Compassion Week – Day 5 Encouragement

October 23, 2009

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All INDear Enews Friends,

This is a very special day for friends of Eastside who are completing a 5 day food and water challenge.  It will be a huge relief to be able to have a normal dinner tonight, won’t it?  For me the toughest part was only drinking tap water.  The boredom of tap water started to get to me.  And then I realized that my drinking water was crystal clear, absolutely safe and unlimited.  It poured instantaneously out of any faucet in my house.  If it had been polluted, or if I had to walk 2 miles to get it…well, I can barely imagine.

Others of you mentioned that the beans and rice diet just about put you over the edge.  Imagine eating that restrictively for a lifetime.

I am so proud of all of you who let God work in your life in a new way this week.  We had close to 500 different volunteers to show up to help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children. Here is the wonderful news…WE PACKED 106,000 meals as a church and a community.  One little girl told her mommy last night after she got through packing meals, “Mommy, I felt like I made a difference today in someone’s life.” All I can say is….Only God.

This weekend will be unforgettable. We are going for an all time attendance record. We are asking for everyone to be ALL IN this Sunday. We will be worshipping the Lord through song, communion, testimonies, and video slide show.  You will be challenged and inspired.

Thanks again, Eastside, for not just playing church.  Thanks for seeking first the Kingdom of God, and for stretching to serve the poor.  I am humbled to be numbered among you.

Love and Prayers,

Pastor VG

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