This week I had the privilege of going to Atlanta to help with Operation Christmas Child. This is where people from all around take a shoebox and wraps it in Christmas wrapping and fills it with small gifts. The boxes are then taken to collection points then shipped to different distribution points in the US for final inspection, taping and loaded into larger boxes depending on the gender and age of the child this box was packed for. As I was taping so many boxes, I thought, "The Love of so many is flowing through my hands to needy children around the world, who have probably nothing" As I watched my wife and kids and niece and nephew and friends and family work so tirelessly all day, just how blessed I truly was. And you would expect the hard work from adults, but I was really impressed with my 13 Y.O. daughter and my 13 Y.O. nephew, who have been waiting for years to go, since they had to be 13, work so diligently and tirelessly without complaining. She even cracked the whip on me a couple of times. Even with the bad in this world, there is good, and there is hope. My family and friends worked so hard because they understood the need for the love of Christ that other people need. Thanks to all who do acts of kindness to others.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well my wife and son took OCC boxes down to Pisgah to drop off to be sent to a distribution center for processing then shipping out of the country. Phillip's goal is to see how many boxes he can get into a car and his tradition is that you can only use one car. Well this year was the most boxes we have ever had, 213 boxes. So here is what it looks like to get 213 christmas boxes in a Chevy Equinox. Monday we head out to Atlanta to help in a distribution center and back to here on Wednesday. Prayer for a safe and productive trip are appreciated. And pray that each box received by a needy child impacts their lives for Christ.
Well the surgery to put the skull flap back in place and to place a drain tube in was successful Thursday. Wesley came home earlier today. Continue to pray for his recovery. God is good.
Also happy birthday to Wesley, who had a birthday earlier this week. November is a good month for birthdays. Mine and my daughter's was Sunday, Wesley's was Monday, my sons is Monday and my stepdaughters is Thursday.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Well another year has come and gone and it is that time of the year again when the Christmas spirit is in the air. But that spirit has been in the air for months at our church. Kinda reminds me of those cartoons with Santa's workshop getting things ready for Christmas. Thanks goes out to those who give and give and give more, so that children around the world might recieve a piece of heaven they might not otherwise get. This year we will ship at least 200 boxes through Operation Christmas Child all over the world. Every year we have a dedication service where we will get a box with a tag on it that says boy or girl and the age of the child it was packed for and we will pray for that child. I will have to admit every year when I get the box, I have to fight back tears as I pray over the child that box is headed to. I get to go this year to Atlanta to help since my work for next week seems to have slacked up. Yay!!. If you have a chance to pack a box for Operation Christmas Child do so and God will bless you. Here are some pictures of the boxes that are going from our church. If you want to know more go to http://weldonbc.wordpress.com/ I am sure Phillip has more on this.
Well it's been a while since I posted an update on Wesley. Wesley is doing well. Monday he celebrated his 9th birthday. He had to have his gall bladder out a couple weeks ago. That seems to have gone well. Thursday he is scheduled to have surgery to put the bone flap they removed to allow room for swelling, back in place. We pray only the best for him. God has done a miracle in his life and the life of this family and community. "My God's been Good"
Friday, November 13, 2009
As a Christian, I know it is wrong to sin. When I know a sin is a sin and I want to do it, I must push past Jesus, who is standing in the door pleading with me not to do it. He won't prevent me from doing it. Another words, sin is not an accident, it is willfull rebellion against a Holy and Loving God. If sin were an accident there would have been no need for a savior. God would not condemn us for accidents.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Is your God so great that your heart falls down before Him in awe and worship at His majesty and greatness? Is He worthy of being first in and receiving any sacrifice of your time, your service, your obedience, and your treasure? Is His wisdom and love for you so great that you know that His answers are the answers for every need of your heart and life? Is your God big enough that He has the unquestioned right to rebuke your sin and tell you what to do? Is your god so big that you cannot help but surrender to Him as Lord of every area of your life?