July 28, 2015
July, the heart of the summer, is coming to a close and the hot weather is just starting to kick in. I was looking at the calendar and realized that Hans only has a month left before he has to go back to school.
I just got back from vacation myself as I went to a family wedding. My brother Bryon’s youngest daughter, Rachel is a devoted believer and she made a vow not to kiss her husband before the wedding, so when the pastor said, “you may kiss the bride”, it was a really special moment. Her wedding stands in stark contrast to a generation who does not value what the Bible says about marriage. I also got to spend some time with my parents, most years I only see them a week tops as they live in Hugo, MN – just north of St. Paul.
I hope this summer you will connect with family as well, and by the way don’t forget about your church family either. This past weekend I was reminded of how much people need support.
A 60 year old woman named Joann – who has been living in her car for the past 4 months told me that her car broke down and she didn’t know what to do as the cost was $400—she has been desperately trying to find a place. Another woman who was laid off from her job and her unemployment has run out and now has no income—she lives in a modest apartment for $630, but now doesn’t know what to do. What was amazing about this woman is that she volunteered at the produce day. Another widow woman named Juanita said to me how me how much that she enjoyed coming to the meals that she had to check out the produce day, she said, “I meet so many widows who are really struggling who need to know that they are not alone. I have already invited some and they said that they were going to come, so thank you for sharing with me—it is such a blessing”
I want to say thank you for standing with us in prayer and support—this past week we ministered to over 700 hundred people through our outreaches. I know that you may not have the time to serve the Lord the way you want to, but I want to thank you for giving your church family the ability to connect.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38