When the Letter Arrives
- Paul Sudbrock
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This year at our Youth New Year’s Banquet, Chelli had the idea of writing our “resolutions” in letter form to ourselves to be opened in the next year. After a quiet time of writing each young person was given a long-lasting sparkler with the instruction to go out into the night and talk to God about the contents of the letter. A resolution are simple words on paper that are so easy to ignore, misplace or forget. God is an ever-abiding person who will remain, guide and remind.
So next year when we open the letter, will we have succeeded? What is the measure?
The Bible says that godliness with contentment is great gain. The World judges by a different standard. Christ’s example of the rich man and Lazarus is a clear definer between the two. We as Christ-followers are to take up the cross and follow Him. Dying to self is a daily process of letting God have His way in us. His measure of success is to be our pattern.
October finished up with the Wittenberg City Festival. We set up our booth, passed out tracts, gave away books and, literature and communicated the Gospel to as many as would hear.
Our Christmas outreach was a great success. We set a record for shoe boxes packed. We pleasantly heard back from not only a recipient, but an old friend from the first church we worked in here in Germany. He is now in Lithuania working in a church planting mission. He was so excited that Christmas boxes from churches in Germany were opening doors to share the Gospel in eastern European.
I was given the opportunity to send the entire student body off on Christmas break with a Christ-centered salvation message. God blessed beyond expectation. Whenever you are standing for Christ, you will have winds of dissension or competition. God miraculously stopped those. Almost like,” wind, be still.”
God spoke, and people were touched. God is good!
This weekend, I have been asked to participate in selecting new students for our next school year. Please pray that God sends us the students that He would have us minister to.
So thankful for all you do to help us do what we do,
The Sudbrock Family