It's currently school holidays and so I thought I'd take my children away for a few days to Gladstone. It rained most of the time but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. The kids absolutely love the bunk beds and take turns sleeping on the top.
We spent the day pulling down a shed today. 8 people helped and we had it down and packed onto a big trailer by about 3pm. This shed was actually a great bargain which we (my church) got for just $65. We hope to use it at the church in the future for storage and maybe even a small Sunday School. God has definitely been looking after us helping us to get such a cheap shed.
During the prayer meeting at our church today we looked at our prayer goals for the year, and to be very honest, they don't look very realistic and without God's help they certainly would be very unlikely. We are praying that we will outgrow our small building and have too many people to fit in. So today we decided to believe God and not look at the human circumstances but to stretch our faith and see mighty things come to pass.
If you never step out in faith, nothing will ever happen. Since we started a few days ago to really test God and step out in faith, things have got worse. This is actually a sign that our prayers are working because it means the devil is resisting our prayer and if we persevere and breakthrough we will have the answer we are believing for. One of our brothers was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and another brother has come down with a mystery illness that the doctors have not been able to diagnose. He also had his pet dogs poisoned maliciously.
You may remember reading a few blogs ago about how we picked up a shed for just $65 and were going to use it as part of our church ministry in Mt Morgan. Anyway during the week the people in our church unanimously agreed to give our shed away to someone more needy than we are. We have a valued friend and brother who is living on his land in a tent and we have decided to bless him with our shed. He graciously accepted our offer. Although we don't have a shed now, the fact that we have given it away is like planting a seed that will turn into a plant and give us fruit later on.
Sometimes people wonder about those others who meet in homes.......is that real Christianity or just escapeism. Well, here is an article I wrote which shows that meeting in homes is certainly a valid form of our faith, however the motives behind it can determine if it is blessed or not. If someone does it for a good reason, they will certainly be blessed. However if someone does do it out of an escapeist motivation....that is, they just want to get away from God's people, then they will probably struggle.
Yesterday I went to Aramac with Sue and Mike and we visited some of the believers there..........they were wonderful people in every sense of the word. Aramac is a rural town of several hundred people just north of Barcaldine. Recently the Uniting Church in Aramac closed its doors because it was not financial enough to continue.
Today we have the Gideon's Bible Society visit us in Mt Morgan. Firstly they went to our brothers and sisters at the Anglican Church because they have an early service, then they came and visited us. Gideons do a remarkable work all around the world handing out Bibles everywhere. You can find their Bible in motels, hospitals, airports, bus terminals, waiting rooms.......just about everywhere where you find people.
I am learning the PHP scripting language and decided to do some online exams today to see how I'm going. Its a bit hard to know because its entirely a self motivated effort and I don't have anything to guage myself on. Anyway I tried one at www.hudzilla.org and only got 20 out of 40....not very good.