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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH

Weekly Update for September 8, 2021

"WILL ANYONE SHOW UP?"

            With a cup of delicious McDonald’s coffee sitting on the table, my Bible, and some discussion notes ready, I waited. Steam slowing rose from the cup of coffee and the Texas sun beamed through the window. I thought, “Is anyone going to show up?”
            One guy did.
            For over two years I had been building relationships with these guys. While a student in seminary I worked as a caddie at a private golf club in Dallas, Texas.
            Each day the caddies lounged in a small cement windowless basement under the clubhouse while we waited to be called up. With no TV or cell reception, we played cards, joked around, and talked about the latest sports scores. After two years of this, I got to know the other caddies well. Many were younger than I was. Some had a Christian background, but most didn’t. Every day I tried to develop relationships with these guys. I encouraged them in their work, helped one guy move home to care for his ill father, and often played golf with them on our days off. Occasionally I shared my faith with them. But I mostly just tried to be a friend.
            As I approached the end of my seminary education, it was time to use those relationships I had built for God. With the permission of my boss, I invited the guys to meet for a Bible study at a McDonald’s nearby the golf club. For several weeks I invited the guys in person, sent text messages telling each one when the study would start, and hoped and prayed they would come.  
            At first, I was discouraged. After two years of investing in these guys, listening to their political views without sharing my opinion (which was often different), and trying my best to stay up-to-date on the latest sports so I could engage in a conversation with them, only one guy came to the Bible study. 
            He and I met Friday mornings at 10 A.M. for several months. The kid had never opened a Bible in his whole life. He knew a little about Christianity and he was open to it. He saw my life and how I lived, and he wanted to learn more. He was dating a girl and was looking towards marriage. So we went through the Bible, week by week, covering the Pentateuch all the way to the letters directed to the church about how to live life.
            That first day I was discouraged that only one guy showed up after two years working toward evangelism and discipleship. But, after months of meeting with him every week, it was worth every minute.
Pastor Christopher

PRAYER REQUESTS
-Marci's surgery
-Megan's pancreatic cancer treatment and pain management
-Judy's sister, Orma
-Joe, Jenna, and Katie Swanson.
-Denny's health and treatment options
-Shirley's grandmother, Geneva
-Hazel's health and recovery
-For Gib and his recovery
-Georgine's friend Judy
-Nancy's parents, Harold and Paula
-Safety for people in and leaving Afghanistan 
-For Allender family as they mourn the sudden loss of Scott Allender
ANNOUNCEMENTS
-Church Workday, September 11 at 9amHere is our list of projects for the workday. Please let us know what you would like to help with. Lunch will be provided.
-Next Potluck, September 12. Please bring your favorite dish to share with the church. 
-Fall Weekly Small Group Bible StudiesIf you would like to host a small group in your home or facilitate a Bible study, please let us know. Here are our fall small groups.
-Nursery Helpers for September. Please contact Kendra at church on Sundays.
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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
810 S. Evergreen Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
509-765-5270
www.LakeviewMissionaryChurch.com

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