I created this blog account over a year ago but then never did anything with it. Hard to keep up a website, a blog and now Facebook. Too much!
But I like this as an outlet to write things down that I might not otherwise…little morsels of life that perhaps no one will read but at least I will have them down. A diary of sorts but I hope to stick to writing things that might stick to others reading them. Here goes….
Today was the 2nd Sunday for our church, Iglesia Bibilica Vida Abundante, to meet at the new property God has provided via La Promesa de Esperanza. Does that sound complicated? I won’t explain unless you want to know. The property is still rustic, but there are some partially finished rooms that help with the kids’ SS classes.
Last Sunday was the first of three messages on Hosea concerning revival. Revival in our personal lives and revival in our church. We’ve gone through a rough year as a church and it seems the situation is settling down but at the same time we need to regain our spiritual focus and see the entire body renewed in their walk with the Lord.
The three elders, Dan Kendal, Scott Yingling and Miguel Villalobos are each preaching one of the three sermons. Last week was Dan’s opening message and this week was Scott’s turn. I sensed the Lord was moving in people’s hearts today as the message was excellent and as we broke up into discussion groups for the last 20 minutes or so.
There’s always a time for anyone to stand up and give praise to God and today Yolanda stood up and while fighting back tears shared how God had been faithful to her through a difficult week. She’s been sick for some time and really should have been in bed all week but while raising a family alone she has mouths to feed and rent and bills to pay and missed work means going hungry and maybe losing their small apartment. She received a gift this week from the church, actually some anonymous givers (*wink wink*), who gave enough to cover some expensive medicine and some food or money toward the rent. She just HAD to come to church to give thanks to God for providing for their needs.
Monica stood up and gave thanks to God for providing a guitar for her daughter Tanya. Tanya is one of our leading youth and her guitar was broken while in route to Chucho and Zaira’s wedding back in November. Last summer, a couple from Carlisle Evangelical Free Church gave us a guitar which we lugged around in our truck…thinking of someone we might give it to when we got back here in September. However, I never felt like the recipient we had in mind was the right person, so I just held on to it. When I found out a week ago that Tanya still didn’t have a guitar, I realized SHE was the one who needed it and for whom it had been given. It was a very special thing to see how excited she was and today Monica caught us as we were about to leave to thank us for the joy we brought to Tanya to again be able to lead in the worship at church. All I could say was thanks to God…He provided it and we’re so happy He did.
Beth stood up too and admitted that in December she had an attitude problem as she looked out and saw what others were doing or not doing. She told everyone that it wasn’t her right to criticize or have a bad attitude toward others for what they were doing, she should have been looking at the Lord and she should have had a good attitude and she was sorry. It was clear to me that public confession in the church is a vital part of renewal and revival. Scott even mentioned Beth’s confession in his message and I think Beth’s honesty and sincerity was used by God to soften some hardened hearts. We should all be quick to do the same in confessing our sins one to another. It is an act of love that covers a multitude of sins.
This evening the CAM Mexico men begin nearly 2 full days of prayer and reflection. We’ll be meeting up at Camp Koinonia to spend many hours in prayer together and alone. I missed the last one in September due to a health problem but I’m looking forward to getting back up there for the “Freeze on Your Knees” as we call it. The camp is located at over 8,000 ft. and the temps at night are in the 20s…it is COLD! The cabins and bathrooms are cold but we’ll have a portable gas heater in the large cabin to help us survive the 2 nights. I hear the showers have nice hot water but last January I was too chicken to try and take a shower in the 30 degree air. This year I’ll plan on giving that a try.
Well, that’s about it for today. I’ll try and write about once a week or whenever there’s something worth sharing. Have a Jesus-filled week and may you be ready in season and out of season to share the Gospel with someone who needs to hear. There’s billions of them out there so it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone!