Reaching the World for Christ
‘I Was Hungry and You Fed Me’
Greetings to the Church; the body of our Lord Jesus Christ! Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled unto God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
This weekend was a powerful weekend of missional focus. Jill Rice led the District NMI Convention hosted at Cadillac First Church, and she is to be congratulated on her unanimous reelection as District NMI President. The theme verse for the convention was Matthew 25:35 - I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in. Our missionary speaker was Dr. John Cunningham, ‘Jesus Film’ coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. He spoke on the critical component of compassionate ministries in our Great Commission call. Several workshop leaders focused on various aspects of missions including, local food distribution ministries, work and witness, hosting missionary speakers, etc. Thank you, district NMI Council for your faithfulness in leading our district in mission focus. I also want to thank the local NMI presidents/councils for your vital leadership for the cause of missions.
On Sunday we were back at Cadillac First Church where I was blessed to lead the installation service for Rev. Brandon and Sandy Metzger. These are exciting days for the Cadillac First Church family as they embark on a new chapter of ministry in the greater Cadillac area. Please keep the Metzgers and our Cadillac First family in your prayers!
Cadillac First also held their annual Faith Promise service yesterday. They received over $4,000 in offering and pledges for their missions outreach. Hallelujah! It was a particular blessing for me to be a participant in that service. They invited an excellent missionary speaker named Rachel Gilmore :). Rachel shared a story of a family that was reached for Christ through the ministry of the Puerta Abierta (Open Door) Church of the Nazarene in Córdoba, Argentina. It was a moving testimony of the urgency of participating in world missions. The Northern Michigan District shares a special connection to Puerta Abierta Church. Your prayers and financial support made it possible for Rachel to serve as a 40/40 missionary in South America for the past 2½ years. May we continue to be committed to the cause of Christian Missions!
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (Rom. 10:14-15)!
In Our Savior’s Service Together,
Rev. Daniel T. Gilmore