After our devotional reading, prayer requests were given for Joyce Wilson, Rick Crum, Wayne Grigg, Chuck, our leaders, nation, troops and others. Doyle Humbyrd prayed this prayer.
Kevin Hodges and Brad Siler received our Lord’s tithes and offerings.
Danny Johnson led us in songs.
Pastor Neal read from Daniel 1. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s meat nor with the wine he drank. We are doing the 21-day Daniel fast again this year to find what the Lord would have us do as a church and as individuals. We ended with special prayer time at the altar for Dane Humbyrd going to Mayo clinic and Mary Lou Hodges having tests this week.
At 6 p.m. we were glad to have Victor and Teresa Fisher with us as Pastor began with prayer followed by singing. Testimonies were given about the goodness of our Lord.
LeaAnn reported a good service at the Mansfield Church were she spoke for Options Pregnancy Clinic of Ava. She and Erin sang.
Pastor Neal read from Luke 5 where the Pharisees ask Jesus about fasting and from Matthew 6 where Jesus taught on three Christian disciplines of giving, praying and fasting. Again, we closed with prayer time at the altar.
Pastor Neal shared with many who will not be at the mid-week services about his trip to Tanzania Africa for the last time before he will leave. On January 5, Pastor Neal Crum, Al and Marilyn Pulis and Janalee Quigley will begin their journey to the African country of Tanzania to share the gospel and raise money to purchase a well-drilling rig so the people can learn to drill their own wells. They can go down 300 feet and have a well. According to Al Pulis, approximately 600 children die each day in Africa because of a lack of clean water. Pastor Neal, Al and Steve Pulis will attempt to climb 19,341 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for the equipment. Pastor Neal said, “I am going higher than I have ever been wearing a t-shirt with Dane’s picture and signatures of the church family. For God so loved the world, he gave his only son. He gave such that it should instill in us a desire to give also. This is something I can do to give back”. If anyone is interested, you may go to www.operationtanzania.org to track the climb. Donations go through Al Pulis’ church in Branson, Tri-Lakes Church. Every dollar will go toward purchasing the equipment.