God blessed Katie and I with great door to door visits this morning. The area we are going through is military family housing. We would love to see God open the door to minister to these soldier's and their families. We had 3 adults at 3 different homes tell us that they may visit the church tomorrow. We have had people tell us this before, but each of these appeared to show genuine interest. So, plesae pray. :)
Thank you for praying about our building need. I'll share below what I just sent to our church family. Please keep praying in faith for God's provision.
God gave us a good Sunday. Our attendance continues to be impacted by health. However, God gave us a really good day for those who were able to be there. I preached yesterday morning on, "Follow Jesus" from Exodus 23:20-33. Israel had Jesus (preincarnate) guiding them through the wilderness.
For anyone who was following our Sunday School lessons on the Life of David, I apologise for missing uploading the last two lessons. We forgot to record last week. This week we recorded and I deleted it before saving it to my computer. So, Lord willing, we will get that recorded again. We're kind of rusty after our covid break.
I enjoyed getting out with two flyers this morning in a large village not far from our church. I had one brief witnessing opportunity.
I have not yet heard back from the planning department regarding the suitability of the property we have found. Lord willing, they will get back to me soon. Thank you for your prayers.
God blessed our door to door this morning. Logan was my partner as Katie is still not quite recovered from covid symptoms. We had 3 really good divine appointments. I'd like to request your prayers for one man in particular. He's a soldier who struggles with PTSD. I told him that I was going to pray for Him regarding that. In particular I said that I would pray this week that God would show Him that He is helping Him.
All of these opportunities this morning were about 15-20 minutes standing in a doorway with outside temps of 40 degrees fahrenheit. So, God was working. We appreciate your prayers for our evangelism.
I had a friend from our community ask me this week, "Do you really think that I could go to Heaven?" I said, "Abosolutely! But, you'd have to come to God confessing that you have lived your whole life in ignorance of Him and turn to follow after Jesus." Please pray that God will also work in this man's heart.
I'll briefly share one other opportunity. Friday I stopped by a sign maker's place of business to organise signage for our minibus. Outside was about a half dozen teenage boys and a young woman with a child. I offered them all tracts and most took them. The woman asked for one after some of the boys laughed at God. It was a great "street preaching" opportunity of banter with some young men. This woman said, "Have you heard of _________?" (I can't remember the name she mentioned.) She said, "He was a junkie who almost died and then found God." God must be working in her life for her to be aware of this story. Please pray that she will find Christ.
I enjoyed catching up with the Dillmans as I helped Don put out Gospel tracts around their church area in Livingston. The Lord gave us one really good divine appointment with two teenage boys who were walking past. They let me pray with them at the conclusion of our conversation and shook our hands before walking away. Please pray that the seed sown will take root in their hearts.
High pressure has taken control of things for a little while, which means settled weather. It was a fine morning to get out with Tommy to do outreach. This was our first formal outreach of 2022 and it felt good to get out with flyers. We put out an evangelistic flyer and an information flyer. We didn't have any divine appointments (to our eyes) but we enjoyed fellowship and ministry. Please pray for Tommy as he often struggles with his blood sugar on our outings. He did ok this morning but could have been better.
Our family continues to improve in our health. Thank you for praying.
I forgot to update you on Kay Lee. God worked out some things, as only He can, to get her onto her flights. She also missed her final flight in Chicago, but it only led to just over an hour delay. She is safely back at Ambassaor Baptist College and is excited about the new school year. Thank you for praying for her travels. We're very thankful she was able to be here over her break.
It's great to be back on our normal schedule. This was Katie's first Sunday back at our church location in four weeks. We have not had Sunday in person services the last two weeks. So, it was great to be back together in the house of God!
God gave us a good morning. An unexpected blessing was seeing our two college students from Ireland (Republic and Northern) back with us. We had thought they would be longer away.
I preached this morning on, "Great Christians Needed" from Matthew 20:20-28 where Zebedee's wife asks for positions for her boys in Christ's kingdom. I really enjoyed studying it and sharing it with our church this morning. Being a great Christian is defininitely contrary to human reasoning, but is also very needed.
We were very thankful to be back to in person services last night. This was Kay Lee's first time in our new church location and we are thankful that she was able to attend a service while she was here. Last night I resumed our study of 1 Timothy with lesson 14.
Our family is continuing to improve in our health and we appreciate your prayers for a full recovery. There are still some "symptoms" of illness.
Meanwhile, Lord willing, Kay Lee will head back to Ambassador tomorrow. We appreciate your prayers for God's help for her in travels and in getting back into her college work. Thank you for praying with us.
With regard to the house property of interest to purchase for our church, we continue to ask God for His leading. Please pray with us that God will make His will known regarding this property.
Since this is the first post of 2022, I thought I'd begin with, "Happy New Year!" The Lord has given a couple of witnessing opportunities already. I witnessed to an autistic young man who is frequently out with his camera taking pics. We've seen him for several months and it was good to connect with him. He made an interesting statement, "I want to do something of significance with my life." We were talking about purpose in life and finding out what life is all about. Please pray for God to do a good work in his life.
We had an unusual Sunday as we canceled our services at the centre and just had an online zoom service this morning. Lord wiling, we will be back on our full schedule starting on Wednesday. I preached on, "Christian Growth" from 2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace...."
Please pray for our church as we regroup following covid. Everyone is on the recovery side and we look forward to seeing what God is going to do in our church in 2022. Thanks for your prayers.
Well, we had another change in plans as we canceled our New Year's Eve service and also moved this coming Sunday online.
Kay Lee tested positive for the virus today. She's had a cough for a few days and so we hope that she will recover in time for her return flight the end of next week. Please pray for God's grace and wisdom.
It's sad to have to cancel these special events, but there is no other option until everyone is well. We hope Kay Lee can attend at least one church service while she is here. We'll see how that works out.
God's good and He continues to encourage our hearts. We appreciate your prayers as we continue to wait on God for healing.
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