Encouraging One Another

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Mar 302015

Lush green greetings from south Texas!

“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, ┬ánot forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

When I was working at Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI a few years back the Lord used that time to teach me how important this verse really is. I was working six days per week and due to my work schedule couldn’t attend a church. Very few of the individuals I worked with were Christians so my time of fellowship with other believers was very limited.

The Lord has given each of His children a special gift in various parts of His body. One example is in 1 Corinthians 12. When we come together as the body of Christ we can be an encouragement to one another. With the entire body of Christ coming together, helping to build one another up in Christ, we are being formed more into His likeness day by day preparing to be His bride.

This past week has seemed to be packed full! I don’t have time to write all that has taken place since the last update but I’ll try to write a brief summary here.

There was a full load of classes for us language school students this past week while the Bible School students had a half week with the other half being a missions conference. The Bible School students had a morning service and workshops then more workshops in the afternoon. After dinner in the evening there was another service as well. The language school students were welcome to attend the workshops and services if they didn’t interfere with classes but with my schedule I only attended the evening services.

The Bible School students participate in the services helping lead the worship music and this year a couple of students acted kind of like show hosts. IMG_1243-2They interviewed representatives from a few of the 18 different mission organizations that were represented on various topics. The main theme was missions mobilization in the coming year.

Wednesday night was the kick-off for the missions conference and the students did a lot of extra work. They organized a group of singers from the student body to sing several beautiful special numbers, a choir and several monologues depicting the severe need in various parts of the world. There was also a special time of prayer during the conferences for the needs of these areas as well.

Also on Wednesday there was a surprise farewell/baby shower party for a couple from the second semester students in the language school. They are expecting a baby soon and will be leaving the school early (this week) so they can have their baby in Bolivia where they will be serving.

It is also a tradition for first semester language school students to host a farewell party for the second semester language school students which ended up being this past week.

Saturday Aunt Donna invited me to work in her garden for a bit. It was a real blessing for her to allow me to play in the soil for a bit! :-) What fun to get a little dirt under my fingernails again!IMG_1245-2

While we were working Aunt Donna was helping me memorize the dialog for a class so we were killing two birds with one stone. Ok, so since Danny also practiced with us a little while I was at their house maybe we got three birds with that stone! Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed it a lot.

As Aunt Donna and I worked we had the paper with the dialog clothes pinned to a piece of fencing. Eventually we had a “helper” decide he wanted to join the practice. He sure was a cute little lizard!

Besides everything else this past week I was preparing for a mission trip to Queretaro, Mexico, Queretaro_Mexicowhich I will be going on, Lord willing, this coming week. We will be getting some needed papers at the border Tuesday afternoon and then leaving on our trip Wednesday morning. Our group will basically be doing a “VBS” with the children but it will be promoted as an English club/class as we will also be teaching them English. Lord willing we will be returning to the school Monday, April 6.

This week the Bible School students don’t have regular classes but will be doing “practical ministry” outreach work in various places. Since my group is traveling farther than other groups we will actually be missing two days of classes in the language school. We also have a test and homework due the day after we get back. I got permission from my professor to do the test and homework early so am working towards that goal with the Lord’s help.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement! I need to sign off for now.

May the Lord bless, strengthen and encourage you day to day as you grow in Him.

Transplanted farmer Joshua