September 2001 Update

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

September 11, 2001 — the attacks, the massive amount of casualties, the vivid and clear pictures of destruction — that day we will never forget.

So many are now asking questions about God and the meaning of life. So many are turning to prayer and so many are walking through the doors of churches searching for answers.

“The harvest is plentiful….” (Matthew 9:37) With two other churches we gathered at our church the following night. The church was full. It was a powerful night of prayer. God met us there and changed hearts.

At times we broke into groups of 3 or 4 to pray. One of the times we were asked to pray for those who are spiritually lost. Rolf, in his group with three other men, asked was there anyone they knew who was lost. One of the men answered, “Yes,…..I am.” Rolf was able to tell all three of them how they could find hope and forgiveness through Christ and by saying a simple prayer they could commit their lives to Christ. And then Rolf prayed with them.

Rolf received an e-mail from one of the men in one of the weekly Bible Discussion Groups. It read:

“The tragedy of this hit home particularly hard as one of my associates at work was on flight UA 175. We had just talked the day before. As it became more evident that he was on one of the tragic flights, we closed our office. I got in my car and 20 minutes later found my self in front of a blood bank. A few minutes later (another man from the same group) walked in to give blood, also. I was in a something of a state of shock.

It was good to have a familiar face to talk to at that dark time. This chance encounter would never have happened had it not been for my involvement with our Tuesday prayer group. This probably is just another example of the wide reach of you, and Ace (our City Director), and Executive Ministries. But it is mine here and now and I wanted to share it with you. Thank you.”

We who have Jesus know that He is our light in a dark world. We are now more committed than ever to take that Light to those in darkness. Thank you for making it possible and being on the front line with us.

“…but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38).

Executives Ministries recently has become very intentional in praying for God to raise up New Staff. In the cities where there is Executive Ministries, here and overseas, each has seen thousands of changed lives. For each new city, imagine the potential for thousands more changed lives! Sherri has been involved in supplying the Staff with requests, prayers and updates to this end. We would like to invite you, too, to join us in asking the “Lord of the harvest” to send us more workers. Thanks — and for all that you do!

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