By T. Adrienne Terrell
Greetings from The Springs! I know that you are planning to attend the Choir Extravaganza Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 6 p.m. The best of the best are going to be there so join us as we lift our voices to the Lord. The following weekend will be the Women’s Conference. On Friday, Oct.11 the session will start at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 session one starts at 10 a.m. followed by the second session at 12 noon. There are many chances to attend so come to one or all!
During Wednesday’s Bible Study we were treated to a mission presentation given by Pastor Stacey Caver of Harvest Time Church in Madison as he introduced us to Pastor Timothy Tang and their joint mission work.
In Pastor Tang’s address to us he reminded us that there is a constant battle on the mission field and we are still living in the Book of Acts. The mission goal is to bring the love of God to those that don’t know Him. These people are experiencing the one and true living God. The people have been healed, sights restored, withered hands opened and witch doctors delivered. When the villages accept Jesus blessings follow. When they learn the truth their lives change.
Pastor Tang oversees an orphan center in Thailand, which was started in 2006. He also oversees many pastors in the area and plants churches in the areas of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Now this is quite a daunting challenge considering the political and governmental control and unrest in those areas.
Presently they are praying for a radio station, the creation of a six-month training course for disciples and building dormitories for the orphanage. Their next trip will be to Thailand and one of our own, Brother Ron Reams will join them as they do construction work and we pray God’s protection as thy perform His work.
I personally had a chance to talk with Pastor Carver after we dismissed to get more information on how he does his mission trips. We also discussed a word given to him by Prophet Frederick Collins at least 10 to 15 years ago. Pastor Carver, as I see it, the prophecy is being fulfilled.
I had the opportunity to join the seniors on their trip to Savannah on last Saturday. The only thing that could have made it better is if we could have stayed a few more days!
We toured the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the First African Baptist Church, which is the oldest church in North America. We also stopped at Diaspora Marketplace, which is owned by Richard and Pat Shinhoster. Our last stop was at the Sisters of the New South Restaurant and had a delicious down home meal. My only concern is if they will let me go with them on the next outing!
On fifth Sundays a different member of USBC’s ministerial staff gets the opportunity to address the congregation and this time it was Dr. Kathy Hubbard. Her text came from Psalm 34:14-15 and Esther 4:14-16 and she shared what we needed to do to get God’s attention. When we want God to focus on us we need to petition Him. In the passages Dr. Hubbard pulled from Esther the queen commanded Mordecai to “Gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, nights and days. My maids and I will fast likewise.” Esther knew that she needed help as she prepared to go before the king to ask him not to destroy the Jews.
You see this same action in the church when the intercessors come together and pray or when the Deacon Ministry goes out to the prison and the community or when the Nursing Home Ministry goes out sharing the Word with those unable to care for themselves. These groups petition the Lord for His attention to particular situation.
Dr. Hubbard says it is like placing a magnifying glass over a book with small letters. Looking at the tiny writing is hard but when you magnify it everything gets bigger. We can even apply this to God’s Word.
We all know what it is like when we first start to read the Bible. There is so much enclosed in the word that it can be overwhelming trying to understand the contents. When you pick up the Word of God and you can’t understand it fully that is when you need to place the magnifying glass of prayer over it.
She went on to say that God wants his power to prevail over you and your situation. Just because you can’t remove the problem yourself does not mean that your problem is too hard for the Lord. It’s not!
If we want something changed in our lives, pray over it. When we want God to zoom in on our situation magnify it with prayer. Don’t be discouraged when you can’t see how your circumstances will change. Just get a magnifying glass! Glory be to God!