Bringing in the Sheaves

19 01 2014

I love the words to the old hymn, “Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.” Of course that day lies ahead for all of us who remain in this world and entrenched in the eternal  battle. For those who have gone on their reward is realized but for us we look forward to it yet to come. As the song so fittingly says at the end, “Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.”

The beginning of 2014 has given us plenty of opportunity for sowing seeds of righteousness and the Gospel. With many tears we handed over the youth ministry at our church to others. We spent the last few months mentoring, and teaching them focusing our lessons on a doctrinal series on why we believe what we do. Our teens are wonderful and they have the potential to do great things for God. It is my hope and prayer they will seek Him over the things of this world and live that potential. School has started again and I have had the privilege to give the morning devotion in our Christian school. I am doing the devotions on Monday mornings and teaching a series through the sermon on the mount.

On Thursday January 9th we embarked with the youth group and a few adults on a trip to help church planters. On Thursday we spread flyers and Gospel tracts for Pastor David Azzarelo who is planting the Ceres Baptist Church in Ceres, California. We stayed the night both nights of the trip at the Redwood Baptist Church in Redwood City. On Friday morning we took Gospel tracts door to door in Redwood City for that church. I feel a special love for that church and city since I was raised there as a child.

We had a good time on Friday evening in San Francisco walking on the Golden Gate bridge, riding a cable car and eating at Fisherman’s Wharf. On Saturday morning before heading back to Bakersfield we passed out flyers for Pastor Micaiah Irmler who is planting Southridge Baptist Church in South San Jose. This last week on January 18th we took the Gospel door to door and had the opportunity to share the Gospel with one lady for about 30 minutes. We went out the day before that and gave tracts to about 40 homes pointing at least a handful to the Gospel message.

On a personal note we are selling online and at local flea markets to help meet some of our temporal needs. We have had to put that on the back burner for now due to ministry work abounding for the rest of this month. We have a busy few weeks in front of us and would love your prayers.

God Bless

Rick & Amy Garland


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