Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Bus Ministry and my Family

I didn't ride a bus to church, but I did attend church as a child thanks to caring friends of my family's who picked my sister and me up each week....Stanley and Carolyn Arnold of the First Baptist Church in New Lebanon, Ohio. I received Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour at that church. I know that God used this as a springboard that would change our entire family. Through many circumstances, one by one the rest of my family came to know the Lord down the road. Had it not been for this couple in our community reaching out to our family, and many more people that I didn't even know about, as I would find out later in life, we wouldn't be where we are today.

People sometimes criticize bus ministries....they "disrupt" the service because the kids don't behave, the kids only come for the candy and activities, too many gimmicks, etc. Say what you will, but what are you doing then? Don't criticize a program if you aren't doing anything yourself to bring someone to the Lord. Do what you can, where God has put you. If you can't participate physically, you can give financially to help defray the cost. You can make a difference in someone's life!

Watch this video for some touching testimonies of how the Lord used the bus ministry to work in people's lives.

https://youtu.be/Wde6fvg39Pg


Friday, March 24, 2017

Staying Put

My husband and I encourage each other in the faith as we labor together in the Canary Islands. Due to recent events here, we have both been suffering bouts of discouragement and even wondering if the Lord would have us work elsewhere. The doors sometimes seem to shut in one area, then open in another......and sometimes shut again. This poem brought comfort to my soul and I hope it will help someone else as well.

Be thou there until I bring thee word (Matt. 2:13).


I'll stay where You've put me;
I will, dear Lord, Though I wanted so badly to go;
I was eager to march with the 'rank and file,'
Yes, I wanted to lead them, You know.
I planned to keep step to the music loud,
To cheer when the banner unfurled,
To stand in the midst of the fight straight and proud,
But I'll stay where You've put me.

I'll stay where You've put me; I'll work, dear Lord,
Though the field be narrow and small,
And the ground be fallow, and the stones lie thick,
And there seems to be no life at all.
The field is Thine own, only give me the seed,
I'll sow it with never a fear;
I'll till the dry soil while I wait for the rain,
And rejoice when the green blades appear;
I'll work where You've put me.

I'll stay where You've put me; I will, dear Lord;
I'll bear the day's burden and heat,
Always trusting Thee fully; when even has come
I'll lay heavy sheaves at Thy feet.
And then, when my earth work is ended and done,
In the light of eternity's glow,
Life's record all closed, I surely shall find
It was better to stay than to go;
I'll stay where You've put me.
Oh restless heart, that beat against your prison bars of circumstances, yearning for a wider sphere of usefulness, leave God to order all your days. Patience and trust, in the dullness of the routine of life, will be the best preparation for a courageous bearing of the tug and strain of the larger opportunity which God may some time send you.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Hope Thou In God


Do you find yourself troubled, filled with anxious thoughts as you look at the serious, somewhat impossible situations going on in the world around us? I know I do. I often wake up in the morning, weighed down with the problems going on in the world--and they can be quite overwhelming if I didn't focus my attention on God's word to give me a bit of hope that He will take care of us in the midst of the trials of life.
What comfort we have afforded to us by looking into His Word for solace and comfort. God commands us to seek His face. Would we seek God if all in life was going well? We all enjoy the mountaintop experiences, but most of life is spent in the ordinary, everyday tasks and we need courage to face each new day with it's challenges. Daily we may ask ourselves the question, Where is thy God?
Psalm 42:11 says "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Keep seeking God in His word. The same God who got us through yesterday will be there for us today, and He also will guide us through all our tomorrows. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. The promises of God are so rich--but if we don't cling to them we will drown in our day to day sorrow.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3