2006 Monthly Letter
Jesus said to His disciples, 'Cast the net on the right side
of the boat, and you will find some fish.' So they cast, and
they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude
of fish.: John 21:6
am seeking to obey what the Lord has impressed upon my heart---to
two letters were sent to me this past week. A Methodist pastor
from Michigan composed one as a recommendation to other pastors
in his district. The other one came from the Christian Education
committee chairperson at a Presbyterian church as part of
her report to a church leader.
"After bringing the message entitled "The Place of Grace"
at our two Sunday morning worship services, Dr. Ron Rand gave
an invitation to the congregation to receive God's gift of
grace through Jesus Christ. Those
praying to receive Jesus Christ were asked to raise their
hand to signify their response.
50 people indicated their first time commitment and twice
that many indicated the rededication of their lives to
the Lordship of Jesus Christ by standing in their place.
had invited Dr. Rand to train our leaders and membership to
effectively share our faith with others. On Sunday we saw
what he taught put into practice! What a vivid example! This
experience of the Holy Spirit's working greatly impacted our
entire congregation. --- Pastor Bill
the UpBuilding session for women, three women sitting
next to me prayed to receive Jesus Christ for the first time
in their lives. Even though all our heads were bowed and our
eyes were closed, I know that several others also prayed.
I say this because of the length of time it took Ron to walk
around and individually light the candles of those who raised
them as an outward sign that they inwardly received Jesus
Rarely have I heard the gospel of salvation presented so simply
and symbolically. What a precious moment to personally experience
such a response. I felt that we not only witnessed the birthing
of spiritual babies BUT we were in the presence of a nursery
full of newborns! --- Susan
you for your prayers which always move the Holy Spirit to
open the eyes of those in need of beholding their Savior.
you, too, for your monetary contributions that enable this
Ministry to proceed unhindered in its call to upbuild others
in practical applications of the Christian faith! n!