Summer Heat and Haitian Missions

Dog Days of summer are upon us.  

We have not had much monsoon activity this summer yet.  Every drop of water is appreciated at this juncture, but we have not had the wild fires like California has had.  PTL for that.  But it is very dry all about us.

 Sunday was a good day in the Lord.  Our attendance was respectable for the summer, but the AM service was outstanding in many ways.  The choir did a marvelous job on “There Is a Higher Throne.”  They were accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Emily Blewett, Johnathan Burt on the cello, & Mrs. Elizabeth Gallagher on the violin.  Wow!  What a delightful sound.  The blending of the choir was perfect in my book.  My heart was blessed!   The congregational singing was vibrant too.  Then Elizabeth on the violin & Miss Anna Carpenter on the piano played a masterful duet offertory of “Jesus Lover of my Soul.”  Also we had a vocal solo by our summer intern, Josh Witkoski.  I called them the “Millennial Trio:”  Josh, Anna, & Elizabeth..  His smooth voice delivered the vocal message on repentance to our hearts.  It was super. 

 That prepared us for the message.  After a brief introductory skit, the message from Psalm 62 on “Waiting on God” seemed to flow well & connect with the congregation who were definitely tuned in!  It was a good morning & the worship together was sensitive, instructive, & applicable.  PTL for God’s guidance for such a time as this.

In the evening service we had Missionary Jimmy Pierre to Haiti.  He is with Baptist World Mission & is a native Haitian.  (He speaks four languages fluently.)  As a M.Div. grad from Bob Jones Seminary, he delighted us with his audio-visual presentation about his ministry & calling to Haiti.  The church family rejoiced in his calling to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  There are not too many missionaries lining up to go to Haiti!  So having this one & seeing his passion for his own people was enriching indeed!  The choir of 7 men & 7 ladies sang joyously with nice dynamics especially at the end of the song.  PTL.  The piano offertory by Mrs. Emily Blewett of “Take my Life & Let It Be” led right into the missionary message. 

So yesterday was a wonderful Lord’s Day.  Afterwards we had painful church family dealing with cutting the budget to the bone until the end of this year AND instituting church discipline on a member.  Both were severely distasteful to all of us, yet both were so necessary.  But PTL that we left as one body bound together in Christ & seeking God to do great & marvelous things.  And PTL that He will!