2005 Monthly Letter
Partner in UpBuilding ONE by ONE!,
you please explain this one to me? That is apart from the
direct work by the Holy Spirit! This couldn't happen even
if made up in a Hollywood script!
Psalms 32:8 says, "I will instruct you and teach you in
the way you should go." The Hebrew word for teach (yaw-raw)
means "to direct the flow, to instruct, to point."
God had recently blessed the start of an UpBuilding Weekend
with the Seasoned Saints! They were so enthused that they
began calling others in the church family, sharing the blessings
that had occurred, and inviting them to attend the evening
session for Families that includes children.
Attendance swelled. The session had to be moved to a gym.
In the process the table with the nametags got displaced.
Only about 5 persons of the 200 plus people made nametags.
One principle I teach is How to Handle Unkind Words from Job
22:22 "Receive instruction from God's mouth, and lay
up His words in you heart." I call for an adult volunteer
to join me.
From way in back of the gym a young man literally shot up
with raised body and right arm fully extended! I obviously
noticed him and called him forward. When he arrived, I noticed
his nametag. On it was written "STUPID" in bold capital
"Excuse me," I said, "but what is your
real name?" "Joshua," he replied. I called for
a new nametag and wrote on it the word, "Courageous."
I said, "Joshua, God said to Joshua in the Old Testament
to be courageous as he was about to leave the past and go
into some new places. I don't know what prompted you to write
'stupid' on your nametag, BUT I am prompted to write 'courageous'
on this one. From now on you shall be called 'Joshua-Courageous!'"Everyone
spontaneously clapped and shouted "Hurrah!"
proceeded to teach on the principle of dealing with unkind
words and role-played with Joshua. When finished, he returned
to be with his family.
evening ended with families gathered in small circles passing
a candle and saying affirming words to one another. It is
a wonderful, intimate time that is always a special blessing
family was the last to leave. They came to me and stated how
God was at work in their lives this evening. Joshua had missed
by 4 credits passing on to the next grade with his friends.
He was feeling _ _ _ _ _ _ because of it! Mom, dad, brother,
and Josh all felt that the Holy Spirit had directed what had
happened! Joshua's first nametag was a reflection of the deep
pain in his heart for his school failure. It was removed!
I celebrated with them and we closed in joyous prayer.
Four days later a former pastor of that church called. He
had heard what had happened. He said. "I am calling to
say that God's work in Joshua's life goes much deeper
than the school failure. Several years ago Joshua did a foolish
thing that resulted in the impairment of his brother's eyesight
in one eye. I counseled him about it. He indeed felt stupid.
God was doing things far beyond what you knew. He directed
your time with Joshua. I believe it was a divine encounter."
Well, Yaw-raw, yaw-raw! Thank you for the faithful
support you have directed toward UpBuilding Ministries. I
pray that God will direct your lives in the direction of His
blessings for you!