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May 2018

TAB Blog: Stepping Out in God’s Dream

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Hey Church Family,

As many of you know I just got back from my first trip to the Philippines. When Pastor Mark first mentioned this trip, my heart leapt at the chance to be able to serve The CURE and see all that God is doing through Maranatha Christian Fellowship.

Growing up at The Tabernacle, I always heard about what Bishop Joe DiSarno was doing in the Philippines. I prayed about it and got the “yes” but was afraid of the thing most people are – the funds. The Lord blessed me through so many people and Tab Global, and made this Buffalo girl’s dream come true. This was just the beginning of what God was doing.

Once we arrived in the Philippines and walked into Maranatha Church, I saw a quote painted on the back wall that said, “This is a House of Dreams.” I knew I was home. While on the trip, we visited Rancho Ni Christo where girls rescued from the sex trade live. We also served over 500 street kids through the feeding program, prayed for the kids and parents in a slum town and ended the trip ministering at a 3 day youth conference where I saw hunger for the presence of the Lord like I’ve never seen. Even though we saw so much oppression and poverty, all I kept thinking about was the quote in Maranatha and it made me think of Bishop Reid. He is a man who has lived his life inspiring others to follow God’s dream for their lives. Being in Cebu and getting to see the fruit of Bishop Reid’s life really impacted me. God is doing something in the Philippines; He is awakening the dreams He has put inside His children.

I am so honored to have been sent on this trip. It has pushed me to continue to look at my life and ask myself “Am I taking steps towards the dreams God has placed inside of me?” I encourage you today to ask yourself this question. What do you need to do today to take a step towards God’s dream for you? Maybe it’s going on a missions trip yourself! Whatever it is, God is ready to make a way but He needs you to start walking it out!


Chelsea Rose

TAB Blog: God’s Heart for Men

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Several years ago, Pastor Al Baun invited me to have breakfast with him. That meeting was the beginning of a friendship that has developed and become so very meaningful for me. His interest and concern for me, my family and my work told me he cared. His counsel and prayers bathed in God’s love modeled Godly manhood.

As men, we all know guys we can call our friends or buddies, but how many of us have someone in their life who intentionally invests their life in ours? The real depth of a significant and meaningful relationship is one which moves you from relying on yourself or others to relying on God. It’s called discipleship, and this is at the core of what The Tabernacle Ministry to Men is about.

Some time ago, during a Sunday morning worship service, the Holy Spirit showed me the Father’s heart for the men of The Tabernacle. To this day, I cannot recall that special moment without tears forming in my eyes. I encountered the love of the Father who so desperately wants His sons to know how much He loves them and how He longs to bring them into the fullness of His Glory.

Much of how men view their Heavenly Father is reflected in the relationship they have with their earthly father. Sadly, in many cases, there has not been a father to love them or where there is, the example has fallen far short of Godly influence. How often I have heard men say, “My father never told me he loved me.” The repercussion of the father’s failure has given way to many societal problems, not the least of which are divorce, abortion, juvenile crime and other manifestations of an orphan spirit.

One would think the church would be exempt from these problems, but not so. For every ten men in the church, nine will have children who leave the church, eight will not find their jobs satisfying, six will pay monthly minimum on their credit card bills, five will have a major problem with pornography, four will get divorced (affecting one million children each year), only one will have a biblical worldview, and all ten will struggle to balance work and family.

In John 10:10, Jesus declared, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Now, more than ever, the kingdom of God needs courageous men who will fight to reclaim ground the enemy has stolen; fight for our families, our marriages, and for each other. As Men of Valor, we are a band of brothers engaged in warfare tactics to take down the enemy by investing our lives in training and equipping all men to live victorious lives empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you’re looking for spiritual growth and meaningful relationships, I encourage you to join with us, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in the World Prayer Center. Men, be the Man God called you to be. It’s time to step up and get in the fight!

Don Troyer, Men of Valor
A Tabernacle Ministry to Men

TAB Blog: A Mother’s Heart

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Dear Tabernacle Family, Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m so privileged to write today’s blog spot. Thank you for becoming family to us over the past 4+ years. God has truly been good to us in giving us such a wonderful place to minister and live.

Recently, Jim and I went on a mini-vacation to Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. It’s a beautiful, peaceful setting right on Lake Ontario and in the midst of countless vineyards. This time of year, there aren’t any leaves on the grape vines. They’ve finished tying up the branches to help yield the best possible crop with very little chance of spoiling the grapes. In particular, I noticed one vineyard that had taken a different approach to renew their fields. In between each aged grape vine stalk, a new plant had been put in. The new vines were very fine and had to be covered with something to shield them from the high winds and weather they experience. It reminded me of the scripture in Titus 2:3 where Paul is telling the older women how they should live and how they should teach the younger women to love their husbands and their children.

Growing up in a Christian home I had the privilege of having a godly mom and dad as my example. Beyond my home, and within the few churches Jim and I have had the joy of pastoring, I have always felt the need to have older women in my life. Some taught me how to quilt and make jelly. Some taught me the value of being at home while raising our sons. Others taught me to enjoy every minute of my life and to realize that God truly has a purpose for me to fulfill. I am forever grateful for each of these women who have been and are currently in my life.

Many years ago, within another church, I began a mentoring network for the women. With some help from a friend we matched younger and older women together. It was quite a challenge getting it to all work together, but we did it. Every other month we would get together for a ministry time and the testimonies would blow my mind when they told of the things they had in common. Many of those relationships are still flourishing today.

Let me encourage you today, determine to be a mentor to someone younger than yourself. Take time to bless them and to help them grow up in their holy faith. They in turn will be equipped to help someone else to do the same. Imagine how fruitful the body of Christ will become if we all take time to bless someone in this special way.

From a mother’s heart,

Mari-Lee Ruddy

TAB Blog: Kairos School of Ministry: My Third-Year Experience

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This third season of being a part of the Kairos School of Ministry has been an awesome experience! Having been a part of the school of ministry for two years already, I can definitely say that this year has been different in so many ways, and there is so much that has been highlighted to me over this season. One of the ways that this year has been so impactful to me, is how incredible the classes have been. I feel that this year I have been able to sit under and be poured into by so many different, incredible leaders from all over our region. It has been amazing to have the opportunity to draw from so many incredible wells and receive so much Godly training from these leaders. God has spoken to me about my calling as a leader through these classes this year.

This year as a third year student, my main roles have largely played out in the youth ministry here at The Tabernacle. I have grown more in my leadership roles this year and have the opportunity of discipling our young people, preaching in different youth services, and helping plan and coordinate all of our youth events. In this season, I feel I have discovered more of who I am in this role of youth ministry, and have grown in areas that aren’t in my strength and gift mix. All in all, I feel I have grown and received much insight and leadership opportunities in these areas. I’ve been able to connect in a deeper way relationally with our students as well.

I am excited for all that I can look back on this year and reflect on what God has done. I can definitely say that I have learned to trust Him more in this season, and even with my future steps I will take. I realize now that finding God’s purpose for our life is not just about taking the perfect steps, it’s simply about being obedient to take the next step. As I graduate and move on, I’m praying that dozens of young adults will find a place of spiritual growth at the Kairos School of Ministry.

Erika White