Getting testimonies out of my ‘young’ pastor friend, Bob Brown, of Bundaberg West Baptist Church, is like ‘pulling teeth’. After serving him with a strong rebuke, he came to the party with a great testimony that was sitting right under his nose. Bobby replied with …
“Ok, ok – I am rebuked. Forgive me brother Bill, I have sinned! I know what you mean, mate, but the last thing we want to do is create the impression to the world that we have ‘got it all together’.
Our two small groups are growing slowly and I will be thrilled when we have the team really in place. We have gone through losses, gained new ones and we still see excellent possibilities to continue our reach-out into our community ministry. Good things are happening.
Norma Spoor (picture attached) and Noel are in their 70′s and have been real encouragers to Margaret and me. They love being part of Life-group
on Sunday evenings. Lately we have again been considering how to engage with people in our community and Norma felt if she could meet people in her street (they moved there 12 months ago) they may be interested in hearing the gospel from her.
Bill, I nearly had a fit! Norma is very much a ‘collectable dolls’ lady. So she dressed up in a bonnet (old fashioned Easter style) got an old pram and walked up and down the street pushing this pram. My eyeballs nearly fell out…. as did all in her street! She was an instant hit. The men thought it funny but their wives said, “I don’t go to church, but I would really like to get to know you.” After two months there are 12 in her group! What a woman!
Bill, I don’t know how to put it in words, but we now have a new group! Praise the Lord for courageous people like Norma.
Friends, I’m going to be in Bob’s face more regularly to squeeze him for golden testimonies like this.