Help for Brittany

FCL member Wayde Day’s daughter Brittany is need of prayer following brain surgery, and financial assistance as she is unable to return to work.  Click on the link below, pray, and help if you can.

https://www.gofundme.com/3r9x1xs?rcid=05d8f1487ae94e0893f33e9d4bc859ea

Making a Difference in Congo

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-1-32-21-pmAt the FCL meeting at the IHLA, we began collecting funds that will help provide clean water and sanitation for the village of Simba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in West Africa.

Women and children in Simba often had to walk five miles or more to find water that was often dirty, leading to diseases like Malaria.  Additionally, they would waste time that could be spent working or in a classroom.  We felt that this project would be a great way to honor the memory of Jon Pappas, and that he would personal endorse it.  Currently we have raised $600 towards this project!

If you would like to contribute, we have set up a GoFundMe account to make this possible.  You can also mail a check to: Brian Mullins, 239 Hickory St., Cambridge, ON N3H4G1, and it will be added to the total.  Visit the link above to follow our progress!

 

See You in Indianapolis!

We hope to see many of you next week at this year’s IHLA Convention in Indianapolis!  The FCL will be meeting on Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30pm in the Atlantic Room.  Join us for some worship, a challenge from Rev. Brian Mullins (Regional Advisor, World Vision Canada), and the opportunity to give to a memorial project honoring Jon Pappas.

New Website Options

We’ve listened to your feedback and have added a few new features to the website.

You can now officially join the FCL by submitting a simple form on the site.  Just click on “Join“, fill out the form and click submit.

Prayer requests and praise reports can also be added on the “Prayer” page.

Thanks for using our site, and feel free to share it with your friends in the industry!

“God intended it for good.”

Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”,
Bad things happen to good people! Think of the story of Joseph: sold by his brothers into slavery. When he ends up in a position that he could bring retribution, instead he blessed God, for through it all he never lost sight of the fact that God is a good good Father.
Do you understand the character of God? Rom 8:28. Jer 29:11.
Because of the fallen nature of mankind and the broken physical environment we are in “It is impossible but that offenses will come”.  “But God” is greater than those “offenses” and will “provide a way of escape”!
No matter what comes at us we have options and must not give up the hope in a “Good Good Father God” who is able take what the enemy designed to destroy us and turn it around for our good and His glory!
– Rob McCarthy

A Letter from the President

rob mccarthy.JPGI have been a member of Fellowship of Christian Lumberman for many years and on the board for at least 9 years. I am honored and excited to become the new president!

FCL has been a great organization over the years and I have appreciated and  enjoyed the fellowship at many industry meetings. The writer of the book of Hebrews (10:23)  admonishes us not to “miss an opportunity to fellowship together, but exhort one another…” and what a blessing it is to take a break from the hectic schedules of most meetings to “lift up Jesus” (for He promised “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself”! John 12:32)

This is the essence of what we are all about, “lifting up Jesus” so He can in turn “draw all men to Himself”.  We want to see our friends and business acquaintances come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  We want to be “a light to our world (the lumber industry)-like a city on a hill top that cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

Over the past years we have continued to grow to the place where we have a presence at almost every regional, state and national industry meeting in the country. We will continue to encourage anyone willing to host a meeting by posting that meeting on our website and praying for it. Several years ago I started one at our Ohio Forestry Association annual meeting and it was very simple: I asked the director for a place and time to meet with a sign to put in front of the room saying “Fellowship of Christian Lumberman”. I then prepared a short devotional that I read which encouraged a discussion and sharing of hearts. We also went around the room sharing testimonies, took prayer requests and closed in prayer. Nothing fancy, anyone can do it, just “see a need and fill it!”

“Took prayer requests” brings up another phenomenal aspect of FCL which has an established prayer chain that reaches throughout our industry around the world. I never realized the blessing of this benefit until I recently went through a yearlong battle as my wife struggled with cancer. To know that I had brothers and sisters standing with me in the trenches was invaluable.

I look forward to serving you all in this wonderful organization. Please feel free to contact me with any needs, concerns or comments at rob.mccarthy@itllumber.com.

Blessings,

Rob McCarthy

Jon Pappas – Graduated to Glory

jonI received word this morning that our brother Jon Pappas passed into the presence of his Lord last week. This comes as a huge shock to his family, friends, co-workers and all who knew him in the industry.

I’ll post more information as it becomes available, but for now please keep Jon’s family in your prayers.

As Jon always ended his emails to me – “Trust in Him.”

Brian