Blessings Flow in NNSW
“The new year is just before us, and plans should be laid for earnest, persevering effort in the Master’s service. There is much to be done to advance the work of God…” CM p. 17
The new year is certainly upon us, and never has this statement been truer. As time continues, we are to become more earnest in our efforts to hasten Christ’s coming. And, just as the first half of this paragraph has never been truer, so I can say the same for the second half.
“…I have been instructed that the canvassing work is to be revived, and that it is to be carried forward with increasing success. It is the Lord’s work, and a blessing will attend those who engage in it with earnestness and diligence.” CM p. 17
We began our first program this year two weeks ago in Armidale, and our second program this week in the Central Coast, and although the numbers may seem small at first, the blessings have been flowing in abundance reminding us we have an army of angels on the team.
Book Stats for Armidale & Inverell
- 499 Path to Peace
- 119 Wholesome Homemade
- 71 The Great Controversy (Including 20 small editions)
- 46 Peace Above the Storm
- 34 Health and Peace
- 13 Lessons of Love
"It was lunch time, and I was just going into this next unit, so I go in the gate and Tim calls up to standby for lunch pickup. So, I go back out and standby. But before he could get to me the guy in the unit heard me from inside and he opens the door, so I go and talk to him.
“You know, I really need to eat healthier, but I just can’t afford it.” He tells me after I show him the cookbook (Wholesome Homemade). He tells me he knows that it would help his depression if he was able to feed himself better food.
“We have this other great book; it’s helped me and also my friends struggling with depression.” I tell him and begin to canvass him on Peace Above the Storm, giving him a small personal testimony, telling him how it helps.
I pull out the survey and tell him about the depression recovery program that is going to be running next year in the area, and he tells me he’s ready to try anything. As I’m getting ready to put down his contact, he’s flipping through the Peace Above the Storm.
“I don’t mean to be rude, but I just see a lot of the word God in here” He says and begins telling me his life story.
He told me he had a lot of anger towards God because of the many things that had happened in his life, telling me endless stories of tragedy that happened to him.
“I just get out of bed, shake my fist at the sky and tell God, ‘What do you have coming for me today? How much more could I take? What have I done to deserve this?’”
He used the illustration of a torture device where a man is laying down on the ground and a board is placed on his forehead, and stones continue to be piled on the board until the weight eventually kills them.
“Just like with God, He keeps putting more on me, when I’m just getting over it and I think things are going to be fine, then something else comes up”
So, I did a lot of listening as he was pacing and shaking his fist and yelling at God, and then he began crying because he’s a broken man, he’s struggling, and he doesn’t feel like there’s a reason to live. He told me he never felt loved in his life, except by his cats, which are his reason for living.
I could see these were his feelings towards God, and that he had a very hard life which has led to those feelings, it didn’t justify it, but I could understand where he was coming from. So, I asked him if he believed there was a devil. He did, but because God had created him, he felt it all ultimately came back to Him.
He told me about the time he was having Bible studies, how he reached a certain chapter in Revelation and from that he came to the conclusion that God had created us just to destroy us. So, he walked out of the Bible study and never came back because he wanted nothing to do with it if that was God’s character. Which is understandable.
The Armidale/Tamworth team had the priviledge of sharing experiences, special music and serminetters while taking the services at Guyra church and Armidale church.
“I understand where you’re coming from, but this way of life isn’t giving you any hope” I told him. He had no joy, peace or enjoyment in life. “If it was remotely possible that God was a God of love that cared about you and gave you something to live for wouldn’t that be worth trying? What would you have to lose?”
“Not much” He answered.
We talked about a lot of topics. We talked about God allowing free will, and this is proof that God does love us. We even talked about forgiveness as he has so much anger for the people in his life who mistreated him. I told him holding onto the anger was destroying him, that it wasn’t doing anything to them, but it was robbing him of a better quality of life. It was good to talk to him about that.
I was just reinforcing the good. He was down on himself, but I told him I saw how generous he wanted to be with people, and how much he loves his cats and wants to take care of them, and just pointing out he has so many good qualities as well. Despite everything I could still see hope and faith that things will get better someday.
Finally, after lots of conversation I did end up getting his details on a survey. Not to sign up for anything, but he just wants a visit so he can talk to someone. He has so much on his mind but he never has the chance to let it out because he has no friends to support him.
I really feel like he just needs to see Christ’s love demonstrated, and I was glad that I could do that in a small way just by listening. I feel like God helped me with my words and to just stay calm and see him for who he was.
Kellie and Bailey out canvassing in Armidale