Sunday, July 01, 2012
Thanks Osceola Grace Brethren Church
This past weekend our family travelled to the Indianapolis area for a wedding. We lived in Indiana for 9 years early in our ministry life and being back in the Hoosier State left me with three impressions.
First, I sure wish I had a penny for every stalk of corn I passed this weekend in Indiana! I stopped counting at 6,385,328,900,378,290,043,020,001.
Second, when I got out of the car to pump gas in northern Indiana and got hit face first with the 103 temp with horrid humidity, I was overwhelmed with gladness that today I live in northern Michigan where summer is - PERFECT!
Third, and most importantly, I was filled with thanksgiving for the ministry experience I had at the Osceola Grace Brethren Church (OGBC) in Osceola, IN. One morning this weekend and while the family was getting ready I drove over and just sat in the parking lot of OGBC. As I sat there I was filled with great memories from this special church which was the church where I first served as a Senior Pastor.
I remembered the yearly Touchpoint Weekends where we touched hundreds of people in our community!
I remembered Vacation Bible Schools where up to 500 children would attend each summer!
I remembered the weekly AWANA programs!
I remembered the "Price Down" days we would do each Palm Sunday weekend at the local gas station where we would lower gas 25 cents a gallon and the church would pay the difference as we pumped the gas and invited people to Easter!
I remembered our building the educational wing of the church that we called the Judean Training Center!
I remembered the Spanish speaking ministry we started!
I remembered the FM Christian Radio station that we installed in Cambodia in partnership with HCJB radio!
I remembered the many walks I took in the back wooded property where I usually spent my one-on-one time with God!
Best of all, I remembered the many names and faces of people who trusted Christ!
I was fortunate to have such a great Senior Pastorate experience! Thanks OGBC!