BURDENED TO GIVE…

Our Outreach Conference concluded today with our Faith Promise Sunday. The church was full as we anticipated what God was going to do in our midst. Our choir opened with the song The Value of One. They also sang God’s Word Changes Lives. The choir has done a great job allowing God to use them to prepare the hearts of God’s people for God’s message. A mixed trio sang a song that was dedicated to David Livingston, missionary to Africa entitled Bury My Heart on the Mission Field.

During the Sunday school hour, Brother Gary Craft taught us that God wants us to surrender our lives before He can bless it, taking the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. Hannah promised God her child before she even had one. How often parents get so selfish with God’s will for their children’s lives that they would rather place them close and in harm’s way. It is better for your children to be away in the center of God’s will- because there they will have joy and safety!

Pastor Leversee preached the morning service. It was a message that continued the thought of last week’s message. The Pharisees, not only passed over judgment and God’s love, they also passed over faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Pastor preached on having faith that sees the glory of God. Once again, the altars were full. After he was done preaching, we all filled out our Faith promise cards. After collecting a few inches of stacked cards, we dismissed the service.

Tonight, I had the privilege of preaching from Matthew 27 and 28. The title of the message was “What will you do with what you’ve heard?” God was so good as people responded to His message. If you are interested in listening to any of the messages, click on www.desertgatewaybaptist.org.

Before I preached, Pastor Leversee announced what our Faith Promise giving is for the upcoming year. It is exciting to know that we currently support 87 missionaries in 44 countries. We positioned our church last year to be able to raise the level of all our missionaries’ support. This year, our church by faith committed to give almost $4,000 a week. If you do a quick math, that adds up to $208,000! Praise the Lord! We are looking forward to supporting more missionaries this year.

Thank you for all of your prayers. It truly was a successful conference. Behind the scenes, it seemed that everything was falling apart. A loved one of our church went home to be with the Lord. Multiple members had very serious health problems this week. Things that we normally plan for the conference fell through. And so much more. And all, I believe, for a purpose- so that God alone can receive the glory for this modern-day miracle! Amy and I are thankful to be a part of a church that God truly is blessing.
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