Thank the Lord for a wonderful revival meeting!
Brother and Sister Grabill were certainly used of God to encourage and strengthen the church this past week. And Jenna was a real blessing as well! The messages were divinely appointed and the music truly inspiring! Thanks so much Grabill family. You are loved and appreciated much!
Wow! What a fantastic work-day at Mount of Blessings Camp! We had around 70 people that showed up to help in many different areas! It turned out to be a gorgeous day, with Rev. John Zechman bringing his grill along and serving up a pile of hamburgs and hotdogs, besides a huge selection of other dishes from all the rest! I was stuffed! Everything was delicious and everything is gone!
We started with the guys carrying out the old camp stove which has definitely seen better days and then carrying in the "new" one which was donated to the camp. The gas company comes next week to hook it up!
We had people painting the inside of the dining hall, cleaning rooms, cleaning the tabernacle, clearing out the old barn to get it ready for a much needed restoration, mowing, trimming, raking and regrading the driveway, plumbing and electrical work, and so much more! The grounds look so nice!
We also had a large supply of "new" furniture donated for the rooms, such as dressers, night stands, chests of drawers and headboards! This was a much needed upgrade. All in all it was a great day! Thanks to everyone who took time to come and help and to those who could not make it but prayed for us! There is still more to do such as painting the outside of the dining hall thanks to another donation and a face-lift to the shower rooms.
We also have some more electrical upgrades to do and a new roof to put on the tabernacle, perhaps we can get on those projects later this summer as funds become available.
We are looking forward to camp which is just a few weeks away! Please plan now to join us! Thanks!
Wow! Where do I begin? It has certainly been a very busy spring! Revival in the local church with John and Betty Case was a wonderful time with several victories around the altar. Sunrise service at the local church followed by Cheri’s “Biscuits and Gravy” at the parsonage! And then one tremendous Easter Sunday Service! God is so good! Thanks to all those who helped! Let’s remember all throughout the year – HE IS RISEN!
Next, Cheri and I were privileged to attend IHC Dayton. I call this my ministerial. It was so good to meet and greet “old” friends! We enjoyed every part of the convention, and the weather was just perfect. I started attending the convention in 1976 as a young boy, now here I am almost an old man still attending every year and loving it! There is always rich spiritual food to be had and a trip or two to Skyline Chili’s as well! ;-) Thanks to the Plank and Sankey team for another great convention! IHC has always been the highlight of the year for me and if you’ve never been to one, I would strongly encourage you to go at least once.
On our way back east we were able to spend some time with Dad in Lancaster, OH which is always wonderful. He still lives in the same house he and Mom purchased 53 years ago. Believe it or not their house payment was $59 a month! Times certainly have changed a bit! I’m so grateful for a Christian father who lives what he believes!
Then we travelled to visit some dear friends of ours, Ernie Ingold and his wife, where we picked up a new “house speaker” for our church sanctuary. Ernie owns Ingold Sound System, which specializes in church sound systems. (www.ingoldsound.com) He and his wife are two of the best people in the whole wide world! Ernie was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer and I’m sure he would appreciate your prayers!
Toward evening we headed over to Apple Creek, OH to spend the night with Lloyd Hershey and his wife, dear friends for many years. After a brief visit we drove down the road to an Amish home where we were invited to supper with several fine families. A few years ago Lloyd and I took four young Amish boys to Montana for an elk hunt in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, then two years later we went again, tonight we re-lived the past. It was a very enjoyable evening to get back together and reminisce with everyone, looking at the pictures and retelling the stories. After a delicious supper and prayer with our friends we made our way back to the Hershey’s place for the night. We just love the Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio.
Saturday morning before heading into Pennsylvania, we stopped in Salem to visit Deb Thomas, she had recently found out that she had cancer and was already in serious condition. We visited and prayed with her and her precious daddy for quite some time. Debbie was such a blessing to our family in so many ways, today she is safe in the arms of Jesus never to suffer anymore.
It was so good to get home to our home church in time for Sunday. We love our congregation, they are all so kind! We also missed the community visitation which both of us stay very busy at. Some may never get to attend our church, but what an awesome privilege to share Jesus with them in their individual settings. Well I’ll pause for now, but stay tuned I’ll be back!
Greetings once again! It is hard to imagine all the prep, organizing and work that goes into a trip such as this and then for it to be over seemingly so soon. But may its impact be forever present in our lives! As I’ve said many times before, it’s not enough to simply walk where Jesus walked, or even talk perhaps where He one time talked. The greatest need for all of us is to truly live as He lived and be all that He wants us to be! Remember the entire reason for Him coming to earth was to redeem fallen man from the clutches of sin that He might present us without spot and holy.
As I look over the 50 members of our tour group my heart is overwhelmed to think that if we could come home spiritually charged, and rejuvenated in our Christian walk, what a huge difference we could make around us. If we would purpose not to soon forget where we’ve been, what we saw, and what we’ve felt, maybe, just maybe, we could encourage and strengthen another who may be discouraged in their Christian faith.
Last night as I was down at the Lebanon G.M. Church to speak at their annual Ministry Team Banquet, I spoke with an individual who travelled to the Holy Land several years ago. He said, “I am amazed at how often when I read the scripture my mind reflects on an image from my trip, it just brings so much into perspective.” And yes, I recall making almost the same statement following my first trip to Israel years ago. I’ve told my children, “You will find times when you are reading the Bible that all of the sudden you will have a real image that comes before your mind as a result of the trip.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the many times that our guide shared historical accounts outside of scripture and they clearly testified to or reaffirmed the scripture. And yet, if there was never any outside evidence that supports the Word of God, we still believe it for our faith is evidence enough! I love the little chorus we sometimes sing, “God said, I believe it, and that settles it for me.”
Dear hearts, let’s be mindful to be completely surrendered to Jesus Christ. We indeed have a story to tell to the nations, and more than likely very little time left to tell it. “OH, may all who come behind us find us faithful!” Just remember, you keep Him first and foremost and He’ll do the same for you! “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.”
Blessings on you and yours!
I’m thinking we were all plum worn out! But what a great group to travel with!
Good evening! We are all at the airport and waiting to board. Big group, but all is well.
It will be another all-nighter tonight after a full day of traveling around Israel. We started by heading towards Bethlehem and making our first stop at the Shepherds Fields. Remember the account of the angels appearing to them?
Then it was on to Bethlehem for a visit to the Church of the Nativity. After our visit there, we went to a beautiful gift shop where the manager gave me a very nice carving from olive wood that was valued at upwards of $1000.00! I never expected that at all. He also took a couple of us into his office to show us a picture of Mike Pence and himself. From my observation the Israeli folk love President Trump!
After our “shopping” was over, we stopped at a little restaurant for a quick bite. It was very good indeed!
Next, we headed to a museum in Jerusalem to view a large model of Old Jerusalem as well as some of the findings regarding the Dead Sea scrolls.
Our final place to tour was the battlefield between the Philistines and Saul’s army. Here, we did a “Sight and Sound” re-enactment! Thanks Austin, Allen, and Blake, you guys are great!
Before leaving for the airport we had a fine supper together at a very nice restaurant in downtown Joppa. Great food, outstanding fellowship!
Thanks so much for all who prayed for us during this trip. May God richly bless you and yours!
And I remain
Greetings one last time from Israel! We start home tomorrow evening and are scheduled to get home Wednesday evening. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
It hardly seems possible that this trip is almost over, but it has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Each day the Bible has unfolded before our very eyes! Yes, it’s been a very busy time, but no doubt very rewarding to say the least.
We stayed in Jerusalem today for visits to the Rabbinic Tunnel, the Western Wall Tunnel, the Pools of Bethesda, the House of Caiphas, the Via Dolorosa Walk, the Holy Sepulcher, and the Garden Tomb, where we had communion together. It was a very special time for me.
After dinner we went back to Old Jerusalem for some shopping and a Sound and Light show of David.
We have breakfast at 6:30, we load the bus at 7:30, and then we go to Bethlehem in the morning. After one more full day of touring we will head to Tel Aviv for our flight to JFK via Istanbul.
We’ve learned so much on this trip and look forward to another one, if God allows. So many people have contacted us from back home to get it planned right away so they can be among the next group. I think we need to tour New Columbia, Milton, West Milton, Lewisburg, Danville, Mifflinburg and Bloomsburg first! ;-)
Perhaps I can post at the airport before departure.
Yours for Him,
What a wonderful Lord’s Day! We started out with a drive to the Mt. of Olives where we sent a greeting back home from all the group to be shared Sunday morning at New Columbia GMC.
The “Palm Sunday Walk” was absolutely wonderful. We walked the path that Jesus walked some 2000 years ago knowing what was about to take place. We stopped at the Garden of Gethsemane for a devotional by Steve Cassidy. He challenged our hearts to “go further in the Garden.” Thanks Steve, God really used you.
There were many others from outside our group who were “picking up the fragments” as they walked by us. We had a ladies quartet sing, “Who is He in Yonder stall?”
Next, we went by the Eastern Gate and walked past the Temple Wall steps
Then, we proceeded to the Upper Room. The Presence of the Lord settled down here as we sang. Then Bro. King prayed.
We entered through the Zion Gate for a long walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
The little streets were crowded, and the shop keepers were eager to sell us their goods. Over and over we explained that this was our Sabbath and we would not be buying today. Once they understood what we were saying they ceased with their sales pitches.
Some think we are old school, but I say what a privilege to keep a day of the week for the Lord’s Day! Carefulness in living many years ago was well respected; now they think we’ve lost our minds if we mention it. ;-)
I’ll stop for now, but there’s more to come...
Here is a view of Hotel David where we stayed at the Dead Sea.
Today was another beautiful day here in the Holy Land. We started out with a tram ride to the top of Masada. It was so neat to visit the sight again and see how much more has been done to uncover and preserve it. You probably remember that this was Herod’s fortress.
We went on to Ein Gedi where we hiked to both the lower and upper falls. Somewhere in these mountains is where David hid from Saul and his 3000 men. I just can’t imagine them not finding him and then David catching King Saul sleeping and cutting off a piece of his garment. Sometimes I see the accounts in the Bible as an expression of God’s humor. I actually grin at some of the happenings at times.
I'm sure glad God created humor; I utilize it myself from time to time. ;-)
Next we traveled a little piece down the road to Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. The story of their discovery is so fascinating!
Before heading to Jerusalem, we had one more stop, Jericho (what some refer to as the world’s oldest city). Although I’m not yet convinced myself... we’ve got a few old buildings in New Columbia, PA that are more or less rubble. :-
Now we are in Jerusalem. We stopped and overlooked the city for some scripture reading and singing before heading back to the Hotel.
Wow! What a day we had today. God is so good! We know He is watching over us.