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Friend day was a huge success



I am going to confess.  Years ago we had big days planned, one almost every month, and we really pushed the day. Over the past few years we would have big days, but we didn’t give it our all. Pastor Austin Gardner visited in January and challenged me and also the pastors to maximize the big days. He revived my spirit to plan and push a big day.


We started talking about Friend Day a month before actually having it. We printed simple invitations for the members to give out.


Last Sunday we were thrilled with what God did. We had 32 adult first time visitors. We couldn’t count the kids but we had over 200 kids in attendance. It was crazy but wonderful.


We were blessed to have Bro. Danny Whetstone with us. He preached a tremendous salvation message. 7 men raised their hands for salvation, and we dealt with them. They all made professions of faith. Normally, we have more women come on big days, and the women are more apt to come forward for salvation. On this day, however, God blessed, and we had more men visitors.


During the service I realized it would be impossible to have one children’s church for 200 kids. They would never fit in one room. I asked my wife, while she was playing the piano for the service, if she could teach even though she wasn’t on the program that day. Without hesitating she said, “Sure.” Thank God for a good wife. I ran to the youth and asked if they could help. They jumped right in and helped keep things running smoothly even with so many children.


I was amazed at what God did. I was also amazed how the members of Living Water Baptist Church worked so hard. I firmly believe that God blesses hard work.


It just so happened that Pastor Konate in another town had Friend Day the same day. He told me that they had 25 adult and 32 children first-time visitors.

My wife is a tremendous children's teacher.

My wife is a tremendous children’s teacher. The boy on the chair is her illustration.

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One Response to “Friend day was a huge success”

  1. Bonnie Peace Says:

    THANK GOD for CLEAN WATER. Hubby & I helped a Canadian Mission one summer. Their mission was to have a water well in each village.
    Sounds like you were blessed with lots of kids…Oh, well…..God used those kids to pass on the gospel to their parents.
    And, yes, I remember your wife from the Ladies Luncheon in Tucson. She was a sweetheart then and I’m sure more so now. God BLESS you BOTH as you continue to work for Him.

    Bonnie Peace (85)
    Tucson, AZ

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