A CHRISTIAN MISSION
January 2019 Newsletter
Prayer request for this month: Please pray for Wisdom for the Leadership of the Mission and the Board of Directors as we make plans for the new year.
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
I'mIt fascinates me to read in John 14:12, where Jesus says: “12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Jesus said, “whoever believes in Me.” He did not say you must have attended seminary, or received a degree in theology. He said “whoever believes in Me will do even greater things.” That’s you and me - through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. This is an amazing statement - a profound statement, and yet we usually don’t tap into it, due to lack of faith.
As we welcome a new year with all the glitter, hopes, wishes, love, apprehensions, doubts, worry, and the expectations that it’s all going to get better…let us focus on the true reason we even exist - and that is to Glorify God in ALL that we do.
You don’t have to be a pastor, deacon, or elder to share with others what God has done for you. You might have an opportunity to share a simple word…like the man in the story I’m about to share with you. He shared the word “Eternity.”
Allow the Lord to continue His good work in you, so that you will fulfill the purposes He has for your life; and ask Him to make you sensitive to the people around you who need your encouragement in 2019.
May you and your loved ones have a Happy Forever Life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
True Story of A Man’s One-Word Sermon “Eternity”
Reaches Millions (New Year’s Eve, 1999)
As TV networks around the world cycled between the various New Year’s Eve fireworks shows and Millennial celebrations on December 31, 1999 – one man’s message stood out. The message appeared in Sydney, Australia. The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge was emblazoned with the word “Eternity” in copperplate script that looked hand-written — except it was the size of a giant bridge. It was also a part of the opening ceremonies in the 2000 Olympic Games. The single word “Eternity” had been written by hand in thousands of places in Sydney over a period of 35 years, and had found a place in the hearts of the people of the city.
For many Christians, the word was a happy reminder of God’s wonderful promises in Christ. For many others, it was a curious sight — especially if the viewer didn’t happen to believe in eternity or heaven or hell. People began asking about it, and the story got out. An illiterate alcoholic heard a sermon in the 1940s and was powerfully saved. He was subsequently cured of his alcoholism as he grew in his personal relationship with Christ. One day, he heard a sermon in which the preacher shouted the word “Eternity!” and exclaimed that he wished all of Sydney could hear the one-word sermon: “Eternity!”
At that moment, a lightning bolt of revelation struck Arthur Stace’s heart. He found some chalk, walked outside, and in beautiful flowing script wrote “Eternity” — even though he had never learned to read or write. He could never explain how he managed to write it, but for the next 35 years he wandered through the streets of Sydney during late nights and early mornings, and wrote the word wherever he could — sidewalks, subway walls, buildings, etc. One newspaper estimated that he would go on to write his one-word sermon 500,000 times. The city took notice and newspapers searched for the mysterious “Mr. Eternity,” as they called him. For years, no one could discover his identity or photograph him, and he never stepped forward. Finally, in 1956, a reverend caught him writing the word and obtained his name. In the 35 years he had been writing - only four photographs were taken of him. He was very elusive.
For him, it was his simple way of getting people’s minds focused on spiritual matters so that, hopefully, they would think about their eternal destiny and eventually come to faith in Christ.
It became such a part of Sydney’s lore in the 1900s that in 1999, the city honored Arthur Stace by replicating his handwriting in enormous letters across the city’s most famous bridge. Cameras focused on the word during the fireworks show, and millions of viewers around the world saw the simple Gospel message being spread by a reformed, illiterate Christian man. One word was all he wrote, but — like Jesus multiplying the boy’s few loaves of bread — God multiplied Arthur’s efforts far beyond anything he could have imagined. His one-word sermon was preached - not just to the people in Sydney, but to millions upon millions of people around the world as the New Millennium began…and also to the countless people who watched the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games.
How’s that for going viral? - And all he had was a piece of chalk!
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DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
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