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Someone wrote: "HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOU? More than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. Kellogg minus a farmer equals no corn flakes. If the nail factory closes, what good is the hammer factory? Paderewski's genius wouldn't have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn't shown up. A cracker maker will do better if there's a cheese maker. Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein you need someone and someone needs you."

Church family, we need one another! We need one another for support, encouragement, and help.

We need to work together to grow God's Kingdom in the British Columbia Conference.

Notice Paul's admonition - Romans 12:10 "BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER in brotherly love. HONOR ONE ANOTHER above yourselves."

Romans 15:7 "ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."

Galatians 5:13 "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature rather, SERVE ONE ANOTHER in love."

Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER in love."

I Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

These words of admonition by the Apostle Paul tell us that we need one another for help and encouragement in life. Hence we are called to work together!

So let's be together! Let's be available for one another! Let's REACH ACROSS – churches and schools all working together for the salvation of lost men, women, boys and girls.

The story is told of a church work bee where the members used a jackhammer to tear up some concrete in their church basement in order to install an elevator. The men decided to throw the chunks of cement in their dumpster.

The trash company called them and said they were not going to pick up the dumpster until they removed those chunks of cement.

The pastor announced, after the men's prayer breakfast, that he needed help right after breakfast to remove the cement in the dumpster. When the breakfast was over everyone got in their cars and drove away and he was left alone with the dumpster.

So he climbed into the dumpster and started pitching out those chunks of concrete. Not only was he sweating because it was a hot day, but he was also getting hotter on the inside because everyone drove away and he was left alone to empty the dumpster.

After a period of time, one of the men came back to help him. This man had gone home to change his clothes because he knew this would be sweaty work. It was not an easy job or a fun job; but they got it done! They did it together. Life is not something we can do alone. We need to work together!

In 1886, at the Nevada State Fair they had a mule team pulling contest. The first place team pulled 14,000 pounds. The second place team pulled 13,000 pounds. Someone said, "I wonder how much they could pull together? Could they pull 27,000 pounds?" They hitched up both teams and together they pulled, not, 27,000, but 35,000 pounds! Together we can always accomplish more in life than we can by ourselves.

Our theme for next year's Camp Meeting is REACH ACROSS. All departments, all ministries, churches and schools, all of us – working together to REACH BC and the Yukon with a Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness.

Working together to grow God's Kingdom. May God bless you, and God willing, hope to see you next year at Camp Meeting 2016 – REACH ACROSS!