Countdown: T-80 — Commissioning Service for Lamar Hursh

Last night I kept the ill children downstairs in the living room while Steph slept upstairs. I was glad I had them sleeping on bath towels on the floor; it made cleanup much quicker.

The two youngest boys were pretty miserable through the night. I was pretty exhausted by the time the sun came up. Once Steph came down for the day, I passed out on the couch for a few hours and woke up much refreshed.

I did one small repair project on some kitchen wallpaper, but that’s all I managed to accomplish at home before lunch. I am casing out some window’s for a buddy, so I went over to his place after taking a nap and worked for an hour and a half.

Then Steph and I headed to PA for a commissioning service for the Lamar Hursh family. We had a babysitter stay with the children. Steph nearly decided to stay home because she is still feeling pretty tired after the week, but she really wanted to be at the service.

The message was taken from the four Gospels and the Book of Acts on the commission Jesus gave the Apostles. That commission was given to the Church and is still in effect today. It is a great responsibility that is frightening and impossible without the power of God’s Spirit.

Lamar also shared a little on how experiences of the past twenty years brought them to this point. They are anticipating flying to Peru Tuesday, and it seems rather daunting to their family. Please pray for them as they take the next step of faith.

Lamar and Beulah committed themselves to serve in Peru, and the commission was officially given them “by the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” Charged with this responsibility and authorized by the church, they will endeavor to take the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is thrilling and sobering to see the Lord’s work go forward. Labor on, for the night is coming!