The 10 days prior to Thanksgiving we ministered daily somewhere.What a joy and privilege to be in demand somewhere, we all need to be needed!
Let me summarize our schedule:
Sunday (the first day of the week) Adria and I both head out to minister in two different churches. She goes north to a Korean Church and I pull out about the same time headed south to a Chinese Church. We meet up again after lunch (both Churches serve a lunch and have fellowship after service)I must say I miss the kimchi yet I am getting to like the Chinese fare once again. It has been about 20 years since we first started with the Chinese ministry. It is a joy to once again be amongst such sweet Asian believers. If you go to our web site www.heatclub.com under Newsletters you will find a story about our first trip to Asia 1992. What an amazing story. Check it out.
Sunday night we pick up Panera bread. Once a week we make a 30 mile round trip to receive loads of bread, bagels, and pastries. Then on Monday morning ,after taking Miracle to school,we begin our delivery route.Ha! Everyone likes the pastries and sliced bread but sometimes its hard to give out all the bagels. We pass it around to 3 different schools and some restoration ministries as well as to some needy families and single parent families.It is always lots of fun and you never know how much of what you will have.
Monday evening we find time to type some things like this…sometimes!
TUESDAY : We prepare for Cornerstone.This is a wonderful ministry that buses in scores of kids from local apt. in the area. We volunteer for the 3rd and 4th grade class which has become the fastest growing class. Adria’s powerful power point teaching and Hillsong dances have made quite an impact on these kids. We love connecting with these kids in the Lord even though it can be challenging at times like a few weeks ago while playing soccer prior to Bible study, there was a fist fight between two boys. The Bible lesson on Cain and Abel was special that night.
WEDNESDAY Twice a month we set up for an hour and ½ to two hour program. We have been doing these two schools now for several years and these kids are really on fire for the Lord. We use puppets, power points, games and action songs to teach the Word. You oughta see these two young seniors jumping and dancing to those up-beat songs! Some of these kids are earning their badges as well.
THURSDAY :We have begun practicing for the 2014-2015 Bible Bowl competition now ,so each Thursday morning we have anywhere from 12 to 24 students studying the questions. You can hear the game on KHCB radio 105.7 FM Houston, or on the internet at 9:30 every Saturday. You will probably hear John and Miracle answer many of the questions as they were Bible Bowl champs during their days. (they play older programs from time to time)
Also Thursday AM we go to pick up frozen food from a local restaurant. They freeze whatever is not served and donate it to ministries. It is such a nice gesture that more and more businesses are doing something to help alleviate hunger in the city. If one had the time and the transport it could be a full time ministry; picking up bread and frozen food and passing it out.
Also on Thursday once a month we join a team of singers to help bring cheer to the elderly at a local nursing home. We have been blessed to do this for some years now and never fail to receive a blessing each time we go. If you are looking for a place to practice your ministry let me suggest this is a good place to start. Bring your children along it will do them good to see some real needs and they will cheer up the most lonely heart. Mt. 25:40 &Mt. 10:42
FRIDAY We prepare for the evening Bible study for the youth at Adria’s Church. A handful of teens gather to sing praises to the Lord and share His Word in fellowship. These young Korean “soldiers” really inspire you to greater service in the Lord. They have overcome many obstacles to excel as they do in their schools. They enjoy playing their instruments and singing together and are not ashamed to witness their faith to their friends.They are an inspiration to me their teacher!
Then comes the last day of the week Saturday: If it is not the day of the month we help with the Park Outreach to the local migrant workers , and if it is not 100*F with 90% humidity, you may find my dear wife and I on a bike ride together. Most often a bicycle not a motorcycle, though occasionally we do borrow a friends Yamaha and go for an occasional cruise in the country. We visit a friends Castle in Belleville. Yes you heard right a full blown castle… just go to www.newmanscastle.com you will see what I mean. A picture is woth a thousand words.
Then Saturday night we prepare for Sunday morning ministry and start the week over again..unless….
Then there is a holiday like THANKSGIVING!
This year we had a wonderful time together with aaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllll the family! WOW all 34 of us!
We have a family tradition that we alternate between Christmas and Thanksgiving for our family get together. This year was our year for Thanksgiving! Thanks to our eldest daughter, Regina’s efforts, we were able to all come together in South Texas for a couple of days of fun, fellowship and food…lots of all three
What a joy to see Aaron and his sweet wife Michelle from Wisconsin carrying their first child. They even shared the name they have chosen for the baby, Riley! After Aaron’s grandpa Riley! You should see some of the amazing dance contests Aaron has performed at.. amazing talent see him on Aaron Ferguson on you-tube.
Then there was Laila, our little flower- girl from San Francisco. So wonderful to see her cheerful face. She has a new job in S.F. and just loves that place. Thank you for making the effort to be there,we love you and miss you.
Another of our daughters who came from San Francisco was Melody. She too has been blessed with a new job and challenge. She is in on the ground floor of a fast paced and rapidly growing small business besides her own business of Wedding and Party planning and catering. She is one busy woman and loves it so...Thank you Mel for making the effort and expense to join us all.
There was our dear Amy Grace Archer and her husband Brandon with dear little JUDE STEPHEN. JUDE was born on Amy’s Birthday one and a half years ago. They came all the way from Florida. We are so very glad to see them once again. We need to get Jude a little guitar for his next birthday! That boy can play and sing.
It is getting late now and I am making more mistakes with the typing so I must quit. For the time would fail me to tell of Paul and Laura and their 4, Phillip, Timothy,Karen Joy and their little David. Then there was sweet Mary Ruth and her two Kailynn and Corah Mae…Evie Dawn and Luke…Gina and Armin…Faith and Kyle with their two little blessings Mabel Jean and Edie Raey…then came Mercy and Duc from Houston…and Little JOHN now turned BIG JOHN finishing his first semester at Texas State…my how he has grown in every way. And we mustn’t forget precious Miracle Rose age 15, our last baby at home.
And we want to welcome two newcomers to the clan Steve and Andrew. It’s not easy breaking into this FERGUSON CLAN but WELCOME,WELCOME !
Perhaps the most blessed among us was Mom and Dad. Not many can boast of such wonderful children and spouses and children. We are always amazed and humbled at how The Lord has blessed us and given us an heritage we could never imagined! Psalm 128 says it all.” Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be,and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion; and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel (thy family)
Enjoy the photos ….until next time “brethren, pray for us” 1Thes. 5:25
And we mustn’t forget that good morning tune the Lord gave to Kailynn, me and Corah Mae put together and Mabel made famous… How does it go?
GOOD MORNING IT’S THANKSGIVING
Good morning , Good morning It’s Thanksgiving !
Get up, Get up, Get ready for the day 2x
Don’t be a sleepy head, Don’t just lay in bed,
Get up, Get up, Get ready for the day.
The chords are for all the adults to remember how to play that early morning kid song that awoke you ever so gently that Thanksgiving morn! Ha!