Barbara and I had a very enjoyable and profitable visit last Sabbath to our congregations in Macon, and Columbus, Georgia. It was also very uplifting to spend time in Dave and Sandy Mills’ home. Their warm hospitality is greatly appreciated!
Dave is currently the interim pastor of both congregations as we consider a more permanent solution. We were also able to spend time with Barbara Martin, wife of our beloved former pastor for these two congregations and also regional pastor for the southeast region. In our conversations with members it was quite evident that Ken and Barbara have been wonderful servants for many years and have greatly impacted our members in many very positive ways.
Visiting congregations and pastors/wives is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of being operation manager for Ministerial and Member Services. One of the things I miss most about being a pastor is the interaction with our members and their families on an ongoing basis. Over the years, I have grown to deeply respect the dedication and commitment our members have towards God the Father and Jesus Christ and Their way of life. I also greatly respect and appreciate our dedicated deacons, deaconesses, elders and their wives.
It is such a pleasure to see the mutual respect that ministers have toward members, and vice versa. That was certainly the atmosphere that Barbara and I experienced in both Macon and Columbus.
We have so much in common as brothers and sisters of the true faith!
With all the difficulty we have had dealing with the pandemic over the past two years, we in MMS have seen the need to focus on our congregations and for our ministers to prioritize the health of our congregations and members individually. This was largely the topic we discussed at a recent online meeting with the six regional pastors in the United States.
We acknowledge and recognize that the past two years have been especially difficult for our members—and for our ministers, as well. During the meeting with the regional pastors, it was expressed that we would like to see all of our pastors place a high priority upon visiting as many of our members as possible. Our desire is to demonstrate that we care and that we are present to support and comfort our members. It is our desire as a ministry to get to know our members better so we may be of greater service to them. We want our members to feel comfortable to reach out to us simply to strengthen relationships with each other, and to turn to us for counsel and help in times of need.
Jesus Christ spoke of His desire and commission to heal the brokenhearted in Luke 4:18 Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
American King James Version×, when he quoted from a prophecy of Himself in Isaiah 61. In Psalms 147:1 Psalms 147:1Praise you the LORD: for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
American King James Version×, King David also spoke of the LORD as One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God.
American King James Version×, Paul speaks of God the Father as the “God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
May we all reflect the character of God our Father and Jesus Christ as we comfort one another.
I pray that you have all had a profitable week and may you all have a very inspiring and restful Sabbath!
Also, Happy Thanksgiving!