January 2013 Update
Chris & Donna Sadowitz (1985)
Dear Praying Partners,
My new year started with a broken bottle! I was standing at the Delta counter with the Tsuno family, who had graced us with a visit over Christmas and was in the process of returning to Japan. The crashing sound of the bottle caused all our heads to swivel. The crimson blood of grapes spread across the white tile floor encroaching upon other items that had spilled out of an opened suitcase. The owner of the bottle lamented the loss of this 25 year old vintage, but handled it much better than I would have. As I spoke with him the poignant fragrance of the fractured vessels valuable contents filled the air. Memories attached to scents are often different than those associated with sight, touch or sound. What came to mind, at that moment, were a verse and a song; praise and a purpose.
“. . . knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from you forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (I Peter 1:18-19)
“Broken and spilled out, just for love of you Jesus, my most precious treasure lavished on Thee, Broken and spilled out and poured at your feet, in sweet abandon let me be spilled out and used up for Thee.” (Steve Green)
As my Australian friend negotiated, to no avail, with Delta's staff over the weights of luggage, I thanked him for letting us smell the fragrance of this now undrinkable Bordeaux. I told him that it reminded me of Christ willingly shedding His blood on the cross to wash away my sins. This blood was precious and valuable much as this wine was to my fellow traveler. Both were spilled out, it seems needlessly, and yet there the similarity ends - as God had purposefully and divinely planned, and set into place eons ago, the uncountable cost of our redemption. Praise Him! I am glad that God spared no expense for us. He gave us the best gift first.
The song takes a different twist on the words “Broken and spilled out,” as it commemorates the woman who lavished her perfumed ointment on the feet of Jesus in preparation for His death. It expresses a desire that we all have to be broken and used up for the Lord in whatever He would have us do in 2013. That's our purpose for yet another year of life: To be used up for His glory. What a great purpose and what great joy await those who find this to be true by personal application.
Praise and Prayer
1. Praise God - our family celebrated Christmas together (the first time in 3 years). We also were able to spend time with our Christian friends from Japan and new friends in America.
2. Please pray for the upcoming Equipping Conference being held at our home church; First Baptist Church in Johnson City, NY. We are asking God to bring at least 200 people. The conference is open to anyone and entitled “Developing Missional People in the Susquehanna Valley.” It will be held on Saturday January 26th from 8am - 4:30pm. Meals are provided and both the conference and meals are free, but pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in attending can sign up via the church's web site (fbjc.org), but please know the pre-registration deadline is Jan.21st.
3. Please pray for the 13 speakers as they prepare. Please pray for people in the valley - that they will want to know how to better make disciples and live missional lives.
4. Please pray for our continued support needs.
5. Please pray as Chris prepares a course for Asia Bible Theological Seminary entitled, “A Theology of Church Ministry”
6. Please pray for Rota's visa situation as he still has to leave Feb. 12th and we have no funds to fly him back to the States to graduate from Central Baptist Christian Academy.
Thanks for partnering with us,
Chris & Donna
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