Presidential Blessing: July 22, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: July 22, 2017
Greetings from the Okanagan! Today, I am pleased to officiate a Communion Service to the Armstrong Church family and interact with our members here. The Armstrong, Enderby, and Grandview Pastoral District has been without a pastor for a while. Pastor Cavin Chwyl has been officially voted to be their new pastor. Please pray for us as we celebrate this special spiritual moment.

In less than a week our 2017 BC Conference Camp Meeting will begin at Camp Hope. Much preparation has taken place for this special event. However, most importantly, we have been eagerly praying for the spiritual success of this largest gathering of our Conference. Camp Meeting is a time to fellowship with family and friends, but above all, to come together as a church family to worship the Lord! Our workers will be at Camp Hope tomorrow evening and Camp Pitch will start on Monday morning. Lots of energy and muscles will be put together to get the camp ready for Friday. I kindly request you to continue to pray for God’s blessings reserved for us at Camp Meeting.

We are all aware of the critical situation of the forest fires in our Province. Pastor Brake, BC Conference Secretary and ADRA Canada representative, has been in close contact with ADRA personnel in Oshawa, a group of pastors in the most affected areas, and pastors whose churches are providing logistical, humanitarian, and spiritual support in nearby cities. We commend those churches for their care and support given to the evacuees. Brake has placed on our Conference website the latest developments and decisions taken during our teleconferences about the forest fires. ADRA has allocated an emergency fund to those churches assisting people and the BC Conference has matched it. Donations can be made through the website of ADRA Canada. The monies collected will be used to help alleviate the stress and assist those affected by this crisis. Please pray for this situation to come under control and for the dispersed people to be able to return to their homes, soon.

We are certainly living in the last moments of human history, just before Jesus’ second coming. Events taking place in the world - political, social, religious, economical arena and nature - and the Prophetic Word tell us that Jesus is coming, soon. Let’s never lose sight of this Blessed Hope. We should consider: Where is our heart in all of this? Are we preparing ourselves personally and spiritually with the Lord? Are we making a positive difference in the lives of others? How are we reaching out to people? Our neighbors would not care how much we know about the Bible, until they witness that the Word has produced fruits that they can see how much we care about people! (Matt. 25:40; John 13:34-35; Col. 3:12)

I pray for God’s blessings on all of us today. On Sabbath, we celebrate our free salvation in Christ and the release from the bondage of sin, through Him. (Isa. 58:13-14)

Happy Sabbath!
In His Service, 

Wesley Torres, D.Min.