Day #1 Through My Eyes
Today started with the fliers traveling from Albuquerque to Roswell. We had some difficulties with our flights departing on time. The first group of fliers left Saturday morning at 10:00am and were to arrive in Albuquerque at 7:35pm local time. The second group of fliers (the group I was in) were to leave Pittsburgh at 5:35pm and arrive in Albuquerque at 9:35pm local time. Well, my group landed first and by the time we got our cars and hit the road it was almost 11:00pm. We arrived in Roswell at Westminster Presbyterian before 2:00am.
The whole went to the morning worship with the Westminster congregation. Both Doug and I gave a minute for mission. We talked about our history in this mission field with this congregation. I pointed out that Alex was a youth in this church and has returned as a missionary from Grove City. Doug and I have a gift of a Wendell August Dogwood Cross for their church’s cross wall. We also told them how Chloe designed and hung the cross wall at North Liberty for her Gold Award.
Doug presented a praise with the help of some of the bus riders during a special time of praise during the service.
After the service the Westminster congregation hosted a “welcome” reception for our mission team. We had a great opportunity to talk to their members and share our experiences serving God in Roswell. After the reception it was off to the Hispanic Church lead by our friend Adam Soliz. Doug and I took a much larger role in the worship service. Doug lead the music and I gave a sermon.
I have shied away from writing and delivering sermons at North Liberty for many years now. So, writing again was a little bit of a challenge. I spoke today using Matthew 4:18-22. This is the account of Jesus calling His first disciples. So to not bore you readers the point was God calls in the midst of our daily lives. He only asks that we get-out-of-the-boat. Doug closed our time together with more praises offered in His name.
After our second worship we ate lunch and started transforming our host church into an amusement park for VBS. after several hours of working we had the great honor of eating dinner with Alex’s family. We had a traditional Filipino meal. To say it was great does not do justice to the great meal, fellowship, and setting.
We rushed back from dinner and hosted an adult Bible study where we studied Romans 12:1-2. By the end of our study we looked at how we can be a church that transforms our world.
Now, we are busy completing the decorations for VBS. Everyone is busy trying to make the first day of VBS a success.
So, this has been a very long day #1 through my eyes. But, I’m not tired. I’m energized because has called this group together for His purpose. I can sleep when I get home.