Well obviously I haven’t been on my blog. Smile! Sorry for those of you who come here to check my blog from time to time to remain seeing no changes. I apologize, but it has been very hectic around here. I wanted to fill you in on what I have been doing and what my next few weeks will hold for me.
I looked and noticed I didn’t blog anything since UK beat Tennessee at home…that was still a blessing though. But turned out, Vanderbilt whooped UK for their 5th ever worse loss in the history of Kentucky basketball. My goodness! SO bear with me if I seem out of words as I am still recovering from watching that loss.
So what have I been doing lately? Well we are actually in the process of pre-planning and praying for our lauching of our Deaf church on March 22nd. We have had numerous meetings, plannings, discussions to get things ready to go.
Probably the highlight of the last few weeks was when me and my family traveled to Flint, Michigan. I was asked to preach at the Michigan-based Deaf Cafe ministry event on February 9th. As we drove up, it was so awe-inspiring to actually see 12 inches of snow. Kentucky hasn’t seen that much snow in ages. As we arrived at the home of one of the teammembers, I began to wonder what my life would be like if I was still working for Deaf Cafe. Would the Louisville Deaf Cafe be MORE effective…would it be the same….would it have went in a different direction….would it have… I began to wonder and wonder as I reviewed my sermon for the next evening. The team-member, Vonnie, began talking about all the cool things that they have done with their Deaf Cafe and I was checking off my list…done that, done that, done that, done that….but it was good to remember those memories of what I had done with the Louisville Deaf Cafe. I think we didn’t go to bed until like 1 am that night. It was good chatting with Vonnie and be able to know that the Deaf Cafe Michigan was good and strong.
Saturday morning, we got up early to take the kids downtown for snowsledding. We had brought our own snow sled and the kids had a blast. I will post some pictures on that later on when I get around to it. For about 2 hours, we had snowball fights, sledding down the hills, slipping and sliding down hills because we fell so many times. It was fun. But as we all know, fun can only be so much time because somehow work creeps into it. 2 hours later, we went back to Vonnie’s place and changed and headed to Deaf Cafe practice.
I stayed around to watch the practice and get an idea of what the program was about. Mandi and the kids went to the nearby mall to keep the kids busy and do some shopping. (Thank God I got paid before we left, whew!) Anyhow, the Bible story theme was Rachel and Jacob. Which was pretty easy as I had preached about them back in November at another location. But I put an additional thought into it, as I was praying “Lord, what will you have be add or remove from this old sermon that you led me to preach before?” I was watching the dramas and the songs…and then it was revealed. Apparently alot of people connected to the message afterwards and it was a much needed reminder for many who showed up that night. The Bible story was about Rachel and Jacob… the topic was “We dont always get what we want” Sometimes God reveals somethign to us that we CANT have, but shows that He is in control and He will allow us to have what HE wants us to have. God revealed Rachel to Jacob…Jacob wanted Rachel….in return…God wanted Jacob to have Leah first….then Rachel later…. but then Jacob understood later why he didnt get Rachel first…Rachel was very “unsatisfied” woman.
Im sorry to say…in today’s world…many of us are the same way….we become not satisfied with what we have… but when we do get that one thing that we want…we sometimes become jealous because someone has something better… I used a movie that I had shown before at our Deaf212 event. A couple of parents had lost their child after 99 days of living……suppose those parents, who had lost that child, witnessed that a friend of theirs was having an abortion or giving up their rights for adoption for their kids….we question other’s actions because we are not satisifed with what happened to us. In the story of Jacob….I seem to think that he questioned God on the “wife-swap” thing with Leah and was not satisfied which in return….he became blind to what God was revealing all along….”God is in control”
Anyhow…aside from the event, I very much enjoyed it and was honored that God allowed me to see and speak at every Deaf Cafe that was established through the years that I had helped encourage other areas to launch their own. Its been a blessing and I hope the Lord blesses all of the Deaf Cafes that are still serving our Lord today.
So that is what I have been doing…what will I be doing in the next few weeks, months? March will be a busy month as we are approaching the Easter pageant season for our church. It supposed to be the best one ever since they took a year off to reorganize what was important and what needed improvement. From what I have been told, its about 70% technical and movie screen shots that were all acted out by church members. Its going to be interesting…if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet..we still have some left for March 14th, March 20th, March 23rd, and March 28th which will be interpreted. The cost for the tickets are $15 each but it will be worth it, trust me.
After March events are over…April will be a much more smoother month as i travel for a week to two cities in Tennessee. I am possibily staying a few days in Gatlinburg (provided that God wills it for our family vacation) and then to Knoxville to preach at the University of Tennessee Baptist Campus Ministry (formerly known as BSU in the past). It will be interesting as I am planning to wear my big blue UK shirt to preach in (smiling at Stephen..ya think i will come back alive from doing that?) It will be a good experience. I am seeing more and more that BCMs all over the region are asking me to speak and its been an honor to serve God in those areas.
Until next time…keep me in your prayers as I will pray for you as well….God bless!!