Monday, December 31, 2007
Bear with me while I vent a bit.
I find myself once again wondering if church really matters. If community matters - then why do I find myself alone on New Year's Eve? I guess it is my own fault - I have been feeling sick with a cold but I should have went ahead and made plans. A pot luck at my former church just rapped up. I was feeling better by about 5 p.m. so I called a friend - no answer. I called another friend and told her I was feeling better - all she said was, "oh, Natalie is coming to pick me up any minute so I have to go." No invitation for me to join them - both single Christians!! And, this was one of my close friends!! With friends like that.....sigh....who needs the Christian community - they are not much better than non-Christians!
I'm sure there are other single Christians, like me, spending a very, very lonely New Year's Eve - God be with you and comfort you (and me) tonight!!
I have a confession to make Pals, I quit going to the Kanata Wesleyan church back in September. I found it too uncomfortable and almost impossible to fit in - it was just too overwhelming for me to sit alone week after week. So, I tried going back to my former church - at least I know people there and they were happy to see me, but it just isn't the same after all the hurtful things a certain pastor said to me in 2006 (I forgive, I just can't forget), therefore I can't get comfortable there. I am a Christian without a home church. And I wonder, what difference does it really make for me to bother getting out of bed on Sunday morning? To worship God? I can do that at home - throw on some worship tunes, sing along, and I can even listen to a good sermon on-line or on TV (there are plenty).
I know it's almost impossible to live the Christian life without fellowship but I just don't know what to do! I am a very frustrated, lonely Christian - I could just scream tonight or drink myself into a drunken stupor....it's tempting....but instead I will go out to a small chapel I know of at a Catholic Church in my area. I will try and fellowship with someone else I know experience extreme loneliness and desertion at times - Jesus. I have an electronic key to get into the chapel. It is opened 24/7 for quiet prayer - this is one thing I admire about the Catholic Church - it strongly encourages contemplation on God's Holy Word and many churches offer chapels to go pray in. We all know how hard it is to pray at home with all the distractions....these chapels are great.
I know I have to get rid of the thoughts I have that God just doesn't care about me, or he is mad at me or something crazy like that. Ugh....such a human response! I know this isn't true!
LORD JESUS SAVE ME!
J. (Little Missionary)
First of all and farthest away is Rodney from Australia. May the Lord continue to use you and touch others through your life and radio program, dear friend. You must be already into your New Year down under. Much love in Christ, dear brother. Thanks for your encouraging words!
Second, but not second in importance, is our beloved sister Felisol from across the sea in Norway. You have been such a faithful Pilgrim Pal, always offering prayer support and words of blessing and encouragement to your fellow pilgrims. Thank you so much for always have a "word in season" for us. It has meant a lot! We love you and are praying for you as you prepare to enter a new year with new opportunities to experience God's goodness and His faithfulness.
Have a good, godly, grace-filled New Year, dear ones!
David and all the Pals
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I'm fighting a nasty head and chest cold so I could use some of your healing prayers. I'm prone to getting bronchitis and I sure don't want it to get to that point.
I'm home resting and watching my beloved Ottawa Senators on TV - they are battling hard for a win against the Washington Capitols. Little Fish just scored two goals - woohoo!! It's 7 - 5 Washington....no wait...now it's 7-6...this is crazy - Fisher gets a hat trick - 3rd goal of the game!!!! Be back in a minute.....
Ahh crumbs....the Caps just won, 7-6 - but a great effort by the Sens.
I also wanted to tell you that I've signed up for an evening course at college - it's part of a certificate program in counselling - "Trauma/Addiction Recovery Studies". I have a strong desire to help people - especially the youth - to recovery from trauma and addictions - but not in a secular organization because I must have the freedom to speak about the healing power of Jesus Christ. If I do continue to pursue this entire program it will take me about two years to complete it on a part-time basis...but for now, one course at a time - we'll see how it goes.
God bless each of you and Happy 2008!
Julie (Little Missionary)
PS does anyone know what ever happened to "Passing thru" Bob?
Friday, December 28, 2007
They provided good reading material as I watched the boys swim in the pool here at the Holiday Inn.
Now my library numbers 4002 titles plus or minus a few.
We stopped at Kelsey's for some appetizers before the game and when we got into the car for the 1 mile drive to the arena, the windshield wipers and the heater/fan/defrost wouldn't work. We thought we had blown a fuse. I almost blew one myself! It was snowing ever so lightly but we couldn't see out the windshield. Carol was busily trying to clear the windshield on the inside and every few minutes I'd jump out and attempt to clear the slush from the outside. Traffic was bumper to bumper so we were moving slowly but it was scary. We couldn't see a thing!
We pulled into the parking lot of another hotel and I asked the desk clerk to call us a cab. He said that due to the traffic heading for the game, we likely wouldn't get a cab for quite some time. I went back to the van, frustrated and angry. The trip we had planned a month earlier was quickly becoming a big headache. I sat there for a few moments, quietly prayed a desperation prayer (which wasn't too reverent) and turned off the van. Immediately I started the van again and everything was working. Wow! How did that happen? We quickly pulled out of the lot and into the traffic and, miracle of miracles, were able to get to the rink before the game started. Whew!
So, dear pals, that was our excellent adventure.
Tonight we ran over a cow and ended up frying beef on the manifold. Nice steak! Just kidding but...there is a story behind this. Beg me and I'll fill you in later.
The weary pilgrim
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
December 20, 2007
First and foremost, My MRI was all clear Now I can really enjoy the holidays and not stress over my MRI. Thank you Lord!
Next my speech. I showed up at about 5 minutes before the meeting started, because I didnt want to be too early and look nervous There were about 10-15 Board members there, and I was the “opening act”. I explained that I would be reading my speech because my short term memory is below par, add that with my nervous speech twitching, needless to say they understood!
Here is what I said (If you have read “The Cancer” in my sidebar, you will noticed that I took alot off that page):
Before I tell you my Cancer story, let me tell what defines me.
First and Foremost, I am a Christian. I believe that my cancer didn’t take my God by surprise. I have no fewer days left on this earth than I did before cancer entered my life. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that, no matter what happens, this ends well for me.
I am the only child of Greg and Darlene and am the wife and best friend of Mark. We have been married for over 13 years.
I am the mother of 3.
Easton, my 10 year old daughter loves everything Hannah Montana and can dance like there is no tomorrow.My son, Elijah, is 7. He is my blonde haired, blue eyed wonder boy. My youngest daughter, Emma Grace, is 6.Emma is my miracle. She spent the first 5 months of her life in ICU on life support. On Oct 5, she received her second chance in the form of a heart transplant. She has Autism and a myriad of other diagnoses, but when we look at her, we see a child who loves life, and lives every moment to the fullest. She has lasted 6 years longer than any doctor ever predicted!
I am the founding member of Mothering Through Cancer, at the Wellness Community, a support group for Moms who are battling cancer while raising young children. This is a good time for me to tell you how wonderful the Wellness Community is. Before I was first diagnosed, I never in a million years thought I would have cancer, much less this young. But I do, and I am only 32. I didn’t know the first thing about chemo, radiation, losing my hair, how to deal with my fluctuating emotions and everything in between. While sitting in the waiting room in my radiation oncologist’s office, I saw a flyer on the wall for Cancer Survivors (because all of us are survivors!). I jotted down the number for the Wellness Community and called as soon as I got home. That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. In our support groups, we actually have other people that are going through or have gone through chemo, radiation, loss of hair, and surgeries. We actually have people who have experienced the same exact emotions that you face when you get the diagnosis of Cancer.
We are a family, a family of Survivors. ...Heather
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Thank you to all the Pals who prayed for me. I was so worried, and this has been going on for so long. It’s such a relief to be on the road to recovery!
Also, before I forget again, LPP asked me a while ago how my neighbours who lost their homes in the fire are doing. The construction companies are working practically seven days a week and even then unfortunately one home won’t be done until February and the other until April. It has been a hard few months for the families, and I was talking to one family member who mentioned that December has been the hardest month for them because they know they won’t be in their old homes for Christmas. Let’s remember them in our prayers on Christmas.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
What we celebrate:
~ David W. Fisher
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
December 19, 2007 2:07 AM
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We are praying for you but, greater by far, our Great High Priest, Jesus Himself, is going before the Father continuously on your behalf. He knows your need, the knows what the doctor is going to tell you and He's boldly approaching the God of heaven with YOU in mind.
That reminds me of the poem I penned years ago when facing a seemingly insurmountable mountain:
Our Great High Priest above
In righteousness arrayed;
Presents our every need to God
Before we've even prayed.
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)
My doctor’s office has a policy where they only call you if your test results are positive. On Friday I got home from work and there was a message for me from the doctor’s office asking me to call, but they had already closed up for the week-end when I called back. So, now I get to wait until Monday morning. I can’t wait that long! I JUST WANT TO KNOW!!! They tested for so many different things that I just want to know what they found- or if they found anything, or if they’re just calling to say “someone lost a glove-was it you?” or something equally trivial.
This has been stressing me out since I got the message- it’s all I can think about. The entire time the phone was ringing I found myself praying, and just asking God that it not be something serious. So, please pray that I can relax and actually get some sleep and be patient while I wait for Monday to come. I’m already exhausted- I don’t want to miss even more sleep, plus this is a big week-end for my swimmers as they’re at another meet and I need to keep my focus on them. (This is probably the first time in my life I’ve ever looked forward to the week-end being over!).
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Our dear friend Pilot Mom posted this cyber hug for LPP, Little Pilgrim Pal on her blog. I've taken the liberty to repost it here on Pilgrim Pals.
We all join Pilot Mom (Claire) in giving LPP a group hug and we want you to know, dear friend, that we are praying for you.
Lots of love,
David, the Pilgrim
Here's that post:
This cyber hug is being sent to my precious friend in Canada who is having to deal with life and death issues right now. I just want her to know that I continue to pray for her and her family. I know our Lord is sustaining you, that He is sufficient unto the day...May He be glorified and honored throughout this time. May your love and devotion for your family shine forth brightly even though your heart is hurting. I pray, too, for restful nights where He is able to renew your strength for another day. Enjoy every minute you are able to share with each family member. I know He will guide and direct you in ways to minister to each other. Remember I am always here if you need a shoulder or a listening ear. We, the body of Christ, are to bear one another's burdens...to weep when there is weeping and to rejoice when there is joy. I want you to know that I am walking beside you in prayer! Love, Pilot Mom
Friday, December 14, 2007
"Years ago Ruth (Billy's wife who went to be with Jesus earlier this year) noticed a highway sign and told us she wanted that sign as her epitaph. If you visit her burial place today in Charlotte, you will find the words of the sign etched on her marker stone:
'End of construction. Thank you for your patience.' "
How fitting! We are continually being fashioned into His likeness. It's an ongoing work that won't be completed until we see His lovely face. In the meantime we ask that friends, family and associates be patient with us. We are a work in progress.
"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Italics mine - David
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
One of Canada's most recognized writers from a past generation was Stephen Leacock (1869-1944). Born in England, Leacock's family emigrated to Canada and settled on a farm near Sutton, Ontario. Many of his summers were spent in Orillia, Ontario, not too far from where I live.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Just want to ask you to keep me in your prayers. The bubble of grace I was in after my mission trip is slowly giving away to the day to day loneliness I so often feel. I am also not crazy about Christmas - it is the least favorite time of year for me - I am grateful for Jesus' birth but I dislike everything else about this time of year. It represents a lot of lonely and unhappy times in my life as a child.
Also, I am feeling a little discouraged these days because Todd has not contacted me since I returned from Mexico. I sent him pics of the trip and thought I'd atleast hear, "great pictures" from him, but nothing. One day last week at work I pulled into the parking lot and Todd pulled into the lot next over - he looked at me and I was about to wave and he turned away. Before I left on my trip I gave him a book by Lee Strobel, "The Case for a Creator" - if you remember, Todd isn't even sure he believes there is a God. Ultimately, it is okay that Todd and I don't speak anymore - it's his choice and I will respect that. I only hope and pray someday Todd reads the book with an opened heart and begins a relationship with God.
Thanks my friends for your prayers.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare;
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me.
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry;
’Twas sick and helpless and ready to die.
“Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way,
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
“They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”
And all through the mountains, thunder-riv’n,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of heav’n,
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”
Thank you so much Curious Servant for allowing me to use this wonderful painting.... You can find some more of Will's creations at his art blog.. http://csart.blogspot.com/
Lately I’ve been very discouraged about my blogging (as evidenced by my lack of posting anything!). There are countless times when I’ve sat down to try and write something and can’t find the words. Anyone who takes a look at my laptop contents will see easily thirty half-written attempts at posting something.
As I spoke about in my last post, my relationship with Christ has been going well- I’m lacking in zeal no more! My devotions have been great and I really feel like I’m creating a deeper relationship with God. (I still haven’t found a new church yet, but I’ve been praying and I’m optimistic that God will lead me to the right one). So what have I found so discouraging? I feel like I have nothing of value to share. I’ll read all my regular blogs and get so much out of them. Verses or sentiments that people write about really touch me, and there are so many times when something I read will prompt me to study my Bible even more. I’ll sit down to write something and feel like I have absolutely nothing to say back. Somehow it just grew easier to say nothing at all then something boring and irrelevant.
Last week-end I had brunch with a friend who is also a recent university grad. Our topic of conversation was how this is a very uncertain time in our lives, with so many decisions to make and no idea what path our decisions would lead us down. My friend made the comment “I wish you could predict life”. I couldn’t help but think of my favourite verse. Even though we can’t predict life, as Christians we DO know that God has a plan for our lives- a plan to prosper us and not harm us, a plan to give us hope and a future. That’s something to be thankful for and carry in our hearts, especially with so many of us facing uncertainties.
Friday, December 7, 2007
First of all, let's continue to pray for Terry as she deals with the health issues of her parents. We continue to pray for Dad Golden's salvation. This is our fervent prayer and we are trusting that God will draw Terry's father to Himself.
The new Pilgrim Pals blog, Be Encouraged, belongs to my youngest sibling Mark. I've encouraged him to post regularly. I trust that you will be blessed as you visit his site.
Now a few personal items:
Carol and I are still trusting that our home will sell. We have a couple coming to see our home tomorrow morning (Saturday). We had an offer earlier this week but it was much lower than our asking price so we turned it down. The problem we were having with our well seems to be solved as we had an ultra-violet filter system installed this week. This has been a very stressful time for our family. Thanks for your ongoing prayers!
God has graciously and miraculously provided for us again this week. Living by faith can be very taxing but when we see the faithfulness of God week after week our faith is strengthened and we marvel at God's incredible provision. We still need a financial miracle but "with God all things are possible!"
Earlier this week I received an encouraging note from a dear friend who enclosed a $50.00 bill with her letter. What a blessing that note was! We never know who God is going to use to meet our needs but He always finds someone who is generous and obedient.
Mike Fisher (pictured with our son Nathan) and the Ottawa Senators have won two games in a row now. Mike scored a goal in each of those wins. Uncle David continues to be proud of his talented nephew who loves the Lord and lets his light shine for Him.
My other nephew, Bud Fisher, helped lead his team, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, to a 4-2 win over Robert Morris tonight. CONGRATULATIONS Bud!
I can't post or comment on our home computers again. This is SO frustrating! Hopefully we can solve this problem soon so I can post with more regularity.
Finally, dear friends, thanks for your friendship and prayers! I love you all and praise God for you!
P. S. Felisol, your comments to me have been so encouraging lately. Thanks for the love and support that you offer from the other side of the sea.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Sister Terry, the first to pray for others and the first to salute and remember her friend's anniversaries, is now in need of our help.
Please lift her and Mom and Dad Golden up in prayer.
Let us join hands and efforts to remind our Lord to strengthen, ease and comfort his true and compassionate servant.
I greet you all with Psalm 121.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Subject:*/ My friend Carla> > On this journey we get to meet a lot of people...most are good, some are> excellent, and occasionally there is someone who is superior. Carla Baumann> is one of those superior people. She was a co-worker at the health> department where she continues to work. She and her husband, Lothar, are> Berea graduates, younger than I, and have a son, Bryce.> > She is patient, kind, compassionate, gentle, and filled with love. And she> is this way day in and day out. I have never heard her gossip. And with> these wonderful attributes, she is humble. In fact, she would be> embarrassed by my description of her.> I can tell you with confidence, she is the closest to a saint that I will> know while on Earth.> > Carla has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She is not questioning> why.> She has asked me, and I am asking you, for your prayers. Lothar is in need> of extra support and love. Two weeks ago, his brother David was diagnosed> with metastatic melanoma. So please remember them.> > I am also asking you to consider putting them on your prayer chain or give> their names to the prayer warriors that you know.> > Love, Saundra
In the midst of the turmoil God, by His Spirit, was giving comfort and encouragement. Without His whispers urging me to carry on I wouldn't have made it. I would have crashed and it wouldn't have been pretty.
Every time I would begin to despair God would whisper, "Nudge in tight, things WILL be alright!" I'd cozy up to Him, so to speak, get under "shadow of the Almighty, be carried along by His everlasting arms and I'd sense a calm release. This happened repeatedly throughout the day.
Friday night I was awake in the middle of the night...thinking too much, of course, and God whispered again. I finally got up, went down to my computer and typed out this dialogue between the Father and me.
First a poem:
The whisper of God came out of the heavens.
Caring, compassionate words filled with love,
The whisper of God, so intimate, personal
Meant just for me and they came from above.
Now the dialogue:
GOD: “Nudge in tight, things will be alright!”
DAVID: “Nudge in tight, things will be alright?” Nudge? Doesn’t that mean to push aside? Surely that’s not what You’re trying to say.
GOD: “Your mere human words can’t ever describe
And convey to you what I’m trying to say.
Nudge, nestle, cuddle?…you know what I mean
Just trust me and do what I tell you today.”
GOD: “Nudge in tight, things will be alright!”
DAVID: "Yes, Father! I’ll nudge in tight, Things WILL be alright!
Dear friend, are you battling something that looms so large that it threatens to defeat you? Nudge in tight to God. Allow Him to take your burdens and cares. He has never lost a battle yet...and never will.
~ David W. Fisher
December 3rd, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We will just have to keep a close eye on him ,as he gets dizzy when he is not sitting.
The Lord know what he is doing and I like the way Mrs.Mac commented.
"Miss Terry, I just read the past four posts about your dad's condition and now your mom. Your dad is in a good situation now to receive the Lord. May his heart literally be softened to accept his free gift! Hugs and more prayers. "
Therefore I will not question....Love Terry
PS..Bernie will be spending the morning with him while I take Mom Golden to the church.
Mom is feeling a bit better after her rest at Betty's...
Friday, November 30, 2007
I am going to put this same comment on my Canadian Blog because my hands are shaking too much for me to write it again
Also, I have pics up from our Thanksgiving celebration in Ohio. Enjoy!
Blessings! ~Pilot Mom
Thursday, November 29, 2007
What a wonderful portion of scripture! He truly provides the ultimate satisfaction for each of us. His unfailing love can be counted on in the midst of every circumstance.
May you know His peace, comfort and satisfaction today!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My name is Phillip Stoddard and I am a friend of your Dads from CJATC Rivers. WE worked together at the fire hall.
Roy Hunby from Newfoundland worked on the same shift as well as Keith Willows. I don't know if your Dad will remember me but I have some fond memories from our days together. I got this info from firehouse .com as I am a member. I got your blog from Joy Humby who you will remember from RCI. Its nice to know some of your old friends are still alive and doing well for the age. Please say hello to your Father for me. I am a Christian and attend Pentecostal church in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. I will pray for your Dad that the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself and he will be gloriously saved and you will all see the family in the heavenlies. Its hard to see family pass without knowing the Lord but we don't speak up when we get the chance and go through life lukewarm. Please tell Dad being a Christian does not hurt and the great load will be lifted from his life. I don't know how he will take this from me but then again if we don't try then we will never know. Thank you for this small favour and maybe we can chat sometime. Phil Stoddard (phillip_patricia
PS Dad goes in tomorrow for 1:30 and his operation will be a 3:30...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
50 Years in God's Family
On April 6th, 2002 I celebrated 50 years as a child of God. A half century in God's family. Five decades of knowing Christ as my Savior and Friend. I'd say "Savior and Lord" but He hasn't always been Lord, in my life, sad to say. I can well remember the Sunday morning as a 6-year-old boy when my mother explained God's love to me. We knelt and prayed at the kitchen table and I became a young follower of Jesus. Did I completely understand the decision I'd made? No, but the Holy Spirit did His work and I realized that God had given His Son as a sacrifice for my sin. The pilgrimage hasn't always been easy. The road has had its bumps and detours along the way. But God has been faithful! He has been there each step of the way!
In the midst of life's storms He has been my anchor, my refuge, my lighthouse. A favorite scripture verse has been, "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deuteronomy 33:27) As I look back over 50 years, I'm grateful for the godly influence of Christian parents who led the way.
Even as a boy, the Lord used Christian radio programs like Billy Graham's Hour of Decision and the Back to the Bible Broadcast to encourage me on my journey. Christian visionaries from the past like George Muller and J. Hudson Taylor taught me faith principles that would shape my life. Missionaries like Isobel Kuhn and Jim and Elisabeth Elliot impacted my life through their writings. God has blessed me over the years with faithful Christian friends who stood by me during the good times and the bad.
Looking back, I'm a blessed man. God has lavished His love on me through His Son, Jesus Christ, and allowed me to share His love with a hurting, lost world. Thank you, Father, for reaching down and saving me so many years ago. May my life make a difference in the remaining years that You give me. Thank you! Amen!
Posted by David Warren Fisher at 11:43 PM
Stevie B said...
Hey there Mr. Fisher!
My name is Steve Bremner, I don't believe we've "met" but I am from Auburn and know who you are. I stumbled across your blog and as soon as I saw your location in your profile and your description I was like "hey I know this guy". Isn't the blogosphere neat?
Dear David....This is my all time favourite of your hundreds of posts from, http://pilgrimscribblings.blogspot.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
There have been times when I haven't posted as regularly as I would have liked but when you average it out, there has been more than 1 post per day over these last three years.
The readership isn't as high as I would like but the discipline has been good for me even if nobody drops by to visit or read.
I trust that these scribblings have been a blessing to you and I hope to continue writing as God gives me strength.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The recent mission trip I went on was very healing for my heart. The Lord graced me with courage to go again after being told (in a condemning way) by some Christians that I shouldn’t go on mission again because I am too weak and emotionally unstable, (because I had a so called “breakdown” over a year ago). By the way, that “breakdown” had nothing to do with going on a mission trip but, rather, everything to do with taking my eyes of Jesus and “sinking” into a pit. It was a hard lesson to learn, but one I believe I learned well. Perhaps these few people were correct in their estimation – purely on human terms I am too weak and unstable (we all are), however, “….with God all things are possible”. God chooses the weak to shame the strong – AMEN! No one, certainly no Christian, should ever think of themselves as strong enough to do any service for the Lord without the Lord Himself providing the strength! That is a dangerous attitude – to go forth on any mission field in your own strength – such foolishness! Satan loves when we get prideful and step onto the mission field (wherever that is) without the amour of God on!
After a time of praise and worship and a teaching about the Lord, we set up the stations: food/water/clothing, medical/pharmacy and prayer. My assignment on this trip was on the prayer ministry team – laying hands on and praying over those who live in the dump. This is something I’m not really used to doing, especially in another culture where I don’t know much of the language. But I’m always willing for the Lord.
Below is part of an email I received this past week from my friend, Magda, who lives in
“I want to share something with you, that I believe it's the fruit of your service. The day that we were in the dump, you were in the Prayer Station, praying for the people. I remember you praying with love and compassion over the people of the dump.
One of the people that you prayed over came to me and told me that for a few months she was feeling very sad and depressed, she didn't want to work or do anything else, she did not want to live until you prayed over her, and she felt like a peace and tranquility came over her. She told me that thanks to the prayers she felt that God was giving her the strength to go on in life and that the pain that she had on her body was gone, she doesn't feel pain anymore. Praise be to God! Thank you Julie, because I'm sure you prayed with compassion over this lady and the people of the dump. Thank you for your hands, your mouth and your prayers that were tools for Jesus to reach His people.”
Thank you all Pilgrims who prayed for me!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We had 18 players, two trainers and myself in the room as I challenged them concerning the lives they are writing each day. The handout was entitled "We're Writing Our Story Each Day Of Our Lives...Write Well."
Last night we were in Windsor and tomorrow (Sunday) we're in Sarnia. Tonight the guys snapped their losing streak with a well-deserved win over Saginaw.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
While we walk the pilgrim pathway
Clouds will overspread the sky
But when traveling days are over
Not a shadow not a sigh
When we all get to Heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory!!!!!!!!!
Love Bernie and Terry
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Today I am thankful for friends and great food,
I don't have to work so I'm in a good mood;
Our family will be here and we'll watch the game
We'll be feasting on turkey, it's always the same.
And when it's all over, I've said my "goodbyes"
I'm sick to my stomach, I've got bloodshot eyes;
The bottles are empty and my mind is blank
But saddest of all...I've got no one to thank!
Note: For the believing Christian, Thanksgiving should be one of the most joyous days of the year. The Father has blessed us bountifully and we have so much to praise and thank Him for.