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I am thankful to report the party went really well! Around 100 kids came and 80 adults, a large number not from our church. Many people said how much fun they had and expressed gratitude that we had organized an event like this. A friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time came with her two kids and she’s coming over tomorrow too so you can pray for good conversation about the Lord. One of our elders gave a short talk on the prodigal son which many people talked through, but pray for some seeds to fall on open hearts. Oh, yes, the puppet song went fine too. We sent home a letter in each goody bag explaining the different activities for kids that we have at church and included a short gospel explanation about why we had a “light” party. Again, pray that those seeds would fall on good soil. We also invited everyone to a cafe event we are having at church this Sunday. During the past week, many people have been invited to this special event that will replace our normal service. So pray for lots of non-believers to come and open their hearts to the Lord. It is so exciting to be able to share the gospel with people. Prayer is a huge key in the effectiveness of the message.
Peter is safely at his retreat and probably speaking as I write this. On the homefront, everyone is asleep, but Mariah is coughing. We have noticed that when she eats sugar, she gets a cough. It is amazing how this keeps happening. Ah, well, she enjoyed all the party sweets! I am hoping for a peaceful night.
Some “light” verses for you from 1 Thessalonians 5: “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day (of the Lord) would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. . . . But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us.