Why Should You be Involved in the Exchange

Child Care for the Exchange

We want to make it as easy as possible for families with young children to participate in The Exchange (October 8-13). To help with this, we have asked our teenagers to offer free babysitting each weeknight of the event (note that this does not include Saturday, October 8). Because these teenagers are making a substantial sacrifice, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines in order to help them serve you in this way:

• Please pick up and drop off your babysitter at their home.
• Feed your children supper before leaving for The Exchange. If possible, have them bathed and ready for bed.
• Be sensitive to the fact that your babysitter may have homework to complete that evening and plan accordingly (For example, let your kids watch a movie, set an early bedtime, etc.).
• Please return home immediately after The Exchange so that you can take your babysitter back to their home as early as possible.

Car Needed

We are in need of a vehicle for the Musgraves while they are here for The Exchange to use from October 7-17. If you are able to lend one, please contact Pastor Joel at (215) 536-9200. Even if you can’t lend a car for the entire time but only part of that time please let us know.

Who Leads the Exchange?

After working for Dr. John Vaughn in Greenville, SC for four years, he and his wife, Anna along with their children planted Highlands Baptist Church in Centennial, Colorado under the leadership of Dr. Ed Nelson and South Sheridan Baptist Church.  Twenty-six years later they are handing that ministry over to another pastor and are beginning an itinerant ministry of evangelism and discipleship training in local churches.

They are blessed with four children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and three adorable granddaughters. As empty-nesters, Jeff and Anna love each other deeply and thoroughly enjoy serving the Lord together all over the world.

Over the last twelve years Jeff has worked extensively with soul winning and discipleship training – teaching in Singapore, the Philippines, India, Myanmar, the South Pacific, Peru, Brazil, & Africa.  For the past 10 years the board of Baptist World Mission has asked Jeff to train all its new missionaries before they leave for their various fields. His passion for seeing lives transformed by Christ led him to develop a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship training. He has implemented this in local churches and has seen God enable believers to effectively share the gospel and see friends and loved ones saved and discipled.

What is the Exchange?

A series of posts will be coming out over the next few weeks about the Exchange. We’ve announced the Exchange is coming on Saturday, October 8. But for some the question still remains what is it?

  • The Christian life is not only a race, it is a relay race. Our faith was handed to us by those who ran before us, and we must focus on passing the baton of faith to others. The Exchange is a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship utilizing the circle of ministry described in 2 Timothy 2:2.
  • The Exchange is a soul winning and discipleship week-long seminar that equips believers in relational evangelism.
    Saturday, 9am – 5pm (lunch provided, no child-care available)
    Monday – Thursday, 6:45pm – 8:45pm (supper available at 6:15pm for $5/person, child-care available)
  • Cost: $25/person. This cost covers your lunch and all the resources and materials you will receive.

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Book Review: The Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago Silver, Illus. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2007. 340 pages.

What is the Bible about? What is the whole Bible about? Is there a single, unifying theme to the biblical books? You’d be hard-pressed to find an answer in most of the children’s Bible literature available today, which is why a resource like The Jesus Storybook Bible is so valuable.

Each of the chapters in this book ends with a clear call to remember the point of the Story. As the subtitle hints, “Every story whispers His name.” The name of Jesus, that is. While our Bible storytelling often focuses on the human heroes, like David and Moses, The Jesus Storybook Bible highlights the real hero, the One to which the others point, Jesus himself. For example, the story of the Exodus (p. 91):

And so, that very night, Moses and God’s people fled out of Egypt and out of slavery. They were free at last!

God’s people would always remember this great rescue and call it “Passover.” But an even Greater Rescue was coming.

Many years later, God was going to do it again. He was going to come down once more to rescue his people. But this time God was going to set them free forever and ever.

How often have we examined the Exodus account without moving to the grander reality to which it leads us? This is especially tempting when teaching children. An effort to keep things simple often stops us short of making the connection to Jesus.

But The Jesus Storybook Bible remains simple while keeping our focus where it ought to be: on the Savior. Each chapter is a self-contained Bible story that usually takes 3-5 minutes to read (perfect for kids of all ages), and is filled with beautiful and thought-provoking illustrations. We have been reading it to our two oldest (ages 1.5 and 3.5). Both of them listen well, and our oldest retains much of what she hears and sees.

By the way, even though The Jesus Storybook Bible is written for kids, it can be a great blessing to adults as well. I often missed the connection between certain Bible stories and Jesus Christ when I was growing up, so to see those stories in the light of the Gospel has been refreshing and challenging.

I would encourage you to pick up a copy for your family or a friend.