Wow, October is here…
In the states, October brings thoughts of cool fall breezes, pumpkins, hay rides, bonfires, and leaves painted red and gold.
In Puerto Rico though…. it brings thoughts of Christmas. In PR, we seem to celebrate the best holiday ever from October until January, skipping right over fall and Thanksgiving. Unless your married to Mike.. then it doesn’t matter what country we are in, for him, it’s a strict “no Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving” policy.
I don’t mind, I love fall, and even here where its still in the 90s during the day and the Puerto Ricans say “hace friooooooo” when it gets to 76 at night, I decorate for fall. Not much, but just enough to remind us that the season has changed.
Besides, it helps me get in the mood knowing Christmas is right around the corner as I am writing and working on our Christmas event while sweating under the mango tree while the neighbor plays bachata or meringue or whatever that is over there.
It seems with the change of seasons, God also brought a change of season to our church and to us. The presence of God has been moving in our congregation and we are seeing the church get stirred up to reach the lost and see people get healed and set free! We have seen people get healed during church and then the next week, we had people testifying how God used them to heal others in their lives.
Like the fall and Christmas season in the states, this new season in our church is very exciting. God has lit a fire in Mike and I’s hearts and we are so excited to see it catching.
We recently had a planning meeting (initiated by the church…. every pastor’s dream) and came up with some fantastic ideas… new website, new business cards, more visitor follow up done by church members, and more outreach.
I know God is doing great things with our small church and I am praying that if we are faithful with this small church, God will grow this church. In fact, I preached a message about chasing your lions after reading the book by Mark Batterson and challenged the church and set a goal for us to grow 3x by the end of the year. For a small church reaching such a small minority here, that is a very scary and daunting task, but if your dream doesn’t scare you, its not big enough.
So we are dreaming and working and trusting in the Lord as we work.
Please pray that we would be able to reach the lost and those needing a place to fellowship with the Lord and one another.
Pray that these fires that are starting to bring will be fanned into raging infernos and true revival fire would sweep this place.
Pray for effective witness and love to always be evident.
Pray for the financial means to do the things that we need to do.
And please pray for hearts to be softened and doors opened.