Packing up the Sienna and setting up for two chapels at TCS school this morning WOW ! About 250 children were present as Mr. Steve and Ms. Adria shared God’s message with grades 1 thru 6. Puppets were there too as well as Scripture Scramble. God bless that blooming Christian school and keep us grandparents hopping and dancing for Jesus as well!
Our regular weekly night teaching the 3rd and 4th graders at Cornerstone. This is Stephen’s 6th year and Adria’s 3rd . We have a great time. Adria always has some great power points to enhance the lessons. This week was the life of Joseph. We had about 16 kids. This class started out with about 5 kids only 6 weeks ago. What a joy to see God’s Word bring hope and understanding to these lost kids. This is a great ministry and they always need volunteers to drive the buses, serve the pizza, play basketball with them and teach them the Bible. Want a challenge to your faith with great rewards?
Psalm 23 badge
We now have a badge for Psalm 23 alone! To encourage everyone to learn that Psalm by memory. Then you only have 4 more verses to go for the first badge!
Patches arrive in Haiti
We received word from Haiti from Pastor Antoine that the patches arrived safely! That is 1,100 patches. Several hundreds of patches 1 thru 9. Many thanks to pilot Joe Hurston for the help. We have only 3 more patches to go to complete the Patch program. Pray we can have all 12. They cost @ $150 for 500 of each patch ordered.
Inner City Kids earning their Badges
“Something Good N’ the Hood “ (www.sgnh.org) has taken the challenge to have 500 children learn Psalm 23 this semester! Pray for Pastor Scott Binkley, his staff and volunteers as they go daily into the most neglected areas of Houston reaching hundreds of children. Take time to look at their website and support them as God leads you. One of the most effective children’s ministries we know of. Check out those amazing CAT trucks!
We had a nice visit from an old friend. A sweet young lady we used to teach in Children’s Church many years ago, Jeanna Park. She is now an elementary school teacher herself. As a former member and twelve badge diploma recipient of the Hide the Word in Your Heart Club she knows the value of helping children hide God’s Word in their heart. We gave her materials in Spanish, English and Korean to help her get her club off the ground. She speaks all three languages fluently. Her Dad is Pastor of a thriving multi–ethnic Church here in Houston. Go, Jeanna, Go! We are praying for you! His Word never returns void.
Well we just finished with a happy fun filled park ministry. Once a month we help with a local church outreach to migrant workers waiting in Hayden Park for some work to come their way. On any given day there are 30 to 50 and often more Hispanic men standing around hoping for work .They come from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and everywhere in between. For the most part they are a good-natured group with only a few exceptions. Mrs. Park has been doing this for almost 8 years. We have been helping her for about 1/2 that time. We have seen Spanish preachers and singers come and go by the dozen, yet Mrs. Park or “Happy “ as she is affectionately called, is always there with her little band of 1/2 dozen or more helpers! She is quite a testimony to us all as to how effective just showing up time after time can be. Seeing she doesn’t speak Spanish except,” Dios esta aqui!”
Today was almost a comedy of events as we hurried on over to the park to do our part. Hopefully there will be a preacher or some singers or someone who can speak Spanish, but you never know what you will find! Mrs. Park said “well, I invited one who said he would come, but you never know.” Well guess who was the preacher, singer and prayer today? You guessed it… Yours truly along with my dear wife who speaks more French than Spanish!
So here we are with our little guitar and amplifier with an old CD player trying to plug into the inverter of the 12 volt system that is only partially working. Then just as we get the kinks out of the electric problem, the CD player decides to die on us. Yep, those Duracell, long life batteries went flat. And at such a time…so,I decide to just go ahead and tune my guitar and forget the electronics. So I pull out my battery little tuner to tune up and lo and behold, the tuner is broken and for the first time won’t respond. Adria had departed to purchase some batteries for the CD player at a store across the street, as the crowd was now gathering wondering if anything we brought would work?
Adria returns with the batteries and now the CD player decides to start skipping !!!
And to top at all off it decides to start sprinkling. ”That wasn’t in the forecast “Happy says .Well a lot was not in the forecast that we are experiencing was it! Ha!
So Adria goes to get an umbrella, and guess what? It works! So off we go singing in the rain for Jesus.
We quoted Psalm 23 together in Spanish and took off singing, preaching and praying as best we could.
I had my Spanish New Testament (the one that survived the burning of our camper van in 1988. See story in ”Daddy, the van is burning”. So we read from John 3 about “ye must be born again” I don’t know how but the whole crowd raised their hands and hearts to heaven at the end. Just as we begin to pray in our very broken Spanish, a young man from the crowd steps forward and says “I can help.” Where have you been all morning?
I think we have made some real friends today as we stumbled through our presentation. ”Triumph is 10% try and 90% UMPH” Seems God doesn’t use the qualified, but can qualify whom He chooses.
Many times God will use you, not because of your great ability, but just because you are there and others aren’t . So showing up is half the victory! Thank You Lord You have chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and the weak, base, despised and are nots to do your work (1 Cor 1: 27)
Miracle helped Mom at church today as she has 8 Kindergarten and 1st grade students plus her usual elementary clan. Stephen visited Lakewood Church today and then to Ye Darm.
Tonight we pick up donated bagels and bread to distribute tomorrow. Thank you Lord for a busy fulfilling week.
Morning Devotions at the Lock In
Morning devotions at the lock in were really great, Proverbs 13:20 being the theme! Stephen even got an impromptu song highlighting the truth of that verse.
He that walks with Wise men shall be wise
But a companion of fools shall be destroyed
So...choose your friends wisely, don't let them choose you
Choose your friends wisely for you'll do as they do...
Be a wise man and not a fool
Choose your friends wisely...choose them one by one
Choose your friends wisely...even if you've none.
Better none than the wrong one you will find
Don't follow vain men (but) let the blind lead the blind
He that trusts in his own heart is a fool
No matter how old, no matter how cool
Put your trust in Jesus, true friend to the end
Walk with this wise man and become like Him
As for me and my house we will serve God. (the Lord)
Let others leave the road for a miry path
I'll stick to the Truth no matter how odd.
Miss Adria told the story of Jake who was a fine young man as a pre-teen, but as he chose the wrong companions later in life he went far astray from his upbringing--doing things he thought he could do and it would not hurt him. His tragic end is a sobering lesson for us all.
Youth "Lock In"
Adria and I taught on the "Apple and the Worms.
What's worse than biting a juicy apple and finding a worm inside? --hmm? Well, finding only 1/2 a worm perhaps! What are some of the worms in our life that may try to eat our lunch?
ENVY, SELFISHNESS, DECEIT, ANGER, HATRED....all these are worms seeking to sour our spirit. Be aware and learn to resist and overcome these through the Power of God and His Word.
September 11th, 2014
Nursing Home Ministry with Peniel Korean Choir and Dance. What a joy to see the faces of all the grey-haired people light up as we sing together Korean and English Hymns. All the old timers know Psalm 23 in the good ol' KJV and say it with us! a beautiful illustrated version by Helen Haidle we taught on Psalm 23--Why sheep need a shepherd and also the difference between goats and sheep. Sheep go BAA! Goats go BUT...
The 13th Anniversary of 911. Shared with them the "Cross and The Towers." Have you seen the awesome pics of what was found in the midst of "the pile" of rubble on the 3rd Day?
Google "The Cross and the Towers" --awesome!
Our first Chapel at CCA for elementary kids. Adria and Mr Steve set up the puppets and power point to do the famous program "Hide the Word--where? How?" It was quite entertaining and instructional. Kids were all challenged to earn Badge No 1. They really enjoy the lively Hillsong for Kids videos and we all jump up and down together--even the grandparents! Ha!
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