating them to a life of servanthood, a life of continual service to God’s plan for each of them.”

Christmas in August

What do you think of when you think about Christmas? Happiness, family, giving and receiving gifts all come to mind, and as Christians, we certainly consider Christmastime to be a time to remember and share the greatest gift ever given to mankind—God’s very Son. Christmas is a time to remember the way God sent his Son. It is so unlikely that a gift so precious would come in the manner depicted in our little nativity scenes—He dwelt among His creation with little notice for so long. But He continuously reached out, drawing in His neighbors and community members, showing them His love and healing.

You probably don’t think of the warm August weather or back-to-school blues when you think of Christmas, but what an immeasurable peace it is to know that God does not only offer this beautiful gift of life at Christmas and Easter! God offers His Gift of salvation through Jesus daily, and it is also daily that we have the opportunity and responsibility to share it. Our children’s missions groups and entire churches have a wonderful opportunity to assist in spreading the love of Jesus through Christmas in August.

Resetting

I read somewhere recently that after only one week of camping without electronics, your biological clock resets—causing you to sleep better.

Well, I’ve never been one to go camping. My idea of roughing it would be a hotel without cable TV.

However, I do see the value of unplugging from electronics and reconnecting with God, family, and myself.

I never cease to be amazed by how connected, dependent, and even obsessed people are with being online—especially being on social media. People really think that everyone cares about what they had to eat for lunch, so they must show us a picture of it. Some people think we care about the road conditions in some city we may never even visit. Some folks think that everyone really needs to know about their every move, any observations made, or about somebody that has made them angry.

Sorry, but we really don’t. Honestly. We don’t.

Meet Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell is a GA leader at the First Baptist Church in Marshall, Missouri. The wife and a mother of two says God has given her the gift and love of teaching the Bible. Naomi’s personality shines with a love of Jesus and a passion for spreading His love to her community.

Naomi decided to become a GA leader after attending a GA sleepover with her daughter. Through interacting with the girls at the event, she felt led to share her faith and invest in the girls’ lives. She signed up to become the leader of the first- and second grade GA group at her church.

Through GA, Naomi says God has shown her how the Great Commission is an important part of Christian life in which she can take part and see lives change in her own community. “It’s the basics of life, really—a childlike faith, strong enough to move mountains and transform entire households’ lives and wellbeing from the inside out.”

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Got Camp?

Many years ago, I had my first spend-the-night camp experience at Girls in Action camp at Shocco Springs Baptist Assembly in Talladega, Alabama. One of my very best friends—another GA at my church—talked me into going with her. I loved GA with all my heart, so it was an easy sell!

I still remember that experience like it was yesterday. I enjoyed all the typical camp activities like swimming, hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts, staying up late, and making new friends. But, more importantly, I also got to worship God, learn about missions, meet missionaries, and participate in daily devotions with other girls who loved GA as much as I did. Apparently, my only complaint was all the walking up and down the “great big hill” from our cabin to the dining hall and swimming pool. (At least, that’s what my parents say—and they still have the letters to prove it! For the record, it is really steep!)

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