Dearest brothers and sisters,
Greetings to you all in HIS name!
We had an exceptionally great service today. We started about 20 minutes late instead of 7 AM. The reason for the late start was that Maestro Jude, our music minister, vowed that we would have sound today. He borrowed a couple speakers from a friend. Then they connected two of the microphones brought by our brothers from Miamitown Ohio. The equipment was tested. They adjusted the mixer and they decided we were good to go. Big mistake! I thought they might have it for 15 minutes in Sunday school. It is possible they had it for another 30 minutes with a lot of noise, interruption and feed back. Finally they decided to give up and worship without the sound system. I was happy with their decision because the noise was not pleasant. Once we turned off the sound we were really good to go this time.
At first we did not even have standing room. Every little corner was filled including the aisle. There were even some people outside. We had about 500 people in the audience. We counted 495 people. It was a lively service. We sang a lot of songs and praised God from the depths of our being. I loved the worship service today very much. Last Sunday some people said we had a big crowd because we were giving away mosquito nets. Personally I do not care what gets the people inside if we are honest and genuine with them. But it turns out that a good number of them come back today. Several of them decided to be part of the Living Water family. Several people are continuing their inquiry about us. We pray that the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and their lives will be changed. We pray that they will switch their worship from idols to the true and living God. Join us in this prayer. Jacob led Sunday school this morning. He studied 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the perfect will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” We considered the same text again this evening in Leadership meeting. I don’t know about you but I have learned to give thanks in everything. Do you know why? There are two reasons. First, I don’t know everything. And second, I don’t know what is coming next. So even something that appears to be a bad thing may actually be the best thing there is. So give thanks in everything. Sometimes we lament over things now that turn out to be joys in the future because we don’t know what the future holds. Brother John Meyer wrote this to me several weeks ago: “So very sorry about all the damages and APPEARANCE (added) of a setback for the ministry there, but we do serve a God who will turn this into something that strengthens us or contains a lesson He wants us to learn.” The situation looked like a setback but actually it opened many doors. One man to whom I have been witnessing for 7 years finally decided to go to Church for the first time. Who knows how things will turn out? The situation has strengthened us for sure and we have many lessons to learn.
Do you know why so many people are coming to church? They are coming to the Light. Christ is the Light of the world.
Thanks to all of you for all the things that you have done for us. Your generous acts give joy; make people surrender to Christ, and strengthens the body. God bless you.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” … “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the fundation of this temple, his hands will also complete it.” (Zech 4:6, 9)
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