“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
We follow ———and——– He makes us!
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Mathew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” He told him, and Mathew got up and followed Him.
Mathew 9:9 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you still lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Is it possible to believe and not be a Christian, a Christ follower? We have been “believers” for a few years: we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe that God created…..everything and everyone.
We believe the gospel; “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
We have known the facts about Jesus and believed them, it seems that we are just now learning the basic, simple, deep truth and calling, “Follow Me, and I will make you…” “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘you have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder.” “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:17-19, 22As we are learning how to follow Him, we are learning to “Go” with Him where and when He leads.
We recently spent some time serving with the Bayou Talla Fellowship church in Kiln Mississippi. We went for a couple of weeks, But God allowed us to stay for 7 weeks. We are currently preparing to temporarily move to Kiln and work with our forever family at Bayou Talla. This is a beautiful, kingdom focused, growing community of believers. God has lead us to “go”, we do not know how long we will serve there or How God will lead us next. It could be anywhere from 4 to 6 months.
We are praying that individuals and/or teams of people would be led by God to help with the work. Please let us know if you are interested in coming down to join in with what God is doing at Bayou Talla. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Our Daughter Theresa is due to deliver our grandson Caleb on or about June 14.
We will leave for MS shortly after his birth. We are continuing to move towards Togo, West Africa and we believe that partnering at Bayou Talla is part of His perfect plan. We recently sent out our first official ministry and support raising letter. Please pray with us for God’s provision in following and serving Him. “Again Jesus said, ‘peace be with you! as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’”
Gary & Siham