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Thanking and Trusting God

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA8er @ 8:07
“The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” 
Henry Ward Beecher
The feeding of the 5,000 is a simple yet dramatic miracle filled with principles for life and ministry.
Mark’s record says, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he (Jesus) gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied.” (Mark 6:41-42)
If I had been in Jesus’ place, I would have been fixated on the 5,000 hungry people and the meager resources available to meet their needs. But Jesus did two things: first, He looked to heaven and second, He gave thanks. My tendency is to look at the little I have and wish I had more. I’m also inclined to take for granted the things God has entrusted to me. 
Jesus set the example. He focused on the God of heaven and He thanked His Father for what He had. Then He put His scanty resources to work and watched the Lord do a powerful miracle.
This week, focus on God. Thank Him for what He has given you, and put to work the gifts you’ve been given. There is no telling what God may have in store. 
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 Dan Bolin
International Director - CCI Worldwide
Please pray with CCI-Canada for their Leadership Summit November 27-29, 2017. Pray that the “words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts will be acceptable in His sight.” Pray for God's leading and guidance in the final plans. Pray that attendance will be strong. Pray that camp leaders will be trained to be increasingly effective in ministry.
A Director's Institute for CCI-Romania is taking place this week. Please pray for effective and encouraging training for everyone in attendance.
During November and December, the last details will be put into place for the CCI-Spain National Annual Conference. Pray that the Lord’s will dominate the plans that are made. Please also ask that the Lord will inspire more people in Christian Camping to participate with CCI-Spain in their January 2018 conference. Pray they would leave being inspired to follow Jesus in a deeper way, and having gained more help to carry out the ministries God has called them to do.
CCCA is in the midst of final preparations for our national conference in Colorado Springs on Dec. 4-7. Pray that God would bring in an increased number of attendees and that their hearts would be prepared for the impact God will make. The team has many details to wrap up and would appreciate your prayers for everything to come together for an incredible conference. Please pray for the general session and seminar speakers as they prepare, that they would hear clearly from the Lord and connect well with the needs of the CCCA members.
There are more more regional member visits planned for the Western Cape Province next week in CC-South Africa. Please pray for fruitful visits and safe traveling.
CCI-Ukraine is thankful for all the prayers regarding the National Convention that took place November 2-3 in Kyiv, Ukraine. 105 camps were represented with 337 camp leaders in attendance. CCI-Ukraine is also thankful for the Camp Directors Forum, November 4 with 59 camp leaders in attendance. Pictures can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/cci.ua/ 
Prayer works!
CCI-Romania - Nov 21-22 - "And Now What" - Director's Institute
CCI-Canada - Nov 27-29 - Leadership Summit
CCCA - Dec 4-7 - Annual Conference - The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, CO
CCI-Netherlands - Jan 2 - "New Year's" Reception
CCI-UK - Jan 9-11 - National Conference 
CCI-Spain - Jan 17-21 - National Conference - Siete Robles
CCI-Netherlands - March 6 - Semi-Annual General Assembly
CCI-France - Oct 15-18 - European Rendezvous
CCI-Netherlands - Nov 6 - Semi-Annual General Assembly
CC-South Africa - June 5-8 - 40th Annual General Meeting
CVA - August 6-10 - Connect 18 - The Collaroy Center
Please let us know if I have missed any important dates.
If you would like to be added to our mailing to circulate prayer requests, email dan@cciworldwide.org.Thank you for taking time to read and pray for these items. May God bless you for your support of CCI-Worldwide. 
Dan Bolin| CCI Worldwide | P.O. Box 9508 | Tyler, Texas | 75711 | 
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