BAM!!! MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016 @ Anastasia Baptist Church was AMAZING!!! Saturday evening 9/17-Sunday 9/18, early afternoon-ish was ALL about missions, Missions, MISSIONS-WORK. That’s it, “MISSIONS”!!!
Representatives, who are also church members, shared mission experiences/opportunities DURING LifeGroup classes. Folks shared info. BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER each of the 4 services offered at the island campus of ABC throughout the weekend. The huge atrium in our church was filled with decorated booths regarding the various opportunities available for members to “SERVE”. Yep, THAT…???…???…???…was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, folks.
The church member and mission’s rep who shared with our Early Risers LifeGroup on Sunday morning, “EARLY,” 9/18/16… started our morning OFF…???…???…???…[B]RIGHT, “EARLY,” AND CHEERY!!! :/ OOPSE…DISTRACTION ALERT!!! DISTRACTION ALERT!!! (Pppsssttt…a “cheer” JUST started running through my mind, “Jill-ville,” with red, white, and blue Nike’ tennis shoes on!!! “JUST DO IT!!!” GO TEAM NIKE’!!! WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!!!!) And “IT” (the cheer)…???…???…???…goes like this: (and please remember to clap your hands to the “beat”) 😉
Everywhere we go (crowd repeats)
People wanna know (crowd repeats)
Who we are (crowd repeats)
So we tell them (crowd repeats)
We are the Risers (crowd repeats)
The Early, EARLY Risers!!! (crowd repeats)”
DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! (Now, “THAT” was fun, Fun, FUN!!! Sorry. :/ Back on track…)
BAM!!! So, “I SURRENDER”… is THE MAJOR phrase that STUCK with me from the entire weekend which was made by Don, the rep who spoke with our morning LifeGroup regarding his mission trip to India. DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! “I SURRENDER”. Now, “THAT” moved mountains…for “ME”. Yep, Don spoke of the battle he faced between the fears/thoughts he experienced when entering unknown situations that were potentially dangerous and the military training that had prepared him for “SURVIVAL” in ALL situations that prompted his complete and TOTAL “SURRENDER” to God. AMEN. Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…
Surrendering, COMPLETELY, to God. C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-L-Y!!! BAM!!! “I”…???…???…???…want to do that!!! Right Here. RIGHT NOW!!! “ALWAYS & FOREVER.” Ya see, it wasn’t about what Don could do to save their mission’s “TEAM” in the midst of sharing the gospel with non-Christians who might become potentially dangerous out in the middle of the lush, green woods, “SOMEWHERE”… way out there. In India. Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…
No, Don spoke of his complete “SURRENDER” to God as he realized their entire mission’s “TEAM” had “NO WAY OUT”. Hhhmmm…a military-trained man with “NO WAY OUT” of potentially dangerous situations in which they purposefully placed themselves. “I SURRENDER”. BAM!!! Just letting go and “SURRENDERING”…to God. DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…moved mountains in room #108 at ABC, in Jill-ville, during that particular ER LifeGroup meeting. “EARLY”… on Sun. 9/18/16 of “MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016”.
Oh, how I love, Love, LOVE ABC!!! Where the awareness of my entire “SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY ” was brought to “LIGHT” by Pastor Walter West at our very first meeting back in 2013 as he perused some “CRAZY” thoughts occurring in “JILL’S WORLD” about “LIFE” that were simply scribbled onto numerous pieces of paper, quite erratically. Oh, how my heart is smiling, folks. “ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”
GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!! ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!! And ALL I can say is: “MY LOVE GROWS DEEPER…STILL”!!! (I think that’s the title of a previous post back there somewhere in the archives of this blog. Way back there…SOMEWHERE.) :/
GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!
P.H.P., folks. People Helping People.
Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…“EVERY” day!!!
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! AMEN.