Monday, January 31, 2011

Another Temporary Home

Sullivan, IN

It is a rare occasion that we are able to spend a full week in any one spot, but that is exactly the blessing we were given in Sullivan, Indiana by the Wabash Valley Community Church (WVCC). The church has a nice apartment just a few yards away from the parsonage on the church grounds and Molly and I made that home for the time we were there. Our “neighbors”, Pastor John & Bev Moyer were wonderful hosts. Bev, a great cook, made sure we were well fed. John, the master craftsman, showed us some of his hand made furniture around the house. Next time through we’ll have to have a woodworking seminar so Bryan can build some things in Santa Cruz. We had fun playing games like Farkel and watching O’Reilly factor a few nights.

Being able to stay in Sullivan for that full week gave us several chances to connect with the people of WVCC.

1)    Saturday morning breakfast with the Men’s group. Bryan brought the devotional and there was some great discussion.

2)    Sunday Morning:  Bryan & Molly shared with adult Sunday School Class, Bryan preached the message while Molly led the junior kid’s church.

3)    Sunday lunch with Ron and Marianne (former missionaries to Bolivia) now residing in Indiana. Good discussions about exchange rate, weather, ministry, etc.

4)    Sunday afternoon: Much cheering and heckling could be heard from the Moyer living room as John and Bev (Packer fans) rooted against Bryan & Molly (Bears fans). All smack talk was in good fun and we’ll continue to pray that those Packer fans wont get big heads about their victory. Humility is key….

5)    Sunday evening: Bryan led a few choruses with his guitar and then we had an informal time of sharing with some interactive powerpoint games.

6)    Tuesday evening Molly shared with the Women’s group through our favorite interactive game for all age groups..."Pass the Parcel". 

7)    Wednesday evening we sat in on the Bible study and prayer time. Pastor John has been taking the people through the book of Luke and we were in chapter 14. A good lesson on the excuses people give for not attending the “Banquet”. If you get a chance, read it in your devotions this week and you will surely be challenged. 

As I thought back on our week in Sullivan and our "temporary home" I was reminded of the scripture in John chapter 15. 

John 15:19 (New International Version, ©2011)

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 

I hope you will be challenged and encouraged by this scripture as I was. This world is our "temporary home". That is 2 fold. Temporary in the fact that we have limited time to reach all the people that God is calling us to reach. Also temporary in the fact that we have a hope in glory on the other side of death. Go out this week and make the most of the temporary. 

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