The week of July 17 to 24 was filled with a wondrous combination of faith, love, and power. With the surrender of pleasure, pride, and idolatry came a flood of righteousness, joy, and peace. Members of six families willingly came together in obedience to the direction of God’s prompting to learn how to take the gospel to nearby communities – and then put their learning to practice. Esther, Jonathan, David and I traveled to Virginia on Friday, arriving at noon and spent the rest of the day and all of Saturday training with 18 others on how to present the gospel, Scripture verses, and Bible lessons to children in a Bible club setting. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were spent teaching God’s Word to children in four neighborhoods. We saw God not only work in the hearts of the children, but also continue His work in our hearts and show His power to us all alike. The testimonies that resulted from the week were a great encouragement to believers we have met and talked with on four occasions since then. Then on Sunday evening, in the evening church service back in West Virginia, the four of us again shared twelve powerful examples of God’s work from the previous week.
David shared the excitement of explaining the gospel to other people for the first time in his life.
Jonathan shared how in the midst of a cough and cold that left him with just a whisper he was able to share his Bible lessons with a clear strong voice. He also shared how he had explained the gospel to another young man we were praying for who then finally prayed to receive Jesus Christ and trust Him for his salvation.
Esther shared how our whole group of children at one club came to the back room at the same time to have the gospel explained to them personally. We were more than happy to change our schedule to accommodate God’s work in their hearts and lead them to the Savior!
Michael shared how God had taught him to trust God to accomplish His work His way, preparing a table of spiritual nourishment for the children even when there was no time to prepare. God’s hand in the weather was a powerful testimony to many of the children, and later to the teachers as well. God even worked in the lives of some of the parents of the children at one of the clubs, showing them their need for salvation. At the end of the three days it was obvious that some of the work had just begun. Consider the verses below:
“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7
“Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” John 20:27