Last night (July 22nd) we hosted a special
gathering here at Trinity. About 60 of us came to eat pie and finally
meet our missionary in Guyana, Pastor Richard Young (whose favorite pie
is rhubarb). Pastor Young mentioned to me that, even though he had
given talks at larger churches, this was by far the best attended event,
and certainly the most well organized one (thanks to Flo Arnold and the
Stewardship Board!). Once again I was extremely proud of Trinity
as you responded with a gracious and welcoming spirit joy and excitement
Rhubarb Was Everywhere!
heard about the work that we are involved
in so far away. It is such a joy to work among you!
The evening was just packed... It began
with, of course, pie (some of you had three pieces!!!). Then Rev.
Young led a Bible Study on the parable of the Good Samaritan, reminding
us of the call to open our hearts to the needs of others. Following that,
we saw a slide presentation showing the four churches in the parish community
where he works, the local industries, the buildings and some of the people
in the churches and community, and his cat (I'm a cat person, too!).
It was so wonderful to actually see the people and places where the work
of the gospel is being done in the name of our church.
Pastor Young, who is also an OB/GYN doctor,
told us of some of his dreams for improving the availability of health
care to the local population. It is exciting to hear how a Christian
responds to God's call to use his gifts and abilities in service to the
world. What a great example! Along with this exciting vision
for medical outreach in Guyana, he invited us to begin to think about how
we can support it. We'll know more about this as the plans solidify
in the next few years.
As Pastor Young was sharing his heart's
desire and concerns for the people he was called to serve, we could easily
see the stark contrast between Guyana and America. Even with all
the grousing we do in this country about HMOs and insurance companies,
we can't help but feel blessed in our country when we hear about the situation
elsewhere. Access to ordinary medical resources that
we take for granted in our country's virtually
unheard of or not realistically available in Guyana. The church of
Jesus Christ has always felt a call to bring
healing to the world, and this is certainly
a wonderful way that we can participate in it. Our Stewardship Board
will keep you informed!
And thanks to all in the congregation who
so wonderfully supported our missionary appeal this year. We exceeded
our goals! Again!
I will be on vacation this summer from
August 1st through August 14th. Please call the church office if
you have a pastoral need when I am gone. We have someone on call
during my absence.
Blessings, peace, and many thanks for your