Bring Them In
This morning we had the honor of hosting a breakfast for the Elders. It was one of those times you think you are going to serve & bless someone & we ended up being the ones blessed, served & honored by the LORD. Four of the breakfast attendees had visited with us the night before, and shared their salvation testimonies and some of the great things they’ve seen the LORD do through a missionary pastor Bro Taylor who evangelized, founded the church and pastored it for ten years. The team was privileged to serve a great breakfast sit, and talk with the precious people. I got to share a humorous (better to laugh than cry) moment with one of the elders named James. We had first met when I ministered at the church’s gospel meetings in January. He’s a die hard Chicago Blackhawks fan and attended the breakfast wearing a Blackhawks cap. At one point he waved to me to come and sit next to him, so I grabbed the Flyers cap of one of our students, put in on, smiled and sat down next to him. He leaned over to me and loud enough for those sitting around to hear said “we knocked your team out of the playoffs in 2010”, I laughed and so did those around us. After the breakfast he asked to have a word with me and shared his grief at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage-saying it doesn’t change what God has already established, God is the Supreme Judge. Before the breakfast concluded a group of the elders (including Joe) decided to sing a welcome song to our team in Cree. It was an exhortation from the LORD and as they sang to us in Cree, I was moved by His presence. The song in English was “Bring Them In”
Hark! ’tis the Shepherd’s voice I hear,
Out in the desert dark and drear,
Calling the sheep who’ve gone astray,
Far from the Shepherd’s fold away.
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the wand’ring ones to Jesus.
Who’ll go and help this Shepherd kind,
Help Him the *wand’ring ones to find?
Who’ll bring the lost ones to the fold,
Where they’ll be sheltered from the cold?
Out in the desert hear their cry,
Out on the mountain, wild and high;
Hark! ’tis the Master, speaks to thee,
“Go, find My *sheep where’er they be.”
After their song to us, our team gathered and sang to them “May the Grace of the LORD be with you now and always may you stay blameless til He comes. May the Love of the LORD be with you, now and always may you stay blameless til He comes”
Lord Jesus, by your gracious Holy Spirit, please shine in us, on us & through us here on Moose Factory Island. Fill us with your Spirit so that Your love being shed abroad in our hearts will compel us to “Bring Them In” to You & for You.
Later Sat. afternoon we played with children and teens at the Sports Program that Josh O, facilitates each week at the island’s youth center. We enjoyed rollicking games of Bump (we call it knock out) and a two person team dodge ball that the youth played with zest, laughter and skill. We were able to speak with many of the youth that we met, invite them to VBS and other events during the week. We returned to the chapel to prepare for a “Hot Dog Handout” outreach to folks residing in and passing through the neighborhood surround the chapel. People came, especially some of the students we played with earlier this afternoon. This gave us opportunity for talk with and get to know them better. Please pray for the following junior high students: Leah, Mark, Dylan, Dominic, Isaiah, Forrest, Dallas, Caison, and Billy that Jesus love would break through their darkness, anger and pain. That their hearts would be drawn by the Holy Spirit to lay their burden of sin at the foot of the Cross, inviting Jesus to come in their lives as their Savior and God.
After dinner, we reviewed our VBS outreach: Theme (Life in 6 Words-GOSPEL)m, Crafts, Games & Music.
By His Grace this has been a Sweet Saturday in the SON!