As often as we can we try to have the leaders of our churches meet together to discuss their problems and needs in their individual assemblies.
The discussions really seem to help as they come to see that all churches (not just their own) have difficult areas and times they must deal with.
They are learning to utilize the gifts that our Father has given various members not only for the benefit of their own individual churches but also in assisting other sister churches as well.
Tuka Pamoja (we are in this together). Although this is very beneficial … focusing on difficulties can become hard to look forward to and a be a bit discouraging.
Yet, such was not the case last Saturday!
As you can see on the faces of these precious saints the whole day was filled with hearing and discovering the wonderful things that our Father has been doing in all of the churches.
Everyone present really needed that encouragement. I know that Cynthia and I did.
As the global situation worsens and future struggles appear on the horizon, stories of members rising up and helping each other lifted up our hearts.
As the leaders spoke of their people maturing and taking stands against godless cultural traditions.
An almost visible desire for aligning their lives to scriptural precedents and not cultural norms could be felt.
Thank you, Father … we are free, growing, and unafraid of the future for we have turned our eyes on You! As one saint so beautifully proclaimed …
O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
His word shall not fail you he promised
Believe him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell
Joann, the lady in the dark head covering, broke down in sobs of joy as she listened to the reports and then began telling of her long and painful journey in finding brothers and sisters of like heart.
Her sisters gave comfort and rejoiced with her.
Her desire is now to see the corporate Life of Christ in her house and for the Kingdom of God to expand. May her desires be fulfilled.