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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
On the 6th Day of Christmas...
Topic: Ministry

...my true love gave to me:

Six Turkeys Cooking (Only 12 more to go!)

Five People Cleaning (Three were Tinkel kids and they actually did a good job!)

Four Trips to Hardware (For parts for the broken furnace - See below.)

Three Cats a Eating (Only one was ours and they were eating the bones from the cooked turkeys.)

Two Tired Tinkels (Both over the age of 30.)

And a broken furnace in the basement! (Thanks Harley - a good friend of ours - for working on it and putting up with one very unhandymanish person helping.)

Yep, this was my day to day. Can I add in play practice, passing out flyers, deboning turkeys, decorating, and, and, and, to the list? The next two days aren't looking much better! Please pray that everything will come together for the big meal this Saturday. We already have about 150 take-out plates to shut-ins and the elderly that we are delivering meals to and we aren't finished!

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Monday, 12 December 2011
Tinkel Family Christmas Newsletter
Topic: Ministry

Sarah's done it again! She's created another great newsletter. For those of you who are on our email list, you will be getting one via email soon. I wanted to share what's going on with our family and Good News Mission with everyone though. So, here is the link to our Christmas 2012 newsletter - http://familiesagain.blogspot.com/ . Thanks ahead of time for all of your prayers.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011
How Many Turkeys Will Sarah Cook This Year?
Topic: Ministry

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual holiday meal at Good News Mission. This has been going on at the mission since before we became the directors of it and is a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well and, the rewards are great. Last year Sarah cooked, if I recall, sixteen turkeys in all. She always has four five turkey's going on at once in an oven or a roaster. Then, she de-bones them and stores them in the refrigerator. She'll used to start on Monday and the delicious turkey smells would be with us throughout the whole week. This year the refrigerator in the mission is broken and we don't have as much shelf space. So, she's going to bee cooking them all on Thursday and Friday. So, how many is she cooking this year? Well, I won't tell you how many she's doing yet, I'll save that until the end of this post. We advertise on the radio and pass out lots and lots of flyers. Last year we fed around 250 folks, but weather complicated our efforts. This year we are planning to feed around 400 shut-ins, elderly and folks that live in the projects. We do take outs from 10 am to 12 pm, then feed the ones who walk in. Here's the flyer we are giving out:


Now, I know most of you can't come, although you are invited and welcome if you live or will be in the area, but what we really need is your prayers. In fact, we covet your prayers. Pray that we will be a blessing to many in our area. Pray that Sarah will get everything done and all of the churches that said they would supply things will get them here and on time. Pray for all of those that will be helping. Quite a few have said that they will come to help. We need many that would be willing to deliver, serve, pass out goody bags and mingle and talk to folks to make them feel at home. Pray for our family, as this is always a busy week. On top of the holiday meal, John Allen and I are involved in a large production of "A Christmas Carol". I am in the play and John Allen is a stage hand. Please pray that all will get done and that no one will lose their sanity. Thank you ahead of time for all of your prayers.

So, how many turkeys is she planning to do? How about TWENTY! Yes, I said twenty in a two day period. Call us crazy, I know, but the blessings are immense.We are probably just as blessed by the people that come as they are blessed by our feeble efforts.

Lord I ask right now that you bless this weekend. Bless Sarah for all of the hard work that she puts in to this. Bless the workers that volunteer their time. And, Lord, bless the folks that we will be serving. Please be with us and among us. Thank you so much for the blessings that are going to be poured out this next Saturday. Amen.

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Monday, 31 October 2011
Trunk or Treat 2012
Mood:  silly
Topic: Ministry

I know that some folks don't agree completely with this, but our church tries to use Halloween as an outreach. Instead of sitting in our houses with the porch lights off and ignoring what's going on outside, we try to use it as an evangelistic time.

I'm sure most of you have heard about "Trunk or Treating". Many churches do it now, and ours is no exception. We decorate our cars and sometimes we even dress up ouselves. Then,we park our cars in the church parking lot, open up our trunks and invite the kids from the community to come by to get candy.

Of course we greet them and their parents with a smile and invite them to go to the food table for popcorn and hot chocolate, but the most important thing is the car at the end of the line. The car that everyone has to pass by. It's the car with the man that makes sure that every boy and girl gets a gospel tract that tells them about Jesus.

Some will read the tract and think it's interesting, Many will throw it away without looking at it. But, there may be one or two that actually read it and trust Jesus as their Saviour because of it. Or, perhaps the seed will at least be planted for someone else to water. At any rate, if just one child or adult is led to the Lord because of that tract, then it will have all been worth it.

I don't know the final count, but this year we were expecting over 700 to go through. Below are some pictures from the fun time we had this year. Please pray with us for all of the kids that received a tract.

Our Crew With Some Friends


Our Pastor and His Wife - The Clampetts


Grandma Crayon - Another Trunk or Treat Host


My Wife, Sarah's, Creative Carvings


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Monday, 26 September 2011
He Escaped and Sarah Cried
Mood:  happy
Topic: Ministry


We had a surprise visit the other day.

Sarah and I were standing outside of the mission and "R" pulled up in his truck. "R" is young man who used to come to our Bible club years ago.

He seemed excited to see us. We hadn't seen him in quite some time so we were thrilled to see him as well. 

He said that he had come to visit his mom and decided to stop by to see us as well. We warmly greeted him and asked what he had been doing lately. He answered that he was living in Algood with some friends. Algood is a town about 15 min. away from us.

He was now working at McDonalds and had saved up enough money to buy this truck. It wasn't anything fancy. Just an old red truck. But "R" was proud of it. It was his!

After a few more minutes of conversation "R" said that he had to go and pulled away.

Sarah and I both looked at each other. We were speechless, but we both knew what the other was thinking.


He had escaped the projects!

So many times we find that living in a low income housing area is generational. Generation after generation kids grow up there and then end up living there themselves. That's all they've known. They don't know any better. They don't know that there is a world out there that is different than the world they live in. They see the struggles that their parents (or parent, or grandparent(s), or aunt and uncle) go through and they think that life is hopeless. They are destined to live there as well.

Sarah and I have always tried to teach them that, with God's help, they can escape. God has a wondrous, special plan for each one of them. Perhaps God wants them to be a minister or missionary. Maybe God wants them to be successful business men and women and use their money and influence to tell others about Him. Could some of them be future doctors or nurses? Or, maybe a teacher? If they obey God's calling, God can use them to do mighty things.

Sarah tries to teach the mothers and grandmothers that things don't have to be the same way for their children that it was for them.

It's hard to break the mold. It's difficult to break out of generational curse that has been on their family for years. But, with God's help, they can break free!

Later that day, as I was driving through the projects, I saw "R's" mother and sister sitting on their front porch. I stopped to talk for a minute. I mentioned that "R" had stopped by to see us. She told us that there were two reasons for his visit that day. One, to see her...and two, to stop by and see us.

When I got home I told Sarah what "R's" mom had said. Again, we were silent. Then tears began to stream down Sarah's face.

With God's help "R" had escaped!

And Sarah cried.

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Updated: Monday, 26 September 2011 12:18 PM CDT
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