We have decided to start having the people memorize scripture verses. Although most of them cannot read the Bible, they can learn the promises of God and hide them in their heart for use when needed. Our first scripture is:
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The children did a good job of memorizing it. I told them that I would test them next Sunday. Then I had anyone who wanted to share about how they had collected wealth in Heaven by doing good deeds this week. Ajay shared that another kid through a brick into the middle of the street and he removed it, let a car skid on it or someone get hurt by it.
Then, I shared a simple message based on the Pencil Parable. You may have read it, as it has made its rounds on the internet and SMS.
It goes something like this:
In the beginning, the Pencil Maker spoke to the pencil saying, "There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world.
Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be.
First: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.
Second: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil.
Third: You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make.
Fourth: The most important part of you will always be what is inside.
Fifth: No matter what the condition you must continue to write. You must leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.
The pencil understood, promising to remember, and went into the box fully understanding its Maker’s purpose.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them ad never forget and you will become the best person you can be.
First: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in GOD’s hand and allow others to access the many great gifts you possess.
Second: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
Third: You will be able to correct mistakes you might make, or grow through them.
Fourth: The most important part of you is always what is on the inside.
Fifth: On no matter what surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation you must continue to serve GOD.
Everyone is like a pencil…created by the Maker for a unique and special purpose.
By understanding and remembering this, let us proceed through our lives on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our hearts and a relationship with GOD daily.
We were created to do GREAT things!
To help the kids relate, I used practical examples of applying these five principles to our lives. We discussed how if you really put yourself in Jesus’ hands and give yourself to Him, then you need to ask WWJD before everything you do. So, this week’s challenge is the ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” when we face any situation.
After the service was over, we prayed for the various children. Many of them had pains. And as usual, the Lord healed them.
After everyone left, the Mehtas stayed behind for prayer. Mr. Mehta’s brother told us that he had called for prayer some time back. At the time he had been suffering from chronic severe pain in his body as the result of an old injury due to an accident. Jesus had completely healed him. So, he was beginning to have a little faith. Mom shared with him about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and he received. He said he would begin to pray and his brother said he would give
After church was over, we rushed to Noida for a family picnic with Mom’s side of the family. It was a lot of fun. Noida is a relatively newly developed city between Delhi and Fairdabad. It has a lot of IT companies. They have some beautiful parks. We ate, played games and ate cotton candy )
Scripture for the Day:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.