Harvest Sunday Success...

The last Sunday of October each year is one of my favorite days of the year. Sheryl and I have opportunity to visit the Levy congregation for their Harvest Sunday. The congregation plans all year for this special day where they focus on raising money to help with a number of mission efforts around the world. The theme of the lessons involved missions and harvest. The Old and New Testament teachings provide a wealth of information for God’s mission.

Each year the goal for funds raised has continued to increase. This year was no exception. The goal was set at $275,000 in contributions. As with every year before, the congregation arose to meet the challenge. Nearly $276,000 was committed Sunday morning with the anticipation of additional funds coming in over the weeks ahead.

I am constantly amazed at the incredible generosity of such a mission minded congregation. Their love for the Lord and their heart for missions is demonstrated as they continually raise the bar for the amount of funds collected to help provide support for various works in an untold number of countries. I know my words are a small contribution to express my gratitude as just one recipient of their love. 

The example set by the Levy congregation is one all Christians should learn from in considering the approach to helping the work of taking the gospel to the world. I firmly believe that when congregations are aware of the good work being done and exactly how the funds they give are being used, they will always arise to the occasion and give with a sacrificial mindset. I have seen it numerous times. Thank you Levy for the blessing you are to Sheryl and me, for the example you set for others, and for your love for the Lord and missions.

Now on to the other reports...

Coordinator Updates
Reports from the coordinators are now located on the website, under Staff Reports. The address is /extension-schools/

Jerry Bates’ latest report on his trips to India and Nepal is located here.

Extension Reports 

17 Souls, 7 Locations In Cameroon: Efforts from the weekend evangelism in Cameroon demonstrates the ways God continues to bless the work.

Uganda School of Evangelism Alumni: A recent event in Busia, Uganda cause the formation of an alumni association for the school.

Gathering At The Bridge: Before going out to preach and teach the gospel, groups of men were gathering at the bridge for their transportation. The work is powerful.

12 Souls Added During Youth Camp In Nepal: The Lord gave the increase due to the work of a youth camp in Kathmandu.

Leadership Develops In Arusha: Nothing is more powerful than to see men taking leadership within the local work. 

Final Thoughts
Entering November reminds me of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday, one which should be celebrated daily. I will express my gratitude during the month ahead for the individuals who are involved with this work and the activities being conducted around the world. Thank you for all you do to make this work successful.

God bless

Posted on October 28, 2012 .