Presidential Blessing: October 15

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Presidential Blessing: October 15
Greetings from Terrace! Pastor Brake and I will be of service to the Terrace Church family this morning. We will also meet with the District leaders, including those from the All Nations, Kitimat and Gitxsan groups for a visioning session this afternoon. Please keep us in your prayers!

Terrace is a gorgeous city… Yesterday afternoon Ern and I went for a nature walk with some leaders of the Terrace Church and we could not stop admiring the beauty of this place. Lofty mountains covered with snow, lakes, valleys, rich wildlife, just to mention a few. Then, we stopped by the Skeena River, which is the second longest river in BC. It flows for over 570 kms entirely in our province. The interesting thing that drew my attention was the fact that, according to the locals, the Skeena River is the only undammed large river in North America. There are no pipelines, dams, or any other man made form of obstruction to the natural flow of the Skeena River waters. They are “untouched,” crystal clear, and pure as they magically run through the currents of this river. Amazing and breath taking!

Rivers are sources of life. Most of the cities are established nearby this necessary natural and much needed resource. I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, and that city holds the distinction of being one of the few major cities in the world that was not built on a body of water. People went there looking for another desired natural resource – gold. Next, they built water ways for this essential life resource to reach the city for their comfort and to make life possible to exist around the place.

While I was thinking on these things and contemplating the Skeena River yesterday, a scenery came to my mind. The Bible mentions the creation of the first rivers by God (Gen. 2:10-14). Then, the Word talks about the baptism of Jesus on the Jordan River (Matt. 3:13-17) … Water is connected with natural life during the creation week as well as with the new spiritual life that God desires to give to His children, through Christ. That is why the Bible specifically alludes to the River of Life and its pure waters (Rev. 22:1). My mind was captivated by all of these and especially for the assurance that those who drink from the waters that Christ gives, they will never thirst again (John 4:14).

My prayer today is for the Lord to open our eyes so that we can be inspired by simple daily glimpses of His love and provisions for us! Soon, we will fully understand everything (even our frustrations and disappointments) when we are finally brought before God’s throne to enjoy His eternal salvation freely given to us (Rev. 22:1-5). In the meantime, we should encourage one another to remain faithful to Him (I Thess. 5:11).

A little note: Please pray for the Board of Directors’ Meeting next Sunday, Oct 23. Also, let us continue to pray for the 120 Days of Prayer & Working Together to Reach 150 Souls for His Kingdom by Dec 31, 2016.

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.