Monday, October 31, 2011

looking for revival

The last couple of weeks have been exciting and encouraging at Charity and in Caledonia. 

We have had several new visitors (please pray for a special young man that God has sent to us - we pray we are a blessing to him); hosted a  movie night "Fireproof"; studied together in groups; Mondays - women, Tuesdays - men; kids' bible reading with the Pastor - Monday afternoons!

Thanks to Pastor Curtis for his sermons, check out "A City on a Hill" -

Pastor Curtis has met with other pastors in the area for prayer.  We were also invited to a movie screening of a fantastic movie - we were unable to attend, but they gave us a copy of the movie. We will pass this around family by family so everyone can see it!
See this website for more info: 
The movie name is Appalachian Dawn.  We watched it Saturday night.  What a great story about a community in Kentucky.  We were totally inspired and moved by how God worked in that area. 

We are also praying and asking the Lord to show us how to reach the ones He is calling to Him in Caledonia and the surrounding area.  We have begun plans for our participation in the Hometown Holidays in town on December 3rd.  Our theme is "No Greater Gift" - for truly Jesus is the Gift.  "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."  John 15:13  We are planning a small float for the parade and then loving the people in crazy, random ways.....showing them the love of Jesus.
And Camp Ottie.....oh, what are the possibilities?  We don't know yet.  Praying and waiting on God....but stay tuned, maybe next summer, we'll have an old-fashioned revival meeting, right here in the middle of upstate N.Y. 

We simply want to serve our God and love His people.  How we carry it out is up to Him.......and He places the people in our lives exactly when and where He desires. Our purpose is to glorify Him in everything we do. Our goal is to stay attentive to Him and please Him in all we do. 

"That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Romans 15:6

Dear Lord,
Order our steps; show us what we are to do; we love You!  We praise You!  We thank You! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

We were blessed this week!

Today is October 1 - my how time has gone so fast.  Just a week ago, we were preparing to celebrate the marriage of our son, Daniel.  It was a lovely day, everything was just perfect as it should be.  We are so grateful to the Lord for bringing Laura and Dan together.

So, the weekend was a whirlwind (and the week prior).  On Sunday, many of our extended family came to visit Charity Bible.  We had regular service on Sunday morning and then a lunch following.  We were blessed by all who came.  We were especially blessed to have our Atlanta family here for the whole weekend.  Sue, Kelly, Jamie and Molly were a special addition to all the festivities.  We don't see them enough and miss them already.  Molly sang a beautiful song at the morning service.  Thank you Molly!!  She lifted her voice in praise to our King. 

All of this was followed by the Open Door Baptist Church Missions Conference.  It was so good to visit there.  We had not really been back there since February and it was great to see old friends and meet new ones.  On Tuesday night, Curtis was the guest preacher and lots of our Charity family came out!!!  This really touched our hearts.  They were all decked out in our wine colored t-shirts!  Wednesday night was the closing ceremonies and God spoke to us there.  Two nights in a row we heard messages about showing the love of Jesus right where we are at.  How important it is to share His love and His message with those around us.  That is what He calls us to do.  The theme verse of the conference was Romans 10:14 "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?"  We are all preachers in our daily lives; our words, our actions, our love can speak volumes.  I pray I will remember that daily and look for opportunities to live out His Word.
Throughout the week, we laughed and we cried, we were encouraged and we were convicted.  And the sum of it was a true blessing.  We pray we can reflect the love of Jesus like the members of Open Door do - they love and give like there is no tomorrow.  This is how we should live.

Thursday night we had regular service at Charity.  Can you say exhaustion?  I do want to say that I was ill during much of this week, but God......

And so....we go on.... as my friend Terese says.....never surprised, but always amazed.  God is so good.  Amen?  Amen.

Stay tuned....we will be busy at Charity over the next few months.....