As another year comes to an end, I find myself, as many others, reflecting on life and what’s most important. This morning I was reminded of a long-time friend who passed away in 2019. My last visit with Hamilton is one that I will never forget. He was a co-worker and friend for many years. A unique and eccentric individual with a great sense of humor. In the audio and video industry that we worked in; his technical skills were amazing. I can truly say I never knew anyone quite like Hamilton. Unfortunately, he spent the last days of his life battling Parkinson’s disease. On my last visit with him we had a special morning enjoying coffee, bagels, and wonderful conversation. After about an hour and a half, the Parkinson tremors had become so bad that he could barely sit up in his chair. He asked if we could end our meeting so he could get some rest. The impact of what happened next is hard to explain. As I was about to leave, we prayed in the foyer with his wife. After the prayer, Hamilton looks up at me with intense emotion on his face and asked me “What can I do for God? How can I be used by Him? Surely I can be a testimony for someone!” Then being too weak to stand from the tremors, he proceeds to craw on his hands and knees up the staircase to his bedroom. As I left his house, I was overwhelmed, and tears flooded my eyes. I had just witnessed someone who’s body was being ravaged by a debilitating disease ask the question “What can I do for God.”
Hamilton passed not long after this, but hopefully his final convictions about what’s truly important will be an inspiration to you. Let us continue to look for ways to be used by God. Let us seek the will of God while we can.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Blessing to you all in 2022,
I hope this post will bring encouragement to all who read it as I share some ministry highlights from 2021. God opened the door for some amazing encounters this year. I was given the opportunity to witness to approximately 27 Mormons at various places from January to July. With Mormons, I normally start the conversation by sharing my salvation testimony. I highlight the fact that after surrendering my life to Jesus, God filled me with the Holy Spirit, opened my eyes to understand the Scriptures and set me on fire for Him. Then I will explain to them that all this occurred without ever reading the Book of Mormon. This approach always leads to very fruitful conversations.
So, the Mormons are still very active in my community. However, the Jehovah Witnesses have disappeared, except for a personal letter campaign. At the first of the year, I received 2 separate outreach letters from the Jehovah Witness. I responded to both with my testimony and an invitation to study the Scriptures with me. This led to a four-month weekly zoom meeting with multiple Jehovah Witness. I learned more about their beliefs and planted many seeds of truth to them.
Unfortunately, I had to attend 2 funerals and 1 memorial service this year. As sad as it is to say goodbye to loved ones, these events are great witnessing opportunities. I find people to be extremely open to the Gospel and spiritual conversations at these services.
I started working a new job this year, for a company with a very multi-cultural workforce. Thankfully, God has allowed me to share the Gospel there on breaks and after hours with many co-workers including 4 Muslims, a Black Hebrew Israelite and even a Christian that doesn’t believe in the trinity.
I have also discovered a new question that opens the door for spiritual conversations during the Christmas season. Just ask someone “Are you ready for Christmas?” I had a lady respond with “No, I’m a Jehovah Witness”.
Blessings to you all in 2022 and remember that we plant and water, but God brings the increase.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1Corinthians 3:6-8
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