Presidential Blessing: June 24, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: June 24, 2017
Greetings from Revelstoke! Today, I will share God’s Word during the District Rally of the Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, and Silver Creek churches. I can feel the excitement in the air as these church families come together to worship the Lord and are spiritually energized to witness for Him in their communities. Talk about alignment. Please pray for God’s spiritual blessings on this gathering.

This morning, my mind was impressed with an episode that took place a few years ago. It all started while I was on the ferry going to Vancouver Island. Suddenly, I felt a strong urge to call a church member in the Island to enquire about the health condition of a beloved member of their family and to offer a pastoral visit to them. I knew that the person was sick, but I did not know about their situation at that point in time. The person asked me to wait a bit while he/she would talk with the family member. I waited to receive the answer… Then, the person said that the family member would be happy to receive me.

While sailing to the Island, I thought about what had just happened. Was I too intrusive? Why did I do that just “out of the blue”? Shouldn’t I have talked and prayed with that person over the phone, instead? NO!While I was being temped to think that way, I heard a sweet voice that comforted me and whispered in my ears – you did the right thing!

I arrived in the Island sooner than I thought and drove for nearly 1.5 hours to that person’s home. Upon my arrival, I went to see the sick person together with the immediate family member in their bedroom. The person was sleeping and I was updated about their real health condition. The person woke up shortly after that. We had a brief and sweet conversation. We talked about the joy of salvation in Christ, the privilege to know, love, and serve the Lord, and the soon return of Jesus Christ to take us home. I had the privilege to thank that church member (sick person) for their years of faithful service to God’s church – their eyes became wide open and I sensed gladness in them and received a friendly and happy smile. Then, all other family members came to the bedroom. I read some promises from the Scriptures (Lam. 3:22-26)and we joined hands together as I prayed. We felt a wonderful peace. We hugged each other and I left.

I was still driving back when the family member called to inform me that the beloved sick person felt so happy about what had taken place, was feeling relieved from the pain, had a peaceful face, and had said that was feeling as being in God’s hands before going on a tranquil sleep. That person never woke up on this side of God’s universe and slept in Jesus’ arms a few hours later.

Of course, I was emotionally taken with this! God gave me that opportunity and He provided through me, by His grace, that sweet and unique moment for that child of His to be encouraged in the faith during their last minutes of life. The family was (still is) so appreciative for that moment that we all treasure it together to this day.

My prayer today is for all of us to be ready and have our heart always prepared to follow the direction God wants to send us to minister and witness for Him. Beloved workers in God’s Cause – your work has an eternal reward that human words cannot express it! II Chro. 15:7

Please pray for next weekend’s special events: OKAA Centennial celebrations in Kelowna and the Filipino and Spanish Camp Meetings in Camp Hope.

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,           

Wesley Torres, D.Min.