February 14, 2017
Chile Camp Meeting Leads to Deeper Consecrations
From the Superintendent's DESK
Our team in Chimbarongo has sent this report from the Chile camp meeting of the Wednesday and Thursday services, written by Carrie Keju and Yvonne Sletmoe Wilson who attended the camp meeting last year as well:
We are so enjoying Chile camp meeting 2017! It’s very good to be back in Chimbarongo. Over the past year we have kept in touch with many here, so returning truly was just like coming home. The fellowship is exactly as sweet as we remembered it, and each service is more and more powerful with deeper and deeper consecrations being made. Both of our Wednesday sessions were designed by God to facilitate this.
The morning’s Bible teaching started with congregational prayer time and requests, which the mandolins and guitars closed out with the opening of our worship. Following singing and testimonies, Brother Sam Ajayi taught from Genesis 1:26-27, where we learn that man was created in the image of God. He spoke on the fellowship that Adam and Eve enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden before they sinned, and of how this fellowship can be restored in each one of us today. He said the restoration begins with salvation and continues through consecration and seeking to draw closer to the Lord.
In the evening service, Brother Andres Mercedes encouraged us that in the hand of God, everything becomes great. Reading from John 6:5-12, where Jesus fed the multitude of five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, he reminded us that a successful outcome is often dependent upon whose hand the situation is resting in.
The conclusion of both of these exhortations was a fruitful time of prayer, as saints self-examined for deeper consecrations and to ensure their lives were truly given into God’s hands.
On Thursday, the morning teaching (presented by Brother Sam) and the evening sermon (given by Brother Elvido Ortiz) both followed the theme of trusting in God.
Brother Sam spoke on the topic of “Christian Trials,” sharing the story of Jesus and the disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a storm arose. He brought out that the disciples were surprised that there could be a storm when Jesus was with them. We were encouraged to remember that storms will come, even after attending a wonderful camp meeting, but God has the power to calm them.
Brother Elvido reminded us that God has a plan for every situation we find ourselves in. He is never caught by surprise and will always work out our trials for good.
Thursday evening’s service was marked by the attendance of a number of visitors. A few had been at a previous service; others were there for the first time. Even more wonderful was the fact the most of the visitors came forward at the end of the service to join us for the prayer service.
We are encouraged to see the Gospel spreading in Chimbarongo and pray that souls will be saved and the church increased.