Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Global Liberation

Many of you will remember a couple of years ago when I preached at Paradise Valley Community Church (PVCC) in Phoenix and began receiving diamond rings in support of our mission. (See: http://leaders4life-sierraleone.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html) Since moving back to Phoenix over a year ago, we have made PVCC our home church. Besides getting to listen to our dear friend Frank Switzer preach each week (Frank and I studied for the ministry together in both college and Seminary), and getting to be a part of a community that genuinely cares about and is deeply involved in mission, I have the opportunity to preach at our church now and again. This past month I was asked to share with the congregation about Global Liberation. (For those who didn't get a chance to listen, you can download the message here: http://www.paradisechurch.com/explore/messages/audio/677.mp3).

(Frank and his wife Jackie ... yep, God called THEM into ministry!)

As a part of the message, I shared briefly about our mission to Sierra Leone, the war over diamonds, and how we had received diamond rings at this church when I spoke two years earlier. After the second service, a woman from our congregation came up to me with tears in her eyes and said, "I've been carrying around ten small diamonds from a broken marriage and now I know why." She then handed me a small plastic baggie with the diamonds you see below.

We are amazed, affirmed, and humbled at all that God continues to do. God has already done so much and yet we realize that this is just the beginning!