We were treated again to an impromptu men’s trio. This trio was comprised of Reverends Yohn, Causey and Erickson, who sang praises to God in Swahili; a dialect of Africa.
Sis Mary was the speaker this night and she shared a bit about herself and what she does in Mexico:
I went to the mission field of Mexico 32 years ago, with six children and no support. No one would back us because they thought for sure we would not stay. By the work of our hands we labored and stayed to do what we were called to do. We slept in our pop-up trailer until we could afford to buy a mobile home. Missions is not easy work to be called into and there are dangers. When you’re out in the highway, the91st Psalmis a good book to hold onto.
We are not seeing very many young people in church and we’re not seeing very many people called into the ministry anymore. We need to pray for new people to be sent in to the harvest field so that these ministries (the church and missions of those we support) do not die with those that began them because no one was interested.
The choir sang and they were joined at the last song by one of our two little Egyptian Princesses.
Each of our visiting Missionaries again shared testimonies of God’s goodness. Bro Haas thanked God for “Mom” Wilkerson, David Wilkerson’s mother. Bro Haas was very sarcastic and wanted nothing to do with the organized religion of his country (Switzerland), but she showed him the love of Christ and He gave his heart to God. Sis Haas shared how God has brought songs to her remembrance when she was feeling low and how counting her blessings causes her to be encouraged. She read 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. “It is our responsibility to encourage ourselves in the Lord,” she said. “Sing choruses and remember your blessings.”
The Voices of Victory trio ministered in song, as did James and Jennifer McMicken (who joined us every service and have become an adopted part of the family).
All of our visiting Missionaries were given a chance to stand and give greetings to the congregation and share about God’s goodness.
Sis Mary (Mexico Missionary 32 years) shared how God has kept His hand upon her all these years. Mexico has become increasingly more dangerous over the last few years. The cartels have gained a strong foot hold and at check points, one can never be too sure who it is that’s doing the stopping; Mexican officials or the cartel. Sis Mary told us when she’s stopped she always turns on her van’s interior lights, lightheartedly adding, “If they are going to shoot me, I only want them to have to do it once.”
Bro Haas said, “Coming here (Victory Tabernacle) is like coming home.”
Bro Erickson (E Africa Missionary 43 years) has been on furlough and said he was “eager to get back in the harness” again. He shared with us some of his recent experiences of being a giver and not a go-er. He said, “even if you’re not really sure if you heard God or not, give and God will bless you out of you socks! God sees your heart.”
Our featured speaker for our Mission Convention was unable to make it. He and his family are still in Sri Lanka waiting for a document to be approved. Please pray with us that the document would get approval so they could be with us later this year.
It does a heart good to see our Missionaries, who’ve become friends, greet one another after a year long absence.
Our theme for the Convention was from Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations…
In anticipation of the Mission Convention this weekend, Rev Yohn shared a slideshow of the 2008 mission trip to Mexico. It was great to “see” some of our old friends again!
After the presentation we began to sing and worship God and the Holy Spirit descended upon us again. Several were drawn by the Spirit to the front of the church for special prayer and all of them received a personal prophecy. We thank God for those answers to prayer!
God has declared, he has decreed that it is now time! Our God is strong in the midst of His people!
The whole congregation took a victory march of praise around the church. It was a crying, singing, tongues speaking, dancing in the Spirit, hand clapping, arm raising, good time in the Lord! There was victory from the front of the church to the back of the church! Hallelujah we are victorious in Him!