Friday, May 26, 2006

Wrapping up

Well, I want to wish all who are reading a Happy Sabbath on this Friday May 26. We are coming towards the end of our AFCOE session. A week from tonight will be our graduation at the Sacramento Central church. Tomorrow we have about 7 baptisms at the West Sac church and then there will be a few more baptisms the following week. It will be great to see people come into the church tomorrow after all of the decisions they have made the last few weeks. I believe that one of the main things I am taking away from AFCOE is seeing the process of starting a Bible study weeks in advance and then see how that can grow into a baptism into such a short period of time. The combination of the Holy Spirit and the truth in the Word that is presented is an unstoppable combination. There are many who we studied with that did not come through but they will have to be continued to be worked with and not given up on. I think back on the past four months and I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to have been here. I do feel more grounded in the fundamentals of our beliefs and I also feel more empowered to go out and give Bible studies which is exciting. All this being said the last couple of weeks have been intense because not only have I been focusing on AFCOE but on a big decision on going to Africa which will be a week from this coming Tuesday. Also in the past week I have been down to Loma Linda and out to Spartanburg, SC both for job interviews. So alot has been going on. I still do not know for sure where I will be after Africa and that has caused me to be somewhat apprehensive at times but I am thankful for the Lord's guiding hand and things are coming together after all of these interviews. I will try to let you all know once I know for sure where I will be going. Hopefully that will be within the next week. Do keep this in your prayers, I really appreciate it. God bless you all

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I have never posted any photos to this blog so I thought I would do that for the first time. Here are some pictures of some of my adventures in Northern California. The second weekend we were here 3 friends and I went to the Redwood National Park and we were also able to make it to the beaches there which are beautiful because there is no one there. The last weekend of March our AFCOE class went to Yosemite and this is a picture with my a couple of my buddies. Things are going well here. We are about 10 nights into our evangelistic series. We just finished the Sabbath presentation which was a critical point in the meetings. It is exciting to see people continuing to come and making decisions for the truth in God's word. The contact I have been studying with has been coming and he was convinced on the Sabbath message but actually following through on its requirements could be a difficult step for him so I will be continuing to pray for him and working with him. We have about a month left here. Then I will be heading off to Nigeria for three weeks with part of the class to preach an evangelistic series. Right now I feel far from being prepared but I am very excited about the opportunity. I will continue to keep you all updated on the meetings here and hopefully soon I will know where I will be going after I return from Africa. I hope all who are reading this are doing well. Wishing you all the best.