Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I was reading Galatians chapter 6, as I was sitting in my chair today. Verse nine really made an impact on me! The verses before that one tell us that what we sow, we reap, whether good or bad. Then verse nine says: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” I think I was in a “slump period” in my life for a bit. It’s like in baseball when a player is not performing at his highest ability while playing ball with his team. That is the way that I felt. Actually, I felt that I wasn’t playing ball at all! I went before my Father and prayed, asking Him to get me out of this slump. I prayed that I could help and be a part of a church that is energetically reaching out to those who don’t know the Lord. It has taken several months (the corona virus didn’t help). I did trust that God would lead Elise and I, just was waiting…..
We have been attending a church in Timberlea for the past few months. It is the very first area where we ministered when we came to Nova Scotia. The church is a Baptist church called Community Bible Church and has been here for about six years. We know some of the people who attend. God is so good and He heard our prayer! 🙂 The elders of the church asked Elise and I to help and the first way is in their new Awana Club. We are sure that there will be other opportunities, as time goes on. We are so thankful to be able to participate in this work to serve our Heavenly Father.
Another answer to prayer is for our outreach here in West Dover. I have a burden for the fishermen who make their living fishing from the sea. I am meeting them and getting to know more of them. My health has very greatly improved so that I can walk about five miles every day. This is how I can meet many, although Elise tells me to finish my walk then drive back and talk!
Thank you for your continued prayer and support for us. We pray for you very often! In closing, the verse that I want to share with you:
1John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
God’s many blessings to you.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, in our Savior’s Name, greetings from our family here in Nova Scotia!
It is a great pleasure to write to each one of you to tell you how grateful we are for your love, sacrificial giving, and prayer! Elise and I know how important prayer is and we pray for each one of you. In Philippians, Paul was so thankful for the brethren in Philippi so he says in chapter one, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;” We realize that each one of you is a partner with us in the Gospel just as the Philippians were with Paul, as we tell people about the Lord Jesus.
We love to celebrate the birth of Christ! Join us in praying for those in our communities, family members, and friends, to follow the Lord. Christmas time gives us more opportunities to talk about the Lord and WHY He came. Luke 2:11, the angels announced the birth of Christ: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Elise and I like serving in our new church, Community Bible Chapel. The elders of the church know our involvement in other churches and asked us to help them. We hope to be used any way that they need us. We are grateful for the Lord leading us to them.
Thank you for praying for the village of West Dover. We are asking for a spiritual awakening. We have been meeting the people here and have offered to show them more of what the Bible has to offer. The lobster season has opened now so THEY are fishing for lobster, while WE are fishing for men! We are praying for God to give them a desire, a hunger to know Him and His Word.
As for our family, please pray for our grandson, Jeremy, who is struggling in many areas in his life. We wait for the Lord to open his eyes and heal him so that he will follow the Lord. He is 22 years old, professed Christ when young, but has not continued since a teen. The rest of our family will be visiting at Christmas time, if the government does not shut down the airport or the borders.
Matthew 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I pray that each one of you have a merry Christmas. May God’s blessings be upon you and your families!
Love, Ben and Elise