The Lord gave me 3 good witnessing opportunities this morning as I put out flyers. Amanda was the first. We had a good chat about how choices affect our lives. She allowed me to pray with her as we concluded. Angela's dog has often barked at me. She was out there with him and I invited her to our church and gave her a flyer. I enjoyed sharing with her the truth about our Creator and Savior. The last man grew up in a church that didn't preach the Gospel in a way he (and probably anyone else) could understand. He has since turned from "God" to evolution/science. I spoke to him for 20 minutes and concluded by saying, "It takes more faith to believe what you believe and the consequences are far greater." Please pray that God will open his eyes. The conversation was good but you begin to realize that only God can open the eyes of an unbeliever. Thanks for praying. God's hand was evident this morning.
16 April: The Lord gave me a great day to get out and do flyers. I started at 9am and ended at 2pm. I had several good opportunities. I witnessed to a young mother, Shara. I had previously witnessed to her mom. I also spoke with Peter whom I had witnessed to before. The Lord helped me remember his name and our conversation. I've prayed for him and hope that someday we will get to see him get saved. He has a friend who is born again and their life changed. Peter is a strong atheist. I also witnessed to Brian. His brother attended our church for about 10 weeks. I encouraged him to stop by some time.
The most encouraging divine appointment was with David. I had spoken to him over a year ago. He remembered me and reminded me of when we had met. (My family was at a park and David and a friend were fishing nearby.) He said that he has seen our sign several times recently and had been thinking about stopping in. He knows that he needs change in his life. He has never been to church before. Please pray that he will have the courage to come. And please pray that God will not let Satan put anything in his way to keep him from coming. Thanks for your prayers. (I prayed this morning for those of you who pray for us.)
15 April: We had a good Sunday morning. Mark and the kids were with us in SS. Alec and Adele joined us for the morning service. Marion is doing better but still unable to attend. Timothy was ill this morning. We looked at II Chron. 32 and the siege of Jerusalem. I love this story from God's Word. My message was, How to Respond when under Attack. (Get good counsel, build up the walls, rest in God, abide in the siege, ignore the enemy, cry out to God and wait on God.)
Thanks for praying for our church plant. Please continue to ask for God to build this ministry for His glory.
11 April: Yesterday was an interesting weather day. We started with heavy snow shower and then heavy rain. We ended the day with hail. So, flyers were not a possibility. Thankfully today the weather cleared and it is a gorgeous day. So, this morning I was able to put out flyers. I had a good witnessing opportunity with someone you have all prayed for and to whom we have witnessed many times. I'm hoping that he is close to salvation. Please pray that God will open his heart and that he will put his faith in Jesus.
Three of the Hikin children came over today. The Hikins attended the funeral of a grandfather. His granddaughter, Victoria, has attended our church a handful of times. She lived with her grandfather. Please pray about where she will now live and that we will still have contact with her. Thanks for praying!
09 April: In Scotland the day after Easter is the Easter Monday Holiday. Several churches in our fellowship got together today in North Berwick. This fishing village is beautiful. The Baptist Church there has very nice facilities to host a gathering. Our church was well represented. Alec, Timothy, the Hikin's and our family were present. It was a great day of preaching and fellowship.
07 April: Kay Lee was my door to door helper this morning as we invited people to our Easter service. She was keeping track of how many, "No thank you."'s we heard. I was glad to have her with me. We had two divine appointments.
This afternoon Timothy took me to lunch. Please continue to pray for him as he grows in the Lord. Afterwards I stopped by two houses. Morris, who's family I witnessed to two weeks ago, was sitting on his front step. We chatted for about an half hour about God. He is a curious skeptic. His daughter (24) wants to come visit our church. She also listened in for about half of that time. Please pray that God will continue to draw these to Himself. They live very near our church.
05 April: The Lord gave us a sweet spirit in our service tonight that encouraged both Katie and I. The kids club went well and the adult Bible study was refreshing. We had the Hikin family and visiting mother, Christine, with two of her children. They attend another church but have visited with us before. It was good to have them with us. Please pray for the neighbor kids to keep coming even though there is more sunlight and warmer weather. We've missed them the last two weeks. Thanks for praying.
03 April, Tuesday: This is just a fun note to say that although we didn't get hardly any snow this past winter, Spring has brought us a morning of beautiful snow showers. It looks like a shaken snow globe outside right now. I love interesting weather, so this is a fun day. Nelson has never seen snow like this and he was a little uncertain what was going on as he looked outside this morning. "Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."