Being Thankful

Sunday service ended. It had been a wonderful day of worship. Four children were dedicated. Missionary, Sam Yegnazzar, shared about how God is working for the Gospel to reach across Iran and beyond. We completed worship with a mission offering of $4,422.00 for Elam Ministries providing Bibles and training of missionaries to serve Iran and other Middle East countries. Covenant has been a part of Elam Ministries for many years, sending Bibles and helping to fund establishing a Bible college in a country with a very anti-Christian regime.

It is when we see hundreds of people opening their hearts to a spontaneous mission offering, that I am so thankful to God for allowing me to be pastor of Covenant Church. You are a special people with a Matthew 28:18-20 heart driven by Acts 1:8 and 2:1-4.

img_7328Upon benediction, my intent was to walk with our guest to the front door and greet people. Before I could even start for the front door, a young man approached with the enthusiasm of a child at Christmas. He was carrying a pot of fall flowers and had a broad smile on his face.

Frankly, I was taken aback. Surprised. It took me a moment to think what was happening.

Allow me to remind you that a Syrian Muslim man came to my office to ask for winter coats, furniture, etc. We responded. You, good folks, brought goods. You gave money. You helped. We delivered. We then picked up a load of Syrian refugees in a church bus and brought them to the church to select helpful items for their families and homes.

The man holding the vase of flowers was the Syrian man. He presented the flowers to Laila and me. Someone else held them while we hugged us. We have been in his home and other homes. We have prayed with them. We have given them Bibles.

It was an awesome moment that I will remember with great joy. I pray that my joy may be his joy.

Later we learned that he had arrived at church during worship. Apparently, it was his first time to be in a Christian worship service. He was instructed to take a seat and wait until I was available. He heard Sam Yegnazzar talk about Christians sharing love with Muslims in Iran. He heard that Jesus loves him.

Last week we helped to load coats, sweaters, and food onto a truck heading for Eastern Carolina where thousands are still suffering from the effects of the hurricane. Covenant also gave an offering of $2,200.00 for Hope Charitable Ministries to the poor.

We also sent $500 to Claude Sossa, a missionary who serves in a country that is the voodoo capital of the world.

This week we are the host site for receiving shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The goal is 10,000! Covenant people are doing their part with excitement.

I hope as I write the letter to you that you feel a surge of Holy Spirit power and experience the thrill of being a part of the fellowship of Christ's Body. Hell has no pleasure to equal the joy of Christians who are living in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will celebrate eternally souls we help bring into the Kingdom and missionaries we send where we cannot go.

Remember that every week we have a team ministering in our local security complex with approximately 500 inmates. Many souls have been won to Christ through this team.

See you Sunday (8:30 AM & 10:45 AM), Lord willing, when we will explore why we want to do the things we do (morning sermon). Also remember that we have Bible study for all ages each Sunday at 9:45 AM, and again for adults on Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM with biblical activities for all ages.

Thanksgiving Service will be next Wednesday, November 23, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. It is a family event. Bring your friends.

Much Love, Pastor Bare I Peter 5:7