Yes, yes, yes. I know it’s been a while since my last post. But have no fear, Brotherhood is still alive and kicking! We are busily working on a variety of new music, writing songs that are being used in the church body and mentoring those around us. The past few months have been excitedly different as we focused on individual needs and other ministry projects.
Phil and his wife have been very occupied as senior pastor of a growing church and doing the unthinkable these days. He does door-to-door evangelism in the community! Phil has assembled a small group of those willing to be trained and conduct this hands-on ministry. It’s been a wonderful experience and many have been added to God’s kingdom, even healed, as a direct result of faith in action. “Many are called but few are chosen.”
Mel has taken some quiet time away at his North Carolina retreat. But before leaving, he has been a huge help to those needing everyday assistance. For example, Mel offered his truck and strong body to move a large dining room set – that was an answer to prayer. He & his wife have also opened their home to relatives needing temporary shelter as they go through a difficult time in their lives. “Little is much when God is in it.”
Dan and his wife, former full time missionaries, are “on the road again” with the Jesus Film Project. As part of the translation team, they have been to areas in many foreign countries having multiple tongues or dialects. After returning from Guatemala, Dan is now part of the team in Papa New Guinea planning their next mission. Ironically, that’s where he started as missionary, so it’s “going back home time”!! We can’t wait for his return either. “The fields are ripe unto harvest.”
John has been busy with the preparation of his in-laws home for sale. Since they’ve passed away, his wife has been serving as general contractor and doing smaller jobs herself. She’s done so well that it looks like a model home. And the hard work has paid off – the home sold in 4 hours, praise God! John has been also writing new material in new uncharted waters. Besides the strong gospel emphasis, God has given him songs about mothers and the mission field. In fact, one particular song with a contemporary sound (Faithful One) was sung by a P&W ensemble for the mission offertory during church service. “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
Brotherhood is re-energized and excited as we rehearse new songs that will impact those who hear. They are songs that offer encouragement, to remain faithful, stand up for your belief and continue loving others as God has loved, and still loves, all of us. We are “chomping on the bit” and ready to go! A few dates remain on the 2014 calendar highlighted by our 10th anniversary concert in September (details later). “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel...”
So you see, God’s work is never ending and not conformed to a box (you can only do one thing). Remember what the Bible says. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” See you on down the road. Until then, be blessed and be a blessing!