June 12 – 16, 2022
SIFAT, which stands for Servants in Faith and Technology, is a summer camp in Lineville, Alabama. This is a camp that teaches students how other people live and function in third world countries. Students get to experience a recreation of a slum village and experience what it is like to live in poverty for about half a day.
Along with this, students get to take a tour of what they call the Global Village. This is an area of about 16 houses that have been built by someone from that country to represent what a house looks like in the impoverished area of that country.
Students will also learn about and help build different technologies that SIFAT will take to these countries to hopefully make life easier for the people living in these conditions. Throughout the week students will play team building games and serve throughout the Lineville community. This is a great way for students to step out of their comfort zone and see the world in a different light!
The price per student will be $200 dollars. That includes meals and rooms for 4 days. If you need help with this payment, please let me know! We do not want this to be a reason for you student not to experience this amazing week with us.
Registration deadline is May 10!
Register for SIFAT
Please let me know if you have any questions about SIFAT!
Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon
From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.
To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.
May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Paul’s prayer for Philemon
Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.
Paul’s appeal for Onesimus
Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus— appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us. I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel. However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!
So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.
Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.
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