Last week I mentioned our crowded quonset. The next Sunday, November 20, we packed 120 metal folding chairs into the tight space and they tell me that at least 40 more people lined the outside of the fabric building to listen in through the walls. Dave Stephenson, of Grace Bible Church, (see Grace Partners) preached Hebrews 4:14-16 and we enjoyed a fish fry after the service. With our Sunday attendance growing exponentially, we knew we needed a bigger tent.
The Mississippi Baptist Convention helped us locate a church willing to rent a 40X80 tent for a couple of weeks while we await the arrival of our 38X90 metal building kit. A church in Maryland provided the funds and the big top went up on Wednesday, just in time for our Thanksgiving festivities.
We held a moving prayer service at 9:00 am were churches from Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, California, Missouri and elsewhere gathered around our local folks in prayer. At 11:00 Steve Mullins from Sawgrass Fellowship led us in worship and I preached 2 Corinthians 4.
After the service we moved tables in for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. The kids made crafts and wore themselves out playing in one of those big inflatable bounce things. From beginning to end we had a great day yesterday. We continue to stand amazed as God opens wide the flood of His merciful blessings upon us for His names sake.
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4: 13-15