Stories from the Fields

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Bill & Rebecca Troxel, Nenana, AK

troxelVisitation for death can be a great ministry, as we all know. Recently, the visitation was following the death of a beloved pet. The family does not elevate animals to the level of humans, but they love these creatures of God deeply and take their responsibility to steward them seriously. The loss was deep and they are hurting. We discussed the life of the pet and the days leading up to a decision to euthanize him at the vet. We chatted about fond memories, and the grief too. The following Sunday, the couple told me how much it meant to know that I took their grief seriously, while some of their friends and family tried to play it down. The lady was very clear that she has appreciated my willingness to discuss faith and life in simple terms and help her make sense of things. She said that she loves that I am willing to discuss matters of faith without condescension. It reminded me of how little acts of kindness can go so very far when we minister to the people according to their need and situation.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Ken & Kris Ainsworth, Coram, MT

AinsworthsAinsworthsOnly in a country church! I took a call from a gentleman who said they had recently moved to our area and were looking for a church. We spent some time chatting on the phone about our doctrinal position and the nature of our church family. Toward the end, he said that they would try to come the following Sunday, but they had a problem with their little dog who wasn’t handling the move so well (Serious separation anxiety, apparently). He said they may have to take turns coming to church to sit with the dog. I told him to bring the pooch with them, and I’m sure we could work something out. On Sunday his wife was in the congregation, but he was not. When I asked her about it, she said he was out in the car with the dog. One of our elders went out to invite him in. Our elder stayed with the dog in the foyer so our two new guests could worship together. What a wonderful (and unusual) demonstration of Christian love!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Chris & Tammy Immer. Lummi Island, WA

immerA professing atheist has made it clear to the Island that Island Chapel is the only church he has ever seen that does what the Bible says. Even with all our faults, God continues to do a great work in His church!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Jacob and Karen Adams, BRUIN, PA

adams jacobI did some training at a local meat market; the couple that own it attend church. One of their meat cutters was out because of surgery, so they asked if I could help out one day a week cutting meat. I am hoping that through this I will be able to meet more of the people in the community, since this is the only store close by.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Dan & Connie Michaud, New Gloucester, ME

michaudA while ago, Connie felt prompted by the Lord to respond to a story in the local weekly about a mother giving birth to twin girls under challenging circumstances. The mother never forgot that note of encouragement, and seven years later she came to church with her twins. A couple of months ago, they received Christ as Savior in Sunday school, along with two other children. Then, a few weeks ago, the mother received Christ here at the parsonage. Mom and her twin girls are just beaming with joy while we continue to praise God for His incredible faithfulness! For the second month in a row, seed planted years ago finally came to fruition!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

James & Lynette Karg, Harlan, KS

kargEven though our numbers are smaller at Kids4Truth this year, we have had some great opportunities with the kids who are there. One of the boys, who has been in the program since we began, has been having some challenging things happening in his family. We have been able to pray for him and be a voice of truth in his life over the years. God arranged that I would give him a ride home a couple of weeks, and both times he was eager to talk and receptive to the Word that has been shared with him.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Sam & Rachel Whittaker, ROCKAWAY, OR

WhittakerSunday, October 5, kicked off a new sermon series about evangelism called “Our Mission.” This is part of a larger effort for our church to begin to think seriously about and begin practicing evangelism in our community. We’re encouraging people to come up with a list of at least 3 names of unchurched friends/family to pray for and invite to church, and possibly with whom they might share the gospel. Also we are planning on soon having a four-session evangelism training event that will help our people become more confident in sharing the gospel.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

David and Sheila McIlroy, Starbuck, WA

mcilroydavidAmber is a young woman who occasionally comes to church. She wanted to have a surprise birthday party for her grandmother, so she came to Sheila and asked for help. It was decided to have it at the church. Around 20 people came – some from church, and some not. Her grandparents were totally surprised! They both said, “This would never have happened where we used to live!” The grandmother hugged everyone who helped several times. They were in church the following Sunday. What a wonderful surprise!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Darrel & Catherine Miller, Brown County, IN

miller-darrel-cathy-apr-07In August we had a baptism service. Four had come to Christ and wished to follow through with this expression of identification and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful outdoor service where many shared how they appreciated seeing the changed lives. One lady was a nurse at our doctor’s office. The Lord had been speaking to her repeatedly and she asked Christ into her heart. It was a time of rejoicing and celebrating for all. 

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Del & Colleen Abbey, Charlos Heights, MT

abbeyWe met with our elders and a couple who requested membership. As we were interviewing the couple, I asked them to share how they came to Christ. She spoke first. “I was raised in (another faith) and then for 7 years we went to (a liberal church), but we felt that there was something missing. Then we decided to come here. The first Sunday we came here the sermon really spoke to my heart, and I trusted Christ as my Savior.” He affirmed that he had likewise been on a spiritual search for years, but when he came to our church, he trusted Christ. I hadn’t realized that God used my messages to bring them to Himself. They hadn’t come forward, but they had trusted Christ in the quietness of their hearts. One of the exciting aspects of their involvement in our fellowship is that they are very social people. They have a lot of friends, and they keep inviting their friends to church, so already our church has been growing because of their testimony.

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