What is your “eucharisteo”?

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 by Kay Carey and 10 more…

"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20)

One of the reasons why I love autumn is because it’s Thanksgiving season.  After a busy summer season, it’s a perfect time to sit down and reflect on God’s abounding grace and love throughout the year.  

Looking back on the last few years ever since I started my first volume of “Gratitude Journal”, my life has been filled with more joy and contentment and less complaints. This change in my life has been confirmed by Ann Voskamp who wrote a book called “One Thousand Gifts” which I just finished reading this week.  She helped me to understand a deeper meaning of “eucharisteo” (giving thanks).  This one Greek word I learned from the book has a great significance for my life as it did for Ann.  If you want to know what I mean, ask me or better yet, read the book.  You will be blessed.   

As I was reflecting the meaning of “eucharisteo”, a thought came to my mind one early morning last week.  So, I shot out a quick email to some of my co-laborers and asked if they could send their “eucharisteo”.  Here are some expressions of thankfulness to our Heavenly Father for all the things he has accomplished in and through our midst in 2014. 

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"I am thankful for East Asia short term team, a blessed visit by Kit Ying Chan and Madame Gu and celebrate the 4 families who adopted children from Mother's Love." – Hilda Tsang –

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“We are thankful that God raised up many faithful co-workers in 2013 with hearts that desire to love international students unconditionally and sacrificially and thereby blessing nations.”

– Andy and Sandy Pearce –

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"I am thankful for the promise that amidst the depths of every trial, though it often seems hidden, there is a joy that lies deeper in the God of our salvation. (Hab. 3:18)" – Ian Nagata –

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“I´m thankful that a mentoree, will be a guest speaker leading the international staff of Evangelism Explosion in a leadership development conference in the Dominican Republic.”  – Ross Carey –

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“I am thankful for seeing the students at Don Julian erupt in spontaneous applause at the sight of the backpacks we donated. I am thankful that when Madam Gu visited, she was able to experience firsthand how ‘Evergreen was family’ after hearing about it for many years from Kit Ying.” 

– Pastor Victor

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“I’m thankful to the Lord for allowing Asian Access to enter into a new country in Southeast Asia.  Praise God for how he is working in the Tohoku region of Japan after the triple disaster.” – Elliott Snuggs -

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“I am thankful that the Lord has brought back some of the men who left the program earlier this year. “ – Dave Casebeer –

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“I am most thankful to see that when things go wrong in jail, God is still at work. When my classes are cancelled and my plans are interrupted, that's usually when God leads me to someone in desperate need of the Gospel message.” – Palle Persson –

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“I’m grateful the community receives food distributions, the Kid of Character assembly at Don Julian, provision of $35,000 for an ultra-sound, and a church plant to make followers of Jesus.  I am thankful of God’s grace that has made all this possible.”  – Pastor Kyle -

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What is your “eucharisteo” this year?

Happy Thanksgiving!!!