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September is here and it is time for gathering the harvest from the garden. This Saturday will find our family making salsa, spaghetti sauce, and whatever else we decide to do with our tomatoes. We have been gathering corn, beans, peppers, and more.

What is true literally, illustrates a spiritual principle as well. Paul put it this way:

6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad,

He has given to the poor;

His righteousness endures forever.”

10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:6-14 NKJV)

September is an opportunity for a harvest of hope as you give to the North Carolina Missions Offering. The theme for 2023 is “Relief for today. Hope for tomorrow.” and the offering goal is $2.5 million.

These dollars are seeds of support sown in ministries like Baptists on Mission, planting churches, mission camps, associational projects, and more. In this newsletter, you will find more information about the offering, with promotional materials and videos, as well as a prayer guide.

Yours in Serving our State,

Dennis Thurman, AMS

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