Many of you know John Smulo (SmuloSpace and Missional Apologetic).
John is originally from California, but recently lived in Australia for nine years. In Australia, John was a pastor and Founding Director of the School of Apologetics at the Centre for Evangelism and Global Mission at Morling College in Sydney. He was also part-time faculty at Morling College. John and his family (his wife is Alex and they have four boys) moved back to the States and started a new church in the Sacramento, California, area.
I don’t know all the details, but I do know that one day last fall John found that he was no longer the pastor of this new church. He was left without income, although he has since picked up a part-time job teaching at Capital Bible College and is starting a new missional church (which has no funds to support him at this point).
Still, the transition has made it very difficult to support his wife and four children and they are now in danger of losing everything, including the probable foreclosure on their home.
One of those verses that has always haunted me is James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
Rick goes on to suggest practical ways to help the Smulo family:
Here is what I suggest (with great humbleness):
* Remember John and his family regularly in your prayers.
* There is a PayPal button where you can donate to help meet their immediate financial needs. The funds go directly to John and don’t pass through me. Do what you can and we will trust our Lord to multiply the “loaves and fishes.”
13 April 2007
Copied Post: A Brother in Need of Help
I have copied below a post entitled A Brother in Need of Help from Rick Megis' blog. Rick gives a link to a PayPal account to contribute; the link can be found on Rick's blog (unfortunately, I'm not savvy enough to post a link to the correct PayPal account).