MESSAGE. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) Most of us are fortunate enough not to know much about real hunger and thirst. From time to time we might complain that we are famished as we wait for our next meal. But our health is hardly threatened when dinner is delayed for an hour! For Jesus it was very different. As a person who lived in poverty, he knew the weakening effects of hunger and thirst. He understood the plight of the needy. (See Luke 9:58.) And the amazing part is that when we help people who are less fortunate, we are lending a helping hand to the Lord himself. Let’s look around. It’s likely that there are hungry people nearby who need our help.
MINISTRY. Last Sabbath, early morning, a number of our church members headed to Chattanooga Community Kitchen to feed the homeless. There was no time to waste. The Kitchen doors open at 7 am. There was work for everyone; pancakes needed to be made, patties and scrambled eggs warmed up, fruit salad cut, drinks poured. Lucas Patterson worked on scrambled eggs from 3 am in his own home. It was great to see our youth participating in this outreach event. Hundreds of people were served that morning. Every plate looked great, tasted delicious, and smelled tempting. I had a chance to visit and to pray with a number of people who came to eat. Honestly, it was a very rewarding experience. Here are a few photos (courtesy of Lucas and Mike Haughee).
This week I took a few of my vacation days and traveled to Spokane, WA, to speak for the Upper Columbia Conference camp meeting. I feel totally like at home in Russia; it is cold with dark clouds and rain 😦. I feel honored to share the big camp meeting tent platform with my good friends Mark and Tina Finley. Along with my speaking at the camp meeting I am preaching a mini evangelistic series for a Slavic church in Spokane. Sunday morning I am flying back home. Thank you for your prayers. Here are a few photos from the beautiful state of Washington.
PRAYERS. Prayers of praise for Katherine Bremner! She is getting baptized tomorrow during the first service by her Dad Steven Bremner. How wonderful!
Prayers for Richard Johnson who lost his mother last Sabbath.
P.S. Here is link to the final report of the nominating committee.