Presidential Blessing: November 25, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: November 25, 2017

Greetings from the beautiful South Okanagan region! Ern will share God’s Word at the Oliver Church as we worship the Lord with the Church family this morning. In the evening, Jeff, Ern, and I will meet with them for a business meeting. God is good!


This past Thursday, the USA, our neighboring nation, celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday. That is one of their most celebrated holidays of the entire year. Family and friends travel great distances to enjoy that occasion together. Also, business companies schedule special sales throughout this weekend as a form of reminder and promotion of the spirit of gratitude. This event produces one of the largest volume of businesses in the entire calendar year. However, let us capitalize on the positive things about the history and meaning of Thanksgiving:


  1. It is a time to consider the example of Squanto, an American Native. He was forcefully made a slave and had to escape many times to save his life to enjoy freedom.
  2. Squanto did not retaliate against those who had done him harm. He was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty which paved the way for the survival of the pilgrims.
  3. He showed love, kindness, and compassion to the newcomers in his “native land”, helping them how to survive in the new world.
  4. He demonstrated in practical ways that, despite challenges, one can still find reasons to be grateful.


We are entering one of the most beautiful seasons of the year - a time for reflection and gratitude. We are alive and in God’s hands! We have experienced Jesus as our Lord and Savior and have been redeemed by Him, forever!  Jesus’ victory, through His love and mercy, gained us freedom from sin and brought us peace, and He is preparing a new eternal place for us. We have much to be thankful!


We should celebrate this time of gratitude! God has blessed us and His church tremendously during this year. I pray that we show this spirit of thankfulness to one another and to God. I also pray that the Lord impresses upon our hearts a desire to see His work fulfilled on earth so that very soon we could be with our Savior, forever!


Typically, about 30 % of the needed financial resources to keep God’s work moving forward in our Conference is received through tithe and offerings on November and December. Let our hearts overflow with gratitude as we come to worship God and bring Him a sacrificial offering for His Cause during the last Sabbaths of this year. God’s promise is “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25:23)


Thank you for your prayers and support of the mission of the BC Conference – reaching people for Christ.


Please pray for the Evangelistic Campaign at the Vancouver Filipino Church with Pastor Justis St. Hilaire.


Happy Sabbath!


In His Service,


Wesley Torres

Wesley Torres, D.Min.