“Chip shot”

Grace – By God’s GRACE, we have a myriad of opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ Jesus.  All levels of golfers, from novice to veteran, from high to low handicapper, from hacker to ringer showed up to play on October 10th at Norwood Hills on a cloudy day. No matter.  The event drew more than 75 linksters.  By God’s grace we all braved a brief shower and finished on time.

Outpouring – No, I am not referring to the precipitation that watered the verdant greens and fairways.  Rather the OUTPOURING of generosity by the participants who supported the Christian Friends of New Americans ministry.  A portion of the green fees, sponsorships, auction items, and outright donations was simply amazing.  A total of more than $30,000 was raised to support this valuable ministry as CFNA seeks to assist legal immigrants and refugees get a fresh start.

(L to r) Rev. A. Buckman, Aminata Sesay, Alimatu Sesay

Love – There are many motivations for doing what we do.  One of the most powerful is LOVE.  As Christ’s followers, we are moved by His love to serve others, particularly those who suffer.  Love was demonstrated at the CFNA Golf Tournament in so many ways; from those who sacrificed hours and energy to plan, organize, and implement each aspect of the tournament to the sponsorships and donations, to the actual “hands-on” ministry done at CFNA.

Fun – Without a doubt, the tournament and subsequent banquet were FUN.  Our Lord desires that our lives are abundant with fellowship, friendships, and fun.  Hard work and good planning resulted in a successful event.  Aside from the fun aspect, there was great joy in knowing that CFNA makes a difference in the lives of people.  A marvelous presentation by Alimatu and Aminata Sesay told the story of how CFNA changed the lives of their family in a dramatic way.  We who know God’s Grace, respond with an Outpouring of Love while having Fun…GOLF.


By Rev. Eric Erkkinen
Concordia, Kirkwood

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