So here I sit early on Monday morning all by myself, the building is empty, and I am spending some time doing my Monday stuff which includes reading from a few devotions that I have going… Listening to a 2-minute podcast about some preacher named Matt Chandler talking about God hasn’t called us to be anyone other than who you are. He was fired up for the whole 2 minutes – it got my morning started off just right.
Then I reached back and plugged in my blue-tooth speaker and put on my WORSHIP playlist from my iPhone. I listen to this same playlist at least 10 times every week, 16 songs 1 hour and 37 minutes. Right at this very second No Longer Slaves is playing by Bethel – “I am a child of God.” That means Great Are You Lord is next by All sons and Daughters is next, followed by Tremble, then I Surrender, and of course to finish will be Reckless Love. Really I do listen to this set all the time – I love to worship in my office all by myself it’s when God speaks to me through music and it ministers to my soul.
We are coming out of one of our busiest summers and the new school year will begin this week. I look back over the summer and try to take it all in. Sometimes I think we think God isn’t doing anything. Sometimes because we go from one thing to another in our life it is so easy to forget actually what God is doing.
60 Days ago we began a Summer Mission project – it was actually birthed from a disappointment! There was not enough interest in going to the Dominican Republic after taking 31 people the year prior. So I approached the newly formed church council (the people who help with ideas and planning of events) and we came up with this idea of supporting Arizona Baptist Children Services. The direction from the council is whatever we did it had to be personal and have personal impact. We took that direction and ran with it. GOD blessed our efforts over and over…
This next SAT several will get together to PACK up the food that has been collected… WOW! GOD is FAITHFUL
We collected almost 10 gallons of change, we have counted the first bottle and that had $1532.50 which already makes it the largest baby bottle campaign in YUMA this year. WOW! GOD is FAITHFUL – I personally think there is another $1000.00 in the 2nd bottle. So $2500, remember that means we can operate New Life Pregnancy Center for a month in Jesus Name. GOD is FAITHFUL
Pastor Mark and several volunteers provided a “RESPITE” day for the 30 families of ABCS to be able to drop off their kids and enjoy an evening as mom and dad while we ministered to their kids.
We hosted an evening dinner for those same families later in the month. Thank you to Kelly Orta and Olive Garden for their generous gift – we played trivia and had a great time together. GOD is FAITHFUL.
We hosted a church wide baby shower for 4 ladies we had never met who were clients of New Life Pregnancy Center. We blessed each mom to be generously. GOD is FAITHFUL.
We went into Mexico to the Pregnancy Center in Morales. 100 kids showed up and we held a morning VBS and lunch. It was hot, but again GOD is FAITHFUL!
We took baskets of appreciation to the 10 volunteers who minister at ABCS as our way of saying thank you to those who serve. We blessed the volunteers and 1 more-time GOD is FAITHFUL.
60 Days of Missions – to sum it up in 3 words… GOD is FAITHFUL
Goes right along with this Bible verse that we studied in the Book of 1st Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Oh by the way an update on my worship list… Coming up next…
TURN IT UP…
You are here as we lift you up
You are riding on our praise
Be enthroned over everything
You are seated in our praise
This is prophetic, I can feel it in the air
We lift our praise and You change the atmosphere
With hearts open now everybody singing out
Turn it up, this sound of praise
Make it louder than any other
Lift Him up and shout His name over all (yeah)
I know you think I just listen to music at work… YEP that’s all I do. Have a great week!