A Sincere Word of Thanks

We owe great debts of gratitude to so many for the wonderfully successful Broyles Mission Conference that just completed this past weekend. First, a hard-working committee of 26 Chapel folk never lost their focus on their conference responsibilities, and there simply was not a hitch! Thank you. We already see the generosity of our Chapel and community members by the funds and pledges already received, generosity that touches lives both here at home and elsewhere across the world. Thank you. We experienced wonderful testimonies in worship, and beautiful music by the Ladies of Lee that gave us new strength for today and even brighter hope for tomorrow. Thank you. And we saw miracles already working from the efforts of our conference. Miracles! And we thank God.

You see, miracles always happen during Broyles Mission Conference weekends. God’s Holy Spirit moves among us; people’s lives here in Big Canoe are touched with a call to generosity; people’s lives across our community and around the world are touched by that generosity, for with God’s help our “more” yields less: less hunger, less pain, less disease, less homelessness, less entrapment. Miracles all!

But this year, as God moved among us, we witnessed even greater miracles, Each of our featured organizations found ways to interconnect with each other! Generosity flowed among them! Let us explain.

Abba House shared its curriculum for freedom from addiction with Dunamis, which frees young girls from addiction to sex trafficking. Dunamis is seeking ways to receive food, clothing, medications for Venezuela Now, hoping to relieve the difficulty and cost of current shipping methods. Good Shepherd Clinic now plans to share surplus medications with Venezuela Now, and Good Shepherd provides medical care for the ladies of Abba House.

You see, those were miracles that we didn’t see coming. What more can we do? Submit (or increase) our pledges or donations! In the words of the incomparable C.S. Lewis, “Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.” So let’s aim at Heaven, and…

…just $150 will buy 1000 meals for the starving in Venezuela.
…just $200 will buy glasses for 20 people in Dawson County.
…just $405 will pay a week’s housing and counseling for a mother and child(ren) at Abba House.
…just $500 will buy beds for the girls at Dunamis.


Let’s do what we can, and what God leads us to do. Thank you all.


Lamar and Sylvia Helms
Co-chairs of the 2018 Broyles Mission Conference