JESUS – THE ANCHOR OF MY SOUL

anchorwebBy Lori Willard

 

Hebrews 6:19 NKJV “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the fore-runner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

 

One Wednesday evening, we were about to begin our weekly Bible study at the church.  Before everyone came, there was one young man who stopped in and asked what we were doing.  All replied, “We are having Bible study!”  He decided to join us.  He participated with some really insightful comments and had deep questions!

 

After Bible study, he needed to get a drink of water from our kitchen.  On the way to the kitchen, he noticed Hebrews 6:19, in various Bible versions, on our bulletin board.  That bulletin board has had those verses on it for years upon years with no one ever changing them!  When he saw those verses, he knew he was in the right place!

 

After returning from the kitchen, he joined the diminishing group of people.  A few of us were in the room.  He stuck around to talk some more.  We found he was a Believer but had wandered because of some pretty tough trials in his life.  He knew he needed to return to Jesus, to leave all that former lifestyle behind him, so he joined our group of Believers to study God’s word!

 

Before we ended our discussions that night, he said, “I knew I was in the right place because, you see, wherever there is an anchor, God has been showing up and wants me to pay attention!  I saw your Hebrews 6:19 on the bulletin board and was blown away!”  Without us desiring to encourage tattoos…right then, he rolled up his sleeve and showed us his only tattoo – Hebrews 6:19!  God made Himself plain to that young man that this was his church!

 

How easy it is to forget that Jesus is my hope for everything!  I can so easily get discouraged by the enemies of my soul:  the world, my own flesh and the devil.  What a strength to remember that Jesus is my anchor so I will not be tossed about!  Jesus is always strong and steady to help me overcome my enemies!  His Presence is healing!  He has promised He will never leave me nor forsake me!  He is my Helper!  No fear because of Him! (Hebrews 13:5-6)

 

There is peace in Jesus – The Anchor of My Soul!

From the Pillman’s — serving in Ecuador

Pillman's Thank You 9-8-14

The message reads:

Dear Friends of the WMF,

The last Sunday in August the church held a picnic and opening service for the new school year at the Aletheia Bible School. It was a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the new facility and students which the Lord had provided for this coming year.  We will be assisting in various ways throughout the coming 10 months.  The purpose of the school is for yound people to study God’s Word and to become more like Jesus.  Thank you for giving and being a part of this exciting work the Lord is doing!

Love in Christ,

Justo, Tricia
Nathanael & Hannah

 

Ecuador Update from Amanda Bellefy

I was reading my devotions this morning from Colossians 3 and was reminded to “set my mind on things above, not on things on the earth”.  This is an important reminder for me as so many changes have been happening.  The good news is that they have only been changes on this earth. It’s comforting to know that God never changes and that I can put my trust fully in Him.  So as I say that, I praise God and also ask for your prayers.

We have moved into our new school location and have 4 students at the present, with 1 more coming in a couple of weeks.  Please pray for Patricio, a young man who is still struggling with the decision of whether he should come or not.  Rachel (the administrator) and I worked all last week to get the school/house ready and we were ready just in time.  We started classes on Monday and I have already taught two English classes.  I’m impressed by how much English my students already know, so I can focus more on conversation and help them develop the language.

Please be praying for my visa.  The time is drawing nearer and nearer until my current visa expires-November 14.  I have to have all of my paperwork presented in the beginning of October and the church’s registration papers still haven’t been signed.  I was told that they changed management again.  Whatever the case, please pray for a miracle because I need to make a decision on what to do in a few weeks.  I’ve been looking at schools in case I need to get a student visa.  I would really appreciate your prayers in this matter, for wisdom and direction.

Praise God that I have been healthy and have been able to build relationships with the people here.  My Spanish is slowly improving, but I still have a ways to go.  I swam in the ocean for the first time in my life and felt my first earthquake.  I’m learning to cook the food here and all last week I cooked without recipes-gasp!  All in all, my experience here has been a blessing and I want to thank you for your support, your prayers, your notes of encouragement, and your friendship.

In Christ,
Amanda Bellefy