Visitation Update (Newsletter 08.01.18)

Dear Church Family,

Over the past four months, our body has made over 250 visits in the neighborhoods surrounding where we meet. At least twenty-five members have participated by going to different homes or by writing letters to those we’ve visited. Many more of you have participated in our efforts by praying for the ones visiting and the ones being visited. Before I go any farther, let me express my thanks to God for your willingness and even eagerness to be involved in reaching out to our community this way. The way you have chosen to use you time, effort, and resources in this process to the glory of God has been beautiful to witness. You have offered yourselves as living sacrifices to God and the aroma is wonderful.

This past Tuesday night (7/31), we finished working our way through the grid surrounding our building with Grady, Saddler, Main, and Stone serving as our approximate borders. We will take a break here and begin preparing to continue reaching out in the Lakeview area sometime in September or October, Lord willing. Carter, North, Main, and Witte will serve as our approximate borders. By my count there are roughly 190 occupied homes in this area.

Now, if you don’t follow with all the directional lingo—don’t worry, you don’t need to. While we pause our regularly scheduled visitation time on Tuesday nights, here are some things I would like to ask every church member to do:

1) Plead with the Creator of the earth that all the peoples and nations that fill it would praise Him—including all those represented here in Poteau (Psalm 67).

2) Praise God for the promise that His Word will not return void as you pray that it would bear fruit in the lives and homes of the people we’ve contacted and will contact (Isaiah 55:10-11).

3) Remember that though not all will receive the Word with faith, some will. Ask that those who hear will understand what they hear and bear fruit (Matthew 13:23).

4) Be encouraged that in the Lord our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

5) Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out more laborers into His harvest and consider how you might be more involved in the labor (Luke 10:2).

6) Embrace the reality that wherever God has placed you it is for the sake of the Gospel. Don’t wait on the church’s schedule to do this—begin today working as God’s ambassador as you intentionally seek to save the lost by the power of the Gospel knowing that He is with you. (1 Corinthians 7:24; 9:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Matthew 18:18-20).

7) Commit yourself to love our church’s members in such a way that all people will know we are Christ’s disciples (John 13:34-35).

8) Confess your struggles and frustrations in evangelism as well as your apathy toward the lost. Let other members join in praying by name for those you long to see saved and include them where you can so they can help you (1 Corinthians 12:26; James 5:16; Romans 10:1).

9) Share what God is doing in your heart and in the lives of the lost you are specifically praying for and laboring to share the Gospel with (Romans 12:15-16; Psalm 115:1).

There is much more to say here, but let me conclude by reminding us all of why we’re here—we are here to live for the glory of God. He has called some of us to sow, some of us to water, and some of us to reap—but He is the One who gives the growth and therefore He is the One who gets all the glory (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). There is coming a day when those who have believed in Jesus will be gathered around His throne from every tribe, language, people, and nation worshiping the Lord. May there be many such from our efforts. May we be faithful. May His Name be praised.

Gentry