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Augus, Issue 8

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Augus, Issue 8

Letter from the Editor

This letter is one of which I could have never done a second beforehand. In fact, Kirsten had to remind me to write this before we print tonight and the volunteers come tomorrow to package the newsletters for all of you. 

As you have read previously, this year has been filled with some excitement and anxiousness as God is building this ministry and as He has allowed us to be in the middle of this renovation project. Praise God that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our final piece has been a reconstruction of our back entrance to meet state building codes. So, last night after a great night at Inspiration Fellowship, a friend of mine, Bo Smith makes a call to some framers. We have been trying to get a crew, but it’s a very busy season. Bo says, “they will be here in the morning if it rains.” I kid you not; I prayed, “Lord, let it pour.” And Hallelujah,

would you believe that I am sitting here typing in the café while this crew of framers is reconstructing the back of our building in one day. Some may laugh and scoff, “It’s who you know,” or “We got lucky,” but I will not allow the glory to be robbed from God for His perfect timing and incredible provision. Lord willing, September’s newsletter will be filled with rejoicing of a finished project and praise reports about connecting with people in the community and building relationships, enabling opportunities to share the Gospel.

And if God isn’t awesome enough, this month has been filled with “Thank you, Jesus” moments like reconnecting with some familiar names. In May, I wrote about a guy named Tim who gave his life to the Lord. I hadn’t seen him since that day, and last Saturday he walked in the Cupbearer doors just to tell me he was celebrating two months clean and sober. Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, for that. And then the Friday before, my friend, Matt, came

to say hi. Matt was the first person to give his heart to Christ at Inspiration Fellowship in November. I hadn’t seen him since January. He was firm on his feet, working, and found a fellowship in which to participate. Thank you, Jesus.

August 24 we are holding the 1st Annual Inspiration MusicFest. Five bands, good food, and great fellowship with hope of reaching the lost. That’s the poster I am holding. Pretty cool, huh? Our usual designer for the newsletter, Brannon Goodyear, created it for us. At the MusicFest we are going to be targeting the newsletter, raising money and giving the community an opportunity to sponsor prisons. We are praying for a great turnout. If you have been blessed by these newsletters, feel free to write a short testimony that we can share with the crowd. I know they would love to hear from you. They want to know what God is doing in your hearts behind those walls. Send them soon. It’s a couple weeks away.

I pray that you are on the cusp of a few “Thank you, Jesus” moments of your own and as those experiences come, I encourage you to tell others. Those words will inspire others. Direct them to Jesus, His saving and satisfying love.

Inspired to inspire,

Andrew L. Foster                                   

Inspiration Ministries INC, Director

The Cupbearer Café, Owner 

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor, by Andrew Foster                                                 
  • Trials & Testing, by Dan Evans                                                       
  • Being Free, by James Rogers                                                   
  • What is the resurrection Transform… by Kenneth Thurman                                           
  • In Spirit & in Truth, by Rigdel De Lardilles                                          
  • Touching God with Truth that … by Anthony Ponds
  • The Purpose of the Church, by John Kuhle
  • Wilderness Survival, by Larry Edwards
  • He is Love! by James Summers
  • A New Creation, by Christopher Bachmann

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