October 31, 2010 Newsletter #5
Psalm 118:24…This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it…
If there had to be a theme for today, it would certainly be reflected in Psalm 118:24 because it has been a day of rejoicing about all God is continuing to do here in Tamale.
This may be the end of the month on the calendar; but it was the beginning of God's anointing flowing on team members ministering in different village churches throughout Tamale this morning.
The first team out consisted of Face to Faith Director, Don Honeywell, Lena, Phyllis, Lynn and Mike. The church waiting for our arrival was nestled about a half mile off the road, through the mud and straight down the middle of a wet rice field. Arriving at the church with muddy feet, pouring sweat and the relief of not seeing a copperhead snake, was nothing compared to the faces of a congregation ready and waiting to greet us and praise the Lord. Don shared the morning message of Faith, Phyllis ministered in song, Mike encouraged the congregation and Lena, Lynn and Phyllis shared with the children. A copy of Sharing Jesus with Children around the World, the title of Lynn O Quinn's book, was given to every child as she shared her book with the young congregation. To literally be around the world and share her story in Africa almost brought Lynn to tears as she watched the faces of the children light up as they listened and looked at every colorful picture. Lena presented the message of salvation with the witness bracelet. Every eye followed her story, but when she presented every child with the same bracelet she was wearing, the amazement on their faces and the warm thanks from the children will be with Lena for a lifetime.
The next team lead by Pastor Johnny Byrd was off to minister to another village waiting to hear the word. His team consisted of Cindy, Jeff, Dan, Susan and Rhonda. Pastor Johnny preached today on worship and how it should be a natural part of every aspect of our lives. He told his congregation that God knows our heart and if we are not studying our bible on a consistent basis, we are missing a valuable intimate relationship with God.
Having a relationship with God is the reason our team is here in Africa. Many of our team members have made this first step of "stepping out" of their comfort zones to see just how much God loves them. This trust and obedience has come through their individual relationships with God; let's see what he has in store for tomorrow.
Keep Your Eyes On Jesus! Just Phyllis
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