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Presidential Blessing: February 4, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: February 4, 2017
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Greetings from Kelowna! Today I will be participating in the launch of Let’s Move Kelowna with all of our members here as we will gather together at OKAA for his special occasion. Chris Holland, It’s Written Canada Speaker-Director will be the guest speaker for this weekend’s event as well as for the Reaping Campaign in 2018. Please pray for our beloved members in this beautiful city, Chris Holland & It’s Written Team, and the residents of Kelowna as our churches “join hands” to reach people for God’s Kingdom in the Okanagan Valley.
 
I would like to share with you a special moment that happened to me this week. A loving member called me from far away and prayed for me… That was touching! The feeling that someone cares and is willing to invest time to encourage and spiritually uplift someone is an amazing one. That gesture gave me the boost that I needed... God shows His compassion for us and gives us, through His children, a special touch of His love! This episode reminded me of another one that really “saved” my ministry…
 
Many years ago, I had an emotional and spiritual crash as I was driving from an extremely long and challenging meeting on a late, cold, and stormy night. Literally, I was physically and psychologically drained. As a pastor I was feeling being a failure… I had tried everything and given the best of me to help “solving” an exceedingly difficult problem. I was deeply hurt because I felt and witnessed even my “best intentions and words” being completely twisted and misunderstood. How could it be? The feeling of betrayal was unbearable, especially from those I counted as friends because I simply loved them…
 
Honestly, I questioned my calling to ministry that evening. Tears that had flooded my heart were now coming down my cheek … I asked and cried out to God: “Did You ever call me for this? If You did, why me?... Why me?... Why me?... I was exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed, and even ready to resign… I had never felt like that in my entire life… The feeling of frustration was so deep that it became an overpowering burden on my soul. I was driving purposelessly because I did not want to get home like that. Just when I thought I had reached my lowest point and I could not see any exit… my cell phone rang. I did not even want to look at it… Somehow, my conscience bordered me. “That could be an emergency call from a member, even from home…” I picked up the phone, looked at the screen and said to myself out loud: “No, not that person, not this evening… I do not have the energy to talk to that individual now.” I had already invested several hours trying to help that person and his family as they were facing some difficult problems and I was not in a mental condition to take that call at that moment… However, my conscience conceded… I stopped the car and answered the phone. On the other end that person simply asked me: “Pastor where are you and what are you doing?” I told him I was driving home… Then, he said: “I know it is late but I could not sleep because I felt a very strong and an unbearable urge to call you. I tried to dismiss it but it is not going away because I felt I needed to pray for you… You have come to my house so many times to pray for my family and I, but this evening, for any reason, I must pray for you!” He prayed one of the sweetest prayers I have ever heard – God used him to restore my soul! That’s how our God works! He uses His people, many times like heavenly angels, to comfort and remind us that we are valuable to Him and that He has a purpose for our lives – Jer. 29:11, Matt. 10:29-31.
 
Have you recently called your pastor, teacher, friend, a beloved one of yours, or someone, not to complain, but to encourage and uplift them? Do not miss the opportunity to be an angel of God in their lives today…
 
NB: Please pray for our Board of Directors and the important decisions to be made during our meeting tomorrow.
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,         
 
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President