Sunday, March 2, 2008

Praise Report - from the pastor

I praise Jesus Christ because he sent his Spirit on my parishioners for some special service yesterday.

First, the new Moving Assistance Program went into action on Saturday. God put this ministry in our hearts last year and has pulled together the organization, resources and most of all people to serve an unmet Sioux Falls need. The team did two (FREE) moves yesterday: one was a middle-aged disabled man, going to assisted living. The other was a blind man whose home had been damaged by winter weather. Also, God provided a major need, a trailer, just in time for the weekend. Glory to God in the highest! 18 volunteer movers took part - including 6 Augustana College students recruited by a parishioner who is a Resident Adviser.

Then, a parishioner provided key leadership at an Intervarsity training day. She was one of the key leaders in training 50 college students in evangelism and building Christian communities at their schools. Women from Good Shepherd provided sandwiches and other church members came up with baked good, chips and cash to support the day. Praise God for using our little church to grow the kingdom, and for sending us people with the gift of evangelism.


David Handy+ said...

Bravo, Tim+! What a great weekend, with two significant forms of outreach going on, and a nice combination of the verbal (especially on the part of the InterVarsity staffer) and the nonverbal (the moving and hospitality ministries). Doing two moves with 18 volunteers is really starting off in a big way.

Praise God. Keep up the good work.

Alice C. Linsley said...

More wonderful news! Something tells me that your Lenten meditations and prayers are bringing forth fruit. May God be praised!

TLF+ said...

Thanks, Alice - indeed, the beginning of an answer to the Lenten meditation from Amos 7 ("O Lord, I beg you, forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!") began to form on the Third Sunday of Lent, with Romans 5: "because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."