As our mission continues, the news of the chocolate cake of all cakes is spreading. Today I got the chance to inform a room full of mature Christian ladies about the delicacy they cannot deny.
We attended a women’s fellowship luncheon. Well, the women did, I don’t actually know what the men got up to. While the baking brilliance was borderline best, their brownies didn’t quite live up to my new benchmark.
Us ladies did get the chance to be encouraged by a talk of our true, new and restored home from Isaiah 65 by Helen, and henceforth whenever I see ‘House Rules’ I will be reminded of the way God is restoring our home.
I was also able to share my testimony. I admit any testimony I give shall forever more include mention of chocolate and so the ladies were delighted to hand over some thankyou gifts knowing they would be enjoyed.
Another scripture lesson went on and Aiden was able to give his talk again at another nursing home earlier in the day. Please pray for the regular members of Lithgow Anglican, that they will be able to continue this outstanding ministries. Praise God for their effectiveness and ongoing commitment to those they serve.
This afternoon we had a chance to hear from Mark Muss, a prison chaplain in the area. He was open and honest about the joys, opportunities and challenges of his work and described this role as being light in the darkness. He has such stories of hope and God’s transformative power. Praise God for this man and the love he shows to those we consider unlovely. Please pray for continued opportunities to share the gospel and build up the Christian prisoners as well as staff.
I was fortunate enough to have this view of Mark throughout the meeting. He is in the ‘right choice’ box of the two ways to live diagram on the whiteboard.
We also were able to continue home visits too! We are continuing to get feedback from families who are participating that they are extremely thankful for the visits and have been encouraged by the conversations and prayer. Praise God!
A couple of our guys helped put on a Dialogue meeting in the evening. It was a Q&A night designed to answer any questions people might have. It included a testimony by Andrew Leslie and a short talk given by Burgo on what gives our life meaning, followed by a Q&A time. Pray for Lily and Nathan who were non-Christians who came and asked good questions. Give thanks that George could bring Nathan, who works for George, and also give thanks that Lily came to the evening after Mike T and Peter Avery knocked on her door that afternoon.
So we are nearing the end of our time in Lithgow. We have 3 days left and here are some things you can be praying for
- The Combined Youth event happening of Friday evening. Please be praying for Callan as he prepares the talk on ‘Identity in Christ’, and Amy as she shares her testimony. Please pray for the many students we have connected with at the school that they would come along. Please pray too for the normal church kids who will be attending, that they would be bold and welcoming, and living examples of Christ.
- Supper and Desert night on Friday evening. Please pray for Scott as he finalises his talk on: the greatest question you can ever ask “Is God real?”. Many curious non-Christians have been invited to this event. Please pray that they would turn up, that conversations would be helpful and encouraging, that they would be able to connect with regular church members and that they would be able to have any questions answered.
- The Skate Park event running on Saturday afternoon. Please pray that many kids would turn up and connect with the Gospel message. Please pray for those speaking and mingling, that they would be bold, listen well, and would know how to best introduce youth to Jesus.
- Classical music concert on Saturday afternoon. Please pray for our musically gifted team as they practice their performances. Please too pray for Grace as she prepares her talk. Again, please pray that this event would be used to grow God’s kingdom.