With ominous clouds looming overhead, we had faith that the Lord would hold off the rain for our Isaiah 58 Cookout…and He did! It was definitely one of the smaller turnouts we have had in the four years we have done this, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful. We were thankful for the ones who braved the impending storm to hear the Gospel and grab a burger. The Lord blessed us with guests from Nepal, Iraq, Mexico, South Carolina, and elsewhere. All kinds of religions were also represented…from Muslim to Methodist.
It was not only a great time of evangelism and getting to know our neighbors, but also a great time of fellowship with one another. Everyone worked so well together! Kenny, Charlie, and Denise mastered the grill! Jason, Sarah, and Roger C. served up the hamburguesas, perros calientes, and chips. Helen and Becky R. gave away oodles of cupcakes. Nikki made lemonade. Harry served drinks. Paul, Wayne, the other Wayne, and Chick helped in every way imaginable…lifting 100 lb. coolers of ice and mingling with our neighbors. Pastor Steve presented the Gospel using Psalm 140 at the beginning of the cookout.
May the Lord will use our feeble efforts to bring glory to Himself. It is our prayer that each person we served tonight will be eternally changed by the power of the Gospel. Soften hearts, Lord.
THIS EVENT HAS SINCE BEEN CANCELLED due to weather.
Tonight is the first Isaiah 58 Cookout of the year. We will kick things off in front of the annex at 6:30 p.m. Please pray that the spiritual tummies as well as the physical tummies of our neighbors will be filled! Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of our guests to receive the Gospel and ask Him to give you strength and courage to share the Gospel with them. We can always use an extra hand to serve and an extra mouth that is willing to share the good news of the Gospel! See you tonight!
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
We kicked off our 2010 Isaiah 58 Ministry last night and more than 100 of our neighbors showed up to hear the Gospel, grab a burger, and fellowship with us. Pastor Steve preached a 5-minute sermon from the book of Hebrews about the grace of God. Bro. Roger Cruz translated the message into Spanish for all our Latino friends who came out! After Bro. Randy led us in prayer, our neighbors lined up to grab some grub.
Kenny worked the grill along with Denise (Charlie supervised!). Ethan, Landon, and Joseph made the lemonade with Nikki. Cheryl, Brenda, Leslie, Mollie, Helen, Ron, Wayne, Jason, Micheal, and Olivia all worked the serving line at one point. Harry did a lot of the grocery shopping and was serving in every way as usually does. Roger and Gina served the drinks (la limonada!). Randy had trash patrol (he could squeeze more trash into one bag than anyone I’ve ever seen)!
Everyone worked together very well and enjoyed getting to know our neighbors. Pray that the Lord will water the seeds that were planted and give us courage and boldness to plant even more next time.
View a clip of some of our members serving our precious neighbors!
We were blessed Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at our Isaiah 58 Ministry. Although we had only about half the people we normally have (it’s getting a little chilly outside now!), there was more interaction between our members and neighbors than there has ever been before. We hope the Lord will grow the seeds that were planted and those that were watered. May he always be glorified through our lives.
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